This Fitness Blogger Responded Perfectly To A 16-Year-Old Who Was Feeling Down About Her Body

"None of those things are bad or imperfect. They are NORMAL."

When The Fit Body Guides founder Anna Victoria received an email from a 16-year-old about how idealized images on social media were beginning to affect her body confidence, the fitness blogger knew she had to respond publicly about the issue. While Anna Victoria's posts do encourage a healthy lifestyle, she is also a big promoter of body confidence and loving yourself inside and out.

So, she posted a heartfelt reply on Instagram for her 1.1 million followers to see, accompanied by a photo of her where she isn't posing, wearing makeup, or angling the camera in a certain way.

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"Just a lounging selfie, no makeup or hair done, not posing (and no sticking out either). I'm not sharing this because I think I look bad, or because tummy rolls are bad, or because cellulite, messy hair or no makeup is bad. None of those things are bad or imperfect. They are NORMAL. — I'm sharing this because I just received an email from a 16-year-old girl that said I am the only person she follows that actually made her feel good about herself. That even though she's not particularly unhappy with her body, that seeing endless perfect photos started to make herself compare, poke and prod at her own body. The impact social media has on young girls and their self-esteem is an issue I feel very strongly about and if me posting one casual, non-posing, non-done up photo can help a young girl (or man, or anyone of any age!) feel better about themselves, then I'm happy to put myself out there. — Some will look at this and say 'what's the big deal?' If it doesn't resonate with you, that's OK. I just ask that you think of those who it does help before firing off with negativity because you don't 'get' it. So when we live in a society that profits from your insecurities, be a rebel and LOVE yourself. Love your body at every angle and don't ever be ashamed of being human, of struggling, or hey, even of loving the crap out of yourself!! We need more girls who are wildly confident and loving every bit of themselves and shouting it from the rooftops. Show young girls it's not only OK but necessary to be confident, strong young women, 'flaws' and all.' " 

Since Anna Victoria posted her message on Dec. 21, it has received 23,400 likes. People are commenting about what an important message it is and how it's helping them. One Instagram commenter said, "Thanks for this. I think you are a living angel. This helps me to feel better today."

Another commenter wrote, "Hoping this reaches the world. Beautiful inside and out."

Our Curvy & Confident content is fueled by Chicken Soup for the Soul: Curvy & Confident: 101 Stories about Loving Yourself and Your Body — a book filled with stories by those who embrace their body, no matter its shape or size.

(H/T: InStyle)

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