INSTAGRAM EDITS AND HIGHLIGHT REELS CAN MASK REALITY
I’m well aware that as a blogger, it’s a daft thing to say. Over the years I’ve seen a ridiculous amount of pictures of myself, but despite this, I don’t actually have a clue what I look like anymore. Can I say that the pictures I share are an accurate example? Probably not!
We’ve graduated into the world of Instagram edits and lifestyles… With that, I’ve realised I’m nowhere close to what I look like in real life. I’m not a posed picture, or a good angle, or walk around under an Instagram filter. I’m sometimes a bit boz-eyed, my mouth is wonky and my gut hangs out like everyone else’s does after a Domino’s.I’m not the static image you see on Instagram. I’ll freely admit to smoothing skin, removing spots and turning temperatures up when I’m pale AF… But then I think, aren’t we all in the same boat?! Especially in the blogging world. We’re all showing our highlight reel – our most flattering angles and good hair days. I did NOT wake up like this. It was staged, and edited and picked from a bunch of other pictures that weren’t half as flattering. Did I look good, or did I find the right filter?! We’re edging into First World Problems territory but I feel like it’s a good thing to address. There are so many young people online these days and even as a 25 year old I feel the pressure to look fabulous 24/7 (if it’s 4.5/7 we’re lucky)… God knows what it’s like for teens!
So this is me, ‘fessing up to the fact that after rounds of finding the perfect skin tone complimenting background, a trip through Facetune and VSCO filters on top – I have no idea what I truly look like… But I also have no idea what the most of Instagram looks like. Or models in magazines or famous folk in music vids. That’s not to say people aren’t ridiculously beautiful (Em Rata makes me die a little inside with every Instagram post – Queeen), but most of us are sharing the best bits, not the 360 view… That’s what I try to bear in mind if I’m feeling down in the dumps about myself!
And for the pictures today I was allll up on that amazing lighting – I pray for this every time I get my camera out! It’s the glowy natural light of dreams, here to fuzz out pores and any fudge ups with my fake tan. I wore this look a few weeks ago and it was the start of feeling summery, sticking on my shades & cutesy pink! I’m so loving being back to sunshine-ready style.
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