Instagram can be a fun place to share snaps from your foreign holiday, your Sunday morning brunch (that just happens to have perfect lighting, be artfully arranged and shot from above) or your after-work drinks.
But in reality, a lot of what we see on Instagram is a big fat lie. Popular images are often manipulated, photoshopped, and airbrushed - creating an unrealistic and dangerous standard of beauty.
New York based Brit Iskra Lawrence is a body positivity advocate and a lingerie model. She has photos taken of herself all day everyday, so you could say she knows her angles and which poses work for her.
In order to highlight how Instagram is unrealistic, Iskra shared two side-by-side selfies, one where she appeared to have a thigh gap and a second more "real one".
In the photo caption, she writes "pics are all about good lightening and angles. Always remember social medias not real life never let anyone else's pics make you feel insecure about yourself"
No thigh gap or thigh gap who cares. We all think we want different things and we should because we are all different, there's no wrong way just be the healthiest & happiest for you. I'll be the first one to tell you pics are all about good lightening and angles. Always remember social medias not real life never let anyone else's pics make you feel insecure about yourself. If you don't look like her and she doesn't look like you that's how it's meant to be. You are meant to be YOU no one else, your body is your home so love and respect it. When you look after it beautiful things happens ✨ #iskralawrence #everyBODYisbeautiful
Lawrence, who has more than 3.4 million Instagram followers, has often spoken out about dangerous standards in the modelling industry an unrealistic perceptions of beauty.
In January, she shared a image discussing how she's much happier and healthier three dress sizes bigger adding that her "transformation was so much more than weight and muscle gain. I went through a mental transformation too"
I wanted to share this pic because my transformation was so much more than weight & muscle gain. I went through a mental transformation too. ...
People may assume that the pic on the right where I'm 3 dress sizes smaller that I was healthier. Because we are conditioned to believe it's a compliment when someone has lost weight or it's everyone's desire to "lose a few lbs". However I was obsessed to an unhealthy extreme and as you can see the image is HIGHLY photoshopped and all those years ago that's what I wanted. I thought the skinner I was the more "perfected" I was I'd be happier and a more successful model. Letting go of that pursuit of perfection was the best thing I ever did. And instead of wanting to change my body I started working on being the best version of myself from the inside out and that made me happier and more confident. ..
Everyone's transformations look different and that's such a beautiful thing. Just always do it for YOU, and know YOU are good enough and worthy of feeling happy, healthy and confident. Look after yourself, practise self-care and let the real you shine. ..