Vicky Pattison proudly confirmed off her “squishy bits” in a optimistic filter-free Instagram post.
The former Geordie Shore star, 33, posted a side-by-side photograph of her in her exercise gear as she stated it was “important” to indicate correct representations of our bodies that folks don’t often see in the media.
One mirror selfie had Vicky going through the mirror with her leggings over her abdomen, whereas the second confirmed her from the aspect with her leggings pulled all the way down to correctly present her stomach.
She wrote: “This is NOT a ‘before & after’ pic.. Both these pictures are an accurate representation of what I look like taken minutes apart. Both of these pictures are perfectly show a healthy, happy & strong woman & it is important we acknowledge that,” she captioned the post.
“As I posed away in the mirror this morning before my workout as I often do, about to pop up a boomerang of myself in my nice new workout gear that does loads for my figure, in my skinny mirror that I love oh so much, with my body contorted into that perfect shape that I know does me all the favours- I thought to myself: What a tosser you are.”
She went on to elucidate how she was insecure about her physique when she was youthful but it surely took till she was in her 30s earlier than she “addressed it”.
“I hated my squishy bits, my cellulite, my so called ‘flaws’..” she wrote. “I’d even go as far as to say I hated my curves.
“And looking back it was easy to see why. Normal women, real women, women filled with perfect imperfections were WILDLY unrepresented in the press & media when I was growing up & I started to believe that if I wanted to be considered beautiful or attractive that I had to look like the women I saw in the magazines or on tv.”
According to the TV character, being in the limelight resulted in amplified insecurities.
“Nowadays young girls don’t just have to contend with perfect on tv, or beauty in magazines- they’re also constantly bombarded with contrived & unrealistic images of perfection via social media & this realisation has left me terrified, heartbroken & vowing to do better,” she added.
She hoped that by posting the side-by-side photograph, it could remind everybody that “all bodies are beautiful,” irrespective of the scale and form.
“I’m also telling you that not everything is as it seems- especially on social media,” Vicky ended the post. “Forget filters or good angles: You are all beautiful- remember that.”