Are you sick of scrolling through your instagram feed and seeing ‘perfect’ faces and bodies only to feel like crap about yourself and want nothing more than to go a drown your sorrows in a tub of ice-cream? We feel you! However, one thing to remember is that these people only post the highlights of their life on instagram and most of these seemingly perfect photos are generally photo shopped and edited like crazy. So here are some inspiring instagram accounts that portray real life and real bodies, read on and give these accounts a follow for daily inspiration.

 

1. @aerie

Aerie posts untouched photos of every day real girls in their swimwear and underwear looking happy and confident. Their motto ‘Why retouch beauty? The real you is sexy.’

2. @nadiaaboulhosn

Nadia Aboulhosn is a Los Angeles based blogger and designer who posts photos of her amazing style showing women off all shapes and sizes can dress to impress.

How high is high enough? Till I’m eye to eye with the higher ups. @bynadiaaboulhosn JASMINE bodysuit

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3. @healthyisthenewskinny

Healthy is the New Skinny is a Brand dedicated to creating a healthy image in the media for girls and women! Scrolling through their inspirational page will inspire you to love yourself the way you are and motivate you to treat your body with the love and respect it deserves.

 

4. @stylehasnosize_official

This account is run by Edith Dohmen who is a style adviser and believes that style has no size which is so very very true! Scroll through her instagram for some seriously cool outfit ideas.

 

5. @nourishandeat

This account is run by a girl called Gina who describes herself as a self-love enthusiast and eating disorder survivor. She posts lots of positive quotes and photos that show the difference between real life and photo shopping to show everyone out there that no one is perfect.

Yoga is one of my favorite things to do – but it took me a long time to get here. 🙏🏼 A sick symptom of my eating disorder was my “exercise habits,” which were, more specifically, obsessions. I would do it to the point of exhaustion. I would climb on the elliptical with fashion magazines opened to spreads of dangerously thin models for “inspiration,” and wouldn’t get off until I hit my caloric goal — or until I started to see spots, which happened frequently. For so long I thought I had to look a certain way, be a certain size, even just to be at the gym. I looked at myself in the mirror at home and cried. I would put on a sports bra and cry at the fluffy bits hanging out over the sides, tug at the fat on my arms and pull a baggy t-shirt on to cover myself. I would stare at myself in the mirror of the gym and use my reflection as “motivation” to change. And for years I lived like that, flagellating myself on the altar of perfection, and for what? There was nothing wrong with my body then, and there is nothing wrong with my body now. But changing my perception? That was a fucking challenge. Changing the way I thought about exercise. About “fitness.” About HEALTH and wellness and my own body. Because WELLNESS has NOTHING to do with the shape of your body. It doesn’t matter what color you are, or how much you weigh, or where you come from or what your face or body looks like, DESPITE what all those adverts or social media brands tell you. Looking at this photo, I see those things I’ve fought to overcome. I see a girl who, after almost a year of absolutely NO exercise at all, now in the past few months is able to come to her mat in a room full of other people wearing just a sports bra. I see a girl who’s able to close her eyes and move and stretch and feel the strength in her body and her mind, knowing that this mindful movement doesn’t come with numbers or calories. Recognizing her peace. Feeling it. It took me a long time to find it, but I’m never giving it up. 🙏🏼🌟 (Always unretouched, no editing, no fotoshop no Facetune no funny business) #aeriereal #aeriepartner

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6. @thebodybook

The body book is the instagram account of the Book of the same name which is written by actress Cameron Diaz. Yes Cameron is a beautiful woman with an amazing body but she is a huge advocate for natural beauty, loving the skin you’re in and aging gracefully. This is evident on this instagram page, definitely follow this account for a daily confidence boost!

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