Allen, “a PT and nutrition coach in training” from Sydney, gained a legion of fans after documenting her fitness journey on Instagram.
But it was a photo posted earlier this month that catapulted her into the international spotlight, and resulted in a write up by Allure in the US.
Allen posted side-by-side photos, to demonstrate how easy it is to appear cellulite free in photos.
She captioned the unfiltered photo, saying “Just keepin’ it real with y’all #ihavecellulitetoo and it appears when I squeeze my butt & disappears with the simple act of slightly tilting my hips out!
“Don’t ever let instagram take away from your achievements, cause there’s a lot of editing, tilting, posing, angles, lighting and all the rest going on,” she continues.
“We alll do it ... just don’t beat yourself up if you feel like you see all these celluliteless peeps out there.
“We have to embrace and love our bodies as they are, whilst working towards our healthiest, strongest selves.”
The post was liked over 22,000 times and was met with a flood of supportive comments.
As Devon Ivies points out in Allure, Allen’s “same body, different angle”–type post is part of a popular genre among body-positive bloggers in recent months.
“To make a statement about what bodies really look like, more and more social media users are sharing revealing photos of themselves, from “transformation” selfies taken 12 hours apart to selfies of a stomach with and without supportive tights. The takeaway: While an Instagram may look “perfect,” the body in it isn’t — it’s real, and worth celebrating.”
Sara Puhto, a 20-year-old Finnish body blogger, has attracted over 110k followers by posting such photos. She went viral last month after sharing a series of split images to her social media page. On one side she has the typical Instagram-worthy perfect portrait — abs sculpted, booty round, mouth wide open and smiling. In the other, aptly titled “Real Life,” she keeps the same grin, but adopts a more natural stance — sitting, walking, standing normally. The difference is startling, which was Puhto’s point.
“If I saw the photo on the left a year ago I would’ve instantly thought so negatively about my body, that all my hard work from working out was non-existent, that if someone looked at me they would’ve never thought I’ve been working out for 2 years and think I wasn’t trying hard enough. But the thing is that all bodies look different. Nobody’s booty looks round and peachy from all angles. Nobody’s body looks the same from all angles.”...Read more