As a part of the ongoing series, Bree updates her feed every Monday with a side-by-side image of herself posed and unposed. Both photos are commercial-worthy, but the right steers clear of photoshop or hiding features like stretch marks, cellulite, or normal human bloating. And that's the goal — as someone who previously struggled with her own body image, Bree told BuzzFeed that she hopes these pictures will help others realize "it’s okay to have these features and [that] we don’t need fixing."
"'Real Me Monday' was created when I was still struggling a lot with my own body image," Bree said. "I started posting the side-by-side images because I was the type of person who always compared myself to strangers online, and I also only ever posted my very best photos. I believed that the way to improve my own body image was to bite the bullet and post my unposed, real, in-between photos as well. If my followers saw all versions of me, then I knew I’d feel less like I had to show up as this 'perfect' version of me online and in real life. That was two years ago now, and I’ve posted 'RMM' every Monday since."
Here are 27 pairs of photos from her series:
Though her series has seen much success — catapulting her following to over 700,000 on Instagram alone — it's not without criticism. Some in Bree's comment section say her series does not have the same impact as it would if she were not thin, which Bree says she recognizes.
"I understand where people are coming from as I do experience 'thin privilege,'" she said. "I’ve never gone into a store and struggled to find my size because the store doesn’t stock it, like a lot of plus-size people have experienced. But I have gone into a store, seen my body in the changing room mirrors, and cried because my body has lumps and bumps and roundness and softness — which I’ve come to learn is so normal, human, and beautiful. I really am just here to encourage inner-kindness, because it’s completely changed my life for the better."