Instagram is NOT real life! Millions of Instagram users out there are bombarded by photos of picturesque 'Instagram Models,' and feel society's pressure to look fit, skinny, and social media's idea of 'perfect'.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Instagram is NOT real life! Millions of Instagram users out there are bombarded by photos of picturesque ‘Instagram Models,’ and feel society’s pressure to look fit, skinny, and social media’s idea of ‘perfect’.
However, a fitness blogger decided to prove to those millions of users that no one ever shows the ‘real’ side of Instagram and how staged all the photos are.
A Finnish fitness blogger, Sara Puhto, has taken to her own Instagram account, in order to reveal the truth of comparison of extremely posed to extremely natural photos. There are so many different angles and lighting options, that people exhibit online, in order to achieve a certain look. And Sara is letting the secrets out about the techniques people use to achieve ‘body goals’.
By using before and after photos, Sara is showing the online world just how ridiculous it is that some people even photoshop their body.
Photoshopping and other body-editing apps, completely distort a person’s entire body and the entire surrounding image. The fact that even some social media influencers and well-known celebrities are buying into this idea of body-editing, is shaping the opinions and mindsets of their impressionable audience.
“I saw an Instagram post by a celebrity who had clearly photoshopped their body to make it look curvier (the tiles behind them were curved).”
But luckily, Sara has a large following of over 145K and she is definitely using her following for the better. She’s a strong advocate for body-positivity and that’s what her Instagram feed is all about: health, side-by-side realness, and promoting a message to be confident in your own skin (with the inclusion of aesthetic vegan meals).
“Start loving and accepting your body at all angles with all your ‘flaws’, instead of trying to fit into society’s image of ‘beauty’ because that image isn’t inclusive of all individuals, which is so messed up.”
It’s sad that people out there are so concerned about what others think about them. Social media has unfortunately constructed the ‘perfect body’ for people to be brainwashed to believe, is the only way to look and be accepted. But we have to remember that most of the time, images have the ability to become over-edited, completely staged, and false representations of one’s true self.
Sara’s message is extremely important to listen to and understand, especially for so many young and easily-influenced followers out there. Life is too short to care about how you look on a social media app…I mean that sounds ridiculous when you think about it. If you ever find yourself staring in envy, at these ‘Instagram models,’ just remember that it’s not real life and there is no such thing as the perfect body or perfect person. Do what makes you feel happy and healthy!