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Fitness Blogger Cassey Ho Photoshops Herself With 'The Perfect Body' And Gives Us All A Lesson About Body Image

22/04/2015 11:20 BST | Updated 22/04/2015 11:59 BST

In a world where Photoshop is the norm, it's easy to forget that the "perfect body" often promoted in the media is impossible for most people to achieve healthily in reality.

After receiving hurtful comments about her physique online, fitness and lifestyle blogger Cassey Ho digitally edited her body to spark debate about body image and show the negative impact cyber bullying can have on an individual's confidence.

"Within the past few months, it’s gotten really negative online. It’s actually been terrible," she wrote on her blog, Blogilates.

"Not just comments, but people making full on videos trash talking my body and my techniques as a certified fitness instructor.

"You may not know it, but when things get bad, I try my best to hold back my tears and tighten my mouth so that I don’t frown. But sometimes, it gets to be too much. So I break."

Ho uploaded the below, Photoshopped image to Instagram and created the above YouTube video to accompany the photo.

In the Instagram post, Ho's legs have been digitally slimmed in order to give her a "thigh gap". Her bum and breasts have been enlarged and her waist has been cinched in.

Comments on the image range from "you look perfect" to "still too fat".

In a separate post on Instagram, Ho described the reaction her "perfect body" photo had received as "moving, incredible, and shocking all at once".

"What worries me is this: 1: That some people think this is real and that it should be 'goals.' 2: That some people still think it's not good enough," she said.

"It's tough knowing what's real and what's not when magazine covers and music videos are Photoshopped (yes, music videos), Instagram pics are photoshopped, and so many women are getting surgery.

"How are we to know what kind of beauty can be naturally achieved when everything around us is so deceiving?"

A photo posted by Cassey Ho (@blogilates) on

One of Ho's usual posts

Ho hopes her video and image will encourage people to stop criticising others based on their appearance.

She told People magazine: "I hope that people do the exact opposite after seeing this video, which is enlighten everyone around them with positivity."

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