This model shared “Instagram photo tricks” to remind us that social media is not reality

In today’s Instagram-obsessed world, it can be all too easy to forget that what we see on an Insta isn’t necessarily (or even often) representative of reality. Model and body positivity advocate, Iskra Lawrence, recently exposed common Instagram tricks  that help remind us that social media posts are often highly manipulated.

"I wanted to get super real and show u how drastically and instantly ppl can change how they look simply by posing!" Iskra wrote in an Instagram post showing a multitude of before and after pics. "Let alone good lighting, high quality cameras and photoshop!"

Iskra teamed up with Fashion For All and Elle to help raise awareness about the use of posing techniques on social media to alter body image. This practice all too often leads to so many people striving for unrealistic body standards and beating themselves up when they don’t have that “perfect” flat stomach or thigh gap.

"I myself still pose and there's nothing wrong with moving your body in ways you feel most comfortable or confident," Iskra writes, "but let's be honest and show the actual process.Because life's not perfect, social media lives aren't perfect and neither are us or our bodies. And that's exactly how it's meant to be!"

Iskra also uploaded a video via YouTube on the “expectation vs. reality” topic.

She shows viewers in real-time exactly how models achieve the “perfect photo” using lighting and posing techniques.

Iskra’s post and video is an important reminder that we should never compare ourselves and our bodies to the curated Insta feeds bombarding our eyeballs. Social media can make it all too easy to feel inadequate about our perfectly normal and beautiful bodies, so any and all reminders that we are 100% perfect the way we are is both welcome and applauded.

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