Stephanie Hallett
February 14, 2017 3:12 pm
selfloveliv / www.instagram.com

Update, 1/14/2017, 8:40 p.m.: An earlier version of this story stated that Self Love Liv was wearing Spanx. The brand has since reached out to inform us that she is not wearing Spanx and is instead wearing shapewear. Changes to this post have been made accordingly.

We’re all about self-love and body positivity here at HelloGiggles, and this body-positive model’s side-by-side photos of herself wearing pink shapewear are just the inspiration we needed to love ourselves a little bit more.

In the two snaps, body-confident Instagrammer Self Love Liv, a young Englishwoman, wears shapewear pulled way up, holding in her body, and pulled down, freeing herself to breathe normally and feel comfortable.

You can tell by the look on her face that she’s way more at ease in the second photo — shapewear is no joke!

Liv is right about not needing shapewear to wear clothing you love — and your body will thank you for going without. Research has found that shapewear of this kind, if worn for too long, can have a serious impact on the body.

Side effects can include meralgia paresthetica, a condition that “causes painful burning and tingling in the thighs when there is too much pressure on nerves that run through the groin,” according to the Los Angeles Times, and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Yikes!

So skip the shapewear and let your body be free. You’re perfect already!

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