A model is being praised for showing others that Insta-‘perfect’ snaps on social media are often the result of careful editing.
Kate Wasley, a Perth-based plus-size model who has appeared in Sports Illustrated, took to her Instagram account to reveal the tiny yet significant alterations people make to their snaps to make them look better.
“It takes so little time to alter a photo and so little time to compare yourself to the altered reality we constantly see on Instagram,” she wrote alongside a video revealing her digitally altered bum, back, arms, legs, waist and face.
“It might be photoshop, it might be a pose, it might be that the person your comparing yourself to is a completely different build and body type to you,” she continued.
“When you compare yourself to someone online you’re probably thinking of yourself at your worst and you’re comparing that to someone’s best fragments of their life that they choose to share with the world.”
Kate went on to remind social media users that what you see online isn’t always the complete story.
“Everyone compares them selves in one way or another but so often it isn’t a fair fight. Instagram isn’t real life.”
In the video, not only does Kate show how easy it is to digitally alter her body to make her seem slimmer, her breasts have also been enhanced and she’s removed any trace of cellulite.
Unsurprisingly, the model’s refreshingly honest post hit a nerve with other users and they were quick to offer their praise of her message in the comments section.
“Wow!!! So true!! I love that you shared these words and the altering of the photo!! We all need more REAL and transparent people like you on the gram!” one woman wrote.
“Our body positivity and realness about these issues all women struggle with is meaningful and makes a difference,” another agreed. “You’ve helped me so much with embracing my confidence and self worth.”
“We need to end the comparison game,” another user commented. “Thank you for doing your part and inspiring woman across the world.”
It isn’t the first time Kate Wasley has flown the flag for body confidence. The plus size model frequently uses her Instagram platform to spread the body positivity.
“Problem areas: Brain, for believing societies warped, narrow perception of beauty #bodypositive,” she wrote alongside one Instagram image of herself rocking a bikini.
“Remember that regardless of what you may think of someone’s body that human being is still worthy of self love and respect,” she penned in another.
“We all have so much more to offer this world than just our bodies and physical beauty regardless of the pressures put on everyone, (men and women alike) to look a certain way.”
The plus size model has also created an Instagram page called Any BODY, with the slogan “beauty has no boundaries,” alongside fellow Aussie model Georgia Gibbs.
Their aim is to create an open space where women of all shapes and sizes are equally celebrated.
Their platform came about after a picture of the best friends went viral last year after Gibbs posted an innocent photo that emphasised the friends’ different body shapes.
And she’s determined to up the curvy representation in the media too.
“I want to see more plus-size models in advertising, especially in main brands,” she said in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated.
“There’s a lot of progress, but there’s still only a few, mature brands using plus-size models. I want to see it more in younger brands. I want to see the Australian market take it up as well. And I just want to keep inspiring women however I can.”
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