Star, 51, reveals shocking truth behind bikini snap: 'The real me'

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A TV star has revealed the truth behind her bikini snaps to show fans not everything is as perfect as it seems.

The Real Housewives of New York's Bethenny Frankel posted a snap on Instagram of her standing on a beach in a bikini with her body looking flawless.

However, the 51-year-old also posted a second photo, showing the reality of what her body looked like without editing.

The first photo is an edited version, showing the star with perky breasts, a small head, airbrushed skin and a smaller waist.

Bethenny Frankel in an edited bikini picture (left) and an unedited photo (right).
Bethenny Frankel showed her edited photo next to a 'real' snap. Source: Instagram

In the second, the star admitted she did not edit the photo, showing a 'more real' version of her body.

"This is NOT what I look like ... and you know that because I'm not vain and show you the real me," she said in the caption of the two photos, referring to the edited version.

"But if I posted a version of this every day you might start to believe that it might be. This is just how distorted this has all gotten."

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The star added "filtering is lying" and "deceptive" and it made women feel badly about themselves.

"It makes young girls insecure and obsessed with an unattainable perfection," she wrote.

"It makes middle-aged women and mothers feel insecure about themselves. This creates a false ideal for men. It's the opposite of inspirational. It's destructive. It's irresponsible. It's insecure and it's inaccurate.

"There is a line between making an effort to look pretty and an outright falsehood."

Bethenny Frankel stands at the door of a restaurant in a pink dress.
Bethenny Frankel says she does not edit her photos. Source: Instagram

Many praised the star for sharing the truth behind the edited image, with many saying she was an "inspiration".

"The real picture is SOO much better. More women need to embrace their own beauty and trash those damn filters," one commented.

"I’m a confident 50-year-old and was feeling badly at times ... I unfollowed what didn’t work for me! Our poor kids, we can only keep talking to them," another commented.

"It’s never enough, what we are expected to be. Very difficult to escape the filtered expectation. We need to breathe and be healthy and strong," a third added.

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