Breeahn Carter, 35, has decided to take a stand against photoshop, saying it’s “sad” to see the number of young girls and women who edit their photos to “please their followers”
A mum with thousands of Instagram followers has bared all in a series of unedited snaps posing in her underwear.
Breeahn Carter from Perth, Western Australia, wanted to post the photos to her 20,000 followers to encourage people not to use photoshop.
The 35-year-old, who has built her following by posting about her life as a mum-of-two, said she was sad to see other influencers editing their bodies in photos.
She told news.com.au: “We’re led to believe that things like skin texture, rolls, folds, pigmentation, hair etc aren’t desirable, yet they’re all things most of us have.”
Breeahn added people were “craving to see everyday bodies on social media.”
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After posting the photos, the mum-of-two said people were really positive in their response.
“So many women were thankful to see a 35-year-old mother-of-two put herself out there and say, ‘Yep, this is me’,” she said.
Underneath the post, where she poses in a lacy pink lingerie set, Breeahn wrote a long caption explaining her decision.
She wrote: “Over the weekend I stumbled across some videos about massive influencers editing their photos in order to keep their audience happy.
“It made me sad. These girls were STUNNING.”
She added: “We still have a long way to go.”
Breeahn puts a lot of the body confidence issues women have today down to “diet culture” in the 1990s, which meant a whole generation was raised on photos of slim women.
She confessed: “I remember crying in a changeroom cos my butt stuck out.
“I don’t ever remember a time when I didn’t think I should be on a diet.”
Breahnn continues that she recently had an epiphany, which caused her to realise something.
“I still want to be fit. I still want to be healthy. But no longer will I turn down cake at the office, or a treat cos I ‘shouldn’t’, or binge on ‘cheat’ day,” she said.
She wanted other women and girls to know they’re not alone in worrying about how their body looks in the mirror.
She wrote: “Many people will see me as confident in how I look, and I am. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t have to work on it EVERY DAY.
“We’re all a work in progress, but it’s work worth doing.”
Breeahn’s post attracted a flurry of positive comments as other women who had struggled with body confidence praised her for her honesty.
“What a woman! I love this so much,” one person wrote.
Another said: Thank you for sharing your experience and a real woman’s body.”
The mum took the snaps in her back garden, using a white sheet she’d hung off the kids’ climbing frame.
She said: “My only lighting was the sun, which was shining directly into my eyes so I had no idea what the pics looked like as I was posing for them.
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“I expected to look at them and still hone in on my ‘flaws’. But I surprised myself. I found myself focusing on things I liked, and I really loved them all.”