This Model Posted Before And After Photos To Remind Everyone That Being ‘Thin’ Does Not Make You Happy

None of us can truly see ourselves correctly. Our eyes are instantly magnetized to what we perceive as our “flaws,” and we are incapable of seeing anything else when we look in the mirror.

It often feels like this inner battle of insecurity is singular to us “normal” people โ€” the ones who aren’t photographed on red carpets or posing in magazine spreads. However, the reality is that even celebrities and people who are paid to be beautiful struggle with their own body image issues and perceived shortcomings.

British model andย body activist, Charli Howard, recently shared two side-by-side before and after photos, showing how she looked when she was at an “unhealthily low weight” and experiencing an eating disorder, and how she looks now, during her recovery.

 

Look how far I've come!! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ I may be heavier than I was, but I'm happier than I've ever been, and I never, EVER want to go back to that miserable and lonely time. ๐Ÿ’” I'm proof that being thin does not make your life better. I know the idea of thinness can often feel like a gateway towards a more fabulous, exotic and fulfilled life (that's how it's sold in magazines and in the media), but the reality is very different. You're just masking underlying insecurities or problems. Being thin does not miraculously make you: โœ–๏ธ Happy โœ–๏ธ Pretty โœ–๏ธ Popular (with girls or boys) … or solve any other problem. The only way you will achieve these things is IF and WHEN you choose to love yourself and who you're meant to be! ๐Ÿ’• Trust who you are and realise you're good enough. Always remember that there is so much more to life than looks and weight. It's a big world out there and you have so much more to offer it ๐ŸŒ (P.S Thank you @letayna for tagging me in this before & after photo! It really showed me how much better my life is now! ๐Ÿ’–) #iamallwoman #curves

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The caption on herย Instagram post reads:

Look how far I’ve come!! I may be heavier than I was, but I’m happier than I’ve ever been, and I never, EVER want to go back to that miserable and lonely time.ย 
I’m proof that being thin does not make your life better. I know the idea of thinness can often feel like a gateway towards a more fabulous, exotic and fulfilled life (that’s how it’s sold in magazines and in the media), but the reality is very different. You’re just masking underlying insecurities or problems.
Being thin does not miraculously make you:
* Happy
* Pretty
* Popular (with girls or boys)
… or solve any other problem.
The only way you will achieve these things is IF and WHEN you choose to love yourself and who you’re meant to be! Trust who you are and realise you’re good enough. Always remember that there is so much more to life than looks and weight. It’s a big world out there and you have so much more to offer it.

TRUTH.

This isn’t the first time that Charli has been vocal about her body image dysmorphia, either. After she was told that she was “too fat” and “out of shape” to work in the fashion industry, the 26-year-old left her modeling agency with a very public “Fuck you” post on Facebook. Since then, she’s been speaking up about body positivity and encouraging others to realize that they are more than just a number on a scale or a dress size.

Last month, she shared a similar before and after set, discussing how she still struggles with shutting out the negativity and loving her body.

Let me tell you a little tale regarding the selfies pictured here. In the words of Nicki Minaj, I was "feelin' myself" in the photo on the right, despite being in Texas and having eaten more food than is humanly necessary. But hey, it was a holiday, and I was enjoying myself. Life isn't about restricting. โœ–๏ธ It's taken me a longggg time, but I like how my shape is developing. ๐Ÿ‘ I like how womanly I'm starting to look. I like how my boobs and thighs are getting bigger, which I never thought I'd say. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ I don't want to look like that miserable girl on the left, whose gums were always bleeding, hair was falling out, periods didn't come etc. โ˜น๏ธ So anyway, I posted that "feelin' myself" photo & carried on with my day. A couple of days later, I was sent an article that had been written about me with that selfie included. The article itself was very nice, as is the girl who wrote it (she frequently writes about body positivity)… but then I made the mistake of viewing the comments. ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„ In a nutshell, I was described as "fat", "ugly", "arrogant" and "not model material". One person said I should go and work in porn because that's all I was good for. ๐Ÿ’” I just began sobbing at Austin Airport, which was a bit embarrassing, but it was a reflection of how I felt inside. MORTIFIED. Ashamed. FAT. Suddenly, all the old thoughts & feelings I felt in the left photo came rushing back, like how I should stop eating for the rest of the day, or start over exercising to compensate. ๐Ÿ˜ข But then a random lady came over to me and gave me a hug out of the blue. Like those dickheads on the internet, she was a total stranger, but she decided to show me kindness, despite not knowing me or why I was crying. โค๏ธ I suddenly realised that my worth wasn't representative of some mean trolls on the internet. It's taken my years, but I LIKE MY BODY & MY SHAPE. I'm finally healthy ๐ŸŽ‰ My body isn't validated by anyone else's views of me. And neither is yours! โœŒ๐Ÿผ Be kind to other girls online. You never know how your words may affect someone. ๐Ÿ’• #bodypositive #curves #iamallwoman

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The caption read:

Let me tell you a little tale regarding the selfies pictured here. In the words of Nicki Minaj, I was “feelin’ myself” in the photo on the right, despite being in Texas and having eaten more food than is humanly necessary. But hey, it was a holiday, and I was enjoying myself. Life isn’t about restricting. ย It’s taken me a longggg time, but I like how my shape is developing. I like how womanly I’m starting to look. I like how my boobs and thighs are getting bigger, which I never thought I’d say. I don’t want to look like that miserable girl on the left, whose gums were always bleeding, hair was falling out, periods didn’t come etc. So anyway, I posted that “feelin’ myself” photo & carried on with my day. A couple of days later, I was sent an article that had been written about me with that selfie included. The article itself was very nice, as is the girl who wrote it (she frequently writes about body positivity)… but then I made the mistake of viewing the comments. In a nutshell, I was described as “fat”, “ugly”, “arrogant” and “not model material”. One person said I should go and work in porn because that’s all I was good for. I just began sobbing at Austin Airport, which was a bit embarrassing, but it was a reflection of how I felt inside. MORTIFIED. Ashamed. FAT. Suddenly, all the old thoughts & feelings I felt in the left photo came rushing back, like how I should stop eating for the rest of the day, or start over exercising to compensate. But then a random lady came over to me and gave me a hug out of the blue. Like those dickheads on the internet, she was a total stranger, but she decided to show me kindness, despite not knowing me or why I was crying. I suddenly realised that my worth wasn’t representative of some mean trolls on the internet. It’s taken me years, but I LIKE MY BODY & MY SHAPE. I’m finally healthy. My body isn’t validated by anyone else’s views of me. And neither is yours! Be kind to other girls online. You never know how your words may affect someone.

This may sound utterly unbelievable, as Charli is still empirically gorgeous โ€” but it’s important to realize that everyone encounters haters who are eager toย criticize their body, regardless of shape, size or fitness level. It’s only when we manage to edit out this excess noise that we can step back and appreciate ourselves for who we really are.

And fuck anybody who says otherwise.

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