This woman used a simple pair of tights to blast the unrealistic standards of Instagram 4 years ago

This woman used a simple pair of tights to blast the unrealistic standards of Instagram

This is simple but very effective.

Every day we flick through Instagram unaware of how it affects us.


Good angles and flattering lighting are basically all you need now to appear the perfect version of yourself. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to look your best, it's important to realise that tight tummies and clear skin aren't always as real as they appear.

Many fitness trainers and bloggers have started a movement whereby they share more realistic photos to highlight that no one is perfect.

However, this is the first time we've seen tights being used to make this point.

Body confidence activist Milly Smith regularly posts self-love photos but this one caught our attention.

It shows what a simple pair of tights can do and how photos taken seconds after each other can change our perceptions.


''Same girl, same day, same time. Not a before and after. Not a weight loss transformation. Not a diet company promotion,'' she explains.

''I am comfortable with my body in both. Neither is more or less worthy. Neither makes me more or less of a human being. Neither invites degrading comments and neither invites sleezy words.

"We are so blinded to what a real unposed body looks like and blinded to what beauty is that people would find me less attractive within a 5 second pose switch! How insanely ridiculous is that!?
I love taking these, it helps my mind so much with body dysmorphia and helps me rationalise my negative thoughts.''

''Don't compare, just live for you.There is no one on this planet who's like you and that's pretty damn amazing don't ya think. The world doesn't need another copy, it needs you. We are worthy, valid and powerful beyond measure. (If you don't pull your tights up as high as possible are you really human?)''

Smith points out that both images of her body are perfectly fine, and that we have been programmed to think that the initial picture, where she appears slimmer, is the better one. But if two are taken at the exact same time and a simple change of the position of the tights is all that is different, why is the first picture better?

Smith has posted several of these types of photos receiving praise from her 51 thousand followers.


Keep photographs like these in mind next time you are upset that you don't look like certain people on Instagram.