Social Media Influencer Shows Tricks Models Use In ‘Instagram Versus Reality’ Photos

23-year-old Instagram model Sara Puhto has been posting "Instagram versus Reality" photos since 2016 to show secrets of social media influencers.

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Instagram models show off seemingly perfect bodies on social media. But you may be shocked to find out that everything is not as it seems. Instagram models use plastic surgery, photo filters, and manipulating angles to present amazing photos. A social media influencer shared some of the tricks that Instagram models use to get that perfect thirst trap pic.

Sara Puhto is a 23-year-old social media influencer from Finland. She has a reoccurring photo series on her Instagram titled “Instagram versus Reality,” that shows the little tricks that Instagram models utilize to make their bodies look as sexy as possible. Puhto posts side-by-side photos of herself, one where she is flexing and another where she is in a natural state.

Puhto runs the @saggysara Instagram that has over 327,000 followers. She started the “Instagram versus Reality” photos in 2016 to show everyone that these models on Instagram have flaws too, which could help young women who might be weight conscious or attempting to attain unrealistic body standards seen on Instagram.

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Bad body image days 🌿 Lately I’ve been having bad body image days. Everyone has days where they look at themselves and just see the negatives. I was struggling to get a good “Instagram” photo because I’m not as lean as I used to be. But I realised that even though I’ve been struggling to have the same positive viewpoint of my body that I’ve had majority of the time, there will always be ups and downs and you can’t possibly expect yourself to be completely content with what you see everyday 24/7. So here’s a reminder that it’s normal for your tummy fat to bunch up. It’s completely normal to gain weight and have difficulty accepting it because of the obsession society has with weight loss and being fit. But we shouldn’t have to stress about looking as lean as possible. Or stressing about normal things like tummy fat bunching up. We should be able to love and accept the body we have whether it’s like the left or right photo. You don’t need to constantly suck your tummy in and sit uncomfortably in order to look smaller. We need to realise that having bad body days is okay, as long as you acknowledge that it’s a bad day and those negative thoughts aren’t a true reflection of yourself. Your body is amazing no matter how it looks because it allows you to live and experience life 🌴☀️ —————————————– . . . #instagramvsreality #changethewayyouthink #focusonyourself #bodygoals #idealbody #powerofpositivity

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“I think being more transparent about falsities in photos helps you realize that the people in these seemingly ‘perfect’ posts don’t look like that all of the time,” Sara told Insider.

“I noticed that my body didn’t look like this 24/7,” Sara said. “When you suck in your tummy, flex, stand up straight, and pop out your booty, you look different in photos.”

“I was posting fitness photos only, which consisted of me flexing my muscles and were all taken from my best angles,” Puhto told Insider. “It made me feel insecure and bad about my body because I was comparing my body to theirs.”

“I realized that the photos that I was posting may have been making other people feel like this,” Sara said. So Puto started posting more “body-positive” photos and subtly poking fun of the crazy poses as well as the deceptive practices that Instagram models utilize to fool people.

Puhto said that the outrageous and impractical poses in Instagram pics are not “an accurate representation of how someone looks.”

Fake hair. Fake nails. Fake faces. Fake bodies. Fake orgasms. Is there anything genuine about women?

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Chasing perfection 🌿 Before I went on holiday I fell back into old negative thoughts and kept seeing photos of people in bikinis and wanted to look like them. I started disliking how my body looked because it didn’t look lean and toned 24/7. Don’t allow social media, or anything, or anyone else make you think you aren’t good enough. You shouldn’t have to suck in your tummy and make your body look a certain way to be happy with a photo. You shouldn’t feel the need to delete a photo of you having fun and making memories because your brain convinced you that you don’t look good enough. I can make my body look smaller from certain angles, by sucking in and flexing ridiculous amounts. But that’s not how I really look 99% of the time. Society has convinced us that this is “aesthetic”. But we need to realize there is beauty in everyone and in being human. You are not the negative thoughts that your brain tells you. You deserve to be comfortable in your skin and not worry about what you look like when you sit down and have your tummy touch your thighs. Don’t hate and punish yourself for things that are completely normal and human. Don’t think that your body needs to look any particular way, because its amazing the way it is now. You don’t have to change yourself. —————————————— . . . . #instagramvsreality #mybody #flatstomach #loveyourbody #selfesteem #loa #thankyourbody #youareworthit #youareunique

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Be kind to yourself 🌿 Society has idealized this image of having to look perfect in photos all the time. Have you noticed the second someone takes a photo of you, you over analyze the smallest things, such as a strand of hair being out of place, your eyebrows not being “on fleek” and it just makes you hate the whole photo? We constantly see airbrushed, photoshopped and photos that are taken by professional photographers where they take hundreds of photos and end up choosing one. That one is what we compare ourselves to. That’s the standard that we’ve made up in our heads and have forced ourselves to feel like we have to live up to. Then once we see photos we took ourselves or a friend took for us, we scrutinize and criticize it to the point that we end up hating ourselves. You don’t need to do this. Don’t allow that negative voice in your head tell you that you have to look like some edited non-existent photo of someone. The pressure of posting an “Instagram worthy” photo or worrying about getting enough likes is a constant thing in so many peoples lives. Don’t gain your validation from likes or photos. Give yourself the validation you deserve because you need to start realizing that you’re absolutely amazing the way you are and you don’t need to look like anyone else or any particular way to be the best you you can be. We all look different and are different. Embrace that. 🌴☀️ —————————————— . . . #effyourbeautystandards #bekindtoyourself #findyourhappiness #workonyourself #losehatenotweight

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Body types shouldn’t be viewed as trends 🌿 I think we’re all familiar with the booty pics on Instagram. I see them all the time and don’t get me wrong, I pose to make my booty look bigger all the time. But the thing is I don’t even look like the left photo all the time. In order to look like that I have to pull up my bikini bottoms to the point of giving myself a wedgie, bend my back and stick out my booty unnatural amounts. Even after all that I criticized myself and though “my waist doesn’t look small enough”. But why? It’s funny how I go to these lengths for Instagram photos and know that I do this, yet I still compare my everyday body to posed ones on Instagram, wishing I looked like that all the time, even though I know how much posing goes into these photos. We don’t appreciate our bodies enough sometimes. We focus on trying to change them so much that we lose focus of how incredible our bodies are in the first place. I mean, our bodies allow us to experience day to day life, but I’m out here being mad that my waist isn’t smaller. We need to stop being so harsh on ourselves. We try to make our bodies fit trends that pop up and hate ourselves when they don’t. Body parts shouldn’t be viewed as something that can go in and out of style. You shouldn’t have to consistently worry about how your body looks for an Instagram photo. Just live your best life and don’t allow social media or anything bring you down about yourself. We’re all just people, all with different types of bodies that can’t be compared to one another. That uniqueness should be celebrated. 🌿 —————————————— . . . #effyourbeautystandards #bodyfat #bekindtoyourself #findyourhappiness #workonyourself #losehatenotweight #bootybuilding

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