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Chessie King is no stranger to harsh criticism about her appearance.

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Fitness blogger going viral for exposing the difference between real life and Instagram.

Images of unattainable beauty standards can be more harmful on social media.

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For decades, scholars have researched the damage caused by images of unrealistic body types presented in the media. Now, they’re starting to investigate social media to see if it has similar effects. A recent study by The Conversation found that people are more likely to compare themselves to the images they see on social media than in advertising and magazines.

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Scientists have discovered why some smiles are cute and others are creepy.

How wide should your grin be? What if it’s crooked?

How much of your teeth should you show when you smile?

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Jasmine Owens via Instagram

If every couple were identically matched, then every relationship would be incredibly boring. People in relationships are expected to have different interests, careers, friends, income levels, expectations, appetites, and opinions. But when it comes to couples with mixed body types, there seems to be far too much judgment. That’s why people are praising an Instagram post by body positivity advocate and aspiring plus-size model, Jasmine Owens.

On Friday, Owens shared a picture of herself in a bikini at the beach with her husband. In the photo of the happy couple, it’s easy to see that Owens has a softer, curvier body than her husband, who is chiseled and muscular. “Over the years this man has loved every curve, every roll, and every stretch mark on my body. I never understood why!” Owens wrote on her post. “But now I see I do have the ‘perfect’ body!! Every roll, every curve and every stretch mark is put on me just perfect to make both of us happy!!! I love my body and I finally see why he does too!!”

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