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Filters, apps, and Photoshop have quickly become part of what's needed to achieve a "perfect" online photo. So much so that beautifying tools are even default phone settings for certain phone companies.
All it takes is a few clicks to turn your unedited photo, into something very different. Model and body positive activist Iskra Lawrence is raising an important point about our desire for perfection online.
And she is doing it by intentionally photoshopping her own picture.
Lawrence uploaded the before-and-after snaps to Instagram of herself in a bikini to get the message about perfection across:
" 🚫 shocking it only took me about 10 minutes to Photoshop myself to 'perfection.' But WTF is perfect? We weren't born thinking flaws made you less beautiful. We are taught by society and the media that we should feel insecure about our flaws so we buy into certain products etc to 'improve' or attain perfection. I wanted to post the unretouched pic right next to the retouched one so you could see the impact of how a few edits, all done on my phone, can completely change the way someone looks. I can't leave home every day retouched & live in the 'real world' airbrushed, so why would I want to pretend to be online❓we are beautiful because we are us and we are so much more than our appearance. I hope when you see what looks like perfect flawless images of ppl online you don't not [sic] ever feel insecure or less beautiful because it's not real. What's real is you and you are good enough cus [sic] those 'flaws' make you completely unique. 🦄✨#iskralawrence #everyBODYisbeautiful👙 @simplybeuk"
The model makes an important point about our desire to appear flawless online and how we cannot ever translate this image into real life.
And if that's the case, what's the point of doing it in the virtual world?
Lawrence has campaigned many times in support of self-love and body positivity. She recently modeled in Aerie's new Show Your Spark campaign, and she frequently posts unedited, body positive messages on her Instagram. The model has also been an avid promoter of loving your flaws and embracing what makes you unique.
As with her other body positive messages, Lawrence shatters the idea that you have to change yourself to be perfect with her latest Instagram post. She is encouraging us to love ourselves exactly for who we are and to realize that beauty isn't only skin deep.
(H/T: Elite Daily)