Woman's Side-By-Side Selfies Reveal A Sad Reality About Instagram

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Cierra Bailey
A woman's post exposing reality vs. fiction on Instagram inadvertently became an inspiration to everyone who feels inferior to all the "glamorous" people on social media.

The pure deception! For those who feel like they are lesser beings while scrolling down their Instagram feeds and seeing all the incredibly beautiful faces looking back at them, prepare to have your confidence restored.

Hair colorist Ursula Goff recently posted a side-by-side selfie on her Instagram to debunk the notion that everyone on social media is living the glamorous life. In one photo Goff is wearing no makeup, her hair is unruly and her facial expression looks like she smells something unpleasant.

The other photo shows her hair flowing with voluptuous curls, a full-face makeup job and her hot pink lips curled up into a demure smirk.

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This seems to have gone over well on FB, so I figured I would share here, also. So I didn't edit either one of these photos, but they were taken just a few days apart. I think it's important to note that lighting, angles, facial expression, and make-up make a huge difference in photography and presentation (especially in my case!). Social media can make it easy to feel like everyone else is awesome and perfect all the time, but that's really never true. We should keep in mind that behind every pretty face or perfect lifestyle is a regular person, and that there's really no point in comparing amongst ourselves because this is all cultivated. I think of all the young people out there, especially girls, who are influenced by media in this way, and I think about how badly I know I'd feel if I were a teen today, trying to cope with ever more perfect females all over the place, and how that would likely suck even worse than what prior generations had to go through. Part of the solution, I think, is more people opting to take a moment here and there to be real and show what's behind the smoke and mirrors, because it's relevant for y'all to know that this isn't reality. In reality, nothing is perfect, life is messy, and people are flawed. So the best way to be happy with yourself is to cultivate YOURSELF, vs. cultivating an IMAGE, or comparing yourself to everyone else. Do the things you want to do, find things you love, figure out what and who you want to be, and then set out to do that stuff. Think about what matters to you, and then try to engage with those activities, people, and/or values daily. Do you. For real.

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"So I didn't edit either one of these photos, but they were taken just a few days apart," she wrote. "I think it's important to note that lighting, angles, facial expression, and make-up make a huge difference in photography and presentation (especially in my case!). Social media can make it easy to feel like everyone else is awesome and perfect all the time, but that's really never true."

Goff posted the photo to send an important message to people, especially youth, that get wrapped up in false images portrayed on the internet.

"I think of all the young people out there, especially girls, who are influenced by media in this way, and I think about how badly I know I'd feel if I were a teen today, trying to cope with ever more perfect females all over the place ... Part of the solution, I think, is more people opting to take a moment here and there to be real and show what's behind the smoke and mirrors, because it's relevant for y'all to know that this isn't reality."

She goes on to encourage her followers to focus on their lives and what makes them happy without getting consumed by what amazing things others “appear” to be doing.

Her message is so simple, yet so necessary.

It's easy to find yourself in awe and envy of people on social media, believing their lives are so much more fabulous than your own and you're clearly failing at life. 

Cheers, to the much-needed realization that social media is only a well-edited glimpse into one's life ... never the full story. 

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Banner Photo Credit: Instagram @uggoff

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