Woman posts 'realistic' pic on Italian beach to fight ridiculous pressure for perfect holiday photos

17th Aug 18 | Lifestyle

The 21-year-old said she decided to show off her 'food baby' in Positano.

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Instagram is full of travel bloggers and influencers carefully curating and filtering photos in exotic destinations, having the ‘perfect’ holiday in the ‘perfect’ bikini, managing to look totally flawless the entire time.

For most of us though, that’s not the reality. While we’re definitely having an amazing time on holiday (you’d hope), our ‘beach hair’ is actually straggly, our skin is greasy from sun cream, sand is everywhere – and all the bits of our bodies that society so frequently tells us are ‘imperfections’, are right there on show in our summer clothes and swimwear (well it is a holiday, it would be wrong not to be bloated from that breakfast buffet).

So it’s pretty refreshing when someone acknowledges this on Instagram. Lauren Clarke had a “really happy” photo taken on the beach in Positano on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, but said she initially wasn’t going to post it “because I had some stomach rolls”.

So someone took a really happy pic of me during Sail Week but I didn't want to post it on insta because I had some stomach rolls in the photo. I'm embarrassed at how RIDICULOUS that is especially because social media is already so terrible for body image (for girls & guys), and I can't say I hate the unrealistic body pressures if I too only post 'perfect pictures'. Anyway, today down at the influencer hot spot in Positano I thought I'd show off a very tame Italian food baby and some juicy gnocchi rolls (this is a very small food baby btw it can get a lot better than this) 🤗🍕 watch this space for more food porn and belly lovin ❣❣❣ hoping this helps others to try give less love to social media and more love to themselves too 👏🏼

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The 21-year-old who’s from Sydney, but is currently travelling around Europe, took to Instagram to explain why she decided to share the picture anyway.

“I’m embarrassed at how RIDICULOUS that is, especially because social media is already so terrible for body image (for girls and guys) and I can’t say I hate the unrealistic body pressures if I too only post ‘perfect pictures,” she wrote.

“Anyway, today down at the influencer hot spot in Positano I thought I’d show off a very tame Italian food baby and some juicy gnocchi rolls (this is a very small food baby btw it can get a lot better than this).”

If you want women in the kitchen JOKES ON U I can't cook xx

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She added: “Watch this space for more food porn and belly lovin… hoping this helps others give less love to social media and more love to themselves.”

Reaction to Clarke’s post has been hugely positive. Eloise_claire replied: “Love love love this photo so much! I have IBS and often get a ‘bloat baby’ so thank you for making me feel better about that!”

While juliet_mikecharlie said: “Your food baby looks great! I hope my french food baby turns out just as awesome! Pretty photo by the way.”

PLOT TWIST I did not expect my food baby to be on the news!! How absolutely terrifying, but also so encouraging that no one is alone in their insecurities and people really respect when you put yourself out there. So here's one last slice of vulnerability… Ever since I had some eating troubles when I was younger, I can't advocate strongly enough to strive for a positive relationship with food. (Which I think includes not over-talking it, so I won't say tooooo much more 🤗) Indulging in yummy food without feeling guilty is so important. Nutella crepes may not be as physically healthy for me as carrots, but damn they make my mind happy. Food can be as influential over our mental health as it can for our physical, so eat whatever will make your MIND and body happy. I back you 🍕🍓🍫

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Hats off to Clarke for reminding us that eating all the local food is pretty much the most important thing about a holiday.

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