Kayla Itsines is an Aussie fitness star who shares her fitness secrets and workouts on popular social media platform Instagram. In addition to supporting her 12.1 million followers in their fitness journeys, the personal trainer has her own training business and is the co-creator of the Bikini Body Guide (BBG).
On Monday, the personal trainer took to the platform to post a photo series showing off her body while working out at the gym. In the caption, she writes a long, inspirational note to her fans about the misconceptions surrounding women’s bodies and how social media often sends the wrong messages. In the snaps, she provides proof of how the female body is imperfect no matter how healthy and in shape a person might be, by giving her followers a glimpse of her stretch marks and cellulite.
In the photos, Kayla poses for the selfie as she kneels on the floor mats of the gym, raising one leg to perch on her toes. She wears a red sports bra that shows off her toned tummy and muscular back and arms, in addition to a pair of tiny, black gym shorts that expose her sculpted legs. She teams the outfit with white sneakers while pulling her long, brown tresses up into a bun. The fitness trainer adds a bit of makeup to the look, an application that includes black lashes and lip gloss, while accessorizing with an Apple watch.
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**SWIPE** I posted these photos on my story the other day, but I want to talk about it again because I think it's SO important. Women write to me all the time asking “how do you get rid of saddle bags, hip dips, cellulite and tuckshop arms” and I'm like, WHAT?! I had NO IDEA what some of this stuff even was. Seriously, I literally had to look up what a hip dip was. I had never heard of some of them in my entire life – literally ever. Ladies, this kind of criticism of our bodies where you focus on these tiny little things that you think are “imperfections” has got to change. In my experience working with women over the last 10 years, it has become clear that most of these terms are inherited from the media and or societies expectation of what a "good" body is that has "no imperfections". The reality actually is, that these things are not imperfections AT ALL, they are totally normal, it is parting of being a human, a woman. You don't need to get “ rid” of ANYTHING on your body. Your femininity and your uniqueness is what makes you beautiful and makes you, YOU! Instead, I want you to focus on adding GOOD things to your body, like a healthy diet, strength and confidence. ???? Once you get into a good fitness routine and you become more confident, you're going to realise that these areas that you worried about do not matter AT ALL. You honestly won't even notice or think about them anymore, I promise. ???? www.kaylaitsines.com/app #BBG #BBGStronger #BBGBeginner #bbg2020
The second photo in the set is a close-up of the fitness influencer’s outer thigh. As she raises her gym shorts to reveal her skin, viewers can see a smattering of stretch marks and cellulite. In the caption, Kayla explains that women often ask her how to get rid of these perceived imperfections, to which she often replies that she has no idea. She goes on to tell her female followers that the tiny criticisms they often make about their own bodies have to change because these things are completely normal.
“The reality actually is, that these things are not imperfections AT ALL, they are totally normal, it is parting of being a human, a woman.”
The fitness trainer adds that she wants her followers to focus on adding good things to their life, including a healthy diet, strength, and confidence.
Many of Kayla’s followers thanked her for her message in the comments section of the post, telling her that she is an incredible inspiration to them.
“Thank you for your honest and genuine love for yourself! Really needed this. These kinds of ‘imperfections’ are always edited out of women, and even when I’m completely aware of that, it still affects the way I see myself. So thank you!” one Instagram user commented.