Influencer posts ‘Instagram vs reality’ snaps to warn of ‘harmful’ trend

Influencer posts ‘Instagram vs reality’ snaps to warn of ‘harmful’ trend

06/16/2021

An influencer has enlightened her followers with the honest truth about comparison posts.

Nowadays on Instagram, influencers are using their platform to show the reality of "fake" poses and shots.

But one social media queen has explained why these side-by-side photos aren't a good idea.

Nelly London boasts 403,000 followers on her Instagram where she keeps it real and honest.

She covers all basis on her platform from opening up about her eating disorder recovery to sharing her hair routine.

And now the Brighton-based influencer has revealed why those comparison posts can be harmful.

The blogger started by asking fans if these posts are "helpful or harmful".

She wrote: "Let's talk comparison posts, are they helpful or harmful?

"There is no denying these posts highlight the vast difference that an angle, a pose, the time of day or simply the lighting of a photo can make, which can be really eye opening and extremely helpful to a lot of people (myself included), but what if your body doesn't look like the 'Insta' OR the 'reality'?"

Nelly also discussed how many, like disabled or those with skin conditions, can't use simple camera trickery to change how they look.

But she made it clear that she "loves and respects" those people who do upload comparison posts.

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She added: "There is a long list of people whose content continues to help me massively on my own journey (hate that word) with my body, so I know just how important their work is.

"This is just a personal thing for me, I think my days of compassion photos might be up. How do you relate to these posts?"

Since she opened up on Instagram, her post racked up over 56,000 likes, with many praising her for her honesty.

One fan wrote: "Helpful, until the influencer has to clench their bum cheeks real hard to show a slight hint of cellulite or push their belly out to seem bloated and relatable."

Another added: "These photos are helpful!"

A third commented: "I hate comparison pictures as I feel most people who do them look fantastic in both. And very rarely show a really 'bad pic'."

And a fourth chimed in: "I 100% agree with this! I stopped doing these kind of posts last year for this reason.

"It's amazing to see you talking about the topic and raising awareness on it."

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