This time last year, Georgia Gibbs and Kate Wasley couldn’t have predicted where the next 12 months would take them.
But after the Australian pair shared a photo of themselves on Sydney Harbour and posted it online, they were shocked by the hate it attracted when people started accusing size 6 model, Georgia, of Photoshopping her best friend, Kate, size 16, to look bigger.
Since then, the girls’ profile has skyrocketed – leading them to launch a body-positive movement – Any Body Co – designed to help women love their shape, whatever their size.
FEMAIL caught up with the best friends, who have recently appeared in Sports Illustrated – and they shared their health and fitness rules – as well as their advice for dealing with the haters.
Australian models, Georgia Gibbs and Kate Wasley (both pictured), found international fame when they shared this photo of themselves at Sydney Harbour
FEMAIL caught up with the best friends (pictured together), who have recently appeared in Sports Illustrated – and they shared their health and fitness rules
The pair’s (pictured) profile has skyrocketed in the past year since the Sydney Harbour photo – leaving them with nearly one million Instagram followers collectively
According to Georgia (pictured), 22, nothing could have prepared them for the huge reaction they got last March – and what quickly followed suit
‘We were inspired to set up Any Body Co because we felt there was a lack of diversity in marketing and a pressure to conform to one idea of beauty through social media,’ Georgia (pictured with Kate) told FEMAIL
According to Georgia, 22, nothing could have prepared them for the huge reaction they got last March from the Sydney Harbour photo, and what quickly followed suit:
‘We could never have expected it, but we were inspired to set up Any Body Co because we felt there was a lack of diversity in marketing and a pressure to conform to one idea of beauty through social media,’ she told FEMAIL.
Georgia explained that ‘we wanted to create a generation of women that are confident in their skin and who feel included and represented in modern marketing.
‘The Any Body ethos is simple. Quit the comparisons between ourselves and the women next to us. Instead, be confident in your skin and lift up other women rather than competing with them.’
‘The Any Body ethos is simple. Quit the comparisons between ourselves and the women next to us. Instead, be confident in your skin and lift up other women’ (pictured: Kate Wasley)
Kate (pictured with Georgia) agrees that she is delighted with the response to the photo – and also said it shows people were ‘crying out’ for diversity
‘We want to be able to create a safe space for women to be able to speak about body image, a place that shows everybody has insecurities and “imperfections”,’ Kate (pictured) said
Georgia Gibbs’s day on a plate
BREAKFAST: Eggs are her favourite.
SNACK: Dried mango or yoghurt
LUNCH: A large salad with tuna or salmon or a poke bowl
DINNER: A fillet of fish with different sides – Georgia is currently loving sweet potato and asparagus
EVENING: Dark chocolate or a ‘cheeky’ glass of red wine
This simple belief is one which hugely chimes with Kate, 23:
‘We are so thrilled with the response,’ she told FEMAIL.
‘It really shows that people are crying out for some diversity. We want to be able to create a safe space for women to be able to speak about body image, a place that shows everybody has insecurities and “imperfections” and that comparing yourself to the woman next to you isn’t going to change you.’
She added that she has learned to ‘ignore’ the haters:
‘Honestly, they aren’t worth your attention or ruining your day. Nine times out of ten anything anyone says to you about your body stems from their own insecurities and fears.
‘Surround yourself with people who love you for you and not just what you look like.’
The girls (pictured: Georgia Gibbs) have featured in countless publications around the world, including Sports Illustrated
Speaking about their health and fitness rules, both models (pictured) said water is key, as well as surrounding yourself with supportive people and getting enough sleep
Speaking about their health and fitness rules, both models said water is key:
Kate Wasley’s day on a plate
BREAKFAST: Avocado on toast or eggs
LUNCH: Either a salad or a sandwich
DINNER: Chicken and veg or eggs and avocado
‘Drink plenty of water, get enough sleep and surround yourself with loving and supportive people,’ Kate said. ‘Taking care of your insides radiates out.’
Georgia added that she swears by ‘boxing and Pilates’ to stay in shape, while Kate also loves boxing, functional training and running.
‘I eat just about everything, but feel my fittest, most alert and healthy when I fill my body with a mixture of light proteins, grains and fruit and veg,’ Georgia said.
‘Typically, I’ll eat eggs for breakfast, snack on dried fruit or yoghurt, eat a large salad with salmon or tuna at lunch and then fish at dinner with different sides.’
Kate said her day on a plate looks something like ‘avo or eggs for breakfast, a salad or sandwich for lunch and chicken and veg for dinner’.
Both do not deprive themselves, with Georgia saying she loves dark chocolate or a ‘cheeky glass of red wine’.
Georgia (pictured) added that she swears by ‘boxing and Pilates’ to stay in shape, but will not say no to a ‘cheeky’ glass of wine or some dark chocolate
Kate (pictured) loves boxing, running and functional training to stay in shape – she also adores eating eggs and avocado
Georgia and Kate first garnered worldwide attention when they posted a Photo on Sydney Harbour and were accused of Photoshopping the image to make Kate look bigger.
‘We posted this picture, just as best friends going out on the weekend, it got reposted a lot and the controversy started,’ Georgia said at the time.
‘”You have Photoshopped yourself thinner or your friend bigger, what kind of friend are you?” was one of the comments. It broke my heart because Kate and I are best friends why would I do that?,’ she added.
‘The fact that a simple picture of two people together went so viral purely because of their body types shocked me.’
‘Health is more important than size and healthy bodies come in many different shapes and sizes,’ Kate (pictured) told FEMAIL
‘We all have imperfections and things we are insecure about but we are all human and these things are normal and beautiful. They make us who we are’ (pictured: Georgia Gibbs)
This provided the lightbulb moment for the pair, who have since gone on to launch the Any Body Co body positive movement.
These days, they have close to one million followers collectively on Instagram, and have notched up magazine covers and editorials with the likes of Sports Illustrated.
‘Health is more important than size and healthy bodies come in many different shapes and sizes,’ Kate previously told FEMAIL.
‘We all have imperfections and things we are insecure about but we are all human and these things are normal and beautiful. They make us who we are.’
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