A Sydney fitness coach has hit back at trolls after they accused her of being ‘fake’ in her photos.
Lauren Simpson, who was crowned WBFF Bikini World Champion in 2018, took to her Instagram account to urge her 1.9 million followers not to worry about what other people think.
The 30-year-old often talks to her followers about her “transformation from being skinny, unhappy and unhealthy to being strong, confident and full of life”.
Lauren was compelled to write the caption after people wrote to her Instagram Q&A asking her: “Why do you pose in your photos? Why are you so fake?”.
“HONEY, don’t be a hater. Yes I pose in my photos. Yes I flex in some of my photos. I do photoshoots. I am a bikini competitor - so I’ve learned over the years how to pose from top coaches for stage,” Lauren said.
“I create content for social media every day. It’s all part of it. I like showing myself off in flattering angles or nailing poses that I know work for my body. I mean who doesn’t?
“In saying that, I’m also not afraid to share no makeup, not posed or flexed photos and videos. I think I’m a very genuine person on here and pride myself on that. POSED OR NOT, Why does that have to bother someone. POST THE DAMN PHOTO.Don’t worry what others think.”
Lauren has been open about her body transformation on her page and in June she uploaded a picture showing the effect of her fitness journey.
On the left she can be seen in 2015 at 50kg when she was “under-eating and overtraining”. She said she was barely eating 1,000 calories, had a ‘bad’ relationship with food and mostly focused on cardio and group fitness classes.
The middle picture shows her at 57kg in 2018 when she won the WBFF Bikini World Champion title.
“One of the best conditions my body has ever been in! It’s a result of a very strict diet & training for comp prep to shred down to low levels of body fat,” she wrote.
“Flexible dieting. Focus on weights training. Powerlifting meet 8 weeks before stepping on stage. Strength X Bodybuilding style training.”
On the right, she can be seen at 59kg in 2020, three months post bowel surgery.
“I had five weeks of zero training & basically bed ridden from mid Feb. My training since has predominantly been home workouts & seeing my physio 2x per week to work on my squat & deadlift movement pattern as I recover. I don’t track my calories - I eat mindfully. My goal is not fat loss; its on building back my strength & shape. I am now at a point where I am much more ‘balanced’ with my food & training.”