For many, Instagram is the highlight reel of their lives. They show off their exotic trips, fancy meals, strike a sexy pose in front of expensive toys, and it's totally their choice. However, if you drown yourself in the sea of winning shots, you might end up with the impression that all of these Instagram influencers' days look like that. And feel like a loser when comparing yourself to those unachievable standards.
So it's healthy to remind yourself that not only are these Instagram photos showing just a tiny part of their lives but that there are dozens of outtakes behind the scenes of those glamorous shots as well. Maybe the angle gave them a double chin, maybe a dog was pooping in the background; these pictures get discarded.
Recently, Thai Instagram model Vienna did just that. She wanted to show her 150K followers that there's more than meets the eye to every "perfect" photo on social media and posted a series of 'Instagram vs. Reality' takes which really resonated with folks online.
Vienna became a model when she was 19 years old. "I went to Tokyo for a vacation when I had about 10K followers on Twitter. I met a girl there and we ended up taking a photo together while we were walking on the street. After she posted our photo online, her modeling agency contacted me and asked me to work with them," Vienna told Bored Panda.
Vienna said she mostly uses Instagram to document her trips around the world. "I love traveling and photography so I want people to know more about me and all the places I go to."
For her Instagram vs. Reality series, Vienna used some photo editing on the "perfect" photos to really highlight the discrepancy between the before and after pics. "On those photos, I used an app called Ulike." This software lets people "fine-tune" themselves, offering to touch-up their eyes, nose and mouth."
However, the "real" ones weren't manipulated at all, I just used my normal camera. That's why my face looks super different in them."