20-year-old body-postive blogger, Sara Puhto, just exposed the secret behind all those fitness bloggers you see on Instagram: camera angles.
With two simple side-by-side images, Sara is letting the world know that Instagram simply is not reality, a powerful reminder for anyone whose Instagram feed has left them feeling worthless or depressed.
In the images, Sara shows off a pair of “vegan booty” yoga pants. It’s the same girl, same outfit, and same location– the photos were taken just moments apart– but the two pictures are as different as can be.
Sarah posted the Instagram with hastags like “be kind to yourself” and “progress not perfection,” reminder followers that true beauty starts with self-love.
This isn’t the first time the Finnish blogger has posted a side-by-side like this. She’s shared many of these “reality vs. Instagram” photos.
She used to get anxious about these unedited photos, but now? “I don’t get nervous at all,” she told TODAY. “I tell myself that as long as one person benefits from seeing this post, it will be worth it.”
The point is definitely not to not tear down fitness bloggers who post flattering photos of themselves. It’s to encourage anyone who’s ever felt discouraged while scrolling through Instagram.
As she captioned the Instagram above, “Don’t hate yourself just because of bad photos, they do not define you as a person.”