Woman's Side-By-Side Photos Prove Instagram 'Perfection' Is A Myth

Woman’s Side-By-Side Photos Prove Instagram ‘Perfection’ Is A Myth

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“Nobody’s booty looks round from all angles”

Instagram can be a minefield when it comes to feeling good about yourself. Between all the fitness hashtags and shots of bootylicious models, it’s easy for women to get down on themselves. That’s why one body-positive Instagram user is doing all she can to dispel the idea that everything on social media is as it seems.

Twenty-year-oldย Sara Puhto is the creative force behind the Instagram account Saggy Sara. The Finnish body positivity advocate shares gorgeous photos of the mouth-watering vegan dishes she makes, but the real draw is her side-by-side body comparisons that prove photos aren’t always telling the whole truth.

Thank you ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒฟ I flew to South Africa yesterday and when I landed I saw that I have 100k followers ๐Ÿ˜ณ firstly I just wanted to say THANK YOU! Thank you for allowing me to have this platform to spread the body positive and self love message. Thank you for constantly supporting me, which in turn has also allowed me to grow as a person. You guys are the best and I appreciate all your comments and messages so much ๐Ÿ’• I just felt like making a little story time post about my instagram journey so far (swipe to see) โ˜บ๏ธ So this has always been my only instagram, I began posting on here in 2014 with photos of my personal life when I used to have crazy colored hair and would post photos of random things (2014). Then around 2015 I posted my first progress photo after I started doing BBG workouts and decided to keep posting fitness related photos of my progress until late 2016. I don't think there is anything wrong with posting your progress or having a fitness instagram btw, you should share and show off your hard work! But for me it became less and less of a hobby to post these types of photos and felt like I wasn't telling the truth by posting these photos all the time because that wasn't what I looked like 24/7, so I decided to use this platform to post body positive and self love photos and that's what's brought me to where I am now. I never imagined that I would be posting my biggest insecurities online but thats how life needed up working out and I love it so much because I love hearing how much it helps people when I share these posts! I hope you guys liked that little story time ๐Ÿ˜ฌ I'm so excited to see what the future brings! Thank you for reading and I hope you all have a lovely weekend!! โ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒด —————————————— . . . #enjoythejourney #thankyou #100k #bopo #selflove #positivelife #lawofattraction #fitnessjourney #allbodiesaregoodbodies #youareamazing #bebrave #trustyourself #bodypositivity #staytruetoyourself #behumble #nonegativity #pasttopresent #loveyourlife #dowhatmakesyouhappy #liveyourbestlife #createyourownhappiness #choosehapiness #attitudeofgratitude #liveinthemoment #findyourself #embracelife

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Puhto’s shared a number of photos where she poses casually on one side, making no effort to look picture-perfect, and “Instagram-style” on the other, demonstrating how easily crafty angles, tummy-sucking, and a pop of the booty can make the images look polar opposite.

Progress photo talk ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒฟ I was taking progress pictures initially, but I took many different photos and ended up wanting to do one of these flexed/posing vs chilling posts (I know they're done to death but I don't care cause I love doing them ๐Ÿ˜ฌ). But anyway, when I started working out I kept thinking to myself "I can't wait till I'm on week 100, I'll look so good by then and my progress pictures will be DA BOMB". But I'm on week 96 now and weirdly felt like I don't have that much difference between now and week 1 (when my body is relaxed), cause I saw other people doing relaxed poses and had massive differences. But then I realised that I actually don't care ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ because I shouldn't feel the need to post a photo to get validation on how hard I've worked, it's this weird mindset I got from having a fitness account and getting comments on photos, where people would judge my progress. I got weirdly obsessed with wanting to please everyone and have no one say anything negative. But it doesn't matter how long you've worked out for, or how much muscle you've gained or fat you've lost. It isn't some competition of who can do the most, the quickest. It's about YOU being healthy and happy! So next time you find yourself comparing yourself to anyone's photos, seeing how long they've worked out or how they look compared to you, STOP. You should be so proud of yourself for being you! We all have different lives and bodies, life isn't always linear, sometimes we need to navigate through things first, everyone's journey is unique! Also, as you can see, poses change how you look!!! instagram isn't reality, It's a snap of a second into someone's life. It's just one photo, please don't let that ruin your confidence cause you are absolutely remarkable and there's no point in wanting to be or look like someone else โ˜บ๏ธ love who you are, it's a lot easier than trying to please everyone ๐ŸŒดโ˜€๏ธ —————————————— . . . #beforeandafter #transformationtuesday #lawofattraction #bodypositivity #lifeisgreat #dowhatyoulove #bootybuilding #progressnotperfection #bodyimage #bikinibody #weightlossjourney #beyou #confidence #selflove #embraceyourself #manifest

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She writes, “Instagram isn’t reality, it’s a snap of a second into someone’s life. It’s just one photo, please don’t let that ruin your confidence cause you are absolutely remarkable and there’s no point in wanting to be or look like someone else.”

Preach.

Instagram vs real life ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒฟ If I saw the photo on the left a year ago I would've instantly thought so negatively about my body, that all my hard work from working out was non existent, that if someone looked at me they would've never thought I've been working out for 2 years and think I wasn't trying hard enough. But the thing is is that all bodies look different. Nobody's booty looks round and peachy from all angles. Nobody's body looks the same from all angles. Don't eat less or miss out on your favorite meals/drinks or over exercise to "look good for a holiday" or to "look good in bikini photos" because there will always be angles that are "unflattering" that might make you feel bad when you see them. Instead workout and eat healthy because it makes you feel good, not as a punishment. Start loving and accepting your body at all angles with all your "flaws", instead of trying to fit into societies image of 'beauty' because that image isn't inclusive of all individuals, which is so messed up. Don't hate yourself just because of bad photos, they do not define you as a person. You look the best when you're living life to the fullest and happiest. There's no point in missing out on things and stressing yourself out so much. Life isn't meant to be a competition on who can look the best and we should normalize not having to "look perfect" all the time because it's a ridiculous concept. You are perfect the way you are ๐ŸŒดโ˜€๏ธ —————————————— . . . #instagramvsreallife #beforeandafter #lawofattraction #bodypositive #bekindtoyourself #lifeisgreat #dowhatyoulove #veganbooty #youareenough #progressnotperfection #bodyimage #vegansofig #girlswhoworkout #selflove #youarebeautiful #veganfitness #loa #fitnessjourney #bopo #bodyacceptance #bodyconfidence #effyourbeautystandards #bepresent #justbe #moderation #balanceddiet #staypositive #thinkpositive

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Puhto writes, “If I saw the photo on the left a year ago I would’ve instantly thought so negatively about my body, that all my hard work from working out was non existent, that if someone looked at me they would’ve never thought I’ve been working out for 2 years and think I wasn’t trying hard enough.”

But her journey has proven otherwise. “Nobody’s booty looks round and peachy from all angles. Nobody’s body looks the same from all angles.”

Although she’s only 20, Puhto has serious wisdom that women twice her age need to hear. “Don’t eat less or miss out on your favorite meals/drinks or over exercise to “look good for a holiday” or to “look good in bikini photos” because there will always be angles that are “unflattering” that might make you feel bad when you see them,” she writes.

Motivational rant, I guess ๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŒฟ These past few months have been so difficult for me emotionally. But I've learnt so much from it and realized that life is short and you never know what's going to happen. I've noticed I keep thinking things like "I can't wait till next month for holidays" or "I can't wait for this week to be over". But I shouldn't keep waiting for better things to come in the future, I should make the most of everyday. I shouldn't wait till I have time to do something, I should make time for them and do what I love. Just do what makes you happy and do it without caring about people's negative opinions on it. You have one life and you should live it to the fullest and happiest you can!! Make everyday count, make memories and don't be so hard on yourself. We all make mistakes. We all do things we might regret. But instead of beating yourself up, learn from them and accept it. Set goals that you can/want to achieve. Don't beat yourself up if life throws obstacles in your way. Find a way to do things differently to fit you and what makes you happy! Start doing something today that you've been putting off. Also don't be negative, whether that's to yourself or others. We're all just trying our best in life and we should keep lifting each other up. We all know how hard life can be so let's spread positivityโ˜บ๏ธ I just wanted to show that on the right I'm just me being unapologetically me. I didn't plan for life to bring me to a stage where I'd be spreading body positivity on instagram, but it did and I love doing it. So don't be shy and do what you want without thinking about what others think, as long as you're happy and aren't hurting others. Life's too short to not do what you want because of other people's opinions. Felt the need to get this all out today! But I hope it helped and that you're all having an absolutely lovely day! ๐ŸŒดโ˜€๏ธ —————————————— . #lawofattraction #bodypositivity #lifeisshort #lifeisgreat #dowhatyoulove #dowhatyouwant #progressnotperfection #beforeandafter #bodyimage #rant #vegansofig #girlswholift #girlswithmuscle #weightlifting #selflove #youarebeautiful #motivation #beyou #beconfident

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“Instead workout and eat healthy because it makes you feel good, not as a punishment.”

Bikini body ๐Ÿ‘™๐ŸŒฟ I'm sure we've all had that feeling where you're feeling cute at the beach but then you sit down and all of a sudden feel insecure and don't know how to sit without your tummy feeling oddly too exposed. The other day I went to the beach and would have slight moments where I felt like people were looking at my tummy and these feelings of insecurity where I wanted to hide my tummy because "it didn't look good" sitting down. But I realised that I was being silly and ruining my time at the beach and not enjoying it fully just because of this small silly thing. You really shouldn't feel that way! Everyone looks like this when they sit down! Nobody is judging you and even if someone was then that's a reflection of their inner insecurities, not yours. You are not fat. We all have fat, especially on our tummies and it's completely normal. And that fat does not make you worth any less as a person! Nobody has abs or a flat tummy 24/7 when they sit down. Don't let this idea ruin your time because it's completely normal! If you want to wear a bikini, then wear it cause life's too short not to wear what you want!! You look amazing so wear it with confidence and you'll radiate beauty! ๐ŸŒดโ˜€๏ธ —————————————— . . . #bikinibody #bodypositive #lawofattraction #beachtime #insecurities #bodyposi #fitnessmotivation #positiveenergy #manifest #bodyfat #allbodiesaregoodbodies #bodyacceptance #selflove #bopowarrior #allbodiesarebeautiful #fitnessjourney #weightlossjourney #bopo #vegansofig #veganfitness #bbg #positivethinking #positivelife #positivemind #loveyourself #youareenough #youmatter

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“Nobody has abs or a flat tummy 24/7 when they sit down. Don’t let this idea ruin your time because it’s completely normal,” she writes. This is a great reminder during beach vacation season where someone might grab a candid photo that makes us cringe when we’re tagged on Facebook. It’s normal to have fat. It’s normal to have rolls.

Flexing vs relaxing ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒฟ On the left I'm laying down and flexing as hard as I possibly can and on the right I'm just sitting and chilling โ˜บ๏ธ I know so many people want to have flat toned tummies. Instagram is filled with posts of toned, lean, flat tummies, but what you don't know is that they don't look like that 24/7. You can love fitness and workout tons and still have fat! As I've said before, fat is a completely normal thing to have!! So don't feel like you're not doing enough or that you should get rid of it if you have fat or tummy rolls when you sit down because it's completely normal! Having these things does not make you less attractive, it just means your a person with a body that does what bodies are supposed to do. All bodies are different and will look different sitting down (or doing anything) so there's no point in comparing your body to someone else's. you have an amazing body that you should be so proud of!! So go out there and next time you feel ashamed or vulnerable about your body, don't, because you are beautiful no matter what! I hope you all have a lovely Monday and a great start to the week!! ๐ŸŒดโ˜€๏ธ —————————————— . . . #lawofattraction #bodypositivity #progressnotperfection #beforeandafter #bodyimage #mondaymotivation #flexing #bikinibody #beachbody #calvinklein #bodyfat #vegan #vegansofig #girlswholift #girlswithmuscle #weightlifting #bbg #selflove #youarebeautiful #veganfitness #motivation #fitnessmotivation #sweatwithkayla #honesty #screwthescale #weightlossjourney #beyou #beconfident #selfconfidence #embraceyourself

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She even points out how a simple case of period bloat can distort what we see in the mirror.

Period bloating ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒฟ If you feel like you're gonna get offended or grossed out by this post then please stop reading now ๐Ÿ˜Š On the left is me a month ago not on my period (my periods are irregular) and on the right is me on my period! I'm sucking in my belly as much as I can in both photos, to show that the period bloat doesn't go away, even when you suck in and I found this is the most accurate way to compare the bloat ๐Ÿ˜ฌ For all my people with periods out there, you need to know It's completely normal to bloat before and on your period! You can gain anywhere from 0.2-4.5kg from water retention while on your period so don't even worry about your weight!!! Also other factors like hormones affect weight, so just know that you'll be okay, you're not fat or ugly, you haven't gained fat, it's just your period! I wanted to let you guys know that even though I preach body positivity and loving yourself, I still get days before/on my period, where I think I've gained so much fat, think I'm ugly and feel guilty for eating unhealthy snacks. But please remember that that's just your hormones and body preparing for your period that's making you feel like that. You are still beautiful and amazing!! That weight gain is just water retention or bloating, it'll be gone in a few days and don't feel bad for eating whatever you're craving, cause you're shedding your old uterus lining out your vagina, it's a lot to go through, so you eat those snacks!!!!!! And if anyone tells you, you look gross or are gross for having your period, then just walk away, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ don't even get me started on period cramps, if anyone tells you you're weak for complaining about cramps, smear your blood on them and tell them they're weak for freaking out about a little blood and walk away (jk please don't do that). Just know that period cramps vary from person to person, from no/few cramps to omfg I'm going to die and throw up everywhere from this pain, so don't judge or compare pain. Periods are a tough thing to go through and vary from person to person. Just know that it's perfectly normal and you are a strong and beautiful person!! ๐ŸŒดโ˜€๏ธ

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Her message might seem obvious, but judging by the number of women we see online (and in life) comparing themselves to impossibly perfect images, it’s one we all need to hear.

“Don’t hate yourself just because of bad photos, they do not define you as a person. You look the best when you’re living life to the fullest and happiest.”

Damn right.

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