Figuring out the subtle art of Instagram posing can really clue you in to just how deceptive many of these photos can be. Not only are some of those mirror selfies drastically over-posed to produce more striking results, certain “before” or “more realistic” photos can be just as manufactured.
Fitness blogger Amie-Jane is taking aim at the Instagram users who over-exaggerate their poses in order to prove points about body image. According to Amie-Jane, almost none of the poses you see are realistic or natural — regardless of whether they’re meant to embody the “good” or the “bad.”
Amie-Jane recently posted side-by-side selfies (a familiar trope used by Instagram stars everywhere) to make a point about how poses on Instagram are often highly-manipulated, and why you should take them with a grain of salt.
Amie-Jane’s Instagram caption reads:
Both of these pictures are over exaggerated! They are both not me! Not how you would see me normally! For one I would definitely have more clothes on … anyway one picture I have forced my hips forward to give myself hip dips and the illusion of being bigger then what I am and the other is me pushing my hips back to give myself some shape! None are bad!! But none are me!! What’s the point in this post you may say?! Well always remember we can create the way we look by the different ways we position our body! Some days I look in the mirror standing weirdly and think wow I look big there then I turn a different way and think I look good … Different angles, lighting, posed can shape us in a way we are not 100%!! Just always remember to love yourself no matter what you look like it’s how you feel that will determine you happiness in life! No body is perfect we are all imperfectly perfect.
So, don’t fret too much about whether or not you resemble the women on Instagram — because there’s a decent chance that even they don’t actually resemble themselves.