Although it is hard to say exactly when it all began, the idea of a “before and after” photo has been around for quite some time. We have all seen them, whether on our phones, computers, tablets, or television sets, the idea of sharing a transformation via two contrasting pictures is nothing new. Perhaps the pair of photographs are meant to show off a weight-loss journey, a successful skincare regimen, a new haircut, or a home makeover. However, no matter what sort of change is being demonstrated, they typically all have one thing in common – the “after” snapshot is usually considered the “better” of the two.
However, when Taryn Brumfitt, a 40-year-old mother-of-three from Australia, decided to share a different, more honest before and after photo on Facebook, she became an internet sensation overnight. The post, which shows a “before” picture of the ex-bodybuilder looking toned at a bodybuilding competition and an “after” photo of her showing off a larger, more curvy body, has changed the mother’s life completely. Since reaching millions of viewers and gaining tons of fans, Taryn has become the face of body positivity, encouraging other women to love their bodies no matter what.
People have been shocking the internet and our TV screens with “before and after” photos for years. While they all are showing different types of transformations, from home makeovers to weight loss to a new hairstyle, they all usually have one thing in common – the second photo is typically considered the “better” of the two. One woman, 40-year-old mother-of-three from Australia Taryn Brumfitt, became an international media sensation after her before and after photos went viral, capturing the attention of millions of people all over the world. So what exactly was it that made her body transformation pictures in particular so special to gain cyber celebrity status in less than 24 hours?