Star power doesn’t always bring out the best. When Bikini Body Guide creator Kayla Itsines — who has more than five million Instagram followers — regrammed a photo on June 10 showing the progress of BBG devotee Liza Parker, the picture received some less than flattering commentary among the nearly 700 responses.
“This is not a work out result, that is called surgery!” wrote on hater, while another snipped: “Photoshop much!!!!”
In the after image, Parker’s behind is noticeably more developed.
Parker, a registered nurse from Ontario, Canada, was devastated by the comments. “I felt like I was being discredited for all my had work and dedication to my fitness routine and this awesome program,” the 29-year-old tells Us Weekly. “I put on my favorite shorts, was feeling super confident that day after my workout and posed to accentuate the gains I made. I never thought thought I would be attacked or accused of [surgical enhancements].”
The 5-foot-7 brunette responded to the haters by Instagramming a video of herself dancing on June 12.
“I thought if I posted a clip showing myself from different angles … that I could prove something to those that doubted me,” Parker tells Us.“On social media we often share the best of the best. We find the best angle, best light and often the best filter and it is not always an accurate portrayal of real life so I wanted to get real with everyone.”
So here's me making a fool of myself in my kitchen! ? But I wanted to have some real talk with all of you and thought it would lighten the mood ✌ I woke up yesterday to @kayla_itsines featuring my BBG progress pic. I couldn't believe it! I was pretty jacked! Then the Internet trolling started? It shouldn't have bothered me, but it did. I was accused of "getting surgery" to achieve my figure and that I had "photo shopped" my picture. Both completely FALSE. There was a lot more said. Some of which were absolutely hurtful & terrible? I have seen these comments on other progress pictures Kayla has shared and I just don't understand it. As someone who is very open on social media I understand that everyone is entitled to their opinion and I've dealt with negative comments in the past. However I'm never okay with body shaming or trying to discredit the hard work someone has put in?On social media we usually share the best of the best. We find the best light, the best angle, and quite often the best filter and it may not accurately portray what that person looks like every day. I was feeling pretty good the day I took my booty progress pic ? I put on my fav shorts, found some good light and posed in a way that I felt accentuated the gains I had made. I didn't think I would ever be attacked for it ?For me it has always been about the strength and confidence I have built in addition to the physical gains. I know I shouldn't let comments from people who don't know me get to me but I felt I needed to stand up for myself. This is ALL me. And I love this program. And it works! I love all of you for being so supportive always ❤ Stay classy fit fam! ?
Parker began her BBG journey in May 2015. “Before starting I did not have much of a figure,” she tells Us. “I had a very restrictive diet and weighed everything I put into my body. I was exercising obsessively, about two hours of cardio on average daily and trying to attain an unrealistic number on the scale.”
Today she says, “I feel confident and strong. I don’t quantify my progress in terms of my weight.”
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