Authenticity and Instagram go together like peanut butter and carrots.
Sadly, many can’t help but judge their real lives against the standards of well-lit, staged, airbrushed photos.
Instagrammer @The_Truth_Is_Not_Pretty is just one of many artists fighting back against these unrealistic displays of “everyday life” in a hilarious account that’s gaining followers by the day.
Here are some of her best, along with commentary.
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“Everybody has tummy fat, it is normal and nothing to be ashamed of. Somehow society has put the idea of beauty in our mind that you just look beautiful if you have a flat tummy. Bullshit! Just because everybody hides their tummy on photos, doesn’t mean they don’t have tummy fat, so don’t be insecure about it. Don’t put so much pressure to yourself to look a certain way. You are amazing just the way you are. By the way, I edited just my hair and face on the left picture NOT MY BODY! This is how the right pose and sucking the tummy in can make a huge difference!”
“Eat good feel good. In my case, eating good also includes good pasta. I’m so tired of being told what I should eat and what I shouldn’t. If my body tells me to eat carbs, then I do, if I wanna eat a salad then I do. As long as you feel good and your health is not harm, you don’t need to restrict any food.”
“This bathtub picture is one of my favorite ones from this first year. It’s great to see that some people like the message behind my account and I can make you laugh or think about some subjects.”
“Today’s Happy Meal. I guess the picture speaks for itself. Enjoy your meal!”
“It’s been about 6 years since I last trained on the pole. Honestly, I was super proud I was still able to do this trick. Needless to say that the way up didn’t look as good as the end pose.”
“We all come in different shapes in sizes and that’s good! It’s so easy to pretend to have a “better” body on a picture. If we are relaxed and not posing, the body looks different. That is okay, everybody has this. Don’t get brainwashed by all those edited and posed pictures. The truth is, we might all have parts on us, that we think are not perfect, but guess what, that’s something good. We don’t need to look “perfect” (by the way, what should perfect look like anyway?). How boring would it be if we would all look the same? Take care to your body, don’t do crash diets and restrict all “bad” food just to look a certain way you see on pictures, which don’t always show the truth. Enjoy all types of food in a healthy amount. Listen to your body and let go negatives thoughts about it.”
“Wet hair don’t care! Since I was a child, I wash my hair like on the right picture. I know it looks super funny, but I’m sure if you have a bathtub at home, you washed your hair at least once like that. Am I right?”
“The struggles of being a woman, but it is so worth it to be one and I’m proud I am and you should be too.”
“Sorry to disappoint you but in reality winter in Switzerland looks way more like the right picture… The snow stays just for one or two days if you not live up in the mountains and then all you get is snow mud and freezing wind.”
“Little reminder that 90% of the photos you see on social media or magazines are photoshoped or with face tune optimized. Don’t compare yourself to photos there. You never know if it was edited or how long it took to take a good picture. Enjoy your weekend! Letting negative thoughts go and focus on the positive ones. You are worthy anyway!”
“They see us rollin’… and they laughin’. If Buddy sees dad, he runs without thinking what happens with me then.”
“I don’t know about you, but I enjoy the chocolate today by eating it and not posing with it for a cute photo.”
“Wear some flowers in your hair. Reality: They don’t tell you how difficult it is to take the flowers out of your hair.”
“Stay cozy. During the cold holidays staying cozy and chill is a must if you ask me. The thing is just, it looks a lot different on Instagram that reality really is. Who can relate to this?”
“Be as bold as your lipstick… But you better make sure you don’t have any on your teeth.”
“What should I say, a salad spinner can be used for many things. You just need to be creative!”
“Some people are worth melting for, but in reality the melting snow in my hair and face isn’t that romantic. My man loves to tease me. Couldn’t be mad though! One of my favorite pictures from this year. Can you relate to it?”
“Who looks like that when you sick? When I’m sick, I look like a zombie and don’t have the energy to make a cute picture for my profile. Let’s be real and face the fact that when you sick, you don’t look good and that’s totally normal and okay.”
“My fiance knows how to do a good photobomb. A good example how frame matters. Also need to admit that this is a headset and not even a headphone.”