Instagram-Famous Trainer Anna Victoria: 'My Naked Body Reminds Me That I Am Human'
The fitness star says living in Europe changed the way she viewed her body.
"The beauty standards that are imposed on us by society seem so strong that women tend to place much more value on their exterior than their interior. We get hung up on how our body looks physically, and it blocks us from loving ourselves emotionally. We need to accept that our differences and imperfections are part of being human and that they're nothing to be ashamed of.
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Anna Victoria Shares What It Was REALLY Like To Pose For Our Naked Issue
"I had a lot to think about."
ICYMI, fitness blogger Anna Victoria posed for Women's Health's "Naked" issue — and she looked incredible. In a new video blog, she talked about making the decision to participate in the shoot, and what the process was actually like.
"When Women's Health approached me for this opportunity, I was honestly so, so excited, honored, and scared," she explained in the video. "I had a lot to think about. I talked with my family, my friends... I was really scared to tell my mom, she is very modest.
Anna said she decided to participate because she's proud of her body. Also, she said, "I felt that it was just going to be an amazing opportunity for me to have a platform to talk more about loving your body, [and] not conforming to society's standards."
During the actual shoot, Anna recalls feeling strangely calm despite her nerves—and the fact that she wasn't wearing makeup. "I just loved the entire feel of it. I was... so in the zone of like, loving your body and being proud of it."
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She acknowledges that some of her fans and followers will not respect her decision to pose nude, but she's at peace knowing that her family supports her and she enjoyed the experience. (Turns out her mom was totally cool with it: "She was so excited, and proud of me 100 percent.")
"I think that this is something that is going to help women, and I hope that me being a part of this...my mental transformation of being confident in my own skin, I hope that inspires you," she says. We couldn't agree more.