Ashley James Shows How Easy It Is To Fake Transformation Pics

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If its not waif-thin supermodels or endless images of otherworldly Victoria’s Secret angels making us feel inadequate about ourselves, the new breed of Insta-fit ‘influencers’ certainly aren’t helping.

We know they’re meant to motivate, but so often, these ‘before’ and ‘after’ transformation photos just leave us feeling lacking. What’s wrong with our bodies ‘before’, anyway? And why don’t our ‘after’ bodies look like that one?

That’s why, as lame as it may appear, ‘truth posts’, like Ashley James’, are the reality check many of us need.

The presenter and former Made In Chelsea star posted two side-to-side images of herself modelling underwear to show just how easy it is to manipulate body size in photographs:

LET’S TALK ABOUT SELF LOVE! The other day one of my friends (who is gorgeous by the way) showed me a photo she had taken of herself in an unflattering light in an unflattering pose to remind herself how disgusting she was at the moment. We can all feel beautiful or ugly in photos depending on the right angles and lights, just like me in these two images, which were taken 2 seconds apart (although admittedly my hair and makeup is professionally done but you get the point). Why do we all do this to ourselves? We wouldn’t be friends with someone if they made us feel like this, but we still do it to ourselves. If you’re in need of some self-love, my incredible friend @iammelwells is doing a 7 days of self love challenge, starting today. I urge you to follow her as she’s doing amazing things and I’m so proud of her. Let’s all love and be kind to ourselves a lot more. Tag a friend who you think needs to see this today. 💗 #iamtheone #thegoddessrevolution #selfconfidence #mondaymotivation

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She accompanied the image with an incredibly sad story.

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“The other day one of my friends (who is gorgeous by the way) showed me a photo she had taken of herself in an unflattering light in an unflattering pose to remind herself how disgusting she was at the moment.

“We can all feel beautiful or ugly in photos depending on the right angles and lights, just like me in these two images, which were taken 2 seconds apart (although admittedly my hair and makeup is professionally done but you get the point). Why do we all do this to ourselves? We wouldn’t be friends with someone if they made us feel like this, but we still do it to ourselves.[sic}”

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James then announced a seven days of self-love challenge, which we’re totally joining her on. Be your own best friend.