When I was growing up, supermodels set the standard for beauty in magazines and television. As a 5’2″ girl with no hips, it was tough to look at their tall, lanky bodies and feel like I was falling short (literally). But I also took comfort in knowing these were paid professionals, and although their pictures were everywhere, I knew deep down they weren’t really the norm. I didn’t actually know anyone in real life who looked like Cindy Crawford.
But today’s reality is harder to swallow. There are still supermodels, but the images we’re inundated with most often are of our neighbors, co-workers, and classmates with their bathroom selfies posted on social media. We look at these pictures and see ourselves. And when one of our own transforms their body, we feel we should be doing the same or somehow we fail. What we don’t see in many of these posts is the behind-the-scenes work it takes to get that perfect selfie. Before we beat ourselves up for not hitting the same mark, we need to remember that social media is as real as the cover of Vogue.
If you view a post feeling feeling inspired to be your best self, that’s a good post. But if you view a post feeling like a failure, delete it. For some of us that may mean getting off social media completely. I don’t think social media is all evil. I’ve gleaned some great workout info and recipes from some incredible accounts, but even I’m susceptible to the “perfection” that comes through my feeds daily. So I’ve made a plan to combat the negative influences of Instagram, Facebook and the like. Click on the link below to read more.