|The image above will bother some people not necessarily because of the content but because of the lack of shall we say finesse in the finish. A photo without filters, editing or even a blooming hair brush.|
First you take at least 20 selfies minimum, you then go through the laborious process of 'swipe and delete' drilling it into yourself that there's no picture good enough. The angle is never right, your nose looks weird or you convince yourself that you've somehow spawned a second chin.
Flaw removalWe've become numb to seeing photoshop, in this day and age we only seem to get narked when something ISN'T photoshoped, but it's not only the celebrities who photoshop, with apps available like face 360 anyone can achieve a flawless finish. It's not the actual photoshop that bothers me per say, it's the denial of it's existence and then the repercussions of an audience who falsely believe what they are seeing is true to life, who then go on to convince themselves they aren't good enough because when they look in the mirror they see a 'flawed' picture.
Then after awhile of posting a stream of flawless images it gets harder and harder to accept your own face because it doesn't look like the one in the selfie - you start to prefer the hyper-real internet version of yourself over your own skin and flaws.
Time for the filterThe thing that makes instagram, instagram, the filter. A white wash is the palate of choice crank that brightness up to a maximum and turn down the contrast for that recognizable bloggers instagram theme of choice. I had a whole rant on filters in this previous post.
Don't get me wrong i love instagram, so much so its boarding on slightly obsessive i constantly post and like things, but sometimes i find myself getting upset that my life doesn't look as beautiful as some of my favorite feeds or my face doesn't look as elegant. It's at that point i have to remind myself that instagram isn't a true reflection of someones life, yes they have probably gone to Costa and bought that coffee and of course they have layed it out to look picturesque but what they fail to mention is the fact some weirdo is sat grunting at them in the corner or they just spilled half of it on their laps.
As a blogger myself i also of course do these things as well, it's kinda of our thing to create these beautiful scenarios and story lines, but what i think is vital for us to do is not lose sight of the rawness which made the genre so popular in the first place, people followed blogs to get a real first hand perspective, but it's getting hard to differentiate the accurate from the fantasied as the two have somehow got jumbled in a world full of filters.
This is why i decided to start the #fuckyourselfie campaign, a hashtag that will hopefully remind us all that we are all humans, we all have those days where we look hot as fuck and then days where our skin goes into complete melt down mode, we all have flaws and niggles that bother us, not even Queen B Beyonce is as flawless as she protests.
It's not an attempt to liberate women from makeup, by all means embrace makeup, if it's your thing then you rock it! But it's an attempt to get us all to take a good look at our selves and realize its fine that we're not flawless because no one is so don't waste your life dreaming of somebody else's image, because chances are they're dreaming of a different one to. So which ever way you want to do it, i dare you to post a photo that isn't adjusted to be perfect that's raw and untouched, see that the world doesn't end because you didn't airbrush a photo.
P.S Have a read of Sophie's from Fashion Slave brilliant post about Instagram and self esteem, she has a much better way with words then I will ever have!
|What babes, thank you Zoe and Alice for getting behind this campaign!|