Published On: Wed, May 5th, 2021

Saira Khan, 50, shares comparison pictures of her ‘posing’ and ‘relaxed’ in gymwear

Saira Khan gave her Instagram followers a dose reality by posting a series of snaps which highlighted how posing for pictures can change how someone looks. 

The former Loose Women panellist, 50, posted several comparison pictures of her ‘posed’ and ‘relaxed’ to encourage her followers to ‘celebrate what your mind and body can do for you’ on Tuesday. 

In the empowering Instagram post she took mirror selfies, posing with her hand on her hip – putting them beside images of her relaxing her body with her arms by her side. 

Reality: Former Loose Women panellist Saira Khan shared comparison pictures of her ‘posing’ vs. ‘relaxed’ (pictured) to highlight to her followers how photographs can be deceptive

Saira oozed confidence in all the makeup-free shots, wearing brown sports tights and a matching crop top. 

Wearing her brunette hair down, styled in a bob, she showcased her beautifully toned legs and gave a glimpse at her muscular stomach. 

The mother-of-two has regularly spoken out about her relationship with exercise and her hangups about her body. 

Earlier in the year she shared an empowering Instagram post of herself wearing a turquoise bikini and listed her former foibles. 

Proud: Earlier this year Saira proudly revealed she has overcome her body hang-ups and can now comfortably wear a bikini since turning 50

Proud: Earlier this year Saira proudly revealed she has overcome her body hang-ups and can now comfortably wear a bikini since turning 50

Impassioned: In an empowering Instagram post, she admitted her 'short stumpy legs, thick waist, small boobs, skin disorder, cellulite and stretch marks' previously bothered her, but she has now realised that self-care and self-love have helped her learn to love her body

Impassioned: In an empowering Instagram post, she admitted her ‘short stumpy legs, thick waist, small boobs, skin disorder, cellulite and stretch marks’ previously bothered her, but she has now realised that self-care and self-love have helped her learn to love her body

She admitted her ‘short stumpy legs, thick waist, small boobs, skin disorder, cellulite and stretch marks’ previously bothered her, but she has now realised that self-care and self-love have helped her learn to love her body.

Her latest social media update comes as she faced backlash last month after she insisted her Pakistani culture has been more restrictive to her progression than any racism she has encountered as an Asian woman in the United Kingdom. 

The media personality was born and raised in Derbyshire to working class immigrant parents from Pakistan administered Kashmir.

But the University of Brighton alum claimed she encountered no significant social boundaries while growing up on a council estate and credited British society for helping her make something of herself.

Speaking out: Saira claims her Pakistani culture has been more restrictive to her progression than any racism she has encountered as an Asian woman in the United Kingdom

Speaking out: Saira claims her Pakistani culture has been more restrictive to her progression than any racism she has encountered as an Asian woman in the United Kingdom

Divisive opinion: Sharing a lengthy In tagram post on Thursday afternoon, the presenter,

Two way street: Saira also insisted racism is not the one-way street it has been portrayed as through the spate o f recent protests and marches conducted in major cities across the world

Divisive opinion: Sharing a lengthy Instagram post earlier this year, the presenter insisted she has encountered no significant external boundaries as an Asian woman

Sharing a lengthy Instagram post on Thursday afternoon, Saira, who was raised a Muslim, said her biggest obstacles have come from within the Asian community itself.

She wrote: ‘As an Asian woman born in this country to immigrant parents, I am proud to be British, grateful for this country helping my parents to help me to recognise and realise my potential.

‘If I’m honest, as an Asian woman it’s my Asian culture that has tried to hold me back more than any racism I have faced. That’s my truth.’

Saira also insisted racism is not the one-way street it has been portrayed through the spate of recent protests and marches conducted in major cities across the world.

Happy family: The presenter shares son Zac, 12, and daughter Amara, nine, with businessman husband of over 15 years, Steve Hyde

Happy family: The presenter shares son Zac, 12, and daughter Amara, nine, with businessman husband of over 15 years, Steve Hyde

Using her mixed her mixed heritage marriage to husband Steven Hyde – with whom she raises two children – as an example, she added: ‘We all have to play our part in tackling racism, so many of us are ignorant of each other’s cultural background and religious beliefs which leads to misunderstandings and division.

‘As a woman in a mixed marriage with a mixed race child, I can say from first hand experience, there is prejudice on both sides – it is not just White people hating on those of colour.

‘The colour of my skin has not hindered my progress in this country. In fact right now, the world we live in, it’s an advantage to be a woman of colour, because there is a need from all institutions for better representation of our society.

‘The focus on white people and their unconscious bias has been documented well.’

The broadcaster also urged minority groups to examine their own feelings towards other cultures, religions and skin colours.

Saira left long-running lunchtime staple Loose Women in December 2020, shortly after Andrea McClean announced her resignation. 

Humble start: The Loose Women panellist was born and raised in Derbyshire to working class immigrant parents from Pakistan administered Kashmir

Humble start: The Loose Women panellist was born and raised in Derbyshire to working class immigrant parents from Pakistan administered Kashmir

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