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Danica Patrick’s new Instagram pics show off much more than her abs Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

These days, there are plenty of social media apps to choose from that allow people to retouch photos of themselves in just a matter of seconds. But there’s one problem. You see, perfected photos of people that pop up on the Internet can make others feel insecure about their own bodies.

With that said, Danica Patrick is now sharing a message that she hopes will encourage others to love and appreciate their own bodies, no matter their size or shape, because too many photos featuring flawless legs, toned arms and washboard abs have deceived the public.

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The retiring NASCAR star, who is no stranger to posing for photo shoots, took to Instagram on Feb. 6 with two side-by-side snapshots of her toned tummy. She shared the pictures to show fans the difference between what she calls, “stylized” and “normal” photos.

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I posted a before and after pic a while back that showed the difference between a stylized pic and “normal”. This is same lighting, same pose, just a clothing adjustment. Girls, it’s easy to look at pictures on social and get wrapped up in perfection. I’m not perfect, and neither is anyone else. As long as you’re putting in the work and eating well, your body will respond. But more importantly, your mind will. You will start saying things like – I can, I will, I’m strong, I feel good, I am happy…… the looks just come as a result of loving yourself through respect and positive self talk. No matter what your shape is, confidence and joy shine way beyond the physical. My goal in life is to be light. To be that person that walks into a room or up to someone and they just feel better. That’s has nothing to do with the way I look. But, I bet It looks beautiful to someone who needs it. And don’t we all want to be lit up? Now go be someone’s light today. Or many if you can!

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As you can see in the shots above, Danica sports the same black sports bra and matching pants, but the pants are angled differently in the second shot.

“I posted a before and after pic a while back that showed the difference between a stylized pic and ‘normal,'” Danica writes. “This is same lighting, same pose, just a clothing adjustment. Girls, it’s easy to look at pictures on social [media] and get wrapped up in perfection. I’m not perfect, and neither is anyone else.”

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She continued, “As long as you’re putting in the work and eating well, your body will respond. But more importantly, your mind will. You will start saying things like, ‘I can, I will, I’m strong, I feel good, I am happy’ … The looks just come as a result of loving yourself through respect and positive self talk. No matter what your shape is, confidence and joy shine way beyond the physical.

“My goal in life is to be light,” Danica added. “To be that person that walks into a room or up to someone and they just feel better. That’s has nothing to do with the way I look. But, I bet it looks beautiful to someone who needs it. And don’t we all want to be lit up? Now go be someone’s light today. Or many if you can!”

Danica, thank you for the inspiration!

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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