Model Loses 70k Followers By Posting Brutally Honest Photos
An Instagram model has caused controversy by moving away from fitness inspiration and bikini posts, causing her to lose 70,000 followers.
Sophie Gray has said she’ll never post a bikini photo ever again, saying the posts were ‘harmful’ to many.
She posted to Instagram to say compared to feeling fit, pizza and cookies are way better.
She posted this rejection of her former Instagram ways:
Having a six-pack and thigh gap doesn’t make you happy. Pizza and cookies are f*cking delicious.
And I’m sick of women being told they have to be anything other than themselves to be happy.
I know, I was in the #fitspo industry for years and I still want you to care for your body – but this [is] bullsh*t.
Sophie has seriously changed her lifestyle – she now eats pizza, ice cream, chocolate, donuts and all the other great things in life while still working out – balancing her diet to make sure she’s healthy.
She’s on a campaign to promote body positivity, posting a picture with the caption: ‘Self love over six packs.’
Her new approach has lost her almost 70,000 followers, down from 430,000 to 360,000, but since then, her following has slightly improved, and at the time of writing, she has 397,000 followers who are responding to her incredible message.
One of her more popular posts admitted to self harming when she was younger, as well as accepting her time obsessing with fitness, writing:
@WayofGray is for the girl, nine years ago, who touched a blade to her skin her the first time. It’s for the girl who felt as though her pain was out of her control and had to regain it through self harm.
It’s for the girl who looked in the mirror and only saw what she thought she lacked. It’s for the girl who didn’t want to exist within her body and her life anymore.
It’s for the girl who cried herself to sleep and carved permanent scars into her body.
The post continued:
It’s for me. But, @WayofGray is also for you.
It’s for you if you have ever, even for a split second, wanted to be someone else. It’s for you if you have ever wanted to be prettier, smarter, or more successful.
It’s for you if you have ever just wanted to be less you. It’s for all of us.
Despite losing so many followers at the time, Sophie has gained another 30,000 who love the positive message which she’s advocating.
It’s an increasingly common phenomenon of women eschewing the traditional airbrushed and edited lifestyle of a typical instagram model for the more realistic and body positive online presence.
This will undoubtedly have a knock-on effect on the young and impressionable people who are looking to people like Sophie for inspiration; it’s a wonderful thing they’ll find acceptance in those places rather than an unrealistic ideal which will undermine her sense of self worth.
Absolute hats off to Sophie and people like her!