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Personal trainer shares images of her body to show why ‘transformation’ pictures AREN’T real 

An Australian personal trainer has shunned the use of ‘transformation’ pictures to show bodily changes because they can be taken seconds apart, as evidenced by her latest upload to Instagram.

Madalin Giorgetta, who lives in Perth in Western Australia, gained 865,000 Instagram followers by posting her own ‘transformation’ images to social media, but now recognises this is not a show of ’empowerment’.  

She has also noticed ‘thinner’ people trying ‘normalise’ body rolls and cellulite in their photos, saying that it’s not fair on those who carry more weight and can’t just ‘pose away’ their stomach.

Plenty of ‘influencers’ use these images to relate to their audience by insisting they have ‘normal flaws’ like everyone else. 

‘I’ve been seeing these types of photos everywhere recently and I always engage with them. It’s addictive to see what most people try to hide,’ the 31-year-old captioned her photo.

‘What effect does this have on our body image? Am I learning to accept my body through these images or am I merely being entertained? I don’t feel worse or better about my body after viewing this type of content.’

After spending four years taking ‘mirror selfies’ to flaunt her famous curves Madalin is keenly aware of how easy it is to distort an image with angles, clothing placement and body organisation.

In the left image she showcased, the owner of Work It with MG has placed her underwear on her hips, showing how the folds of her skin ‘spill’ over the top.

The second picture has her underwear up much higher to ‘thin’ out her waist, her legs placed in a more elongated position, and in the final shot she has pushed her thighs forward so they appear larger than they actually are. 

‘I’m wondering how other people feel when they see these images, do you feel empowered or frustrated? Empowered because you can accept your slim but “flawed” body or frustrated because you can’t love your larger body out of oppression?’ Madalin wrote.

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‘Those in marginalised bodies can’t pose and change how their body is perceived but do we disregard the experience and feelings of slim but “normalised” and accepted bodies? Are they not important too?’

Madalin acknowledged there was more acceptance of ‘slim bodies’ that fit the typical standards of beauty and health, like her own.  

‘I always eye roll when it’s an extremely thin or fit woman doing this because for larger people, even when posing the “correct” way, their bodies will still not look that way,’ one of her followers remarked.

‘The thin woman is basically saying “see, we’re all the same!” When in reality she benefits from thin privilege and won’t experience body image the same way larger people do.’

‘Actual fat women will always have rolls and cellulite and love handles, and sometimes these posed versus unposed photos drive a deeper wedge between us,’ said another.

A third added: ‘The instagram vs reality have always been frustrating to me because almost always it’s from thin cis women’.

Madalin lost 130,000 social media followers after she stopped posting ‘fat burning’ workouts and weight loss tips, and instead focused on moderation. 

‘It’s possible to be part of the fitness industry and not do that, though it will be tougher to build your following and grow your business, I won’t lie,’ she said in April.

‘But I’m doing it while being true to myself and that means the world to me.’

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