Health & Fitness

Why this woman is sorry she Instagrammed a photo of her 'bad angle'

We should all (myself included) be more careful on the message we're sending.

By Elizabeth Narins
Fitness coach publishes her bad angle

From the looks of her Instagram account, it's hard to believe that bikini fitness competitor and online fitness coach Amanda Bucci has any bad angles, from her infectious smile to her award-winning booty:

And yet, she recently posted a side-by-side photo that implies she finds her natural stance (below left) imperfect:

In the photo on the right, which is labelled "Bad Angle/Relaxed," Amanda poses with her leggings rolled down to reveal her belly. Instead of sucking in or turning sideways to appear extra slim, she's tilting her hips forward to accentuate her midsection and standing with her hips square to the camera. Her expression doesn't scream disappointment but still falls short of happy.

The photo on the right, which is labeled, "Good Angle/Posed," is a major departure: Amanda's leggings are hiked up to conceal her midsection and accentuate the smallest part of her waist. One hip is popped out to the side while her opposite heel is lifted, with the leg turned out to show her sculpted calf. Another difference: She's actually smiling in this photo.

"Does it make me think any less of myself because my body doesn't look it's [sic] best in an unflattering posture / pose?" she wrote in her caption. "Nah. That's what true self-confidence is all ABOUT PEOPLE."

Amanda's side-by-side photos racked up more than 82,000 Instagram likes (at least five times as many likes as her average posts receive) and more than 1,800 comments.

Her followers weighed in to simultaneously praise her message — "I agree it's cool to see what poses bring out your muscles more, but it's also a relief to know that expectation is an illusion," one commentator wrote — and protest her delivery.

Many people struggled to find fault with Amanda's "bad angle," which still looks pretty fit. And it doesn't help that her approach strongly favors the use of illusions to fake a fitter body, which can fool people into feeling really badly about their own unposed, IRL reflections.

Some followers even chimed in to call out Amanda for hypocrisy: "You never have Instagram pics on your page looking like the 'bad' version, so how can you say love yourself and appreciate your body," one person questioned. "One relaxed post and a quote means nothing if that is not your daily approach."

Instead of deleting the post to silence her detractors, Amanda edited her caption to clarify her message in what came off as an apology: "I didn't mean to say that the left picture is bad. Poor word choice on my end. I should have said just relaxed / unposed," she wrote.

The day after Amanda's side-by-side photos went viral, she posted an even more apologetic Instagram, which suggests she understands where her good intentions veered off course:

"As much as, in my head, I thought 'Oh, this is a bad angle for me,' to someone else, they might not view it that way," Amanda wrote in her caption. "Funny how the language we use is truly, truly important to convey how we feel and we should all (myself included) be more careful on the message we're sending."

Only time will tell exactly how this newfound sensitivity will affect Amanda's feed — but if shit's about to get #REAL, she can count on at least one more follower (👋 !).

Via: Cosmopolitan US