It’s nearly impossible nowadays to scroll through Instagram without seeing glamorized images of toned fitness enthusiasts who who appear to be at the peak of health. While many certainly are, there’s a lesser-known secret about social media photos in general that 20-year-old health blogger Sara Phuto wants you to know. That is, that most of the images were deliberately taken from flattering angles and were touched up before being shared on Instagram and similar platforms.
It’s true. The body-positive activist has spent hours recreating images to prove exactly this. For instance, she shows how by sucking in one’s tummy, one appears to weigh substantially less. As Inspire More reports, the Finland blogger’s main objective is to encourage people to take social media posts less serious. “Nobody’s booty looks round and peachy from all angles,” writes Sara.
Using the hashtags #BodyConfidence, #ProgressNotPerfection and #BeKindToYourself, she is contributing to a movement of self-love which is encouraging men and women everywhere to recognize that “perfection” is a state of mind, rather than a certain physique.
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Following are some of her body positive photos:
“Nobody has abs or a flat tummy 24/7 when they sit down,” she writes
“The other day I saw an Instagram post by a celebrity who had clearly photoshopped their body to make it look more curvy”
“The beauty industry strives off our insecurities, and only shows so few body types, please don’t let this make you hate yourself”
“Clothing sizes have the ability to make us feel bad about ourselves when we’ve gone up a size and feel good when we’ve gone down a size”
“But I’ve realized that it actually doesn’t matter at all”
“Just because someone wears a smaller size than you doesn’t make them a better person or a more beautiful person”
“Clothing size doesn’t define you”
“You are beautiful no matter what size you wear!”
“Being you and having confidence is what makes you beautiful”
“Not what some beauty magazine portrays as beautiful”
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