At first glance, this candid photograph shows a young mother soaking up the glorious sunshine at the beach with her daughter.
Melbourne mother Olivia White, 28, who blogs under ‘ House of White ‘, said she initially refused to share the picture on social media because she wasn’t happy with it.
So can you see anything wrong with this image?
But White almost didn’t post a swimsuit picture from a recent vacation in Victoria with her husband and their two daughters because she hated how her stomach looked.
I didn’t post this photo while we were away because I hated how my stomach looked As much as I try to be self-confident and be positive about my appearance, it’s not just a switch and one day you’re completely 110% okay with yourself.
it’s a daily thing, and you have good and bad days… But you can’t stop, especially when you have little eyes watching you, you just need to keep reminding yourself every day that you’re amazing no matter what anyone else or your own brain tries to trick you into thinking.
This is a beautiful moment between my daughter and me, a memory I want to treasure forever and nothing can ruin that.
Her message received hundreds of comments. “Beautiful momma . . . I love ‘in the moment’ unfiltered photos. Social media is so staged. Thanks for being real,” wrote one woman. Added another: “One day she’ll look at this photo and think — ‘Gee, my mum was a babe!’ If only we could see ourselves through their eyes.
After sharing her image on Instagram, the glamorous mother penned a follow-up post after she was bombarded with mix responses from around the world.
I wanted to remind you of something super important,’
The other day when I shared my beach picture I was blown away by the response from other mums who empathized they had felt the same way about themselves in photos and they too had not kept or posted images because they didn’t like how they looked.
‘Some people, of course, didn’t have the nicest things to say. And some people reminded me that I’m lucky to even have those images and you know what – they are totally right.
But one particular comment she received from a US mother actually put her body image issues into perspective.
One of the comments I received was from a mama in the US, she had just lost her two eldest sons ages 18 and 20 in a car accident that month’.
She pleaded with me to not care what I ever look like in these images because she regretted that she herself had next to no photos of her with her children for this very same reason.
‘My heart absolutely broke into a million pieces for her. My eyes began to water and in that moment, it hit me like a tonne of bricks.
‘I know that this woman’s story is unique, but we so often complain that we aren’t in images because we are always taking them, only to then get one and pick apart how we look and not even keep it.’
after prompting a worldwide response, Olivia has now urged fellow mothers to take as many photos as they can with their family.
‘TAKE THE PHOTOS LADIES!! TAKE ALLLLLL THE BLOODY PHOTOS. Ask your hubby, set up self-time, take a selfie – WHATEVER!! Ask a bloody stranger to take it WHO BLOODY CARES what anyone else thinks or says,’
‘I want everyone to go grab their camera, their phones – whatever you like and take a photo with your beautiful babies.
‘Don’t worry about how you look, don’t worry how you take it – just snap a shot of you and your babies for the world to see and don’t apologize for it.
‘If you ever see me down the street I want you to stop me and ask me to snap a photo of you and your squad.️