Social media star and certified personal trainer Sophie Gray keeps it real. So when the 22-year-old Edmonton, Canada, native stumbled across a reshared Instagramphoto of herself wearing a sports bra and showing off her toned abs with the caption, â€œNothing tastes as good as being fit feels,â€ she decided to speak up.
â€œActually from experience and seeing as Iâ€™m the person in this photo, I know that pizza and cookies taste way better,â€ Gray wrote in the comments section of the now-deleted post shared by Instagram user @gramousfitness.
On Monday, Gray reposted the photo to her Facebook page (where she has more thanÂ 35,000 followers), captioning it, â€œJust so weâ€™re clear.â€ However, before sharing it, she used a digital tool to scribble out her abs. â€œIn this situation, showing my body wasnâ€™t relevant â€” people knew I was wearing a sports bra and that it was one of â€˜thoseâ€™ images â€” and I felt it would distract from my message,â€ Gray tells Yahoo Beauty.
Her reshare acquired 1.2K likes and dozens of comments celebrating Gray for rejecting fitspo clichÃ©s.
Gray, whose Instagram bio reads, â€œI want you to accept the sh*t out of yourselfâ€ spent her teenage years struggling with disordered eating and anxiety, two issues that stemmed from a lack of self-acceptance. A passion for fitness and nutrition helped her heal, but as she began building her career as a nutritionist and fitness trainer, Gray filled her social media accounts with enviable bikini shots and scantily clad exercise videos.
â€œA year ago, I had a panic attack while on a plane and began questioning why I felt the need to post those types of photos,â€ says Gray. â€œHow could I preach self-acceptance and post these images? Why is my self-worth attached to a body type? I donâ€™t even like working out! Once I realized those photos were a way to avoid who I really am, I made a vow to stop posting them.â€
These days, Grayâ€™s Instagram account is populated with makeup-free selfies (with commentary on her pimples), memes that read â€œDaily reminder to stay hydrated and not give a f*** about what other people think,â€ and snapshots of her adorable cocker spaniel, King Rio.
Yahoo Beauty could not reach @GramousFitness for comment; however, according to Gray, tension flared when she reached out and asked the model to remove her photo. â€œShe basically told me that sharing my photo would help me get followers,â€ says Gray.
â€œIâ€™m really into owning who I am,â€ says Gray. â€œYes, I have a thin, privileged body but itâ€™s not about that anymore. Self-acceptance is everything.â€