It's no secret there's generally a significant disconnect between Instagram and reality.
What we post on social media is curated and edited; the images reveal only minuscule portions of our multifaceted lives.
Still, it's easy to forget people share only what they want to share, and as a result, our confidence and happiness can sometimes take hits.
In two of the images, user SomewhereUnderWater seemingly has a flat, fit stomach; in others, she poses differently to reveal a less toned midsection than what was suggested by the original photos.
In a caption, she wrote,
The series, titled “Reality Check,” went viral on the site in a matter of days with over one million views.
Feedback was largely positive, with many commenters thanking the anonymous woman for sharing the body-positive, inspirational message.
Many people, it seems, appreciated the reminder things are not always what they seem to be — and even the seemingly perfect people have their (beautiful) flaws, too.