Personal trainer Cassey Ho is a YouTube star with an exercise channel boasting more than 2.1 million subscribers. In recent days, however, she has seen an increase in the number of negative comments by people criticizing her appearance. In order to express what she felt in reading those messages, Ho came up with the idea of creating a video in which she Photoshops herself to create “the perfect body” based on what commenters want her to look like.
“Photoshopping and body image – all of that – is such a big problem that a lot of girls deal with because magazine covers are Photoshopped, and even people on Instagram Photoshop their photos,” she tells People. “You really don’t know what’s real and what’s not anymore.”
“When you look in the mirror, are you happy with what you see? Or do you stare at yourself, pinching your fat away, lifting up your butt, pushing in your boobs, wishing you looked like a VS supermodel?,” she writes in the video’s description. “What if getting flat abs and bigger boobs was as easy as a click. What if you could stop all the hate and just photoshop yourself right now, in real life? What would you change?”
It appears that her video has resonated with people. In the one week since she published it to her YouTube account, the 2-minute short has already been viewed over 2.4 million times.