I am standing on a stool in my bedroom by the nook right next to the window that has the best light. I have my succulents at the ready, if not I will go outside and grab a fern leaf or an "instagram worthy" leaf. I then arrange all my products and make sure that my flat lay is popping. I take a bazillion pics and then edit it on VSCO or Afterlight to make sure the whites are white enough and the colours are bright and pretty.
In another instance, I am taking a selfie to capture my new hair, the new lipstick I got, my glowy makeup and trying to make sure Le hubs does not appear in the photo. I take another bazillion pics and edit one after another. I edit out the darkish neck, the period spot on my chin, the hyper-pigmentation damn even the glare from my glasses. I then post it on Instagram and deep down inside I want it to get more likes than the last selfie I put up.
No one sees the messy clothes chair ( you know, you all have that chair that you drape all your clothes on), the unmade bed, the face without foundation and the hair looking a hawt mess. This is all cropped, filtered and edited away. It's nice that I want to show you pretty pictures but its an internal struggle I have knowing that I have to be "instagram worthy" . Luckily for me as a hair blogger, the focus is on my hair and not my body, waist and makeup. If it was, I would be on to the next detox tea, waist trainer, MAC makeup counter and would have a personal trainer on call. Even so, that does not mean that I do not feel a bit intimidated/insecure by what I see in my feed. Going through Instagram feeds, it takes a lot to not feel the green eyed monster creeping over you. It is so hard not to wish you looked like that "Instagram Baddie" (yes apparently this is a term), wish you could go on holidays in Morocco, Paris. Santorini and have a Vogue-worthy wardrobe.
Instagram feeds have images of perfection that we are so used to seeing and thinking they are normal and can make even the most confident person feel a bit insecure. Trust me, I love going through my feed and seeing beautiful pictures, this post was mainly to highlight a struggle that I have.
What do you guys think of instagram? Do any of you feel a tad bit insecure ( although I know you are all super-confident)?
Would be lovely to hear your thoughts in the comments.