Shapewear—with its smoothing and cinching abilities—gives many people an extra boost of confidence. Everyone from Tina Fey to Michelle Obama swears by Spanx. The former First Lady went as far as saying she wears them "with pride." 

That's great, but Milly Smith, a body-positive advocate, illustrated how easily shapewear can warp our opinion of our bodies in a startling side-by-side image. 

Smith’s post reminds us that shapewear—as its name suggests—changes the shape of your body. That's not necessarily a bad thing—if women are feeling empowered while wearing Spanx and taking flattering selfies, more power to them. But at the end of the day, we shouldn't feel ashamed of our bodies when they look like the photo on the right. After all, every body is something to be proud of.

Same girl, same day, same time. 💛 Not a before and after. Not a weight loss transformation. Not a diet company promotion. 💛 I am comfortable with my body in both. Neither is more or less worthy. Neither makes me more or less of a human being. Neither invites degrading comments and neither invites sleezy words. 💛 We are so blinded to what a real unposed body looks like and blinded to what beauty is that people would find me less attractive within a 5 second pose switch! How insanely ridiculous is that!? 💛 I love taking these, it helps my mind so much with body dysmorphia and helps me rationalise my negative thoughts. 💛 Don't compare, just live for you. There is no one on this planet who's like you and that's pretty damn amazing don't ya think. The world doesn't need another copy, it needs you. 💛 We are worthy, valid and powerful beyond measure 💙🌟 (If you don't pull your tights up as high as possible are you really human?)

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