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Vanessa Carlton Wrote A Really Honest Post About Body Image And Social Media

"Life online can be adorable and funny and connected and it can also be a manifestation of deep insecurity and faux perfection."

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She recently posted a heartfelt message on Instagram about the effects of social media and body image, saying, "Normally exposing myself like this would feel mortifying and inappropriate to me."

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In her photo caption, she wrote about how she could've made her abs in the photo above look perfect, but then she'd be complicit in having young women feel terrible about their own bodies.

She continued: "...But given what I've been seeing online and knowing the way young girls and boys are affected by what they see, well, I feel moved to do this."

Carlton went on to say that she wasn't judging anyone specifically, she was just making a statement regarding the way she's seen people present themselves on social media.

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"People that post photos of their bodies and faces online, have almost always taken about 9 photos in hopes of getting that perfect angle, that perfect look and then they filter it," Carlton wrote.

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She got even more in-depth, discussing her reasoning for shedding light on this issue, stating, "We are all guilty. Given this little platform that I have I just want to encourage young people to take themselves out of this cycle the best they can."

Let's get real in this Holiday Inn in Portland. I've been wanting to do a post like this for a while. Normally exposing myself like this would feel mortifying and inappropriate to me but given what I've been seeing online and knowing the way young girls and boys are affected by what they see, well, I feel moved to do this. I'm not judging the people that want to portray themselves as beautiful, organized, perfect outfitted and skinny. (I mean I love to scroll through an organizers Instagram.) But what you see on people's Instagrams and Facebook is never the whole picture. People that post photos of their bodies and faces online, have almost always taken about 9 photos in hopes of getting that perfect angle, that perfect look and then they filter it. Then you see it and you think "wow she looks amazing", meanwhile the girl that posted it is frantically checking her "likes" and comments. I've done it myself. We are all guilty. Given this little platform that I have I just want to encourage young people to take themselves out of this cycle the best they can. I'm a 35 year old woman. I'm in good shape. I can fit in a sample size sometimes. I've had a three abdominal surgeries. An appendectomy when I was 12, a tubal salpingectomy (look it up) when I was 33 and a C section at 34. If you look at the photo on the left you can see my scar. These photos aren't filtered and if I tried really hard I could make my abs look perfect and then post it online and make a bunch of young girls feel like shit about their own abs. But my abs can also look like they do on the right. I'm presenting the whole picture. I carried an over 8 pound baby for what felt like 16 months. I'd say I earn both of these shots. Excuse the lengthy message. But all you social media devotees know that life online can be adorable and funny and connected and it can also be a manifestation of deep insecurity and faux perfection. In my opinion we are beautiful when we are kind and empathetic and curious and laughing. Explore the world. Get off your damn phone. Spoken like a mom right? Ps. This is a message to myself too. So much love, Vanessa @tracyandersonmethod red pants are 🔥

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