Plus size model reveals the truth behind beautiful lingerie snaps on Instagram
In the modern fashion industry, transparency and authenticity are two of the biggest buzz words going. The rise of the body-positive movement, particularly on Instagram, has seen fashion companies be pressured into leaving their photos un-airbrushed, with certain retailers including stretch marks on their advertisement campaigns.
This notion of authenticity has seen a rise of plus-size models coming to prominence in the industry, with La'Tecia Thomas being one of the many women to profit from the new found acceptance.
Thomas, who has over 800,000 followers on Instagram, regularly posts empowering and untouched photos of herself in order to inspire women to embrace their 'flaws' and curves. However, every now and then she does break her own code of conduct.
Taking to her account to upload a sultry photo of herself sporting some barely-there lingerie, Thomas made sure to alert her followers to the fact that the image was airbrushed and re-touched.
In a candid Instagram post, she wrote: “Sometimes I don’t have control of post-production which is fine but a little disclaimer: this shot has had some doctoring.
“I love this shot but I’m missing my rolls, dimples and cellulite so it really isn’t me in my mind; I do however love the shot and I couldn’t not share it.
“I don’t know why but it’s so freaking hard for me to see polished versions of myself because I’ve become so comfortable with sharing the real me with you all.
“Just trying to keep it 100% with you all.”
It's not the first-time that the model has been open to the truths of the industry. Two months ago, she posted side-by-side photos of herself - with one being airbrushed and the other being completely natural. In a heartfelt caption, the model asked her followers to not compare themselves to the unrealistic beauty standards which they see online. She wrote:
"What you see online or in the media isn’t always the complete truth. This is not about putting anyone on blast but moreso a reminder to not compare yourself to anyone else. In this instance, I can’t even compare myself to myself.
"These photos were shot around the same time; one obviously retouched and the other not. - When I look at the left images I’m like damn can I please look like that and its Fk$!n ME!?! If I can’t be that person on the left (which is absurd because it’s me) then I can only imagine the effect this has on women.
"I think my big arms, my cellulite, my back rolls, the dimples on my butt look fine in the natural shot. I can’t always have control of what other people do to my images but on my page, I’m always going to keep it 100 with you. I think both images are beautiful but be realistic with yourself, you don’t need to look a certain way to be appreciated and know that you’re worthy."
La'Tecia's post shows that you shouldn't be comparing yourself to anyone, let alone the heavily photoshopped advertisements that we online and on billboards. Whatever your view of body-positivity, if it's teaching people to love the skin they're in, then it shouldn't be frowned upon.