Meet Kate Wasley: model, bo-po advocate, @AnyBodyCo co-founder and a woman on a mission to spread one very important message: what you see on social media is not real life.
Taking to her Instagram account, the 22-year-old has shared a video illustrating just how much editing often goes into the seemingly ‘perfect’ snaps flooding your feed. In the clip, the cellulite on her butt is smoothed, her thighs are made thinner and her waist smaller in a mere matter of seconds.
“It takes so little time to alter a photo & so little time to compare yourself to the altered reality we constantly see on Instagram,” she captioned it.
“It might be photoshop, it might be a pose, it might be the person your comparing yourself to is a completely different build & body type to you. When you compare yourself to someone online you’re probably thinking of yourself at your worst & you’re comparing that to someone’s best fragments of their life that they choose to share with the world.”
“Everyone compares themselves in one way or another but so often it isn’t a fair fight,” she added. “Instagram isn’t real life.”
Naturally, the post struck a chord with Kate’s 283 thousand followers, with many of them praising her for lifting the veil.
“Wow!!! So true!! I love that you shared these words and the altering of the photo!! We all need more REAL and transparent people like you on the ‘gram!’ one fan commented.
“Your body positivity and realness about these issues all women struggle with is meaningful and makes a difference,” another added. “You’ve helped me so much with embracing my confidence and self-worth.”
This isn’t the first time Kate’s spoken out about body confidence on her page.
Back in August, she posted a photo of snap of herself in a bikini in a bid to encourage others to embrace their figure – no matter their shape or size.
“We all have so much more to offer this world than just our bodies and physical beauty regardless of the pressures put on everyone (men and women alike) to look a certain way,” she wrote. “Being physically healthy is so so important, but so is your mental health. Don’t let your brain morph your body into something you hate. Be kind to yourself. Be aware of what is marketed to you as healthy. Remind yourself that we are all human, we all have ‘flaws’ we all have ‘insecurities’ and that’s ok. You do you. Be the healthiest version of yourself.”