As a society, body positivity is making headway. National retailers like CVS have committed to only showcase images of real women on their advertisements – instead of models who have been “touched up” through hours of Photoshop post-production. While strides are being taken to make the change in the way we perceive our bodies and those around us, just a glance at the comment section of any plus-size blogger or model will show you just how much hate still exists in the world at large.
Instagram has been one of the primary catalysts for why body image has been so severely distorted. Because everyone can filter the way they look – with a simple tap on their screen – we don’t know what is real and what is fake. It’s almost as if an Instagram or social media user needs to expect everything to be touched up or falsified to make it appear better or grander. Many Instagram accounts have been exposed as being fraudulent and fake – with their sole purpose to gain as many followers as possible regardless about what is true or not.
While the tides of society continue to be relentless toward our self-image and self-esteem, body positive bloggers and plus-size Instagram models are fighting back. They’re using their influence to start a conversation that gets people examining the reality of being a woman or man in the United States society. Because far too often, people don’t really look like the models do in the magazines.
One of the movement’s leaders is Diana Sirokai. She is a body-positivity blogger and model and is using her massive social media reach to add to the conversation. Her method is unique. She recreates famous celebrity images and shares them with her fans, helping people take on another perspective than what the celebrities show through their numerous filters and post-production edits.
Some of the celebrities that Diana Sirokai has targeted include Gigi Hadid and Kim Kardashian. She manages to recreate their looks while showcasing herself honestly and openly with her following.
Sirokai hopes that her images can inspire other women to feel comfortable in their skin. She believes that people should not be ashamed of the way they look just because celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Gigi Hadid have teams of video and photo editors working for them to post only the best possible content on Instagram.
Anyone who thinks reams of people are not sorting through these photos and testing them for audience appeal has another thing coming to them.
Kardashian and her half-sister Kylie Jenner have a sharp instinct for self-promotion and marketing, but they also have a lot of help.
Body positive bloggers and models like Diana Sirokai are helping women feel good about the body they have. And while it is always honorable to try to be better – whether that means eating an apple instead of a Snickers bar or walking to work instead of driving – we also need to appreciate where we are today.
If we can’t do that, we’ll never be able to move toward the person we want to become.
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