Instagram has been called as the most destructive informal organization for your emotional wellness by Quartz. You can find numerous misleading pictures by fashionistas and body bloggers on the site. These “flawless” images have created unrealistic body standard for both genders, especially women.
My body 🌿 Ever since I've been a teen I've been horribly self conscious of my tummy area. I would put myself down over having a wide torso and no curves compared to other women in media. I'd think that once I hit puberty I would somehow suddenly get super curvy and all of it would be fixed. But I've realised that that's not going to happen. And that's completely fine. It's not a bad thing at all. I don't want to change this anymore. When I took photos like the one on the right I would feel like my body has not progressed from 2 years of working out at all. But the thing is that bodies will always look different from different angles. Don't let "bad photos" make you hate your body. Because everyone has these bad photos, most people just don't show them. Tummies are designed to have fat on them, it's there to protect your internal organs. Having a flat tummy 24/7 with no fat is impossible because our stomachs are designed to expand when we eat or drink. They're constantly changing and that's completely normal!! I don't think there is anything wrong with either of these photos anymore, they are the same body. I love this body and thank it for functioning and keeping me alive. I feel sometimes we as humans get too caught up in looking good when we should be happy that we have a body that is capable of doing so much. Instead of hating that your body looks a certain way, thank it for functioning and keeping you alive. You only have one body, it's much harder going through life hating it rather than appreciating it for all the incredible things it does. Your body does not define your worth as a person. You look absolutely amazing the way you are, from all angles, at all times of the day 🌴☀️ —————————————— . . . #mybody #bodypositive #bodyconfidence #nobodyshame #effyourbeautystandards #loveyourbody #healthyhabits #selfesteem #selfacceptance #lawofattraction #thankyourbody #alsome #youareworthit #youareunique #flaws #insecurities
But amidst all the materialistic and deceptive images, you will find a few people who are not willing to conform to this trend. Like the 20-year-old body blogger, Sara Puhto. The blogger promotes body positivity to her 253k followers on Instagram through series of “Instagram vs Reality” pictures. She is dedicated to spreading self-love through each post. Her images depict the stirring differences between reality and the falsely-created perfect pictures. Through these images, the health blogger aims to empower women and reject the absolutist standards of beauty.
In one of her posts, she talks about her past experiences and self-hate and how she overcame them through self-love. She wrote that she had hated her body since very young age. Her wide body structure, short height, and lacking curves nothing seemed perfect to her. It was like with every coming year, she figured something to hate in herself. After around a decade of self-hate, she managed to be comfortable with who she was and how she was.
The blogger further talks about how media has shaped us into following a particular standard of beauty. Puhto rejects this idea of beauty and does not believe in just one kind of beauty. She believes that bodies are not fashion trends which come and go – they remain with us through our lives and we should learn to love them.