The truth behind butt selfies

One Instagrammer calls bullshit on Kardashian-style “belfies”.

Photo: Instagram @kimkardashian @kyliejenner

If 2015 was the year of the kale, 2016 has been the year of the butt. Not only was the world outraged when the peach emoji changed to look less booty-like and, well, more peach-like, we’ve seen the onslaught of hiney contouring, a spike in at-home enemas and belfies a plenty flooding our Instagram feeds.

Yes, we are officially fascinated by perky, fleshy cheeks.

But, like anything social media, what you see isn’t always what you get… and big booties is one of them. Shining light on those butt-to-mirror selfies is 20-year-old Finnish Instagrammer Sara Puhto (@saggysara) who posted this pic to her account:

In the caption she warned her followers that this is “not a progress photo.”

She went on to say, “Since its #humpday I thought it would be appropriate to post a booty pic. I thought I’d show my booty from its normal straight leg standing position vs a posed booty pop position cause in a world where the Kardashian’s bootys are so glorified, we need to remember that the photos we see of them and others aren’t always reality. Their butts can’t ALWAYS look that big from every angle.

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“Same goes with photos on Instagram, we see them as goals and think we’ll never be able to gain that much muscle or lose that much fat, but what you need to remember is that those photos you see are achievable, you can get to your goals, you can achieve anything with the right amount of determination, patience and effort! Don’t think you can’t because you’re comparing a posed photo of a body to your everyday body. Use them as motivation but don’t get too caught up on them.”

Similarly, London-based model Jazz Egger, has re-captioned her Instagram pictures to reveal what happened while they were being taken, what happened afterwards, if/ when there was post-production editing, and what went through her head while she was posting them.

In one example, she’s backstage with another model at London Fashion Week and writes “I didn’t sleep much the night before bc fashionweek is pure madness. + I didn’t eat/drink salt, sugar, fat and alcohol for months to prevent my skin from breaking out. Didn’t work, Makeup artists covered it up.”

In another, a picture of her sitting on a bed showing off her long legs, she writes “this took me like 15 mins to take and I was close to falling off my bed bc I had to make my legs look slim.”

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The best thing to do when scrolling your Instagram feed? Take Sara Puhto’s advice: “YOU are beautiful and can do anything you put your mind to. I hope you have an amazing day.”

And if that doesn’t make you feel peachy, we don’t know what will.

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