Meet Chessie King, an Instagram model who preaches radical self-love. Chessie is open about her struggles with her body image in the past, and she uses her experiences to encourage others to love the bodies they were born in.
As part of this initiative, she’s always been open about photoshopping and showing how online influencers change their appearances digitally to fit a certain image. Honestly, it’s surprising how much someone can alter a photo and still keep it looking realistic.
Smooth skin, peachy booty, small waist, thin thighs… you can have it all in just 30 seconds of editing 💁🏼♀️ It’s scary how easily & quickly you can change your body on some of these apps. @lydiaxcollins & I had a play round to see how ‘modern day perfect’ we could make me look but still making it look ‘real’. Instagram can be so encouraging & inspiring but it’s also a ‘perfection’ trap 95% of the time & it can be so unhealthy & it still effects me. I want you to be able relate to me & look at my body & know it’s achievable. I want you to see me & know I look exactly the same in real life as I do on here. Yes people work extremely hard for their bodies & some people do look like the right but the rest of us gals should not have to feel like sh🍌t if we don’t 💃🏼 Sending allllll my love to anyone that’s compared themselves to another human today or wished they looked like that person on Instagram. You’re beautiful, in your own unique way ❤️🧡💛
But recently, Chessie decided to open up about her trolls and the terrible comments they make to her, some of which are incredibly harmful and toxic. She loves her body, of course, but it’s not always easy when there are a bunch of people spamming your DMs trying to tell you what you need to change about yourself if you want to be “beautiful.”
THIS IS ME. THIS IS MY BODY 🙋🏼♀️ No flattering angles, no flattering lighting, just me & my body feeling on top of the 🌍. We all have days where we feel super duper good but we don’t share them enough. I want YOU to feel confident enough to dance around in your underwear & embrace any wobble you have! A few years ago I would never have posted this, all I cared about back then was being the leanest I could, going to the gym as many times as I could a week & counting every calorie I ate 🍴 Even at my smallest, when I was training the most & eating the least, I just wanted to cover up my body because it wasn’t my idea of ‘perfect’ 💁🏼♀️ Now my priority is to be happy & comfortable in my own skin, & today I appreciate my body & what it does for me. We were not made to be Barbie dolls who LOOK insanely good 24/7, we were made to be HUMAN & we should all be allowed to FEEL insanely good 24/7. Come at me keyboard warriors, you can say what you want but nothing will knock me down 💃🏼👊🏼
So Chessie decided to do an experiment: she took a video of herself and digitally altered it to look like what the trolls told her she should look like. And honestly, the result was pretty freaking terrifying.
Her fans, of course, loved the statement she was making and thanked her for going out of her way to say it, because sometimes everyone needs to be reminded that strangers’ opinions don’t matter, and unkind words should be disregarded altogether.
Remember: you are beautiful just the way you are, and no amount of comments from trolls can change that.