Fitness Influencer Emily Skye Reveals the Truth About Her "Perfect" Instagram Photos

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Photo credit: Instagram/@emilyskyefit
Photo credit: Instagram/@emilyskyefit

No matter how fit you are before, pregnancy can leave you with stretched-out belly skin—something even fitness influencer Emily Skye can attest to. In a revealing new Instagram post, the new mom gives an explanation (not that she needed to, mind you) about why her stomach appears so toned in some photos and videos but not others—and it all has to do with lighting, camera angles, and posing.

“Saggy, wrinkly belly skin—sometimes you can see it and other times you can’t,” she writes in her brutally honest post. The influencer, who has amassed 2.4 million Instagram followers, explains that many people have been asking about her belly and accusing her of Photoshop. “I just wanted to show that how I stand, whether I’m flexing & what light I’m in either highlights my excess belly skin or hides it!—And I don’t mind either way which is why I post both,” she says.

“Is it weird that I’m actually proud of it? I’m proud of what it represents I guess. I grew a human in this belly & the whole process into motherhood has made me SO much stronger and also so much more confident in myself and my body. I couldn’t care less whether the stretched skin stays or goes! It’s such an insignificant thing in my eyes,” she says.

Skye encourages other women to stop being so hard on themselves. She concludes, “Nobody is perfect and having some extra skin, stretch marks, cellulite or whatever else doesn’t make you any less beautiful or amazing!”

Skye has been diligently documenting her "unfiltered postpartum journey" on the social media site, making sure to include stretch marks and all. “It’s to humanize me—because people look at social media influencers and think ‘she’s perfect’ so it shows other women I have stretch marks on my bum and loose skin on my tummy too,” she recently explained to about why she opts to be honest with her following.

We commend Skye for doing so, as it definitely makes her more relatable and helps other women accept and celebrate their own bodies—stretch marks, loose skin, cellulite, and all!

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