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,
In a world where we are surrounded by the images of our friends' highlight reel[s], sometimes it's good to see a little reality so we can keep our expectations real. No matter where you are on your body's journey, be proud and love yourself.
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.