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Instagram is increasingly being told to take responsibility for the harmful effects of it's site on the mental health of young people.

Between celebrities endorsing weight-loss products which have no scientific backing, the NHS encouraging body-negative adverts to be banned, and the new sensitivity screens being put in place to prevent graphic violence and self-harm being depicted; Insta is a dangerous place.

Yet, we cannot deny that selfie culture and self-branding through social media has become just a normal part of our everyday life. Me, myself and Instagram has taken over, and young people growing up today assume it's perfectly normal to try to look perfect.


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It's so prevalent in society to share the highlights of ourselves and desperately emulate others who we assume have 'better' lives, which writers such as Matt Haig have emotionally discouraged.

FaceTuning images to blur seeming 'imperfections' such as stretchmarks, wrinkles, spots, freckles, teeth, smiles, body hair, even elbow wrinkles or unwanted curves is the new normal, according to our society.

Having flaws is deemed unhealthy, and the notion of 'narcissism' or vanity is no more.

Now Rankin is trying to counteract the idea of editing ourselves in a new photo series, and it's beautiful.

The amazing photographer is attempting counteract self-editing, by showing people just how damaging the effects of social media can be.  His photo series, aptly named Selfie Harm, was launched last week on Instagram.

The renowned artist captured portrait shots of 15 teens and handed power to them and their filter apps, asking them to edit the retouched image until they felt it was 'social media ready'.


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He commented;

“Social media has made everyone into their own brand. People are creating a two-dimensional version of themselves at the perfect angle, with the most flattering light, and with any apparent flaws removed.”

“This is a new, enhanced reality, a world in which teenagers can alter themselves digitally within seconds. Mix this with the celebrities and influencers flaunting impossible shapes with impossible faces and we’ve got a recipe for disaster," he attested.

The photographer shows images of youth and natural beauty which massively contrast with the newly filtered, edited versions. It's shockingly easy for the young models to blur the lines of reality, but what is 'perfect' in a world such as this?


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He wrote on Instagram;

“People are mimicking their idols, making their eyes bigger, their nose smaller and their skin brighter, and all for the social media likes. “It’s just another reason why we are living in a world of FOMO, sadness, increased anxiety and Snapchat dysmorphia."

"It’s time to acknowledge the damaging effects that social media has on people’s self-image," he concluded.

The visible differences and changes made allow the teenagers and subjects to transform their entire identity, so much so that their natural state is completely erased. There are smaller noses, smooth complexions, wider eyes and lips, everything you can imagine.

Interestingly, the photographer notes that most of the models preferred their original image, but it's still disturbing to witness the power of filters. These edits can convince people that they're regular image isn't good enough to be seen.

It's becoming harder to discern what's real and what's fake; soon the idea of reality on social media could vanish altogether.

Feature image: Rankin Instagram/Fashionista


Loose Women's Stacey Soloman has been sharing snaps from her holiday with her two kids on Instagram and they are amazing.

Why, you ask?

Because she's documenting her real body on the social media platform by putting up several pictures of her enjoying the sun, sans filter.

Currently on holidays with her two son's – Zachary, ten, and six-year-old Leighton, whom she had with previous partners, Stacey treated us to a few real pictures. 

On one snap, she wrote, ''no filter needed. Loving my extra fold over tummy lines this year, they look like a six pack wahoo! Winning! Happy hump day xxx.''

The photo was welcomed by many people, who praised Stacey for showing what real bodies look like.

One wrote, ''I love that you don't filter your photos and are just comfortable being yourself. You look amazing!''

Another photo revealed  that things aren't always as picture-perfect as they appear on social media.

She posted a picture of herself on a boat, wind blowing her hair,  and not a thigh-gap in sight.


Classic stand on the front of a boat pic! Smashed  it. they don’t call me Stacey Sexy Solomon for nothing

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She captioned it, ''classic stand on the front of a boat pic! Smashed it. they don’t call me Stacey Sexy Solomon for nothing.''

People were quick to comment on how naturally gorgeous she looked, without any editing.

One comment said, ''simply gorgeous!! Love your pics and how you are so proud of your body. We all come in different shapes and sizes and should all be proud xx'' while another wrote, ''Stacey you are an inspiration to all woman no filters nothing the way everyone should be you look amazing.''

How refreshing is to see tummy rolls? Stacey is proper beach-body inspo.


Getting the likes on Instagram is a pretty great feeling. 

After going to the trouble of capturing the perfect snap, it's time to edit, and choosing the right filter can have a make or break effect on your likes counter. 

Researchers at Canva recently took a look at over one million Instagram posts, to asses which filters are the most popular among likers. 

According to Bustle, data collected from US Instagram profiles show that five filters stand out among the rest. 

Topping the popularity list is Clarendon, which takes first place as the most liked filter. 

Following are Lark, Gingham, Juno and Valencia. 

However, there is an exception to the rule.

If you want to get into double (or triple) digits for likes on a selfie the best filter is… no filter at all. 

In the selfie category, Normal wins out.

So if you are planning on ruling the world, one Instagram like at a time, it's Clarendon for the win. 


So, Instagram launched four very exciting features today, including the addition of some very snapchat-esque face filters.

Their press release reads: "Today, we're introducing face filters in the camera, an easy way to turn an ordinary selfie into something fun and entertaining."  

"Whether you're sitting on the couch at home or out and about, face filters help you express yourself and have playful conversations with friends."


We're having some fun with the new Instagram #facefilters today what do you think of them?

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Sound familiar? 

The first set of face filters will include things like, furry koala ears, golden crowns and maths equations swirling around your head.

The feature is accessible by simply tapping the new icon at the bottom right corner of the screen, and just like Snapchat, some filters work when more than one person is in frame. 

But that's not all.

The image sharing platform has rolled out three more "creative tools"  for us to play with – 'Hashtag stickers', 'Eraser brush' and 'Rewind'.

Hashtag stickers allow the user to decorate their stories while linking back to other Instagram content.

The new 'Eraser brush' gives you the ability to remove certain sections of you doodles. 

While the new 'Rewind' setting allows you to record and share videos in reverse. 

Of course, Snapchat filters will always have a special place in our hearts, but we have to admit, we're pretty excited to try these out.  



Ah, Instagram, how we love you.

From all the celebrity photos we could ever need, to killer street style snaps, and dishes of delicious food (especially of the quirky kind) – we have to admit we're addicted. 

But with good pictures comes embarrassment, as I'm sure we've all experienced.

If you are not guilty of one of these, you're lying. 


1) Taking a selfie in a public place… and getting caught

We just wanted people to see our outfit of the day! But the SHAME when you get caught.


2) Spending WAY too long arranging make up/food/pets

We swear, those fresh flowers, perfume bottle and pretty items were all just lying there perfectly styled together – they were BEGGING me to take a picture.


3) Pondering over a caption for longer than five minutes

"What will I caption this pic?!"; "Is this funny or will people think I'm weird?"; "Am I being too abstract".


4) Letting boyfriends go hungry – because you need to snap your meal first

He hates you for it, but will give in – because he KNOWS how important it is. 


5) Taking 50 selfies in a row to get the 'perfect one'

But sometimes even that one isn't good enough, *open camera* – *selfie mode*… and it starts all over again. 


6) Struggling to show off all your accessories in the one picture

You have practically become a yoga instructor while cramping to get everything into one snap. Ouch. 


7) Stopping in the middle of the street to get the ideal angle

Because the traffic will wait for you, obvs.