Plagued by Haters, a Pilates Trainer Photoshops Herself Skinnier in This Video About Body Image

But some still missed the point

No matter how much you accomplish in life, there are always going to be plenty of people online to tell you just how crappy you still are.

Pilates trainer Cassey Ho of Blogilates faces that fact just about every time she posts to Instagram or YouTube, so she decided to make a video about the way haters can corrupt your impression of a healthy body image.

She began by posting this image on Instagram, showing what she claimed to be her new "perfect body":

 

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Followers who checked out her video, however, learned that it was all a ruse to spark conversation about the way we view our bodies:

The video has since been viewed more than 2 million times on YouTube, but that's not to say all the responses are along the lines of what she'd intended.

"There was a weird phenomenon that happened when I posted this photoshopped picture. On the very same photo, I got some people praising me and others degrading me," she wrote in the caption of the follow-up image below.

"What worries me is this: 1. That some people think this is real and that it should be 'goals.' 2. That some people still think it's not good enough."

 

Wow guys. The response on yesterday's post was moving, incredible, and shocking all at once. Thank you. I couldn't have asked for anything more. I'm happy that many of you clicked over to watch my short film when you saw my new "perfect" body. You experienced the most powerful video I have ever created. You saw me strip down my confidence and self esteem. You saw me raw. Hurt. And vulnerable. For those who haven't seen it yet, please click on the link in my bio. I wanted to post again because there was a weird phenomenon that happened when I posted this photoshopped picture. On the very same photo, I got some people praising me and others degrading me. What worries me is this: 1. That some people think this is real and that it should be "goals." 2. That some people still think it's not good enough. It's tough knowing what's real and what's not when magazine covers and music videos are photoshopped (yes, music videos), Instagram pics are photoshopped, and so many women are getting surgery. How are we to know what kind of beauty can be naturally achieved when everything around us is so deceiving? If you want to know what you can do to help stop body shaming, all I ask is that you share the video with at least 1 person. That's all. After countless days of shooting, weeks of editing, visual effects, and lots of hard work from a team of amazing people, my short film was turned into a reality. Thank you to James Chen, James Jou, and @smashboxcosmetics for helping me bring this to life. #madeatsmashbox I hope you guys liked it. I love you. Stay beautiful.

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