Social media has evolved to become much more than a way to connect with friends and family. Instead of sharing accurate depictions of our lives, many people strive to promote an unrealistically perfect lifestyle to their followers. Through an endless array of filters and carefully staged photos, social networking has ended up causing more harm and separation than its original intent of bringing people closer together.
To lift the veil on how manipulative social media can be, there has been a growing trend of people contrasting their visually orchestrated photos with natural, unedited ones. The purpose of these comparative pictures is to disillusion one’s followers to the notion that not everything posted online represents reality.
Here are 24 women who have let their followers in on their secrets to prove that no one is perfect despite what some networks can lead you to believe.
1. Instagram influencer, Sara Puhto, uploaded these side-by-side pictures, writing, “Nobody’s body looks the same from all angles. Don’t eat less or miss out on your favorite meals/drinks or over exercise to ‘look good for a holiday’ or to ‘look good in bikini photos’ because there will always be angles that are ‘unflattering’ that might make you feel bad when you see them.”
2. Every time you look at a seemingly perfect picture on Instagram, just know that there is a camera roll full of outtakes that didn’t make the cut. Chessie King uploaded this photo and stated, “I was going through my recently deleted folder ready to ‘delete all’ but saw the right photo and recovered it. I felt this sense of guilt that I’d deleted it and posted the left one.”
3. Lizzie Anderson promotes not only a healthy lifestyle on her Instagram, but a healthy view on people’s bodies. “Am I fat? No, but I get major rolls when I slouch,” the 24-year-old wrote. “You know why? Because rolls are natural! We all have them so I’m just gonna roll with it. People only post their best selves on Instagram at times so remember you all are beautiful.”
4. Personal trainer Mikaela West posted this comparative picture, writing, “Don’t let someone else’s carefully cultivated selfie, taken in the most flattering pose, in the best lighting, at their best angle determine how you feel about yourself. It’s called ‘insta’gram for a reason — it’s a single instant in time in which most people choose to show only the best of themselves.”