Karen Belz
Updated Feb 28, 2018 @ 11:46 am
Credit: Mina Gerges / Instagram

Mina Gerges is an internet star known for his celebrity recreation photos in which he dresses and poses like iconic celebs (male and female alike). But even though he’s bared all in some of the shoots, it doesn’t mean he’s overly comfortable with his body. And Gerges recently posted a message that reminded us that so many people, regardless of sex or gender, experience body image issues.

Specifically, the social media star opened up about battling an eating disorder for three years.

“I’ve struggled with my weight and body image my whole life,” he wrote. “I grew up surrounded by unrealistic pictures of men and women that convinced me that I have to look like that to be considered attractive and desirable. Especially as gay men, where unfortunately so many of us struggle with achieving that unrealistic standard to feel beautiful.”

Gerges said that his desire to have the perfect body led to a lot of unhealthy habits, including starvation and morning weigh-ins.

Gerges also opened up about the effects online bullying had on his mental health and sense of self-worth.

Gerges is a reminder that so many people struggle with unrealistic standards of beauty, regardless of how confident they may seem on the outside. Let’s all give ourselves an extra dose of self-love today, and remind ourselves that every body is beautiful.