Recently there has been talk about model Essena O’Neill and her leave of absence on social media. Apparently she felt as though it was taking away from who she really was. As a result, another model, Stina Sanders decided to run an experiment on Instagram to show how despite so many people frowning upon perfect edited images, they don’t want the real deal. Instead of posting her usual modelesque selfies and bikini photos, she posted everyday unedited photos of herself doing things that most people do everyday but would be embarrassed to post on social media.
Sanders posted pictures that included going for a colonic irrigation for her IBS, bleaching her upper lip peach fuzz, and not wearing any make up. According to Cosmopolitan Magazine, Sanders knew the pictures weren’t going to get a lot of likes. However, Sanders ended up losing more than just likes. She lost almost 5,000 followers just because she posted real pictures of herself in everyday life.
After reading this article, I instantly went on Instagram and followed her. I think it is awesome what she is doing being real. We have such a problem in media today with role-models, especially women, not being realistic. I think the movement towards realism in media and advertising is slowly moving forward. However what does it say when real people stop following someone because she posted pictures that could actually relate to people. I wish more celebrities were like Sanders. For now, I can only hope that in the future “real” becomes the “in thing”. What do you think about this experiment and what it says about our media?
See the article about Essena O’Neil here