By Nina Bahadur, Images courtesy of Instagram
Iskra Lawrence made a great point about “perfect” pictures.
Model Iskra Lawrence shared an Instagram post that has everyone talking about body positivity. The model posted some throwback pictures from a few years ago that show her looking totally different than she does today—all because of digital retouching.
“I might look different because I was a few dress sizes smaller but the main difference is… I’m HEAVILY retouched,” she wrote in the caption. “That smooth a$$ skin? Not mine—a computer program did that. The full thick hair—extensions. Push up bra. Waist + legs + arms slimmed with a Photoshop tool. No eye bags, well actually no nothing that makes me resemble the real me. And the WORST thing about it… I WANTED TO LOOK LIKE THIS!!!”
Lawrence goes on to explain: “I thought if I had ‘perfected’ images (like the ones I saw of other models) that I would book more jobs = would make me happy and successful. When in reality seeing retouched images of myself gave me even more insecurities and body image issues because I couldn’t even look like or relate to the image of myself!”
Lawrence, an activist and Aerie model, made headlines last year when she stripped down in the New York City subway to make a point about body positivity. And she’s not the only Instagram star who’s spoken out about what it takes to make an Instagram picture look “perfect.”
Fitness blogger Anna Victoria has posted a number of “two-second transformation” photos showing just how much a flattering picture can depend on lighting and posture. “Guys, I take dozens of photo before getting the one I like,” she wrote for her followers of a “before and after” post showing her with and without a bloated belly . “So much of what you see is contrived. My photos are contrived. But I will also share these photos on the right because I don’t want you to think I’m only ever like on the left.”
Cheers to these ladies for keeping it real about Instagram “perfection.”
This article was originally featured on www.womenshealthmag.com