Instagramに鍛え上げられたボディやフィットネス関係の画像が溢れている昨今。痩せた、6パックを作った、胸を大きくしたなど、"ビフォー&アフター"を並べてアップしている画像を見かけることも多いはず。

この手の画像は体の変化や効果が一目で分かるので「痩せたい!」「身体を整えたい!」と思っている人たちにとっては参考になるし、モチベーションを上げてくれるもの。でも自分に自信が持てなかったり、摂食障害に悩む人にとっては、時に不安感をあおってしまうことも…。

コスモポリタン イギリス版によると、こうした状況に一石を投じるため、撮影するときの角度や姿勢を変えるだけで"ニセのビフォー&アフター写真"が撮影できてしまう事実をインスタグラマーやフィットネスブロガーたちが解説し、過熱する「ボディイメージ投稿」の危険性に対して警笛を鳴らす動きが広まっているよう。

その中の1人が、イギリスに暮らすミリー・スミスさん(23歳)。新米ママ兼看護学生である彼女が先日、体型矯正タイツを履いた2枚の写真を並べた画像をInstagramにアップしたところ、8万件近くもの「いいね!」をゲットすることに。

まるでダイエットのビフォー&アフター写真のようだけど、2枚の写真は同じ日に撮影されたもの。違いはタイツをウェストラインまでカバーして履いているか、ローライズにしてお腹のポッコリを露出しているかだけなんだそう。

Same girl, same day, same time. 💛 Not a before and after. Not a weight loss transformation. Not a diet company promotion. 💛 I am comfortable with my body in both. Neither is more or less worthy. Neither makes me more or less of a human being. Neither invites degrading comments and neither invites sleezy words. 💛 We are so blinded to what a real unposed body looks like and blinded to what beauty is that people would find me less attractive within a 5 second pose switch! How insanely ridiculous is that!? 💛 I love taking these, it helps my mind so much with body dysmorphia and helps me rationalise my negative thoughts. 💛 Don't compare, just live for you. There is no one on this planet who's like you and that's pretty damn amazing don't ya think. The world doesn't need another copy, it needs you. 💛 We are worthy, valid and powerful beyond measure 💙🌟 (If you don't pull your tights up as high as possible are you really human?)

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同じ日の同じ時間、同じ私の写真。ビフォー&アフター写真じゃないの。「こんなに痩せました!」っていう写真でもないわ。ダイエット用品のPR写真でもない。ポーズを変えただけなのに、片方が"魅力的"で片方はそうでないなんてバカげてる!

「私はどちらの写真の体も好き」と綴るミリーさんは、続けて「どちらが良くてどちらが悪いなんてことはないの。私たちは、"本当の美しさが何なのか"ということを見落としてしまいがち。2枚の写真は5秒違いで撮影されていて、ただ姿勢を変えただけ。(こんなことに一喜一憂するなんて)バカバカしいでしょ!?」とコメント。

実はミリーさん自身、体型に悩んでいたことも。彼女は以前Instagramに、ウツや不安症、自傷行為、拒食症、過食症、自己評価の低さ、性的虐待を受けた過去、子宮内膜症、そして慢性疾患を抱えていることを綴り、「心の底から疲れてしまった」と告白。

しかしそんな彼女は、Instagramによって癒される方法を見つけたのだとか。「こうした写真を撮影することで、身体醜形障害やネガティブな考えとうまく付き合うことができるようになったの」。

ミリーさんはこの他にも、画像修正アプリを使ったいくつかのビフォー&アフター画像を投稿することで、"理想のパーフェクトボディ"はあっという間にフェイクで作れるものであり、実態がないことを証明。

THIS PHOTO HAS BEEN EDITED ON PURPOSE! 1 minute to do on a free app, my waist is smaller, muscles more defined, arms and thighs smaller and butt bigger. Again highlighting how easy is is to manipulate and change the body at your finger tips in seconds. I've had so many of you message me today especially saying how you can't stop comparing yourself to 'fitness' pages. I hate them; I'm not saying all of them are the same but we all know the ones im talking about- the ones making aesthetics out to be your life's goal using the same body type over and over. 'NO EXCUSES YOU LAZY TWAT'... you know the drill. First off, the women on those pages represent a TINY minority of women, beautiful just like the rest of us and their beauty does not take away from yours- there's such a lack of variation with body types portrayed in fitness . Many of them have starved, restricted and over exercised to get the physique they have in the photo and if photoshopped hasn't been used often strategic lighting/posing has. Secondly. STOP (hammer time) unfollow the pages if they are a negative source for you. Don't look at them and instantly feel the pressure drop. Any page that tells you to look a certain way or hat exercise is purely weight lifting for aesthetics can't be healthy for your mind. I used them as a form of self destruction to punish myself; I can only assume a lot of those pages thrive from insecure men and women. However fake or real the image take a step back and realise you don't need to look or act like anybody else. You don't need muscle tone, restriction or unrealistically hard abs to feel worth. Don't waste your life chasing an image. Don't wake up one day at 70 and think "I never did look like those women and I wish I'd of made memories and smiles with the time I spent comparing" We are worthy, we are valid and we are powerful beyond measure 💪🏻❤ Ps it's so super hard and triggering for me to post these. It takes a lot of courage and you guys give me that courage ❤️

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右の写真は画像編集済み。無料の画像編集アプリを使い、たった1分の作業でウェストを細くして、お腹に筋肉を作り、腕を引き締め、お尻を大きくできたわ!

#cellulitesaturday from the ever so babely babe @omgkenzieee 🖤🌈🖤 This took me 15 seconds on a basic app, that's it!.. so now imagine that the profs can do with hours. We are only ever shown the the photo on the right and I want you to remember that the vast majority of these photos are edited, smoothed and with good lighting. Smooth skin isn't the only form of sexy, bumpy and lumpy skin is sexy too and more importantly it's awesomely YOU! I deleted this photo as I got so much hate from my cellulite/big ol' thighs and tbh it got to me... I realise now that I don't want to be embarrassed or ashamed and although people can knock me down they won't bloody keep me there so COME AT ME!! Cellulite is normal, cellulite is not an indication of health and it's pretty damn cute! Don't be ashamed of your bumps, they make more surface area to love 😉💛🌈🖤

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右の写真はシンプルな画像修正アプリを使い、15秒で下半身の肌をすべすべに! 明るさを変えただけでこんなに変化するけど、でもセルライトのないすべすべ肌がセクシーで、デコボコ肌だとそうじゃないなんて、間違ってる! どちらも私自身。以前は左みたいな、セルライトがはっきり見える大きなお尻が写った写真は削除してた。でもそんな自分を恥じるべきじゃないと今は分かったの。

さらに彼女は、お腹を引っ込めたり姿勢を変えるだけで、"奇跡のダイエット写真"が簡単に作れることも証明。

Just a same girl, same day, different pose reminder that our bodies look different in different angles and that it's perfectly ok, normal and natural. You don't need to look like anybody else but YOU ❤ 💛 I get asked a lot recently how to start a Bopo insta page as they want confidence. I often come up with nothing because I'm not entirely sure I understand. 💛 Are they asking me how to get started on a journey to self love or just how to start an insta page to get justification that their body is worthy in hope it will bring them self love? 💛 Before I put my photos and words out onto Instagram I started my journey to self love with myself; I mean it's still a very personal journey but I want to share it now and help others too. I took photos and wrote down love notes to my body without showing them to a soul- it was just for my soul and my mind. 💛 Starting an insta page could help you on your journey of course but your motives are what's important- know what they are before starting is my advice. Maybe do it off social media first and get a feel for your journey and what works/doesn't work for you and do it for YOU. Do it for your soul. Your follower count doesn't matter or make you more or less worthy. 10,000 people telling you your pretty wont bring about self love either. It's so much more than that and it starts deep inside yourself not with your aesthetics. Bopo isn't a 'trend'. 💛 It's not about how many you can impress, you need to be impressing yourself. Make yourself proud.

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同じ日の同じ時間、同じ私の写真。姿勢が違うだけでこんなに違って見えるの!

Same day, same body. One is seen as more desirable, flat stomach and arched back to pop out that booty. The other is seen as bloated, less desirable with connotations of lazy yet it's the same damn body!! Its so easy to distort our bodies, pose and suck in to fit into an ideal. I used to be scared and ashamed of my relaxed body as i was so used to seeing myself posed/sucked in. Both of these images are beautiful but I prefer the right, it's me naturally without needing to breathe in or pop my butt out, im worthy, desirable and gorgeous without needing to change and thats so relieving to me. I laughed this morning as I could feel myself feeling bloated from Christmas, I used to reach for the baggiest clothes when bloated but this morning I reached for the tightest item of clothing I own and said suck it to the ideals. You can wear bodycon with a tummy and flat butt, you can wear tight clothing with rolls and bloat. Fuck 'flattering' it's just another word for slimming and it can take a long walk off a cliff. All bodies shapes are beautiful, let's get used to our natural state and stop trying to change ourselves, only feeling acceptable if we pose or suck in. We are worthy, we are powerful beyond measure and we can change the 🌎!

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同じ日の同じ体。腕を上げただけでお腹が引っ込み、胸が大きく見えるもの。以前はだらしない姿勢の自分が嫌いで、いつもポーズをした状態の自分の写真を見ていたわ。でも今はどちらの自分も美しいと思えるし、どちらかと言えば右の方が好きかも。自然体の私だし、お腹を引っ込めて胸を突き出す必要なんてないもの。

ミリーさんは、姿勢や撮影角度が変わるだけで見え方は変わるものだし、実体のない"完璧"を追い求めることで人生を無駄にしないでほしい、と訴えているそう。「どの体も、みんな美しい」。もし体型に悩む人がいたら、この言葉を思い出して。

セルフィーをアップするのに理由なんていらない。投稿するだけで気分がアガるものや、ただあなたが載せたいものを載せればいいのよ。

※この翻訳は、抄訳です。

Translation: 宮田華子

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