Karina Irby is an Australian model and swimwear designer. She is also a body positivity activist who is not afraid of posing and posting photos without retouching them.
Moana Bikini designer is not doing anything out of the norm. However, most of us are addicted to filters, and Photoshop, so seeing a natural body with cellulite or eczema scars is unimaginable. That's why we need more people like Karina, who will bring us back to reality.
We Can All Learn From Karina
Karina stopped retouching photos in 2018 when she was 28. She explained what was behind her decision to show her true self:
"I'm doing this because for my entire teens/early 20s, I was brainwashed into thinking that this was beautiful and that I needed to look this way too be liked by boys, be popular, wear nice clothes etc. I WISH I could have seen someone flaunt their natural 'flaws,' just to show me that they aren't flaws at all."
Karina also enjoyed posting photos that show the differences between certain poses, discovering modeling tricks to her 1,2 million followers.
The blonde beauty is trying to show that no matter how beautiful you are or how much you work out, it is okay to have cellulite, stretch marks, body hair, or rolls and loose skin.
Her goal is to make others feel comfortable in their own skin.
Cellulite, Rolls, Eczema, Stretch Marks, They Are Not The Enemies
As Karina had an eczema issue, she said that it took her years to show her legs due to scarring. But, she doesn't want other young women to hide away due to something that is merely natural.
Her realistic yet stunning images are captioned perfectly:
"The ONLY reason I have cellulite is because a small body couldn't store all this AWESOME personality."
And, having rolls, bloating is nothing more than part of being human.
The model turned designer teaches us that Instagram can be a reality through humor and pictures. While posting unedited bikini photos is still hard to imagine for most of us, it is not impossible.
Despite All The Progress, We Still Have A Lot Of Work In Body Positivity Department
Body positivity movement grows stronger with each passing year, but many still enjoy body shaming, even healthy-looking women like Karina.
She experienced a lot of hateful comments, but Karina does not care anymore. She wants people to be happier and not obsessed with their looks and diets as they are now.
Karina and her partner Ryan expressed no desire to have children, which, apparently, made them look selfish. However, the outspoken model simply voiced her life goals and fears and judging a woman for knowing what she wants, or in this case, doesn't wish to, is very 1950s.