The Bachelor in Paradise contestant shared two photos; one of the 26-year-old three years ago and one of her today.
“[The] first pic me [was] three years ago,” she wrote on Instagram.
“Stressed, barely eating (binge eating) but still going to the gym everyday skipping meals then beating myself up for everything I eaten. Also just lost my Nanna so I was partying a great deal and hardly sleeping. Basically a very bad time in my life.”
The second photo had a happier context.
“[In the] second photo I’m eating more still socialising, fit, strong, happier. Don’t get my wrong I still get insecure but I’m learning to love my body and accept it for how it is now and know this is me and the way I am,” she wrote.
Sharing the reason behind her decision for posting the two photos, the personal-trainer-in-the-making said she wanted to challenge the notion of “body goals”.
“It’s taken me so long to accept myself and how my body has changed because it has dramatically changed and there’s still days I look at old clothes and get scared that I have gained to much muscle and then start questioning everything I’m doing but then I stop myself because honestly this is the healthiest and heaviest I have ever been in my life and I LOVE IT,” she wrote.
“The reason for me doing this is messages I get from girls saying I’m “body goals” and they wish they could look like me… But you shouldn’t want to be or look like anyone else other than yourself and just accept yourself for who you are.”
Simone’s message is similar to Rachael Finch’s words that the model and mother-of-two shared on her Instagram stories. Speaking candidly about her body image, the mum opened up about her modelling days in 2008 when she was underweight to the point that she lost her period, and said she’s now at the happiest and healthiest she’s ever been.
“I lived off skinny lattes, diet soft drinks and low-fat foods,” she said.
“I thought that was healthy, and I felt like I had to maintain that weight in order to continue to get work. I was so obsessed with counting calories all the time. It was a wrong way to look at things. It was a vicious cycle that ultimately cost me the health of my body.
Lena Dunham has also posted similar photos of her body, expressing a similar sentiment.
In the first picture I look like a cashmere princess made of miracles and in the second I look like I’ve killed 9 husbands and hidden them in the bayou. But in the first I was hiding wildly untreated illness physical and mental under my fancy coat and in the second I am restored to sanity, talking to someone I love about the job I love on my way home from a really enriching morning. I am out of pain. This is your (and my) daily reminder that there are things more honest than pictures and that your feed is a bastion of lies!
And if this is the new body positive trend in ‘before and after photos,’ then we are completely on board.
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Taryn Brumfitt’s ‘I Am’ carries the body positive message we need.