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A French woman shared the same photo twice to make a powerful point about loving your body

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The INSIDER Summary:

  • Louise Aubery is a French fitness blogger and student at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Recently, she went viral for sharing a side-by-side photo of herself on Instagram to promote body positivity.
  • She also addressed the importance of everyone learning "not to be so harsh" when labeling body parts as "flaws."
  • The post has been liked by nearly 11,000 users. 

These days, it's pretty much common practice to only share the best parts of yourself and your life on social media. However, one Instagram user is making headlines for challenging others to break the mold.

Recently, popular fitness blogger Louise Aubery, who we first read about on Refinery29posted a powerful side-by-side photo that addresses the idea of embracing one's natural self.

Aubery has over 50,000 followers and routinely discusses social constructs through her account, @mybetter_self.

Rather than being judgmental, Aubery wants us all to "learn not to be so harsh on ourselves."

The left side of the image was intended to reflect what she believes others notice. This includes a "big smile, long legs, and strong butt." Yet, the right side points to aspects of her body she labels as "flaws." 

"As much as I preach self love and truly made some progress accepting myself, there is something I really struggle with: pictures," Aubery wrote. "Whenever I see a picture of me, the first things which catches my eyes are my FLAWS. I always see what is wrong."

⚡️ I am guilty. I am here to always be completely honest, because I feel social medias need more of it. | As much as I preach self love and truly made some progress accepting myself, there is something I really struggle with : pictures. . . Whenever I see a picture of me, the first things which catches my eyes are my FLAWS. I always see what is wrong. "Too close". "My nose appears too big." "My legs look too white". "I look terrible" This is usually what follows when someone show me a picture they took of me. . . YET, I really do not look at people's flaws first when I look at a picture of someone else ! On the contrary, I tend to focus on their assets. . . So why not do the same with yourself ? We really need to learn not to be so harsh on ourselves. It is not healthy. I am going to work on it, and I hope you will too. 💛 _____________________________________ ⚡️ Je plaide coupable. Vous savez que l'honnêteté est une valeur que je chérie; et je trouve que ca manque sur les réseaux sociaux. | Malgré que je prêche l'acceptance et l'amour de soi et que j'ai fait de réels progrès sur le sujet, il y a quelque chose avec lequel j'ai toujours beaucoup de mal : les photos. . . A chaque fois que je vois une photo de moi, tout ce que je vois en premier sont mes défauts. Je vois toujours ce qui ne va PAS. "Trop proche" "Mon nez paraît trop gros" "J'ai l'air trop blanche" "Supprime" : ce sont généralement mes premières réactions après avoir vu une photo de moi. . . Pourtant, ce n'est pas du tout comme ça que je réagis quand je vois une photo de quelqu'un d'autre ! Au contraire, j'ai plutôt tendance à voir leurs atouts . . Alors pourquoi ne l'applique-t-on pas à nous-même ? On doit vraiment apprendre à ne pas être aussi dur envers soi-même. Ce n'est pas sain. Je vais travailler dessus, et j'espère que vous aussi. 💛

A post shared by Louise| Thinker & Maker (@mybetter_self) on

Aubery continued by questioning why doesn't she focus more on her "assets" instead. 

"I really do not look at people's flaws first when I look at a picture of someone else! On the contrary, I tend to focus on their assets," she said. "So why not do the same with yourself?"

Her caption then ended with a motivational call to action: "I am going to work on it, and I hope you will too," she said.

Several followers commented their support, with many of them praising Aubery for her honesty.

"This post is so important! Thank you for sharing," one Instagrammer wrote.

🌟 Smiling because.... ... I wake up everyday & work towards my goal ... I live in a wonderful city ... I am surrounded by amazing people ... & I am probably thinking about my next meal 🙃🙃🙃 The point is, there are SO MANY reasons to smile and yet we always tend to focus on what's wrong. It is so easy to forget about the positive. Next time you're having a negative thought, replace it with a positive one, you'll see how powerful it is 💫 _______________________________________ 🌟 Je suis souriante parce que: ... Je me réveille chaque jour & je travaille pour accomplir mes objectifs ... J'habite dans une ville incroyable ... Je suis entourée de personnes géniales .... & Je pense probablement à mon prochain repas 🙃🙃🙃 Le point que j'essaie de faire est qu'on a TELLEMENT de raisons de sourire chaque jour, et pourtant on se concentre trop sur le négatif. C'est facile d'oublier le positif. La prochaine fois que vous avez une pensée négative, remplacez là par une pensée positive, vous constaterez à quel point c'est puissant 💫

A post shared by Louise| Thinker & Maker (@mybetter_self) on

Another user said, "[there's] no such thing as perfect but beauty really comes from within no matter what! Love this post."

In an interview with Metro.co.uk, Aubery was quoted saying, "the mind is what can help us most. We underestimate our ability to send it signals and influence our behaviour. ... I created this post because I feel social media platforms are not quite what they could be and should be — i.e. a tool to promote empowerment."

It's inspiring to see someone using their notoriety to spread healthy messages in such a positive way.

Related: Curvy Yogi Promotes Body Positivity On The Streets Of Mumbai (provided by Barcroft TV)

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