A personal trainer has shared an empowering message to her followers alongside a photograph which captured something you don’t normally see on your highly curated Instagram grid.
Madalin Giorgetta, an Australian fitness model, posted an undoctored photograph to social media – despite dubbing the picture ‘gross’ – to make a really important point about female bodies.
The Woman’s Best ambassador was initially ‘a little embarrassed’ to share her ‘butt dimples’ with the world. After all, her livelihood as a fitness model is dependant on a curated portrayal of the female form and fitness goals which she tends to perpetrate on Instagram in paid posts.
When my sister originally took this photo of me I saw it and was like "eww gross delete delete". I forgot to delete it and kept it on my computer for months. I shared another similar more flattering picture on my Instagram (sans butt dimples) and never thought I would ever share the original photo. When @whandfmag were interviewing me for a piece on their body issue edition I attached 5 images, all pictures in which I thought I looked pretty good ?I hesitated to send this picture as I didn't know how I'd feel about this being on every newsstand in Australia. In a "what the hell" moment I emailed it through, and the editor told me it was the picture there were deciding to print ? Now that I see it in print, I'm extremely proud and so happy I made the decision to publish a photo of myself that shows me for me ☺️ no editing, no booty pose, just me, a giant coconut and my goofy grin ?
However, Madalin had a change of heart when she shared this candid shot with a national magazine for an editorial fitness feature, and hasn’t looked back since.
Now the image has gone viral, she told UNILAD she’s proud of her natural physique:
I thought I might feel a little embarrassed, but I feel really proud. Next time I take a photo, I won’t be as bothered if I see a bit of cellulite or some back fat roll. It’s all good. There’s bigger things in life to stress about!
"How do I get a thigh gap"? Well, firstly, you could stand like me in the left and flex really hard and you kinda have to concentrate on pulling your thighs to the side ? My legs have always been shaped like this, where I had a natural gap in the middle of my legs. It's been the same when I was 46kg and is the same when I'm 56kg. It's just my body shape. Like it's my body shape to have short legs and a long torso. And it's also my body shape to have a waist that goes "in". I can't change any of these things. That's just the way I was built. Don't beat yourself up over things you can't change. I've learnt to accept what I cannot change, and change what I can. That's not to say that I hate myself, or want to change everything. I like watching my body grow and change, and if I'm honest, I've never felt more confident with how I look and feel in my own skin right now ❤️ When I started this account I didn't even want to show my face. I was so embarrassed of my face being attached to this body. Now, I feel good. And feeling good in your body ain't no bad thing ??
Regarding the toss up between Instagram success and honesty, she said:
It’s tricky, I won’t lie. My following will build if I post a good ‘ab photo’ or a booty pic. If my body looks good, my following increases.
But I have noticed recently that my followers increase when I post ‘real’ photos as well – of stretch marks and bloating and cellulite.
People love to see other women who they can relate to as well. So I’m lucky that I have such supportive followers!
Been reviving heaps of DMs ? re my Instagram story and my 8 week before and after. If you want to find my leg + booty exercise just jump on my blog (link in bio) to find it ??I will be changing all my exercises this week as I am going to be doing more isolated booty exercises ? Tips for growing the booty? Eat your carbs and hip thrust like you're at da club! ?? Wearing @womensbest ?
There’s definitely a part of me that realises I can’t just ‘let go’ and lay on the couch for two weeks eating McFlurrys and watching Love Island.
Although working out is hard work, it makes me feel amazing inside and out, so I can’t complain!
If anything, I’m lucky that I have my Instagram account to keep me accountable.
It’s a refreshing break from the norm of so-called social influencers prancing about in their active-wear and perpetuating the false ideal of fitness perfectionism.
You know the type:
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Instead, Madalin wants to empower other women, adding:
It’s so easy to tell women to love their bodies, but it’s a lot more complicated than that! For me, I started to accept and love my body when I stopped hating on the parts that were never going to change.
I realised the positives in what I once viewed as negatives and appreciate that we all have different bodies, and we are all beautiful in our own way.
She concludes: ‘I’m a glass half full kinda woman, and always encourage women to find the beauty in themselves.’
After all, Instagram is a just bunch of pixels full to the brim of body myths and filtered physiques.
It’s not real life. Butt dimples are. End of story.
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.