Instagrammer reveals reality behind photos

In the midst of an infinite scroll of perfected photos and flawless looks lies one image that perfectly sums up all the reasons why self-esteem should not be based on what you see on Instagram.

According to Glamour, body-positivity advocate Milly Smith shared her own side-by-side photo on Instagram in which she wears a bra and black, shape-accentuating tights in one photo while in the other, she wears only her bra and panties. Her motive? To “warn her followers against obsessing too much over the seemingly perfect lives being lived in their newsfeeds,” reports Glamour.

Noting that the photos were taken on the same day and at the same time of day, Glamour says Smith wrote in her caption that playing with things as simple as camera angle and her clothing can make her body seem to fit a more “acceptable” image of beauty.

“The media constantly wants us to be more filtered, more posed, more flexed,” she wrote, “making us ashamed, afraid and resentful of our bodies, our natural vessel.”

But according to Smith, the real damage occurs when we compare ourselves to others.

“We compare ourselves to these images of posed, strategically taken photos. Comparing yourself is a thief of your joy/self love and even more so when you’re comparing aesthetics to images that aren’t reality.”

Closing by sharing that both of her photos are beautiful, Glamour says Smith not only asserted that loving herself is most important, she also urged her followers to rid themselves of anything or anyone that makes them feel less than beautiful.

“Get rid of accounts that make you feel negative, get rid of people in your life that don’t make you feel happy, loved and beautiful,” she said. “Don’t let an all [sic] ruin your life.”

Amen to that. Be sure to follow Smith here.



Veras verifies body positivity in swimsuit photos

Everybody has a bikini body, no matter what the haters say, and Diana Veras proved this to be true in a string of recent swimsuit photos posted on social media.

According to Cosmopolitanwhen the model’s Instagram photo of herself looking fierce in a pink off-the-shoulder bikini drew negative comments from online trolls, Veras decided not to hide but to instead fight fire with fire — by posting even more bikini photos on Twitter.

Directing the photos’ caption to those shaming her, Cosmo said Veras wrote, “Here’s more of my lil chubby ass in a bathing suit since it offends men so much.”

With over 75,000 likes and 16,000 retweets, Veras followed up her popular clap-back photos with a written statement, sharing that she hopes people understand there are variations of beauty that deserve equal admiration.

“…Don’t forget that I can’t speak for all plus sized women,” she wrote. “We all come in all different shapes, sizes, proportions, colors, and ALLLLLL of our beauty should be celebrated. Even though I’ve had my own struggles with my body, I don’t want 2 silence the voices of other beautiful women who also deserve recognition for their efforts.”

Perhaps Veras said it best when she concluded her message by saying, “There is so much room for all of us to shine.”

Lawrence illuminates the illusions of retouched photos

Retouching photos sounds harmless, but when it completely alters one’s appearance, it can be damaging — just as Iskra Lawrence.

According to HuffPost, the Aerie model recently took to Instagram to share a side-by-side photo of herself; wearing nothing but lingerie, Lawrence not only looks flawless, she also doesn’t even look like herself. Although HuffPost says Lawrence noted she was a few sizes smaller in the photos anyway, the point still remains: Photoshop can produce completely unrealistic results.

“That smooth a$$ skin? Not mine ― a computer programme did that. The full thick hair ― extensions,” she wrote, according to HuffPost. “…Waist + legs + arms slimmed with a photoshop tool. No eye bags, well actually no nothing that makes me resemble the real me. And the WORST thing about it… I WANTED TO LOOK LIKE THIS!!!”

Sharing that at the time, she thought that “I had ‘perfected’ images (like the ones I saw of other models) that I would book more jobs” and thus she would be “happy and successful,” HuffPost says Lawrence revealed that the images were ultimately damaging to her psyche.

“In reality seeing retouched images of myself gave me even more insecurities and body image issues because I couldn’t even look like or relate to the image of myself!” she wrote.

So what did the body positivity advocate learn?

“What’s real is YOU, your imperfectly perfect self that’s what makes you magical, unique and beautiful.”

Amen to that.