Instagram Fitness Star Shows Faking A Body ‘Transformation’ Is Easy
Faking it on Instagram isn’t exactly a brand-new phenomenon.
Whether it’s people pretending to have boyfriends, that they have a shit ton of cash, or even that they’re in amazing shape.
Sure, a load of people turn to Photoshop to tone themselves up or whack a filter on their photo, but it’s pretty easy to spot. But how much effort do people put in to achieve the perfect selfie?
Well, Instagram star Jessica Pack is showing us all how easy it is to fake that body ‘transformation’ everyone seems to be striving for.
Jessica – a landscape architect in Orlando, Florida – decided last June that she was ready to start a new fitness journey.
The 26-year-old started doing Kayla Itsines’s Body Bikini Guide program, and began chronicling her journey on Instagram. She’s amassed 50,000 followers on her account as a result.
Like many fitness bloggers and Instagrammers, Pack posts many pictures of her progress toward her goals.
But last week, Pack decided to do something different. She posted two bikini shots of herself, as if they were a ‘before and after’ photo collage.
She appears a lot less toned in her ‘before’ picture and a lot more lean and muscular in her ‘after’ image.
But, she explained, the pictures were actually taken just 30 seconds apart and the only thing she adjusted was her posture, as well as a slight bikini adjustment.
She writes on the post:
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.
And she isn’t the only one to do the ’30-second transformation’. There are tons of other models out there showing how camera tricks can make online photos incredibly deceptive:
Pack shared the photo ‘so that other girls don’t feel alone in their own insecurities’, and added that it has been ‘comforting’ to receive such an amazing response.
Speaking to BuzzFeed, she said:
It is easy to post your best, but so difficult to post about your worse. I want my account to always be relatable, real, honest, and open. I don’t want any girl to see my page and think my body is perfect, because it is not. I don’t want other girls comparing themselves to my best photos. I want to continue to help supporting and encouraging other girls in their journeys to self love and body confidence. At the end of the day, I really just want to feel and for other girls to know that they are enough today, tomorrow, and always.
Good on her!