Monday 16 September 2019

'Fitstagrammer' reveals how she alters how her body looks in photos - without the use of editing tools

Photo manipulation apps such as Facetune and Make Me Thin are enabling users to completely change their appearance

Olivia Petter

A blogger is on a mission to tell the world that people can make themselves look slimmer by simply sucking in their stomachs and standing up straighter.

Who knew?

Instagrammer Chessie King (24) is rebelling against the idealised aesthetic that saturates most people’s social feeds this time of year – think slim pins, toned tums and popsicle-perfect pouts.

In a series of candid side-by-side Instagram shots, the fitness influencer shared a string of pictures - taken seconds apart - showing how easy it is to “fool” followers into thinking that you look a certain way on the platform.

She explained to Mail Online how she has been guilty in the past of editing her photographs to make her legs appear thinner and her breasts larger.

King, who has struggled with body image previously, insists that Instagram is one of the main reasons that people want to look “perfect” in a bikini.

Left photo: Favourited out of the 8 taken & posted. Right photo: Immediately deleted & forgotten about. Both photos unedited & seconds between them. I do so many of these but this one is my scariest & most exposing so far. I was going through my recently deleted folder ready to 'delete all' but saw the right photo & recovered it. I felt this sense of guilt that I'd deleted it & posted the left one. A year ago I would've been left feeling so unhappy by how I look on the right & deleted it forever like it never happened but it was a huge reminder for me today that Instagram can be such a 'perfection trap'. I'm clearly super happy in the right one after @brontekingg had cracked a hilarious joke, I don't hate it but the lighting isn't 'flattering' nor is the way I'm holding my body or the angle of it but it's ME. Both of the photos are me I am proud of how I feel about my body looking at these photos. I feel like I look healthy in both & look after myself but also live without controlling myself like I have done in the past. So your Monday Motivation all the way from Singapore: People post the best photo out of a bunch taken... I know it's said a lot these days but it helps me a huge amount too. If you see a photo of yourself in 'bad' lighting or an 'unflattering angle' just remind yourself how beautiful you are & that you're ALLOWED to look like that. We were not made to be Barbie dolls who LOOK insanely good 24/7, we were made to be humans who FEEL insanely good 24/7

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By sharing the images, the London-based blogger hopes to promote body confidence and discourage her followers from feeling like they need to keep up with the unrealistic standards perpetuated by fellow Instagrammers.

In one post, King urged her 231,000 followers to embrace their bellies and “give it a little jiggle”, writing that she was able to change the appearance of her body in “two seconds” in another.

Photo manipulation apps such as Facetune and Make Me Thin (yes, that’s a real app) enable users to completely change their appearance.

From defined cheekbones to blemish-free skin, your body is a canvas and your iPhone is the digitally enhancing paintbrush.

But King isn’t the only fitness blogger aiming to bring a little transparency to the platform.

A cachophony of fellow popular Instagrammers - such as Tally Rye and Zanna Van Dijk - are shedding light on the idealised and highly edited images that they could post.

Whilst a little body positivity is no bad thing, particularly amidst a sea of #thinspo bikini shots that have clearly been highly edited and manipulated, the idea that you sticking your bottom out makes it look bigger is hardly revolutionary.

Independent News Service

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