Clara Guillem from Nashville, Tennessee, is 24 years old but she's already become a body confidence role model to hundreds of thousands of people. And this series of videos is the perfect reason why.
"I remember I was in the car driving somewhere and I started thinking about how people only show outfits when they feel like their stomach is flat," Guillem told Bored Panda. "I was thinking about a video I saw that said people see a flat stomach as an accessory and decided it would good to show how cute outfits are still cute after you nourish your body!"
Posing in the same clothes before and after a meal, Clara has posted numerous TiKToks celebrating her 'food babies' and has successfully proved time and time again that a full belly is a happy belly. Bon appétit!
This is so cute and I'm fine as hell, obviously, but my appearance is the least interesting thing about me. I have so many other amazing qualities, but those are suppressed when I'm hangry.
Mm-hm, yup... 10/10. 11/10, extra point for the carbs in my stomach
As you can probably already tell, Guillem is super confident in her own body, which is quite inspiring not only on social media but in real life too. The good thing is, it's contagious. Amy Slater, an associate professor at the University of West England, Bristol, published a study in 2017 where 160 female undergraduates viewed either "fitspiration" (images that feature beautiful people doing exercises, or at least pretending to), self-compassion quotes, or a mix of both, all sourced from real accounts on Instagram. Those who viewed only "fitspiration" scored lower on self-compassion, but those who viewed the compassionate quotes (for example, "You're perfect just the way you are") were nicer to themselves – and felt better about their bodies.
If you happen to be having a hard time enjoying food, please remember that that's totally okay. Food can be so enjoyable, but ultimately, it's there to serve your body a purpose.
This is what outfits look like on me before and after a full day of eating. And let me tell you, that was good for my body, it was good for my mind, it was good for my soul...
But it wasn't always like that. "The relationship I've had with my body used to be the absolute worst it could be," Guillem revealed to Bored Panda. "It took many years of actively trying to heal to get to this point. It doesn't happen overnight! One main thing I work on is positive self-talk and affirmations. Every time I have a negative thought, I say the opposite out loud."
Clara's advice for everyone who is also trying to become comfortable in their own skin is to be patient and kind to yourself. "The fact that you're willing to start a journey towards self-love is already the first step. It means you're ready to put in the work."
You know the drill, outfits on me before and after I eat, and I wanna let you guys know that I make these videos because a lot of people avoid eating just to prevent this, which is normal and should be celebrated. Woooo, party in my belly!
It's been a big week for this series in the press, so hey you there, if you're watching these all the way through, you know that that's the first step to self love because you've already decided that you deserve to feel good today
However, Guillem highlighted that she doesn't think her content belongs under 'body positivity', just mental health and body image. "Body positivity exists to give those in marginalized bodies a voice and is a political movement. When referring to content like mine, please use the terms confidence or self-love!" she added.
#2's about to make me act uuup... Still fine as hell, just a little less hangry
Hey bestie, welcome back to outfits on me before and after I eat. This one's cute, but my ass is like, kind of hanging out. Looking good and feeling good, thank goodness for tacos!
Now, I love my appearance. However, I love my sense of humor more. And honestly, I'm not very funny when I'm hangry and yelling at everyone.
You know, our bodies do so much for us, and we let people make money off of us hating them? Uh-uh. Not anymore
I'm choosing this dress because I know I'll be able to show off my cute happy belly later. Can't get much sexier than respecting my own body!
I'm gonna show you guys what outfits look like on me before and after a big meal, so this is outfit #1. There is nothing better than being able to see how well I nourish my body.
Good morning, this is outfits on me before and after I eat, except for this first outfit, I'm gonna show you what happens when I drink a truckload of water. Um... I got distracted by food and forgot to film after the water, sooo...
All bodies are beautiful, but... all bodies are worth more than just their beauty. See you next time!
So feminine! I have a secret to share with you all. Women bloat more than men.
I read a quote today that says you can't live a full life on an empty stomach, and I love that. Bye, I love you!
This is what I'm wearing out to dinner... [Friends: With us!] I'm hot, but much more importantly... I'm happy.
I hope y'all are starting to hear my voice in the back of your head after you see how well you nourished your bodies instead of all of that negative self talk
I could fire a man in this outfit. Speaking of which, our brain uses the most glucose, so food is actually responsible for your happiness, creativity, intelligence, that cute smile on your face...
Yup, welcome back to outfits on me before and after I eat. Might have to hide that. This is cute, but it's already super tight, so I don't know where this is gonna go. It went to heaven after downing some vegan chicken nuggets. That's where it went.