Improving your health, losing weight and fixing your bad habits takes a lot of willpower, effort, work and dedication. But all that flies out the window the moment you open your Instagram app and get flooded with all these perfect women and men. Inbetween pics of elaborately decorated steaks, cakes, and truckloads of beer, there are the perfect Instagram selfies in which these strangers look super hot, perfect, gorgeous. Irresistible.
And you’re asking yourself, how, god damn it? You just spent 2 hours in the gym, you’re eating less than your cat, and six months later you’re still not in perfect shape.
Well, you, my friend, deserve a peek behind the Instagram curtain. It’s all photography tricks, you see. The lighting, or the camera angle, or a little bit of tactical Photoshop to “edit” a curve and voila – the perfect body! Post it on Instagram and get those hearts!
No wonder these people look so different in real life sometimes. So, thanks to Tapoo, we’re showing you the six most used tricks of Instagram models. Or, how to become an Instagram model, to be precise. Let’s see.
1. It’s all about the angle. Instagram models show the hot angles!
You girls requested for me to share this after posting on snap last week 😊 Picture on the left was taken one day before the wedding and the picture on the right was taken… 2 minutes after! Someone recently said to me that we all have our good angles and we all have our bad angles, so why do we let our bad angles carry so much more weight than our good angles? If you focus on how bad you look in the bad angles, at least focus on how good you look in the good ones too!! 😄💁 Tag a friend if you found this helpful 💗 #fbggirls #loveyourself #realstagram www.annavictoria.com/guides
2. Some angles are hotter than others. Yet other angles are more natural.
Me 1% of the time vs. 99% of the time. And I love both photos equally. Good or bad angles don’t change your worth ❤️ I recently came across an article talking about how one woman stated she refuses to accept her flaws, because she doesn’t see them as flaws at all. I LOVED that because it sends such a powerful message that our belly rolls, cellulite, stretch marks are nothing to apologize for, to be ashamed of, or to be obsessed with getting rid of! As I’m getting older, I have cellulite and stretch marks that aren’t going away, and I welcome them. They represent a life fully lived (for 28 years so far :)) and a healthy life and body at that. How can I be mad at my body for perfectly normal “flaws”? This body is strong, can run miles, can lift and squat and push and pull weight around, and it’s happy not just because of how it looks, but because of how it feels. So when you approach your journey, I want you to remember these things: I will not punish my body I will fuel it I will challenge it AND I will love it 💗💗💗 If you’re following my page, you’re a part of helping me spread this message and creating this movement – thank you. #fbggirls #realstagram www.annavictoria.com/guides
3. Everyone’s belly gets flabby when they sit. Except for Instagram models!
4. Next tip: Body posture. Stand up straight to look hotter.
🚨 This is not a transformation photo 🚨 This week I’ve decided to do the 30 second transformation photo. These pics were taken second apart this morning. On the left my posture is poor, I’m pushing my belly out as far as possible, I adjusted my bottoms to show my gross, unsightly and horrid love handles. These are often concealed by my high waisted pants and bottoms that do fit so much better now. As much as it pains me to showcase these, it also proves that my body isn’t perfect and that I still have work to do and fat to lose (I’m working so hard to get rid of my love handles and lower tummy fat. Yes it has dramatically reduced already but it still exists and I’m still insecure about it). On the right I’m standing straight and comfortably. I’m lightly flexing and I’ve adjusted my bottoms to hide my love handles. I’m thankful for bikini bottoms that now fit well and hide these but I’m also trying to show that they still exist quite a bit and that not everything we see meets the eye here on social media. You can show you best angles and hide your flaws but at the end of the day what we chose to showcase is a reflection of ourselves. My body isn’t perfect. I still have imperfections and flaws that I’m slowly learning to be comfortable with. I want to be real and honest and open. Yes I’ve accomplished a lot, but yes my body still has less than ideal days when it doesn’t look its best. Fitness and health is not a fix. It’s not a destination. It’s a lifestyle. If you force your progress you know who you are cheating?! You. You only cheat you. Yes I like to show my best most of the time but I’ve also realized by not showing my worst that it only harms myself. Being vulnerable and imperfect is hard but lying to yourself is worse. I know I’m hard on myself, it’s a flaw on its own, but I’m slowly learning to be gentle and kind but it starts with being truthful to myself and knowing and understanding my imperfections and realizing that, although they exist, they don’t define me. I am not a before picture. I am not an after picture. I am not fat nor am I perfect. I’m flawed. I’m scarred. I’m insecure. But I’m learning and I’m hopeful that one day I’ll fully love me 💕
5. Angle + Clothing: Pulling your panties up can conceal the flab.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a posed vs relaxed but I know how many of you guys love them ❤️ . Both of these poses are beautiful. The media would try to tell me only one of them is but NAAHHHH because that comes from an ignorant, one-sided, profit making, beauty ideal that I AINT HERE FOR. . Our bodies move, grow and change shape all day everyday. It’s been hounded on us for so long that only a still image in which we are posed and tensed is beautiful but it’s simply not true… jiggle, rolls, fat, cellulite, extra skin (fanx pregnancy I love ya) are glorious, beautiful and REAL. . I could ‘pose’ all my photos, make myself fit a little better into the mould that society wants me to but then i would miss out on being my glorious self, further strengthen the hold the media’s ‘beauty ideal’ has on us and put out a message I don’t want to send… . Love yourself for who you are in this moment ❤️ . These are not control underwear, just high waisted briefs and my underwear set is from @bouxavenue
6. Some clothes are even DESIGNED to make your body look a certain way
Same girl, same time. 〰 Spanx etc can change your body hugely. Control underwear is everywhere. Companies telling us to smooth our lines, control and flatten our tummies, Nip in or waist. Forever making us feel not good enough, not societally perfect enough. Every celeb under the sun has even sporting waist clinchers and control Spanx and many of us compare our natural form to these control garment figures 〰 You don’t NEED to change a thing or sweat your ass off in a tight uncomfortable garment under your clothes. You don’t need to suck in anything or change the shape of anything. (Of course if you want to then that’s okay too- the difference between wanting to and NEEDING to/feeling like you HAVE to is key) 〰 Both these photos are beautiful to me, the difference here is that I feel far more comfortable on the right mentally and physically. The photo on the left isn’t how my body actually looks and I’m uncomfortable with that. The photo on the right is me, my natural form and to me, personally it’s the most beautiful thing to be comfortable without the need to change💜 〰
Well, I hope we can all feel a bit better about ourselves now. There’s a lot of fakery going on, and you shouldn’t take everything at face value. Remember, looks can be deceiving, and in the age of Instagram models, that’s TWICE as true!