🌻Instagram VS Reality🌻
The photo on the left is the one I felt confident enough in to post on Instagram. The photo on the right however hasn’t seen the light of day... until now. In the photo on the right, I’m not posing. My cellulite is showing, my butt isn’t perky or toned and tbh, I just look awkward and not at all “Insta worthy.” All of this and yet it was taken within minutes of the photo on the left, the one that in my mind is “Insta worthy”... so what does that tell us?
1. It’s not about your body, it’s about perception - angles, poses and filters all contribute to us seeing a photo of ourselves as worthy of being posted or not.
2. Often photos on Instagram have been handpicked (just as the photo on the left was) to reflect the person’s “best angle.” That is, all instagram shows us is one version of that person’s body - one 2D, potentially edited photo chosen because it’s the one that makes their body or their life look the most perfect.
Because of this Instagram isn’t really an accurate reflection of what a person looks like or what their life looks like, it’s just a highlight reel basically, with all of the cellulite, pimples, rolls and awkwardness cut out of it. What’s real? Well, online you never really know. Which is why you shouldn’t ever let these “perfect” people make you feel inferior - they’re just people, after all.
So here’s me, from 2 different angles, in 2 different poses, and in 2 different photos. Maybe I fit your standards better in the first one, but in both I’m still me, and in both I’m still worthy. And no matter what angle or pose you strike, you are too. 🦋