A woman who proudly shares photos of herself on Instagram doing yoga – naked – has hit back at haters.
21-year-old Kirsty Tavolacci from North Carolina, US, has more than 30,000 followers on her Instagram account Tiny Kirsty.
Kirsty often bares all while doing elaborate yoga poses but claims she posts the photos to let everyone know they are beautiful in their natural state.
"Are we born for something bigger than a simple life on tracks? Station to station, just pressing time to the finish line Are we fooling our imaginations? Like ships on the shore or planes on the floor Or trains on the highway You're a colorful soul in a technicolor world While you're living it black and white . Where we are is not all we are It's the path we've run so far Have you ever felt so alive? You feel the blood in your veins like ice Melting down your spine Oh, have you fallen in love? Felt that shiver, that shift in your soul Crashing down like a wave On the seaside, on the seaside" – All We Are by Andy Kong . . . Enjoying my last afternoon in Coronado on the beach then saying goodbye to @stringbeanyoga ? At 3 I'm taking a train up to LA to see my "gram" bestie I've never met, @lexcreid in just a few short hours! Going to a HIIT vinyasa class later tonight in Venice & def. gonna be cuddling her kitty ? see you soon babe! . . #pincha #pinchamayurasana #HIITtoINVERT #backbend #yoga
The former cheerleader began practising yoga after admiring other fitness gurus’ photos online and doesn’t allow any negativity on her page deleting rude comments and blocking haters.
Kirsty wants her page to promote body positivity and wishes everyone had the confidence to show themselves ‘naked, natural and truly themselves’.
She told Charlotte Five:
Fitness and yoga for me has been a complete game changer in my life. It’s inspired my personal development, and I hope to bring that inspiration to the world.
Honestly, I don’t believe confidence should be hidden and I am a firm believer every single person is perfect the way they are.
I was prompted to post naked yoga photos because it was freeing, liberating and truly a form of art not many people had seen before.
The purpose of the photos is to let everyone know they are beautiful and to let everyone know in their most natural state, confidence and self-love is everything.
"Why are people so mad at girls who are okay with themselves? Do you know how many problematic things they have had to unlearn? How much self-destructive stuff they have had to erase from their memory? Don't patronize someone for feeling confident because you don't know the process that went into building their self-esteem." . Never sexualising the naked body with @petranellea & @acro.evie I wish, for the world, that every woman (and man) had the confidence to walk around naked, natural and truly themselves. ?
Quick to delete rude comments, sometimes Kirsty replies with savage style.
When one of her followers left a nasty comment about the size of her breasts, Kirsty replied:
You would NOT like it if someone commented on your photos saying something negative about you.
As a society we should be telling others they are beautiful and empowering them, not doing the opposite as you are doing right now.
Kirsty also spoke about how yoga makes her feel powerful and allows her to focus, saying:
It makes me focus on the pure physical and mental practice.
No distractions and no judgement.
We love what Kirsty is doing and it’s great to see people promoting body positivity and shutting down body shamers!
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.