One moment fitness sensation, Emily Skye, was pregnant with her first child, and then BAM – within a matter of months, she had her iconic six-pack back.
Because of this, the 34-year-old copped a bit of criticism and had to dispel the misconception that women who are ‘fit’ prior to giving birth simply ‘bounce back’.
Now, two-years-later after giving birth to her daughter Mia in December 2017, Emily Skye wants to show her “real life” side on Instagram.
The fitness influencer took to social media to point out her “flaws”, proving that the loose skin on her stomach has indeed stuck around 16 months after giving birth.
“We all have these parts of us that some may deem as ‘flaws’. I like to call them ‘being human; and ‘being unique,’” the mother-of-one told her 2.5 million Instagram followers. “… So here are a couple of pics showing me standing without my wrinkly tummy skin visible and with it visible.”
And that’s exactly what her pictures show – sans any filter.
Skye then continued, explaining that the lines on her stomach are a proud reminder that she carried her beautiful daughter.
“I love myself whether you can see the wrinkly skin or not and I feel confident either way,” Skye added. “This is why I choose to wear tops to show my belly! I’m proud of my body and what it’s capable of.”
As much as she feels confident to show her “real life” side on Instagram now, the fitness influencer also admitted that she didn’t always love her body.
“It took me many years to be confident and comfortable in my own skin and I still have moments when I’m not but most of the time I am,” she said. “Remember that everyone has insecurities no matter WHO they are. You might look at someone and think they’re ‘perfect’ but that doesn’t mean they’re confident.”
This self-love and body-confidence is something she wants impart to her fans and especially her daughter, Mia.
“Self-love, body confidence and appreciation is something I’ll always place importance on and it’s something I’ll teach my daughter Mia as well – to love and be grateful for who she is and what she’s got.”
This isn’t the first time Skye has taken to social media to share her “real life” mum-tum. Earlier this year she posted a similar image demonstrating how angles and lighting can “hide” her “wrinkly belly skin”.
“A lot of ladies have been asking where it’s gone in some of my pics & videos & some have accused [me] of photoshopping it out,” she explained. “I just wanted to show that how I stand, whether I’m flexing & what light I’m in either highlights my excess belly skin or hides it! And I don’t mind either way which is why I post both.”
Amen, Emily. Amen.