- Fitness blogger Chi Pham recently shared a side-by-side photo of her "belly rolls."
- Pham wanted to show that things like belly rolls, which are often touted as imperfections, are actually "things that are natural."
- Not all of the commenters and followers saw the value in the post, and a few claimed Pham purposely tried to emphasize her "belly rolls."
- Pham, however, told INSIDER that it shouldn't matter what she looks like on the outside since all people can "both berate and love themselves."
Photos showing off perceived imperfections, like stretch marks, cellulite, and scars, are shared online to remind people that reality is often different from the carefully curated images on social media. That's something fitness blogger Chi Pham addressed in her latest Instagram, in which she showcased her "belly rolls."
"Dear world: I have skin. I have fat. Sometimes, my skin and fat combine to make rolls," she wrote in the caption. "Dear world, my skin and fat and rolls are all as much a part of who I am as my eyes, or skin color, height. These are things that are natural. These are things that I embrace."
The post has garnered more than 2,000 likes and many comments. Most of the responses are from people inspired by Pham's words; others weren't so moved by the image, and even body shame her.
"Insta worthy vs real life posts like this make go...meh. Especially when it's someone already fit and trim slouching forcefully to make tiny belly rolls to show 'hey! I'm just like you!' No you're not. My rolls are thick and here when I'm already standing up, so that doesn't make me (or someone like me) insta-worthy? We're all worthy," another commenter wrote.
"Are you being serious? Dude come on! WHERE is your fat? I see the point you're trying to make BUT THERE IS NO FAT! AND EVERYONE HAS SKIN," someone else wrote.
"Maybe if you didn't try to purposely hunch over, your post would make a better point," another person commented.
These hurtful comments show that some people missed the point of Pham's post.
In retrospect, Pham wishes she had chosen a different posture or position to better spread her message — that everyone has skin, fat, and rolls.
"It can be easy to look at a photo and instantly judge, 'Oh, that girl is skinnier than me, she doesn't know what she's talking about,'" Pham told INSIDER via e-mail. "Or 'oh, that girl is already my ideal body, so what the hell is she whining about.'"
Pham continued to say that people don't consider how body image and self-perception impacts everyone. "It's not really about what you look like on the outside, but how you think about and treat yourself on the inside," she said. "And everyone, regardless of their shape, has the capacity to both berate and love themselves."
Pham said, ultimately, she wanted to show how changing our inner narratives can change how we view and treat ourselves. She also hoped to remind people not to judge others, especially if you can't relate to their circumstances."I'd ask that instead of making snap judgments, take a few extra moments to consider what that person's history or journey up to that moment may have been," she said. "Consider their struggles. Consider their triumphs. And instead of judging, join in on the celebrations as well."
Although side-by-side photos aren't the only way to get your point across, Pham's message is clearly one of body-positivity, even if everyone may not perceive it that way.
Read Pham's full caption here:
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