Former “Real Housewives of New York City” star Bethenny Frankel is taking a stand against “deceptive” photos on social media.
The mom of one, 51, posted an Instagram slideshow containing three different images of her in a blue bikini in an attempt to show how damaging Photoshopping pictures can be.
The first one had been clearly edited as her breasts seemed bigger and perkier, her waist smaller and her head shrunken. The second one was an unedited snap while the third image was a side-by-side comparison of the two.
Talking about the first photo, the businesswoman wrote, “This is NOT what I look like…and you know that bc [sic] I’m not vain and show you the real me.
“But if I posted a version of this every day you might start to believe that it might be. This is just how distorted this has all gotten.”
She pointed out that “filtering is lying” and “deceptive,” which causes women to “feel badly about themselves” and “young girls insecure and obsessed with an unattainable perfection.”
Frankel continued, “It makes middle aged women and mothers feel insecure about themselves. This creates a false ideal for men.”
The “Skinny Girl” founder went on to call editing “destructive, irresponsible, insecure and inaccurate.” She concluded her inspirational post by reminding her followers that “there is a line between making an effort to look pretty and an outright falsehood.”
This wasn’t the first time Frankel spoke out about the importance of living a filter-free life.
Back in June, the reality star posted an unedited photo of herself lounging by the pool in a tiny bikini telling fans the key to body acceptance is “balance.”
“Here’s the unfortunate truth. I rarely exercise. I hate water. I prioritize sleep but fail. I eat whatever I want but I never binge. I run around like a lunatic with endless energy,” she wrote alongside the bikini-clad snaps.
“In my 20s & 30s I dieted & exercised endlessly & was much heavier & less happy overall with my physical appearance.”
The podcast host added that since then, she has learned to love her flaws.
“I have good skin but I sag in some places & am thin, but not in any notable muscular shape by anyone’s standards. I choose balance and happiness & doing the best that I can. When I’m 90 I won’t wish I exercised more, that’s for sure.”
The former reality TV star has always tried to be a positive role model for her daughter, Bryn Hoppy, whom she shares with ex-husband Jason Hoppy.