Bethenny Frankel is speaking out about unrealistic body image.
On Wednesday, the Real Housewives of New York City alum, 51, posted three photos to her Instagram. The first and second appear to be similar, with Frankel in a blue bikini. The third reveals the comparison — her first photo appears to be photoshopped, while the second was not.
The Skinnygirl mogul explained in her post that she finds photoshopped images “the opposite of inspirational.”
“This is NOT what I look like…and you know that bc 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…” Frankel’s caption said.
“Filtering is lying: it is deceptive,” she continued. “It makes women feel badly about themselves. It makes young girls insecure and obsessed with an unattainable perfection. It makes middle aged women and mothers feel insecure about themselves. This creates a false ideal for men. It’s the opposite of inspirational. It’s destructive. It’s irresponsible. It’s insecure and it’s inaccurate. There is a line between making an effort to look pretty and an outright falsehood.”
She concluded, “Swipe to see what I really look like👉🏼,” adding the hashtags #instagramvsreality #thisisme #speakyourtruth and #liveauthentic.
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Frankel is taking bikinis — and all swimsuits — very seriously these days, as she prepares to launch Bethenny Swimwear, her first collection of bathing suits with HSN. She announced the news in June with a poolside Instagram post.
In the photo, Frankel posed in the Emerald Bethenny Corset 1-Piece Tank Swimsuit and a pair of shades. “Launching elevated, elegant, sophisticated, shaping swim to make EVERY BODY feel their best & beautiful,” she captioned the post.
“This is finally a brand that’s making you feel…