It is no wonder that Instagram’s popularity has skyrocketed within the past year; it provides endless scrolling entertainment and a means to categorize your feed and portray yourself in whichever way you wish. The most well-known niche within Instagram is this idea of the “Instagram model.” The Instagram model is very specific and recognizable: a girl with a perfectly contoured, full-coverage face of makeup complete with false lashes and exceedingly (fake) plump lips, immaculately styled hair, a Barbie-like body with a round butt, toned stomach, and large boobs, trendy style, and of course, a bottomless budget to spend on travel, home décor, and all the top designers. Of course nearly everything about an Instagram model’s appearance is fake and generic, however on a platform like Instagram, people can construct their self image in such a way that only one side of the coin is ever shown. In my opinion, Instagram models are the trolls of the Instagram world.
The constant appearance of Instagram models and their picture perfect lives can be extremely taxing on those who consume this media. Young girls are being bombarded by this hyper-specific standard of modern day feminine beauty, one of which is impossible to truly achieve, causing them to have unrealistic expectations on how they should be which in turn can be fatal for a maturing girl’s self-esteem. It is pertinent that people realize that what is shown by these women is not the whole truth and that it is just the way in which they promote their self brand. Everyone takes their makeup off at the end of the day, everyone must budget their finances, and everyone is not perfect. It could be argued that these girls aid into cyberbullying by insisting that their image is reality. Obviously not directly, but there is no doubt this incessant flow of selfies, name-brand product placement and denial that their lives are staged for the camera casts a dark shadow on girls growing up in the Instagram era. So remember Instagram users…not everything is as it seems, especially on a network that is nearly all self-promotion based.
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