Bethenny Frankel is talking about unrealistic body image.
Wednesday, real housewives of new york City Alum, 51, posted three photos on her Instagram. The first and second look similar, with Frankel in a blue bikini. The third reveals the comparison – her first photo appears to be photo-processed, while the second is not.
The Skinnygirl tycoon explained in her post that she found the photo-processed images “the opposite of inspiring”.
“That’s not who I am…and you know, I’m not vain to show you the real me. But if I put out this version every day, you might start to believe it might be like this. That’s what twists it all Got it all…” Frankel’s caption said.
“Filtering is lying: it’s deceptive,” she continued. “It makes women feel bad about themselves. It makes young girls insecure and obsessed with unattainable perfection. It makes middle-aged women and mothers feel insecure about themselves. It creates a false ideal for men. It’s the opposite of inspiration. It’s destructive. It’s irresponsible. It’s insecure and inaccurate. There’s a fine line between trying to look pretty and being an outright lie.”
She concluded, “Swipe to see what I really look like 👉🏼”, adding the hashtags #instagramvsreality #thisisme #speakyourtruth and #liveauthentic.
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Frankel takes bikinis and all swimwear very seriously these days as she prepares to launch Bethenny Swimwear, her first swimwear collection with HSN. She announced the news in June via a poolside Instagram post.
In the photo, Frankel is wearing an emerald Bethenny corset 1-piece swimsuit and a pair of sunglasses. “Initiate a classy, elegant, refined, sculpting swim that makes every body feel its best and beautiful,” she wrote in the post.
“It’s finally a brand that makes you excited to put on a swimsuit,” she said as she promoted the collection on Instagram Stories. “This is a woman people will stop and look at – all shapes, all sizes – because everyone looks like ten.”
Bethenny Swimwear joins Frankel’s other fashion ventures, which include Skinnygirl denim and Skinnygirl shapewear.
In a July TikTok video, Frankel answered a fan’s question about how she was able to “stay so slim.”
“I get asked this all the time. I don’t exercise. I do my best, when I can,” Frankel began. “If I could, I would ski, if I could, I would surf. I would walk on the beach…but I choose to sleep first. Sleep is the first priority, and happiness is the first priority.”
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The reality star says she no longer believes in the idea of exercising to burn calories.
“I believe in balance. I believe in sleep, I believe in life, I believe in French fries, I believe in alcohol, I believe in not going crazy,” she said.
“The crazier you are, the worse it is for you. As you get older, you realize that a ‘zero f-‘ lifestyle works better,” adds Frankel.