Truth be told, I've been off social media for a loooong time. Instagram came about after I'd already deleted Facebook, and I just never got into it. So I feel like there was this social media "evolution" that I just completely missed.
I was recently shown a friend's Instagram page, and I was so struck by the filters. Her profile picture and her selfies--they look nothing like her. She has major body-image issues and has for a while, and that always made me sad because I honestly think she's absolutely gorgeous. She's on the softer side, sure; she's not a totally ripped fitness model, but she's not massively overweight like she seems to think. She looks very womanly to me. I mean she even had a baby not too long ago. She looks healthy!
But those filters, my god--everything is different, from her eyes and her lips and her cheekbones. I'm like, sure, this looks like a typical model you'd see on a magazine cover, and it's a pretty face, but it's not my friend.