Ridley reveals dark side of social media

Body positivity is taking over social media, thanks to a few honest celebrities; on the heels of Gina Rodriguez‘s insights on the networking sites came Daisy Ridley’s observations on the medium, who had her own take on its inherent dark side.

According to Micthe Star Wars: The Force Awakens star took to Instagram on Monday, April 18 with an ironic post, showing a Snapchat image with the caption, “I woke up like this #nofilter #nomakeup,” while clearly using a filter and wearing makeup. However, the photo’s paragraph-long caption on Instagram is where Ridley got serious on the problem with social media.

“Social media is great but also a bit scary cause what people post is the most filtered, most carefully chosen and cleverly edited moments of their lives,” she wrote.

Further into her post, she explained that such a selective display of photos edited to perfection perpetuates self-consciousness and self-esteem issues.

“…Self esteem is a huge issue for people around the world,” she explained. “My skin isn’t great so I don’t post no make up selfies, much as I’d like to; I have a trainer urging me on in workouts and don’t include all the times I say ‘I can’t do it’ and I don’t smile all the time but I like to share the pictures where I am.”

But, Ridley said that despite this, she appreciates who she is and the people in her life.

“…I actually do love myself, I try to think good thoughts always and am surrounded by the most wonderful people,” she wrote at the end of the post.

And while social media may only show the highlights of users lives, this post by Ridley certainly shines a light on self-esteem issues that may stem from perfected photos on social media. But Ridley said the key to grappling with these images is balance — all while giving a little nod to Star Wars. 

“I’m keeping it balanced,” she said, “(like the Force, obvs).”

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