People love to scroll through glossy photos of Instagram influencers with both awe and envy - but one Instagrammer decided to get real with her followers and remind them not everything online is as it seems. Amsterdam based vlogger Rianne Meijer has 353k followers and a plethora of gorgeous images that document her life of fashion and travel, but as Meijer revealed, the key to an enviable photo is all about the angle.

In a series of side-by-side shots, she shared magazine-worthy poses next to hilariously candid (and not as flattering) photos in the same outfit. In her caption Meijer wrote: "So while waiting here at the airport in Berlin I figured no better way to spend my time than to keep it real. This is not gonna be some long emotional story (not that there’s anything wrong with crying and talking to yourself in the shower obviously) but just a little small reminder that every pic you see on my account is one in a hundred (or sometimes four hundred) and it was all about the right angle, right lighting and of course the right filter. Nothing perfect about me and nothing perfect about my life (except for @royatiya, and my parents❤️). Just a girl with big dreams who’s going to regret posting this in 1,2,3..."

Scroll down below to see how this influencer got real with the internet and don't forget to upvote your favs!

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Marceline
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1 year ago

I love the second one!

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Social media has become a heavy presence in our society and researchers have taken notice. It might seem obvious (maybe not) but scrolling through Instagram and even putting yourself out there for display has played into negative body image. Don't believe it? A systematic review was conducted in 2016 with 20 papers worth of proof. 

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wandile dludlu
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1 year ago

looks like 2 different people

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Research done on social media, body image and beauty standards suggests that who we compare ourselves to online plays an important role in how we see ourselves.“People are comparing their appearance to people in Instagram images, or whatever platform they're on, and they often judge themselves to be worse off,” said Jasmine Fardouly to the BBC, a postdoctoral researcher at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. "In a survey of 227 female university students, women reported that they tend to compare their own appearance negatively with their peer group and with celebrities, but not with family members, while browsing Facebook. The comparison group that had the strongest link to body image concerns was distant peers, or acquaintances." 

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CookieNeerrrrd
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1 year ago

What a huge difference!!

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Not all pages are created equal when it comes to their effect on our psyche. Researchers found that “fitspiration” images in particular – which often feature beautiful people performing exercises, or at least pretending to – might make you harsher on yourself. In 2017 associate professor at the University of West England, Bristol, Amy Slater, published a study in 2017 in which 160 female undergraduates viewed either #fitspo, self compassion quotes, or a mix of both, all sourced from real accounts on Instagram. Those who viewed only #fitspo scored lower on self-compassion, but the ones who viewed the compassionate quotes (e.g. “You’re perfect just the way you are”) were nicer to themselves – and felt better about their bodies.

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Neon_Sketch_Art
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1 year ago

Her mind: ooooo ur such a sweetie-pie gimme a kiss. NOW.

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Maura Muller
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1 year ago

I actually like the one right better.

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Colin Leetham
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1 year ago

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There's a chin filter?!?

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Zoe's Mom
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1 year ago

The one on the right; that, I think, is all of us! :o)

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Rob Roy Metre
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1 year ago

Same with this one, prefer the real you.

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Rob Roy Metre
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1 year ago (edited)

I love the honest one more than the pro photograph with this one. Incredible how much you're face changes with the right angle and lighting and so on. I've seen other models do this and always admire their honesty. One of them looks like a goddess with all the makeup and styling and the fairy clothing, but you'd just walk past her in the street without it all. It's a bit of fantasy and there's nothing wrong with that as long as you know it is. Thank you for sharing.

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Rob Roy Metre
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1 year ago (edited)

Left image: I could eat myself whole. Right image: Fancy going out later for a pizza? Sometimes I wonder what goes through photographers' minds. I guess it's all about making the clothes look good, not the model.

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CookieNeerrrrd
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1 year ago

Wheres the flower in her hair for the left picture?? I like that flower

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Lilli
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1 year ago

messy hair don't care

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Hilliary Smith
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1 year ago

Actually, there are straight lines in those flowers, which means they are cultivated. She's probably standing in the empty paths left for the gardeners. So she's doing the opposite of ruining the flowers! She's avoiding the flowers, and avoiding waiting into the middle of a field of wildflowers! Kudos to her!

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Rafael Castro
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1 year ago

love them both. cutest dog!

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Rob Roy Metre
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1 year ago

Both images are adorable

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My O My
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1 year ago

I like the right one better

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Tinley's Aunt
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Look at how they have Photoshopped her hips and legs. In the right side picture, she has what I would consider normal female curves. On the left, she has stick legs, no hips, and an impossibly small waistline. She's fine as is. Stop the Photoshop madness!

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Sue Sanders
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1 year ago

Same person? Hard to believe. A smile and the hint of a double chin make her real.

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Rob Roy Metre
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Yuck!

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CookieNeerrrrd
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1 year ago

Why does everyone take pleasure in leaning of the side of things?????? I dont understand help me with me phobias

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Rob Roy Metre
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1 year ago

Even the sexiest person alive will look dreadful doing this.

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Rob Roy Metre
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1 year ago

The one on the left is really high maintenance and stand offish. The one on the right is someone you can tell your most personal thoughts and cuddle while watching a late night film.

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Bluebell Rizzi
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1 year ago

In this instance, I actually genuinely like the second picture better. In the others, I'm not going to say she looks better just because she's pulling a more natural face. But yeah. This one.

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Russian Otaku
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1 year ago

Thought subway didn't advertise 5$ footlongs (that aren't actually a foot) anymore

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Colin Leetham
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1 year ago

Instagram influencer critiques 5 Guys, discovers new Coke flavors are crap.

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Colin Leetham
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1 year ago

The saucy pizza look.

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Rob Roy Metre
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1 year ago

Both professional images, surely?

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Colin Leetham
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1 year ago

Which of thse is supposed to be unflattering?

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Rob Roy Metre
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1 year ago

Hahahaha!!

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LanteiaTG
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1 year ago

Her entire look here makes me think of Baby in Dirty Dancing when she's dancing on the bridge by herself.

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