Danae Mercer, la periodista y modelo que compara la realidad con la 'perfección' de Instagram

La periodista y modelo Danae Mercer emplea su cuenta de Instagram para comparar fotografías y así dar muestra de cómo en la red social se pueden reflejar imágenes irreales y no naturales del cuerpo de la mujer.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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LIGHTING changes PHOTOS - But also, it doesn’t change a THING ABOUT YOU. First, the technique: In the shadows, my cellulite disappears. In the harsher direct window light, it pops out to say hello. And this is pretty common. It’s the same thing as sunrise / midday. At sunrise, soft side light tends to whisk away lumps and bumps. By midday that light is top-down and pretty aggressive. Cellulite and stretchmarks are on full display. And now, the actual message: Next time you start to compare yourself to a stranger on social media, remember this. Remember how lighting can be manipulated to create ‘perfection’. The same for angles. Posing. Squeezing. Camera position. Mirror types. Oil on the skin. And so on, and on, and on. So don’t compare your thousands of angles, your billions of moments, to their PERFECT SECOND SNAPSHOT. You, lovely lady, you’re great in all lights. You’re wonderful from all angles. And you’re incredible in all moments. Because you’re already you. And that’s more than enough. #selflove #weartheshorts #selfacceptance #feminist #instagramvsreality #bodyconfident #womenirl

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Danae Mercer, una periodista, modelo e influencer estadounidense, está convencida de que el contenido de redes sociales enfocado a destacar cuerpos perfectos y estilizados no es real en la mayoría de las ocasiones, y que detrás de ese tipo de imágenes hay una gran cantidad de trucos, ángulos y juego de luces que permiten reflejar una versión impecable de la figura humana.

Por esa razón, la columnista de revistas como Cosmo y Woman's Health se ha comprometido a comparar la realidad y la 'perfección' que regularmente se encuentra en publicaciones de Instagram, esto a través de imágenes contrastantes en las que desvela "secretos" de las poses más comunes en la red social.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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It’s crazy: We know ourselves better than anyone else in the world, yet we let the words of others tear us down. Whether it’s an aunt commenting on our WEIGHT or a frenemy implying we are DUMB, those little stings, the little jabs, they stick. And we doubt. We doubt parts of us that we should know are worth more. I’m not a confident person. I never have been. And it’s hard for me to say what I am thinking, Or to stand in my truth, Or to stand. It’s hard. So I’ve found myself in relationships or friendships or situations where people tear and rip and poke and prod, and I let them. Worse than that, I BELIEVE them. And from the messages you gals send me, I don’t think I’m alone. So today, let me remind you something I am constantly, CONSTANTLY, reminding myself: We KNOW our own truth. We KNOW our own WORTH. We just forget it. But inside EACH and every one of us is a kernel. A GRAIN of power. That burns and snaps and bites. Constantly reminding us of WHO we ARE. We just have to listen. To BELIEVE it. To BELIEVE ourselves. Far more than we believe family that brings us down or toxic partners that tear or colleagues that cut. Far more than any of those things. If you can’t trust your voice yet, I will keep raising mine. Fragile as it is. Clumsy as it is. To tell you: YOU, as YOU are, EXACTLY as you are, you are incredible. You are WONDERFUL. And you are not alone. We are right here with you. Our voices with yours. x #selflove #femaleempowerment #feminist

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Danae utiliza sus propias instantáneas para hacer las comparaciones, posteos en los que siempre agrega un mensaje sobre la importancia de fomentar el amor propio, la aceptación y acerca de estar felices en la propia piel.

La influencer sorprendió a finales de junio con uno de sus posts 'Insta Vs. Reality', en el cual habló sobre la luz y las poses para lograr hacer parecer que no se tiene celulitis, estrías u otras marcas en la piel.

Esta es solo una de las muchas imágenes que Mercer ha publicado en los últimos años en su Instagram, que siguen más de un millón de personas, para responder a los cánones de belleza irreales y las inseguridades que provocan.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Do you SIT differently in PUBLIC than you do in PRIVATE? I did. For YEARS I did. In public, I would pose. Squeeze. Arch. Tighten. In private, I’d sit comfortably: shoulders relaxed, body loose, just being human. And I imagine that maybe, just maybe, I’m not alone. I read an article once talking about the BEST WAY to POSITION your body on the beach. It was all ‘knees up, core tight, never lay flat’. And if you had extra wiggles and jiggles around the hips and thighs? The article recommended DIGGING A HOLE in the SAND. To put that bum into. So it would, you know, look LESS. As a teen, I did these things. And then, as an adult, I still held myself sucked in or avoided crossing my legs because heaven forbid anyone should see my CELLULITE. Things have CHANGED in this last year. I wish they would have changed so much sooner. So today, I just want to remind you: It is OK to sit comfortably. To RELAX while you’re RELAXING. Perfection isn’t the price you pay to exist in a human body. And comfort is pretty darn incredible. Posing is great fun, but NOT POSING doesn’t make you worth ANY LESS. Even if it means your wobbly bits come out on show. Or your skin folds. Or you’re just, well, YOU. Because being YOU is incredible. And worthy. And powerful. In whatever way, shape, or form. You got this girl. Go sit comfortably. x Photos @chiclebelle who is just the best #selflove #selfacceptance #bodyacceptance #iweigh #feminist

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En otra publicación, en la que también muestra cómo la pose puede ocultar algo tan natural como la celulitis, hace hincapié en la necesidad de “cambiar la conversación”. Según cuenta en el post, en las redes sociales “las personas muestran sus mejores ángulos, sus momentos más felices y aquellas partes de las que están orgullosos. Pero eso no es humano. Las personas tienen vulnerabilidades, miedos, esperanzas, fragilidades, celulitis y mentes que pasan tanto días buenos como malos. Todos pasamos por ello. Eso sí es humano”.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Insta vs reality — or LETS talk LIGHTING. Because that’s the main difference in these photos. In one, my bum is deliberately angled into the shadows. The softer light hides my cellulite and smooths most of my stretchmarks. It’s flattering. In the other, I’m just casually squatting (lol) beside the mirror. My hips and thighs are in the sunlight. Lumps and bumps are on show. There are a few posing differences (core tight, hips popped back, squeeeezzzinnnggg), but mostly this pic is about LIGHT working its magic. When I worked in magazines, we shot at sunrise or sunset. On most sets, there were people holding SUN DIFFUSERS and REFLECTORS to help create the perfect FLATTERING balance of shadow and light. The same thing happens on SOCIAL MEDIA, just in a different form. Most insta-models know EXACTLY how to POSE and work their angles. And they know LIGHTING too. Like how SIDE LIGHT, diffused from a window, is the most flattering for abs but usually pretty harsh on the face. It’s why you’ll often see a phone covering the face. Or how SHADOWS can gently eliminate certain LUMPS and BUMPS. All that is fine with me, honestly. It’s art and photography, and there is no shame in wanting to look FIERCE. But I also want to remind you about how SO MUCH on here is FILTERED. POSED. PERFECTED. And how you shouldn’t EVER COMPARE YOURSELF to a STRANGER on the internet. Because cowgirl, you’re just seeing their snapshots taken in PERFECT LIGHT. Your reality is a whole lot more varied, diverse, and human than that. It’s more perfectly imperfect. Real. Raw. And that’s a wonderful thing indeed. You got this. x #instavsreality #womenirl #womenshealth #popsugarfitness #instagramvsreality #posingtips #cellulite #strengthmarks

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Let’s talk EDITING APPS. This transformation took all of two minutes. I smudged out stretchmarks and swapped my bloating for a bum, brightened my eyes and smoothed that great lil mid-forehead vein. In just 120 seconds, I became a SHINIER, GLOSSIER version of myself. And it was incredibly easy. I used to edit my photos like this. When I was recovering from my relapse, I felt delicate. Insecure. So I would use apps like these to make myself THINNER. Always, always thinner. Because in my mind, thin was perfect. And maybe if I was perfect, everything would be ok. Maybe I would be loved. So I have NO anger towards people who use these. No anger. Because I’ve been there. Instead I want to stress to YOU how OFTEN it happens. How in addition to posing and lighting and outfit swaps and all the shiny things I talk about on here, there’s always this lil side of technology. And I want to say that if you’re someone who uses these often, Who changes your body or changes your skin or changes YOU, Know you are seen. You are worthy. And you are LOVED, EXACTLY as you already are. No technology-sponsored changes required. Stay safe out there gals. We’re in this together. Original photo @chiclebelle #instagramvsreality #feminist #beforeandafter #instavsreality #iweigh #bodyacceptance #selflove

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BEFORE and AFTER transformations are so gosh darn easy to FAKE. And dodgy brands, like those selling DIET TEAS or DIET JABS (the newest horrible thing to hit the market) often do exactly that. So before I get into the ANGLES and the technique and all that razzle dazzle, I just want to say this: Be careful. Especially to the teens on here, or those of us who have struggled with disordered body image. Be careful. Dodgy companies will use dodgy methods to try to sell you things you don’t need. Things like teas that make you poo or SHOTS that mess up your body or pills that make your heart race. HEALTH goals are incredible. There are LOADS of GENUINE FITNESS transformations on here too. Plenty of REAL ‘before and afters’, which are shared by folks who are proud at all they’ve achieved. Those are incredible. I always have and I always will APPLAUD HEALTH as an act of self love. This post isn’t about that. It’s about the BEFORE AND AFTERS with DIET ADS. Or with DETOX TEAS. Or with the most recent onslaught of SKINNY SHOTS. And all the awful, awful fakery that wraps themselves around products more concerned with MONEY than with WELLNESS. It’s about learning to be careful. And to view the internet with a critical eye — especially where money is involved. Now if you’re curious about HOW I took these PHOTOS, here’s what I did: Pulled my bottoms up higher (longer leg line). Arched my back (waist looks smaller, bum bigger). Popped into my hips. Squeezed my core. Played with light and shadows to hide my cellulite. Swapped into more flattering clothes. And BAM. Before to After in 10 seconds flat. Try it if you fancy. It’s pretty much a back workout. So there you go. Glad you’re here. I hope this helped. Please don’t ever buy a skinny jab. We’re in this together. x #angles #posingtips #selfconfidence #beforeandafter #instagramvsreality #instavsreality

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Girl, stop trying to make everyone happy - you’re not guacamole. A popular body positive influencer was shamed recently for wanting to lose weight. Another has been shamed for gaining it. And both openly, authentically stood by their decisions. It got me thinking: what would WE DO different if we were less afraid of BEING different. Not just with our health, our wellness goals, but with our hopes, our dreams, our LIVES? It’s easy to want to MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY. To fit in. To softly and gently bend and fold with whatever voices shout the loudest or sting the sharpest. Whether that’s a parent or a loved one or a stranger on a screen. Only in trying to PLEASE EVERYONE, we become no one. We fade. We lose ourselves. Trust me, I’ve been there. So here’s the lesson I’ve learned the hard way, and am still constantly, endlessly relearning: We will NEVER make everyone happy. We won’t. It’s impossible. Humans are complex. Our opinions are vast and varied and strong. And that’s ok. That’s WONDERFUL. What matters is that we each EXPLORE what sits INSIDE US. That we remain open to growth. To development. To being called in and learning. And that we honour, we ALWAYS honour, the truth which curls quietly inside of us. Whether it’s about how the goals we set FOR OUR BODIES or the plans we have FOR OUR LIVES. Even if it makes us different. Even when it shows how we all truly ARE different. I know it’s scary, but we can do this. You can do this. Be yourself, babygirl. No guacamole required. Influencers mentioned: @learningtobefearless @stephanie_buttermore #selflove #feminist #inspoquote #selfacceptance #normalizenormalbodies

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Same girl. Same day. SAME WORTH. But we don’t see both these types of photos to the same extent on social media. The online world is filtered. Here, TikTok, Twitter, wherever. It’s a series of magic moments and perfect poses that have been reshot and filtered and adjusted until they embody the ideal. This doesn’t just go for the stream of ‘ideal’ bodies. It goes for incredibly romantic adventures or cool crafts or perfect parenting moments. All of these, all of what’s on display, is so often part of someone else’s HIGHLIGHT REEL. And it’s easy to feel our REAL doesn’t quite measure up. Only your REAL is magnificent. It’s flawed and complex and complicated, but it’s also HUMAN. It’s also authentic and raw and YOU. And that? That is far more incredible than anything social media could ever hope to display. . . #selflove #iweigh #whstrong #instagramvsreality #bodyconfidence #posing #toldya

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Don’t COMPARE YOURSELF to a stranger on the internet. I’ve worked in media and magazines for over 10 years. And in publishing, it feels normal to see curated ideals of dream lives, dream bodies. But social media tells us a different story. It says every girl is the girl next door. Every goal is casually achievable. And suddenly every supermodel on a superyacht becomes the norm. Part of us knows this ISN’T true. Part of us forgets. So today I just wanted to remind you: Don’t compare yourself to a stranger on social media. Don’t compare yourself to hundreds of highlight reels. Not in the way your body is shaped. Not in the way you handle emotions or challenges. Not in the raw fragile parts that make you who you are. Because what we see on here is an echo chamber of perfect angles and hand picked truths. And humans are far more complex, far more nuanced, far more perfectly imperfect than that. You got this. x . Outfit @womensbestwear @womensbest . #selflove #bodyacceptance #instavsreality #instagramvsreality #posing #bodyconfidence #feminist

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ONLINE vs REALITY - The SITTING edition Repeat after me: I will NOT COMPARE MY REAL to someone else’s HIGHLIGHT REEL. We’re spending a lot of times on our phones right now. And a whole lot of perfection is staring right back up at us. Here’s just one example: The classic FITSPO / BIKINI kneeling pose. My core is tight, hips popped back, bum squeezing, arm overhead, legs toward camera. It looks a bit cray from the side but it’s super flattering. PLUS I’m shooting at sunrise, which has far softer, nicer light than midday. All that creates one of those great little INSTA SNAPS. Only it’s not how I’d actually sit. In real life, I sit, well, like a human. Comfortably. If you want to try the pose, GO for it. Rock it. You take those fierce photos. If you don’t want to try it, also cool. I just wanted to remind you today that social media is filtered. Movies are filtered. Magazines are filtered. None of it is a standard against which you should compare yourself. YOU, as you are, with your own sunshine and smile and heart and soul, that is pretty darn incredible. And I’m glad you’re here. I’m glad you’re real. x . . #posing #womenirl #bodyacceptance #bodyconfidence #instagramvsreality

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