Instagram influencer or not, people tend to post photos that reflect the best side of themselves. But of course, Photoshop, Facetune, and other apps have become a huge lifesaver. Without it, people would have to share photos of themselves and their tiny imperfections like acne, blemishes, or scars. But these days it’s tough knowing the difference between Instagram beauty and realistic beauty. There are a lot of photos out there that are fake. But many people just don’t realize how extensive all the fakery really is.
YouTuber Ethan Klein is not in the business of body shaming anyone, but his video, (which has now gone viral) made it a point to shine a light on a social media truth.
Instagram and other social media platforms don’t always show us what’s real. Most influencers know how to make themselves look like “Baywatch” beauties. Many of them probably don’t get that they’re beautiful just as they are. But others really take editing to the max. Instagram has become flooded by images that are so doctored, there's even a subreddit called Instagram Reality that's dedicated to exposing the reality behind these seemingly flawless pics.
Some of these Instagram photos are so fake that the clues are right in front of our faces.
Take this image that was uploaded on Instagram Reality for example. Unless this influencer is some kind of wizard, this photo has definitely been altered. How else do you explain how these kids are walking in the rain with soaked white shirts, but their hair is completely dry?
Coachella has become the modern-day Woodstock with its music, arts festival and photo venues.
But there are some influencers who will fake going to Coachella just to knock their followers’ socks off. In reality, they probably never made out of their house and simply snapped a few photos in front of a green screen and superimposed an image of Coachella. Others will simply attend Coachella just to snap a pic and be able to say they were there.
Influencers aren’t just hurting the way young people feel about themselves but the environment too.
Take this photo of a young woman laying on California’s super bloom. The photo looks beautiful, sure, but when everyone starts trampling over the area to get the same shot, those flowers don’t look quite as beautiful anymore.
Influencers are pros in the utter art of beauty deception, and at the core we know what's real and what's not.
Photoshop has altered our perception of what beauty looks like. Now some people might get outraged by this deception but it’s important to remember that social media is there for fun, just like television, and it should never be taken too seriously.