Rianne Meijer has over 628K Instagram followers. She was on a Cosmopolitan cover. H&M put her on their poster. What I'm trying to say is the woman has a lot of eyes on her. But despite all the attention, Rianne is keeping it real. Like we already showed here and here, she isn't afraid to show the reality behind her seemingly perfect photos.
In an age where keeping appearances has become an obsession, it's really refreshing to see that it's not a necessity. No matter how popular you are.
Meijer is very beautiful and has a great style, but as you can see from the series, she can also take an unflattering photo. Nonetheless, she's sharing them because the woman thinks it would be unfair to show only the 'perfect' ones. "It [can] give a really nice and honest message to my followers," she said in an earlier Bored Panda interview. "It kind of felt like only posting the perfect Instagram pictures was basically lying, so for me to post the other ones next to it made it more real. That's why I posted the Instagram vs. Reality pictures. And it turned out to be a good call. I love that now I stand for something online."
And Rianne surely isn't alone in the fight against social media 'filters'. Louisa Northcote, activist and #freethepimple Founder also believes that Instagram gives the wrong perception of what beauty should be. "Big boobs, long hair, make-up, fake eyelashes. I don't fit into that category -- I have small boobs and bad skin. So I've decided to use my Instagram to show people the truth, and give them something to relate to," she told VICE.
Both Rianne and Louisa are excellent role models in urging people to speak up about their insecurities, whether it's their weight, their stretch marks -- or something else that makes them feel like they're not enough. Talking about these things, owning them, can bring us closer to accepting our true selves, and that's far more important than liking each other's edited images of our perfect lives. Sorry, I mean, lies.