What if we stop face-distorting filters on social media? Skillfully studied stagings? Poses and Photoshop sessions to camouflage elements that are -more – an integral part of our bodies (redness, bumps, etc.)? This is what requires an increasing number of young people who want more authenticity online.
Among them, Louise, 25, who left Facebook and Instagram to address BeReal, a new Made in France social network that is a hit in France among young people. principle? Once a day, at random, subscribers receive a notification, and then they have 2 minutes to take selfies and a photo with the rear camera, to share with their friends.
What’s great about BeReal is that you can’t cheat. If you’re vegetating in your bed at the time, or you’re in the PQ section of your supermarket, that’s what you’re sharing. It’s truer than other social networks and that’s what a good feeling is!
Louisa, 25 years old
There is no race for followers or likes here. Most users share their content with a limited number of acquaintances: their close real-life friends.
It is encouraging as a space, we have no pressure, we have no need to cheat or show ourselves because the people we follow and who follow us know us every day. And sometimes they saw us in not-so-great condition (laughs).
Movements for more authenticity on social media!
On TikTok, which offers users a large number of filters, movements have multiplied with hashtags up to condemn how filters distort our relationship to bodieserasing all skin texture, pores or even wrinkles.
Among them, “trends (” trends “)” This is not my face“, “Filter against without filter”“…
Filters on TikTok and Instagram and their consequences on young people
Or ” No filters and no make up challenges (“no filter and no makeup” challenge):
It even includes stars that are adored by young people! In Stories or in posts on social networks, they publish their photos without makeup. Among them, Ariana Grande, Hailey Bieber, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Selena Gomez and Lady Gaga.
Show the reality behind the photos
Another trend on social networks: dismantle the image of the “perfect body” long exposed on social mediashowing that it is often a matter of position (which will hide cellulite), finding the right light, the right angle … or a good knowledge of Photoshop.
Here’s what Instagrammer @danaemercer is doing on their account:
“It’s not always obvious that the photo is edited. Only one photo is real here. ”
“All these bellies are the same”
@ rianne.meijer here reveals “that a little light and the right angle of the photo” can change everything:
We are far from the old Perfect Beach Body movement … This hashtag that a few years ago invited internet users (especially women) to go on a diet and exercise to show a body shaped by standards on social media. Enough to create a complex …
Do not be in the imposed standard: stop the shame!
In order to break the uniform image of the body on social networks (thin, smooth, etc.) and exercise their right to expose themselves as they are, several Instagram and TikTok users post photos of their bodies without hiding their shapes, scars or skin problems. In short: everything that comes from the image of this famous “ideal body” created over the years by fashion magazines, commercials and social networks.
This is the case of Julie Bourges from the @douzefevrier account, a burn victim who is campaigning to show that “an accident doesn’t end a life”:
… By Em from @mypaleskinblog, a story about his fight against acne…
… @Diandraforrest, live with albinism…
… @ Erickahart, who underwent double mastectomy after breast cancer and advocates greater representation in luxury for colored women who have had their breasts removed…
… Or even @meganjaynecrabbe, who has suffered from anorexia for several years and who today defends self-acceptance. Body Positive movement figure, proudly showing his shapes and his hair on nets …
Moreover, women’s hair, deleted from the body and photos, are appearing more and more freely on social networks, such as those from the eyebrows @lapetitegaby, which decided to keep eyebrows and hair under the armpits, despite the hateful comments it may have received…
Photos that are a bowl of freshness on social media. They are also very useful, relaxing and inspiring for young people, especially for teenagers whose bodies are in full transformation and a source of complexes.
They remind them of that all bodies are differentnormalize various silhouettes, scars, wounds, for the message of self-acceptance.
And finally, a little humor …
Some accounts are a hit by making fun of staging on social media or not restraining yourself with self-ridicule.
Among the most famous is the comedian Celeste Barberwho tries to reproduce the poses of models and other celebrities without makeup.
it’s a gift:
I love these accounts! You see, when I scroll to Insta for example, I see a lot of pictures in great places, where people are nicely dressed and everything, and when I come across one of these posts, it reminds me that all this is not real life. And it feels good! I tell myself that I’m not the only one who has cellulite and that sometimes I try to look classy (laughs).
Lea, 18 years old