The Message Behind This Dramatic Shapewear Before-and-After Is an Important One

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Known as SelfLoveLiv on Instagram, 24-year-old Olivia has taken to social media to document her journey as she recovers from an eating disorder and learns to love and appreciate her body for what it is. This week, one of her posts—a dramatic before-and-after image of her wearing shapewear—went viral and is catching major buzz online. 

In her caption, Olivia said she bought the shapewear about a year ago in hopes that she could wear it to slim her figure underneath bodycon dresses. 

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The caption for her post reads: "Do you know how uncomfortable these things are...breathing was not an option! I felt tight, uncomfortable and restricted in the first photo. The relief of taking them off was amazing!! Don't be fooled by campaign ads and TV shows and those fabulous insta models. Spanx are created to give the illusion of a flatter stomach and smaller figure. You don't NEED them. I feel totally fine in the second photo, and I can breathe again! You don't need an item of clothing in order to love yourself. You don't need to wear a tight piece of material in order to wear a dress or top. WEAR IT ANYWAY. You are FABULOUS. You are FLAWLESS. You are BEAUTIFUL."

Body-positive messages are a key piece of Olivia's social media platform, and with more than 33,000 likes and counting on this post alone, we know her message is being heard.

Olivia told Cosmopolitan UK, "The reaction has been amazing. Some negative, but I'm too happy with the positive response to mind about that! It's so lovely to think I'm helping people, which is all I've ever wanted to do!"

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