Instagram can often be a place of comparison, which can lead to many people having toxic views on their own lives and bodies.
So one woman has made it her mission to inspire her followers by posting ‘realistic’ pictures of herself.
Victoria Garrick – an influencer, mental health advocate and former volleyball player – took to social media to show fans how easy it is to be “deceived” online.
In her latest Instagram post, Victoria shared a series of side by side snaps with her 339,000 followers.
She took the images seconds apart to show how much you can manipulate your body by posing cleverly.
Victoria captioned the inspirational post: “I post side by sides like this to show how images can deceive us…”
She continued: “Scrolling through carefully curated pictures online can trick us into thinking that there is only ONE way for our bodies to look.
“If I had only posted the pictures on the left, you might walk away thinking THAT is what my body looks like all the time.
“But the truth is, ALL bodies look TONS of different ways depending on lighting, clothing, the angle, the pose, and the day! (These pictures were taken just moments apart yet my body looks drastically different in each pic.)
“Neither photo of me is better or worse, all are just simply MY BODY!”
In the first series of snaps, Victoria can be seen side by side crouched down in some bright red gym leggings.
The snap on the left shows Victoria wearing her leggings high waisted to create a cinched in look.
However, on the right side the influencer is wearing the gym attire low waisted to show off her stomach.
In the next comparison photos, Victoria posted a snap of her back to the camera showing off her black sports bra.
Inspired by the post, people rushed to the comments to share how the motivational snaps had affected them.
One person commented: “Today I was not feeling well with my body. Thanks for this, we are only human and that is completely fine.”
Another person added: “Thank you so much for these posts, it has honestly changed so much for how I view online images and my own body. Also fight on!”
And a third user noted: “You are my INSPIRATION. Thank you, I love you so much.”