Photoshop and Body Image in the Blogging World
I recently spoke about photoshop on my Snapchat and after I was done recording a few 10 second clips, I realized how little it makes sense to alter your body. Honestly, it just doesn't make any sense to me. Not only would you deceiving your audience into thinking that you have a thigh gap, bigger breasts, or thin arms but you would also be deceiving yourself. When you look at yourself in the mirror, you would be seeing a woman who looks nothing like the image that you put out in the world.
see example here).
I will advise you to take the images you see on social media with a grain of salt because some of them will be just as photoshopped as the images you see on the magazines. Some bloggers certainly believe in the "fake it till you make it" phrase and they're not ashamed about it. I've been to blogger conventions where "popular" bloggers flat out tell the smaller bloggers that they use FaceTune to alter their skin and body. Yes, these are the type of things they consider as valuable tips. Personally if you want to lie to yourself and your audience that way, then that's completely up to you.
I've always been a very honest person, so I could never present myself in such a fake way. I know I'm not perfect, nor would I want to be. And I do have my days when I'm not completely happy with the way I look, but I've been down that self-loathing road and let me tell you- it's not very pretty. I've come to learn to appreciate myself when at any size, it doesn't matter whether I'm on the slimmer side or rocking a few extra pounds. There's no point in me sitting around and crying over my muffin top, that's not going to solve anything. Instead of focusing my energy on wishing I could be thinner, I just focus that energy into having fun with my outfits. When you start having fun and dressing for yourself, that's when you come to learn to appreciate your body at any size (at least that's how it happened to me).
I will continue altering the lighting and colors of my pictures, because the raw photos are most often than not very dark and muted. I'm also quite a bit of an obsessive nerd when it comes to editing those things (don't ask me why), but I won't be editing my Instagram or blog photos to alter my body or give myself plastic looking skin.
What do you think about photoshopping in the blogging and social media community? Sound off in the comments, I would love to hear what you think of this issue.