Everybody loves a good makeover. That’s why Anne Hathaway has been in so many movies about them. Give your audience a solid “Before” and “After” shot, and they’re sold.
Sadly, there are many transformation photos out there which are immensely misleading. If you see an Instagram celebrity posting a “Before” and “After” pic, there’s a decent chance that their “After” photo was taken in impeccable lighting, in flattering clothing, and with a posture-conscious pose — and it’s important to keep this reality in mind when looking to other Instagram models for inspiration.
Instagrammer Mille Smith recently shared “transformation” photos which were taken on the exact same day to drive home the point that many Instagram posts can be disingenuous when it comes to their seemingly inspirational content.
Mille’s caption reads:
Same girl, same day, same time.
〰 With a camera angle and clothing I can change my body into something that society would deem more acceptable than the photo on the right.
〰 Recently insta was voted as the most damaging app to body image/self esteem. That’s not ok.
〰 The media constantly wants us to be more filtered, more posed, more flexed. Making us ashamed, afraid and resentful of our bodies, our natural vessel.
〰 We compare ourselves to these images of posed, strategically taken photos. Comparing yourself is a thief of your joy/self love and even more so when you’re comparing aesthetics to images that aren’t reality.
〰 Both these photos are beautiful . Both these photos are worthy. However only one of these photos is truly me, comfortable and naturally loving myself …
〰 Get rid of accounts that make you feel negative, get rid of people in your life that don’t make you feel happy, loved and beautiful. Don’t let an all ruin your life.
The truth is, a pose can drastically change how we view a particular photograph, and most popular Instagram accounts are meticulously curated to ensure that only the most thirst-trap-worthy shots make the cut. Long story short: a seemingly candid shot is typically heavily edited, and many transformation photos are usually posted to garner likes and followers rather than promote some sort of genuinely healthy lifestyle. These photos exist purely to make you say “Damn, I wish my body looked like that.”
So, remember this point when you’re looking at a photo of yourself which you deem to be unflattering: there is no such thing as a bad model, only a bad angle.