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Why So Many People Are Thankful This Woman Showed Her Stomach Rolls

When she put herself out there, she really struck a chord.
PHOTO: Facebook/Foodie Girl Fitness

31-year-old fit girl and Beachbody coach Ashlie Molstad (aka @FoodieGirlFitness) posted two revealing photos of herself on Facebook: In the first, she’s standing in underwear and a sports bra, looking super swoll. In the second, she’s wearing the same belly-baring outfit, but because of the way she’s positioned—sitting down on a couch—her body looks much different, with belly rolls, to boot.

“If I'm going to show you the posed, put together, professional sides of me, I'm gonna make damn sure you see the not so flattering sides too,” she wrote in the photo’s caption, which goes on to explain the purpose of her post: to stop people from airbrushing photos, a practice that leads others to believe their own imperfect bodies are subpar or “broken.”


The fit girl has a vested interest in inspiring others to feel better about their bodies. Before getting into fitness to shape up for her wedding, she suffered from depression, according to another Facebook post.

Although Molstad isn't the first fit girl to prove that the flat bellies you see on social media don’t always exist IRL, her belly flab post still racked up more than 146,000 likes and more than 8,000 comments, which are are littered with heartfelt thank-yous.

“Thank you so much for being brave and posting this! I have a similar body and beat myself up all the time but I look at both picture of you and see absolutely nothing but a beautiful healthy girl!” one of her followers wrote.

Another commented, “Kinda nice to know that even the fittest of people have a roll!! Makes me feel human and not a monster.”

While Molstad’s post has had an impact, her work isn’t done. “I say that the real magic happens when we embrace who we are, at every angle and size,” she wrote in her post. Amen, sister.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.