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.
Instagram vs real life 💁🏼🌿 If I saw the photo on the left a year ago I would’ve instantly thought so negatively about my body, that all my hard work from working out was non existent, that if someone looked at me they would’ve never thought I’ve been working out for 2 years and think I wasn’t trying hard enough. But the thing is is that all bodies look different. Nobody’s booty looks round and peachy from all angles. Nobody’s body looks the same from all angles. Don’t eat less or miss out on your favorite meals/drinks or over exercise to “look good for a holiday” or to “look good in bikini photos” because there will always be angles that are “unflattering” that might make you feel bad when you see them. Instead workout and eat healthy because it makes you feel good, not as a punishment. Start loving and accepting your body at all angles with all your “flaws”, instead of trying to fit into societies image of ‘beauty’ because that image isn’t inclusive of all individuals, which is so messed up. Don’t hate yourself just because of bad photos, they do not define you as a person. You look the best when you’re living life to the fullest and happiest. There’s no point in missing out on things and stressing yourself out so much. Life isn’t meant to be a competition on who can look the best and we should normalize not having to “look perfect” all the time because it’s a ridiculous concept. You are perfect the way you are 🌴☀️ —————————————— . . . #instagramvsreallife #beforeandafter #lawofattraction #bodypositive #bekindtoyourself #lifeisgreat #dowhatyoulove #veganbooty #youareenough #progressnotperfection #bodyimage #vegansofig #girlswhoworkout #selflove #youarebeautiful #veganfitness #loa #fitnessjourney #bopo #bodyacceptance #bodyconfidence #effyourbeautystandards #bepresent #justbe #moderation #balanceddiet #staypositive #thinkpositive
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.
Siting down sucking in vs sitting down and relaxing ☺️🌿 I used to be so self conscious about my fat showing while I sat down. I’d always suck it in and wear high waisted jeans while trying to hold that posture when I noticed people were looking at me 🙈 but you know what?! Who cares! We all have fat, it’s perfectly normal and okay! We need that fat layer on our tummies to protect our vital internal organs. You can still be fit/healthy and have fat! It’s an absolutely normal thing that you should not be ashamed of! So next time you sit down and see that protective layer, thank it for saving you from not dying 😬 But in all seriousness, you don’t need a “flat tummy” to be beautiful, you don’t need to waste your energy sucking in your tummy! Humans come in all different shapes and sizes and regardless of that you are beautiful. It’s your body, do whatever makes you happy and comfortable, if that means wearing high waisted jeans, then wear high waisted jeans! Don’t let anyone tell you what you should and shouldn’t wear or do to make your body “better”. Because you’re beautiful and unique the way you are now!! I hope you guys have a lovely Friday and an amazing weekend, I’ll be flying on a plane to Finland tonight! ❄️🌲 Sports bra from: @movebytwenty3
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.”
Share this powerful message today!