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This woman's side-by-side photo makes a powerful point about looking 'perfect' on Instagram

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Side-by-side images have become a staple of social media. The images, which place two photos next to one another, often show a transformation of sorts: before versus after, real versus altered,  good versus bad. Fitness blogger Amie-Jane Ward recently used the side-by-side method to send a body-positive message for her followers — but not in the way you'd think. 

On Wednesday, Ward posted a side-by-side photo on her Instagram account. In both photos, the blogger poses in a white sports bra and black bottoms. The words "Not me" appear in a large font at the bottom of each image.

"Both of these pictures are over exaggerated," Ward explained in the caption. "They are both not me!"

In the photo on the left, Ward revealed she pushed her hips forward to "give [herself] hip dips" and create the "illusion of being bigger" than she is in real life. In the photo on the right, she pushed her hips back to "give [herself] some shape."

Both of these pictures are over exaggerated! They are both not me! Not how you would see me normally! For one I would definitely have more clothes on 🤣 anyway one picture I have forced my hips forward to give myself hip dips and the illusion of being bigger then what I am and the other is me pushing my hips back to give myself some shape! None are bad!! But none are me!! What's the point in this post you may say?! Well always remember we can create the way we look by the different ways we position our body! Some days I look in the mirror standing weirdly and think wow I look big there then I turn a different way and think I look good 😳Different angles, lighting, posed can shape us in a way we are not 100%!! Just always remember to love yourself no matter what you look like it's how you feel that will determine you happiness in life! No body is perfect we are all imperfectly perfect 💗 .. .. .. .. #happy #love #tuesday #transformationtuesday #transformation #beautiful #instafit #instagood #fitfamuk #fitspo #motivation #fitnessjourney #reality #fitnessblogger #physique #real #girlsthatlift #fitnessgirl #girlswhosquat #bikinifitness #gainingweightiscool #bodybuilding #squats #inspiration #fitnessmotivation #strengthfeed #myprotein #gains #like4like

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"People post their best selfies on social media because that's the society we live in and that's OK," the blogger told PopSugar. "But it's also good to be honest and real now and again to show that we're not all perfect... but we are all perfect in our own way, in our own bodies... imperfectly perfect," she continued.

Ward echoed this sentiment in the caption for her post, reminding her followers not to trust everything they see online. "Always remember we can create the way we look by the different ways we position our body," she wrote. "Different angles, lighting, [and] poses can shape us in a way [that] we are not 100%," she added.

Despite being a fitness blogger, even Ward herself feels insecure about her body at times. She wrote: "Some days, I look in the mirror [while] standing weirdly and think, 'Wow I look big there.' Then I turn a different way and think, 'I look good.'"

Ward ended her post with an inspiring message about self-acceptance. "Just always remember to love yourself no matter what you look like," she wrote. "It's how you feel that will determine your happiness in life."

Slideshow: The Truth About These Weird Celebrity Diet Tips (Refinery29) 

We love to eat and we want to eat well, but doesn't it seem like famous people have a specific penchant for taking this totally understandable desire to wacky extremes? Perhaps it's because we can control what we eat, unlike so many other things in life. So, it can be easy to get caught up in the idea that if we just had a perfect diet, we'd feel perfect, too. And maybe so many celebrities, with their seemingly infinite resources and specific pressures, are just more prone turn to intense measures — juice cleanses, eating clay, restricting everything else — in pursuit of that perfection.It's hard to say why, exactly, but what we can say for sure is that many of the dieting habits celebrities love to talk about just aren't healthy — or sustainable. And, because so many of us take our cues from celebrities, we're encouraged to follow along and incorporate these habits into our own lives.That's not always a bad thing (many celebrities have excellent, balanced fitness regimens, for instance). But it definitely can set us on the disappointing and self-defeating track of fad dieting, a path many of us know all too well already. So click through to see a few of the wackiest celebrity diet tips — and why you should not try them at home. The Truth About These Weird Celebrity Diet Tips



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