Author and blogger Mel Wells shared two selfies on Instagram: one of her airbrushed face after a Samsung phone automatically applied the “beauty level 8” filter, and one of her normal face, freckles and all.
“Wow Samsung. This means everyone who gets a new Samsung phone and flicks the front camera on is automatically being told ‘Hi, we’re Samsung and we think you look way better when we automatically airbrush your selfies for you, x 8!!’ ” Wells captioned the photo. this is Samsung’s DEFAULT FRONT CAMERA SETTING.”
“Thanks @samsungmobile for the vote of confidence, I think I’ll keep my freckles and imperfections since this is how I look in 3D and this is how all my friends see me in real life.”
Most of Wells’ followers agreed, saying that she looks better without the filter and gave the photo over 1,300 likes. But others tried to argue that she could just turn off the automatic airbrush setting.
Before and After my 7 day cleansaahahahah not really just kidding again you guys These two photos were again taken within 5 seconds of each other*** Relaxing VS tensing! Different positions and postures and angles. Both are real, both are my body, both are beautiful. The point of this post is to remind you that bodies look different all the time, and posture and positioning can change a photo drastically. So don’t take all the before/after photos you see (especially ones that products or diets or detoxes are pushing) on social media seriously. It’s also to remind you that most #Fitspiration posts you see on Insta are very likely to be a lotta tensing, major sticking out of butts, twisting of bodies, strategic positioning of camera and angles…the list goes on. Absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to take a photo that you think makes you look your best – we all want to look good – but please don’t let those posts make you feel inadequate because you think everyone you follow on Insta looks like the photo on the right and you feel like the photo on the left. ❤ Bodies look different. All. The. Time. Fitspiration. Is. Not. Real. Life. Tonight’s online workshop is the first Revolution workshop for June! It’s all about bikini bodies, eating on vacation, and how NOT to compare yourself to every other woman on the beach. Are you tuning in? Available to Revolution members only – go to revolution.melwells.com to sign up for only £23 #EveryBodyIsABeachBody #TheGoddessRevolution
A photo posted by M E L W E L L S (@iammelwells) on Jun 20, 2016 at 4:08am PDT
“For those people saying ‘What’s the problem, just turn it off,’ that wasn’t the point I was making. Of course you can turn the setting off/on as you please,” Wells says in another post. “I wanted to raise this point as I think it’s one thing for us the consumer to decide to edit our photo after it’s been taken, but it’s another thing for the manufacturer to do it for us before we’ve even taken the shot.”
Wells says it brings up a bigger point about how people – especially women – are told by society to look a certain way.
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“The more we are told that we are supposed to look flawless, the more unhappy we will feel in our own skin – because none of us are flawless! On the contrary – it is our imperfections that make us most beautiful. Social media comparison has a massive impact on anxiety levels in young people and half the problem is we are being presented with flawless airbrushed photos constantly.”
“We all use filters and want to look our best, and this is not a rant about never editing photos because we’ve all done it – just remember when you’re scrolling that usually what you’re seeing is just an orchestrated and edited snapshot into someone’s Instalife.”