'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
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.
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
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.
High waisted : Gives the illusion of a smaller waist Increases body confidence Good for those 'bloated' days Low waisted : Reveals the 'life handles' Nowhere to hide For those days you feel like a superwoman I only ever used to wear high waisted bikinis, I felt so self conscious in anything low waisted... But now I wear both depending on how I feel (maybe not a rolled down high waisted like the right photo as it squeezes everything up!) Find styles that suit YOU & your body, the first step to body confidence on holiday is feeling comfortable in your bikini. So as I've said before, try on loads & loads of different styles in your living room, dance around in them & see which one you feel most like Wonder Woman in because you DESERVE to feel amazing
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.
Expectation VS Reality I'm not a huge fan of these comparison photos but I think this is a really important message to share. I could have just posted the photo on the left, where my cellulite is edited out, and you would have thought that my body looked like that. Reality check. It doesn't. I'm the same as you. I have cellulite. I'm covered in the stuff (thanks for the genes mum!). Oh and not forgetting my abundance of stretch marks. I've got it all But you know what? I genuinely do not care. I don't even think about it! Let alone worry about it. Why? Because it's natural. It's part of being a woman. Most of us have it, and we have been conditioned to be ashamed of it. Who said it's a bad thing?! Who dictated that fact? No one. It's something we have learnt. A lie we tell ourselves. And I refuse to believe it. Instead I embrace my body with all it's so called "flaws" because it's mine. It is my vehicle through life and I love it for all it does for me. Having cellulite does not define me, it is part of me and for that I am grateful #realitycheck #girlgains #strongsquad #strongzvd #cellulite #stretchmarks #photoshop P.s. Before I get hate. 1) I do not edit my photos like this. I did it for the sake of the post. 2) I am very aware that my legs don't always look like this. It's a result of the lighting and my stride, but it's me nonetheless
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.
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