We all know that loads of fitness influencers are heavily edited online.
There they are, simultaneously sucking in their bellies and pushing out their abs, contorting their bodies into all kinds of unnatural poses to pop their bums. There’s not a wrinkle or dimple to be seen.
And usually, these obviously doctored or highly poses images are easy to spot.
But one blogger is proving that actually, it’s the pictures that have been ever so lightly tweaked that we need to watch out for.
Fitness model Karina Airby recently posted a side-by-side comparison, showing a regular photo versus what she calls the ‘Insta Girl Edit’.
And the changes are so insignificant yet so effective, that they just go to show that it’s getting harder and harder to tell what’s been edited anymore.
‘Every morning I wake up and scroll through my personal Instagram feed and spy “Insta Girls” posting unrealistic images of themselves,’ she writes.
‘The girls I follow that portray these images have big followings, often with hundreds of thousands of young girls looking up to them as role models. As I scroll through 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 look like this. They look like you, like everyone.’
Karina goes on to say: ‘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 rid of my scars and cellulite
- Made my breast rounder
- Lifted my booty
All those edits have warped the background of the second picture and Karina says that so many girls are into their Instagram image that they forget about how over-editing and distort 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.’
Obviously, Karina looks amazing in the first image. For many of us, there’s very little difference between the two photos – but it just goes to show how high the levels of perfection have reached online and how hard it is to tell how images are being edited these days.
It’s important to stay vigilant; Instagram is a great source of fitspo but by surrounding ourselves in every-so-slightly doctored photos, we’re setting ourselves up for disappointment and ever-lowering self-esteems.
So, keep watching out for those dodgy backgrounds!