This Woman Uses Herself to Show You How Unreal the Magazine Pictures Are

Model’s photos in magazines are supposed to lure people to buy the clothes they wear. But instead, society makes it as a beauty standard for every woman in this planet. And it makes women extremely depressed. So, some women take an inspiring action to show the world how unrealistic the magazine photos are, including Stacey Lee, who Photoshopped her own photo and compared it with the real one.

The Melbourne-based psychologist is a fitness star with 22.9k Instagram followers. Aside from being fitness star and encourage women to shape their body, Stacey also supports body positivity and confidence, which is a huge problem for women currently. To show the reality behind the perfect pictures you see in magazines, Stacey took a picture of herself, Photoshopped it, and posted it on her Instagram account, @psychandsquats.


HOW DO YOU MEASURE UP? Psych Stace signing in 👩🏻‍💼 One of the recurrent themes I treat in my profession is body image and its effect on self esteem. Self esteem is defined as confidence in ones own worth. However when that worth is tied to an image, a number on a scale, the size of clothes, the smoothness of skin, the smallness of a waist, the bigness of a butt, the definition on your abs, or the gap between your thighs, your worth will never me measured correctly. One of the reasons behind this is that the measuring stick we use, is based on lies, manipulations and imagined ideals. We are primed to believe a certain standard of 'beauty' is the goal. We are shown images every day which are not realistic, even the small changes to photos or advertisements make a difference. They send subconscious messages saying that you aren't enough, and never will be. As soon as I stopped following accounts that used photoshop, professional images (regularly that is, shit photo shoots are fun I won't knock you for that), constant filters, and altered their images, my self esteem improved. Being able to see real women share their real bodies, which still look incredible! Gave me the confidence to work for my realistic goals, and to measure my progress on a REAL measuring stick. This image was not created to say I don't like how I look in the real photo, it's to say the opposite actually. I love the work I've put in to look like the photo on the left. The point of this image is to show that when something that is already 'good' is altered to be 'better', it teaches people that your 'real' isn't good enough. I don't want to ever perpetuate or encourage that twisted notion. So I post these photos to combat that idea and to raise awareness of the damage it can have. So, what measuring stick are you using? Psych Stace signing out 💜 #trollstrollsgoawaycomeagainwhenyouhavesomethingnicetosay #keepitreal #psychstace #realityvsphotoshop #dedicated #bodytransformation #transformationtuesday #strongnotskinny #bbg #bodygoals #fitness #inspo #kaylaitsines #progressnotperfection #muscle #training #girlswholift #wellness #psychology

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FEAR THE PHOTOSHOPPED PHOTO! How many times have you looked at a photo of yourself and thought negatively about it? How many times have you compared yourself to the models in the magazine, or more likely, the 'models' on instagram and social media and thought 'nope I don't look like that'? 📸 How many times have you been tempted to add a filter, tweak the cellulite, remove the blemish, maximize the booty, in order to portray a more 'socially acceptable' version of yourself to the world? Because you feel you aren't 'enough' as you are. 📷 Subconsciously we are primed to find certain body types more acceptable. This can be very subtle changes to photographs seen on a daily basis. But these small changes resonate deeply within our minds. Shaping our beliefs about the way we 'should' look, and therefore creates unrealistic comparisons and perpetuates negative self talk which becomes low self esteem. 📸 Recognizing the signs of a photoshopped image is important for our mental health. Understanding that sometimes what we are looking at is simply a fantastical image created on something designed to suit virtual reality, NOT the real world. 📷 The good news is. YOU HAVE CONTROL! Don't like someone images because they make you feel shit? You look and think 'why can't that be me, why aren't my legs smooth, my thighs smaller, my butt bigger, my waist skinnier, my arms more defined? I'm disgusting. I'm fat. I'm gross'…UNFOLLOW!!!!! 📸 I have been victim to this myself. I unfollowed a lot of women (no offense) because it was damaging my self esteem. I didn't look and feel motivated, I felt devalued and defective. I only follow people who remind me to stay REAL with myself and with the world. Yes I'll add a filter sometimes, I love photography. But I'll NEVER adjust my body through an app and post it as a real image. That's adding fuel to an already all consuming fire. 📷 Take your control. Don't fear your unfiltered self 💜 #keepingitreal #dedicated #bodytransformation #transformationtuesday #strongnotskinny #bbg #bodygoals #fitness #inspo #kaylaitsines #progressnotperfection #muscle #training #girlswholift #fitspo

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You can see the differences clearly. Filters make her arms look skinner, her waist smaller, bigger thigh gap, and smoother thigh, which in reality, decorated with cellulite. She shows the world that even if you train as hard as she is, you’ll still naturally have flaws on your body.

Stacey also talks about how she was affected badly by perfect body pictures in Instagram and how she recovered from it. “I have been victim to this myself. I unfollowed a lot of women (no offense) because it was damaging my self-esteem.” She encourages women to unfollow the IG accounts who post pictures that make them insecure and unhappy about themselves. And at the same time, she also motivates women to keep on working out, stay healthy, and life happily.

How do people react to her pictures? Well, she get 15,576 likes (and counting) and over 200 positive comments that support her.

@psychandsquats love the awareness you are bringing! I am a photographer I see this often” – @developmentdirection (Instagram user) June 5, 2017

“I like this idea of unfollowing accounts that use photoshop. I recently unfollowed Amy account that made me feel bad about myself when I saw their posts and it has helped a lot” – @coachkenzfitness (Instagram user) June 1, 2017

“I absolutely love this…people should love the skin they’re in…it’s hard to keep up with photoshop…I applauded you” – @divaearls (Instagram users) June 1, 2017

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