Posting pictures of your body online has always been a bone of contention. The first line of attack assumed people who do it are self-obsessed and showing off. Then came the body positivity movement, where women of all shapes and sizes posted their beautiful, half-naked bodies and Instagram became the platform for posi vibes and posting images with purpose.
Of course, everyone loves to jump on the body positive bandwagon, whether their body already fits within societies standards of beautiful or not. Cue scores of models posting pictures with captions all about their personal struggles to accept themselves or quotes about self-love. However, one model is set to end that trend, and it’s none other than body positivity icon Iskra Lawrence.
Posting an insanely gorgeous bikini picture to Instagram, she captioned it with a lesson in Insta etiquette. She wrote:
‘I wouldn’t usually post this but...I do wonder how many posts that start like this are actually for real. Because most of the time the pics are FIRE and that’s a good enough reason to post...I don’t over think what I post unless it’s a message I want to share but if I feel good I’ll post whatever pic I want.’
Not only did she give us a lesson in not taking 10 minutes to come up with an Instagram caption, she also made the point that half-naked pictures don’t need to be accompanied by a meaningful quote to be seen as important or worthy.
‘A bikini pic or anything else doesn’t have to have a philosophical caption or be about body posi because maybe it seems more purposeful now or demands more respect. You deserve the same respect regardless of what you choose to wear.’
Her message encourages followers to question, why do we feel the need to attach more meaning to our fabulous holiday pictures? If we post it without a caption, will people think we’re shallow or unintelligent? The reality is probably yes, because we somehow need to seem as if we have an important reason to celebrate our body online.
It’s the idea that posting modest pictures implies intelligence and respect. In reality, you can post naked pictures every day and be a genius, as Iskra says, how much clothing we wear has no bearing on our level of self-respect and shouldn’t impact how much respect we receive from others.
While men can post as many topless pictures as they want with a fist emoji as the caption, women can’t post a swimsuit picture without people assuming she’s superficial, unless of course she posts exposes her deepest insecurities alongside it.
Iskra goes on to state:
‘ALSO don’t feel pressure to post swim or underwear pics for likes, follows or because u see people like me doing it. Your comfort and confidence is wayyyy more important, so stay true to you. So anyway just my random thoughts right now and here I am feelin🔥 in Vegas flexin on the gram with my lil back rolls and thick thighs and cel-u-lit.. no airbushin no problem’
She makes an important point to do whatever your comfortable doing online, regardless of what people will think. So, while everyone else continues to search for quotes about the sun online, we’ll be clicking post right away and actually enjoying the sun.
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