“Let’s get real”.
Bikini designer Karina Irby, the CEO of swimwear brand Moana Bikini, has taken to social media to highlight the difference editing can make to photos.
The 28-year-old’s latest post is a comparison between reality and Instagram as Karina wanted to show that a lot of the images shared on social media aren’t a true reflection of what’s actually going on.
Posting two side-by-side images, Karina said that the second one is an example of the ‘classic Insta Girl Edit’ and by making so many edits, the horizon (in this case the beach behind her) is now ‘warped’ and looks completely fake.
The successful businesswoman said that she wants others to be inspired to love themselves and “to stop comparing to unrealistic images online”.
She even listed the exact editing changes she made so that people can be aware of the signs of the “Insta girl edit” and know that it’s not a realistic concept.
LETS PLAY A GAME? ? It’s called ? REALITY VS INSTAGRAM Every morning I wake up and scroll though my personal Instagram feed and spy “Insta Girls” posting unrealistic images of themselves. The girls I follow that portray these images have big followings, often with hundreds of thousands of young girls looking up to them as a role models. As I scroll though the comments I find young girls tagging their friends “GOALS” and “OMG WHY DONT I LOOK LIKE THIS??” The truth is these girls don’t looks like this. They look like you, like everyone. I have gone ahead and copied the classic “Insta Girl Edit” in my second image and listed below is what I have done to it?? Full body skin smooth Enlarged my booty Sucked in my tummy Sucked in my back Thinned out my arms Thinned out my quads Made my neck a tad skinnier Got ride of my scars and cellulite Made my breast rounder Lifted my booty After all these little tweaks, can you notice how my horizon is warped? So many girls are so into how their Insta image is going to be portrayed that they don’t even notice they have warped the background!? ??♀️ Ladies, I’m not here to play mean girl towards others. I simply want to #inspire you to love yourself and stop comparing yourselves to unrealistic images online. Look out for the signs of the “Insta Girl Edit” and don’t take social media too seriously. Let’s get real❤️
This isn’t the first time Karina has made an effort to encourage women to love their bodies and a couple of weeks back, she shared a similar post based on ‘perspective and reality’.
In this one, the model and designer spoke of how standing differently can make all the difference to how you look and feel as:
“Everyone posts pictures of themselves on their best day, in their best angle, and everyone else feels that their everyday self isn’t good enough, or doesn’t match up, or can’t compete”.
Karina wanted to show that just because you want to share a nice photo of yourself, you shouldn’t feel that it needs to measure up to other people’s posts.
“Run your own race and set your own goals, the only person you need to impress is you”.
Perspective VS reality? This is me. Current day. I wanted to share this with you because I think it’s important to stay true and real on social media. I can assure you the only difference in these two photos are the way I’m standing and wearing my bikini. We all know our angles and don’t always share the images of us not looking our best. Therefore, sometimes we can share an unrealistic showcase of ourselves. Of course we all want to share photos of ourselves where we look good, great, our best! I know that I do. I’m sure that you do. It’s just human nature. However, this nature of Social Media, and our usage of it, encourages unrealistic expectations. Everyone posts pictures of themselves on their best day, in their best angle, and everyone else feels that their everyday self isn’t good enough, or doesn’t match up, or can’t compete. It’s important to focus on yourself and your own goals instead of comparing yourself to others constantly. Run your own race and set your own goals, the only person you need to impress is you! ❤️❤️❤️ @MOANA_BIKINI @BIKINI.BODY.BURN
Main image via Instagram: Karina Irby