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'There is no such thing as perfection': Woman shows huge effect of posture in photos

They say the camera doesn’t lie, but in reality, your body’s appearance can change drastically from photo to photo depending on how you pose. That’s the message behind one Instagram post that recently went viral.

Fitness blogger Lauren Tickner, 20, posted three photos of herself taken 30 seconds apart. In the first photo, her stomach is sticking out but in the next, it is noticeably narrower. In the third image, she is still trim, but her new, straighter posture transforms the appearance of her figure.

POSTURE changes EVERYTHING! Posing is SO powerful: what you see of people on social media is NOT how they look 24/7 in real life! 👉🏼 I know that if I arch my spine and pop my hip, I can make my stomach look flatter & my butt look bigger. Of course, some people DO have big bums & flat stomachs 💖 Similarly, slouching and 'letting go' of my stomach after a big meal makes it appear more bloated: it's just how it is! Tucking your spine will make your butt look flatter: you can literally make your body look SO different, just by standing differently! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ People will always speak negatively about others: it's horrible, but sadly it is just a fact of life. I receive all of these comments 👆🏼 all the time, but thankfully for the more negative ones, I have thick skin. I used to even say these things to myself 😔 BUT now I have learned that if I see a 'bad' photo of myself, it is OKAY!!!!! It doesn't matter!!! As we see here, angles and posture are eveeeerything! Similarly, IDGAF if other people want to comment mean things, because I have learned to accept my body and love it for what it is. Your body is so incredibly powerful: give it some credit🙌🏼 I also know how to pose to make myself look 'best'. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I don't care how 'overdone' people say these photos are: I think they are SO important. I sometimes still stumble across a photo and think "agh, I wish I looked like that..." BUT, they uploaded that photo for a REASON! They probably took 10000 others and chose that ONE photo. (I know I'm guilty of taking looooads before having ma money shot ✨) PLUS, for all I know, they photoshopped that photo! Take EVERYTHING with a pinch of salt! #StrengthFeed - EDIT: this photo is to prove a point 👍🏼 - sometimes one may see a photo of themselves and think 'agh, I hate how I look' ...but then you have to remember that you may just be MOVING & caught off guard, so your body isn't looking 'normal'! Yes, I know I am overemphasising each 'pose' ☺️ - P.S, purchase my training/macro-tracking guides at:

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Tickner, who is based in London, said she posted the comparison photos to serve up an important reminder about the so-called “ideal” bodies we often see on Instagram.

“I get so upset by seeing how disheartened people are through all these photos they see online of these 'perfect' bodies (there is no such thing as perfection, FYI!), and I wanted to show people how much of a difference posing can make,” she told TODAY Style in an email. “The body (people) are striving to get is a snapshot of someone's life. They may have taken 10,000 photos to get that one they liked enough to post online.”

Tickner says photos are completely subjective, and that you should never base your self-confidence off of how you appear in a single picture.

“Sometimes one may see a photo of themselves and think, 'Agh, I hate how I look,’” she wrote in the post. “But then you have to remember that you may just be MOVING and caught off guard, so your body isn't looking 'normal!’”

Tickner’s post clearly hit home for many people, racking up more than 32,000 likes. Some fans thanked Tickner for serving up such an honest reality check.

“I totally ‘let go’ of my stomach after a meal and self-loathe,” one woman wrote. “Thanks for showing me I'm not the only one and that's normal.”

“So much love for this post!!” another woman commented. “I noticed the same thing about myself today when I got out of the elevator—it's all about posture!”

As an active fitness blogger who shares her diet and workout routines with her more than 100,000 Instagram followers, Tickner says there is nothing wrong with striving for a flatter stomach or more defined curves.

But, she warns, even if you are in amazing shape, you will not always take “perfect” photos.

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“I think is should be NORMAL not to strive to look 100 percent, 100 percent of the time,” she told TODAY Style. “It is such a shame that people are embarrassed if they see a photo where their stomach doesn't look at flat as usual ... Angles are everything!”

A lot of people would be nervous about posting such raw, honest images for the world to see, but Tickner says it’s worth opening up if it helps someone else feel more confident and less alone.

“As long as I am helping people, I am happy! I don't care if I have to make myself look 'bad' or stupid doing it,” she told TODAY.

And, she added, her followers can be sure they’re seeing the real Lauren because she never Photoshops her images, apart from adjusting the brightness.

“I want people to see the real me,” she said.