- Ruby Tuesday Matthews said she took part in an eight-week postpartum fitness challenge.
- Commenters accused Matthews of photoshopping images of her results, which she posted on Instagram.
- Matthews said it took “courage” to post her photos, and she denied the accusations.
An Australian influencer has denied accusations that she Photoshopped images of her body before and after a fitness challenge she participated in after giving birth.
Ruby Tuesday Matthews, who is based in Byron Bay, New South Wales, gave birth to daughter Holiday on September 20, according to an Instagram post announcing the arrival. On January 15, she said she took part in an eight-week health and fitness challenge after her obstetrician gave her the green light, sharing her results in an Instagram post.
“I’ve been through so much depression and anxiety during this pregnancy,” she captioned the clip, which included video of her posing in a mirror, and footage that appeared to show her body before and after having finished the challenge, adding, “I literally showed every day of this transformation. I held myself accountable and never felt stronger or more focused!”
Matthews said in her caption that she didn’t want to share the weight she lost during the challenge, but she encouraged her followers to try the program which offers 28-minute at-home workouts hosted by a company. fitness training based in Queensland called FitazFK. . The program offers four levels, including a postpartum option, depending on the physical condition of the person. Matthews said she has completed level one and plans to move on to level two – each program costs $93, or $156 including equipment.
Matthews didn’t specify what her relationship with the company was, but she offered viewers a discount code for membership, which sometimes indicates that an influencer receives a commission for each person who uses the code.
Some commenters under Matthews’ post supported her and praised her results, but a number suggested they thought one of the photos she shared had been edited to make her height appear larger and to improve the difference between the “before” and “after” photos. . They pointed to the door behind the influencer in her ‘before’ image, which appeared to curve outward behind where her hip was – a distorted background in an image is often a sign that it has been manipulated.
Later the same day, Matthews posted a video to his Instagram Story, which has since expired but was seen by Insider, saying the apparent curve in the image was from a towel that was hanging on the door sticking out. outward to make the door appear warped.
“There are towels hanging behind my door 24/7. It’s a white towel. Anyway, I’m not even going to explain myself, because the funny thing is that they don’t think I Photoshopped the thinnest image of myself, they think I tried to make myself taller,” she said in the clip.
“Do you know the courage it takes to post a before and after photo when you’re the heaviest you’ve ever been, right after having a baby?” she added.
Matthews then shared a screen recording from her camera roll in an Instagram story that was seen by Insider, which appeared to show more images of herself from the same period, taken from different angles.
“To all the horrible women trying to take away what I’ve achieved and saying they photoshopped a picture when I was the most vulnerable I’ve ever been by sharing pictures of myself after having a baby. Fuck you…” an on-screen caption read the story.
Aaron Fitaz Mcallister, co-owner of FitazFK, also responded to the accusations against the influencer in a video on his Instagram page.
“It’s super, super disappointing that someone who put in their effort, who did the work, has to do it and it backfires like they’re editing their picture,” he said, adding, “I just want to urge all women to support themselves no matter their shape or how they look etc. I really hope this can be a sign that we need more love and less criticism in the world.
More recent comments under Matthews’ Instagram post, which came after the influencer made a statement on her Instagram story, expressed agreement with her criticism of the negative comments.
“Stop jumping to conclusions when someone shares a vulnerability, please! It’s really sad how quick people are to voice nasty comments. You’re amazing Ruby,” said writes a commentator.
Matthews has 237,000 followers on Instagram, where she usually posts photos of her youngest child Holiday and her two sons, named Rocket and Mars, as well as beauty and fashion content.
Aaron Fitaz Mcallister, FitazFK and representatives for Matthews did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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