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Have you ever scrolled through your Instagram and found it hard to relate to any of the body shapes you see? You’re not alone. From the perfect angles to the perfect abs, it’s really easy to get caught up with what you think an Instagrammable body “should” look like.
The reality is, many of those “perfect” pictures are a result of some major tweaking and manipulation. Models, #fitgirls, and many other Instagram influencers rely on certain tricks to accentuate their assets, which end up creating a number of body illusions that most of us can’t possibly measure up to IRL.
While there’s nothing wrong with posing a certain way to make yourself feel comfortable and confident, it’s also important to remember that those pictures are just snapshots. A quick moment in time, where someone adjusted the pose, angle, and lighting in an image to make it look perfect.
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That’s why it’s so AMAZING and refreshing to see a number of people on Instagram willing to demonstrate the reality of these so-called “perfect” shots. Below, the most popular body illusions of Instagram — and their reality.
1. The position of your waistband matters.
Where you place your waistband on your tights and leggings makes a big difference in how your body appears on camera. As Milly Smith writes in her caption, “Same girl, same day, same time.”
2. Standing makes a difference.
There’s a reason people stand in their pics — they instantly look “thinner” and their stomach rolls disappear. But it’s not the best picture of reality!
3. Lighting sheds a whole new light.
Truth: everyone’s body looks completely different depending on the lighting. Imre Çeçen reminded her followers of this fact by showing the exact same poses, but with different light:
4. Angles change everything.
The angle of your camera or the angle of your body can make for completely different images. A perfect example? Here:
5. Posture is everything.
Standing up straight can make all the difference. An exaggerated posture (like twisting and contorting your body) makes everything seem more streamlined, but it’s not real. As Halle says below: “This is the problem with the internet. A lot of women only post pictures like the one on the left & at the exact same time they also look like the picture on the right, but if we only see the skinny pic, we think they ‘have the perfect body’ & internalize the idea that we don’t.”
Whenever you’re scrolling through your Instagram and you start to compare yourself to the images you see — stop. Remember that you are seeing a well-thought out (posed, lit, contoured) image. Not everything is real, but you are, and you are amazing.
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