Instagram can be a wonderful and inspiring place, full of beautiful and artistic images of the places we want to see, and the people we want to be. However beneath the shiny veneer is a harsh reality. Many of these ‘perfect ‘images promote totally unrealistic ideals and expectations that can never be achieved, and only lead to feelings of inadequacy, jealousy and unhappiness.
Popular Instagram blogger Chessie King recognizes this and uses her platform to promote body-positivity, showing the ‘true’ side to each ‘perfect’ photo by highlighting the incredible difference that certain poses make.
To make her point she poses in deliberately unflattering positions and angles, juxtaposing this with the typical ‘fake’ poses that models use to make their stomachs appear flatter, their legs longer and their waists narrower. The results are eye-opening, and, for those Instagrammers who are becoming used to believing that perfect is the new norm, a much-needed reality check.
“THIS IS ME. THIS IS MY BODY. No flattering angles, no flattering lighting, just me and my body feeling on top of the world,” she wrote on one post. “A few years ago I would never have posted this, all I cared about back then was being the leanest I could, going to the gym as many times as I could a week and counting every calorie I ate.”
“Even at my smallest, when I was training the most & eating the least, I just wanted to cover up my body because it wasn’t my idea of ‘perfect.’ Now my priority is to be happy and comfortable in my own skin, and today I appreciate my body and what it does for me. We were not made to be Barbie dolls who LOOK insanely good 24/7, we were made to be HUMAN and we should all be allowed to FEEL insanely good 24/7. Come at me keyboard warriors, you can say what you want but nothing will knock me down.”
The trolls did indeed come out of the woodwork, making cruel “suggestions” of how she could improve her body. In response, Chessie made a shocking photoshopped video of herself, which took their suggestions into account. “If we changed our body for every troll, listened to every cyber bully, we would be monsters. Whether you have 23 followers or 3 million, NO ONE should have to deal with regular hate online,” she captioned the grotesque video.
Chessie continues to push back against unrealistic ideals, ‘fake’ images and the pernicious nature of online trolls, doing so with a smile and a wicked sense of humor. Scroll down to check out some of her pics below, and you can visit her Instagram here. Let us know what you think in the comments!