In a video, she shows a number of photos of herself that have been highly edited and filtered. She then shows the unedited versions of the photos in order to show how deceptive a lot of posts on social media are. Emily has always been someone to proudly push body positivity and self-confidence, and this is no different. We applaud her for this as it takes a huge amount of bravery to post real photos into a sea of edited images, but she has amassed a large following thanks to her brilliant message and honest views.
“YOU NEED TO BE AWARE OF HOW WARPED YOUR INSTAGRAM REALITY IS.
The skin that you see has been smoothed. The lines buffed out. The blemishes eradicated. The eyes are brightened. The tones are softer. Some bits are smaller. Others are bigger. There are not just a “couple of filters” out there that you gotta keep your eyes peeled for.
There are a PLETHORA of apps out there and they’re doing everything you can think of and more. And the worst thing about that is, you have NO idea who is using what to do what.
Whilst I will never blame an individual for editing themselves (most people are driven to it out of insecurity) we do need to address the behaviour of some of the people that we look up to on these apps. Because the fact that people can entirely alter their reality AND NOT EVEN NOT TO DECLARE IT will be causing more issues then any of us perhaps realise.
We are comparing ourselves to people that simply DO NOT EXIST. I look at these edited photos of myself and I barely know the person, and yet… it’s ‘me’- just the “Hollywood” version available in some app. How am I meant to then be ok then with the person I see in the mirror… if she doesn’t look anything like the reflection I’ve curated for myself online?
In the long run, no one wins with these apps. The external validation the altered images receive in the shape of Instagram likes will not be worth it to the individual who cannot compete with their online persona. And the consumers will never be happy if they are perpetually comparing themselves to people that literally don’t exist. I know I’m banging on about this. But so long as the apps are relentless, so must we be.”
Hopefully, Emily’s messages from her social sites and blog will spread across Instagram and other social site users and make people think twice about the reality behind a social media account.