Instagram or Instascam?

So Instagram… Many of us spend as much time on here scrolling through many a pretty picture of life through rose coloured glasses… let’s face it, none of us post the grim reality that we often endeavour. Instagram is a little more light hearted than Facebook, you don’t get the constant feed of violent news or animal cruelty. So why do I have any issue with Insta?

The issue I have is with those that sell something off the back of a filtered to bits image… the fitness industry is rife with it and as you all know I try my utmost to be nothing but honest, real… there is no sense in selling a lie as I’d be as bad as those juice plus peddlers.

This pic, though it has taken a while to perfect, is an example of how we can trick the human eye. On the left is my “instafitchick” pose, on the right is me standing to get a side photo just standing straight. Far too often now do I see the left picture being used for marketing purposes, basically saying, if you want a body like this click here, sign up to coaching and see your body transform. The problem is, that in reality, the picture on the right is what you’ll get, which in my opinion is decent enough and it’s the truth, why do people never sell from this?

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I’m unhappy with the right picture, this is me, not tensed up or anything and I’m proud of my little peach (it has taken me years to get this far as genetically from my mother I have inherited a none bum), but the left picture which you can achieve with the right lighting and stance, gives an overly optimistic view of what can be achieved. The picture on the left is my hips swivelled just to the point where my arse looks bigger than it could ever genetically grow to be and the twist making my waist look that little bit smaller.

Women, I want to say, strive for your own personal best, our genetics and physiology only allow us to go so far. It’s not worth crying into your chicken and veg and beasting yourself into the ground for a body that only exists through a twist of the hips. See through the filters and the angles and the enhancements, we have to stop viewing beauty and perfection based on a lie. We are naturally a beautiful species, without sounding too girl powerish, lets promote perfection through reality!

Sarah “proud of my peach” Thompson

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