写真を“盛る”、インスタ“映え”という言葉があるように、私たちがSNSに写真を投稿するとき、それが本来の姿でないことはもはや当然のことなのかもしれません。

けれど、ときとして理想のイメージと現実とのギャップは、私たちに満たされることのない焦燥感や嫉妬といった感情を植え付けがちです。「こうなりたい(理想)、でもなれない(現実)」というふうに。

このことを強く感じた海外女性インスタグラマーのChessie King(チェシー・キング)さんが始めたのは、自身のSNSで「フェイクの自分」と「現実の自分」との比較画像を投稿すること。ありのままの自分がどんなにすばらしくて誇らしいかを発信し、多くの人たちを元気づけています。

【キレイは作れる。それも簡単に】

チェシーさんのインスタ画像を見てわかるのは、視覚的にだますのがいかに簡単かということ。たとえば同じ日の同じ時間帯に撮った写真でも、インスタグラム用に作られた写真では腹筋が割れて足が長いのに、実際の姿をそのまま映し出した写真ではお腹はぽちゃっとして、太ももにも健康的にお肉がついています。

この比較写真で、チェシーさんは「ポージングやカメラの位置・アングル次第で、理想的な身体に見せることはいくらでもできる」ことを伝えています。そして以前はこうして完璧な自分を常に見せていたというチェシーさんですが、今ではちがいます。

【ヘイターにはグロテスクな動画で応戦】

衝撃的なのは、自身の顔をモデル風に、胸は極端に大きく、ウエストも極度にくびれさせ、気味の悪いバービー人形のように加工したグロテスクな動画

これは「もう少し体型に気を遣えばどうか」という意見によるリプライで、「ネットの心ない声をすべて受け入れていたらモンスターになってしまうわ。30万人のフォロワーがいるからといって、厄介な人を相手にする必要はない」という彼女なりのアンサー映像となっています。

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THIS IS ME. THIS IS MY BODY 🙋🏼‍♀️ No flattering angles, no flattering lighting, just me & my body feeling on top of the 🌍. We all have days where we feel super duper good but we don’t share them enough. I want YOU to feel confident enough to dance around in your underwear & embrace any wobble you have! A few years ago I would never have posted this, all I cared about back then was being the leanest I could, going to the gym as many times as I could a week & counting every calorie I ate 🍴 Even at my smallest, when I was training the most & eating the least, I just wanted to cover up my body because it wasn’t my idea of ‘perfect’ 💁🏼‍♀️ Now my priority is to be happy & comfortable in my own skin, & today I appreciate my body & what it does for me. We were not made to be Barbie dolls who LOOK insanely good 24/7, we were made to be HUMAN & we should all be allowed to FEEL insanely good 24/7. Come at me keyboard warriors, you can say what you want but nothing will knock me down 💃🏼👊🏼

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そして次の動画では、同じようなビキニ姿で、ありのままの彼女の姿を投稿。「今の自分に誇りを持っているわ」とお腹のお肉を揺らしてみたり、太もものお肉をつかんでみたり。……うーん、この健康的な感じ、すっごい親近感! こちらの彼女のほうが見ていて微笑ましいし、だんぜん素敵です。

【ありのままの自分に誇りを】

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Who’s finding it hard to get back into the swangg of thangsss this week? 💁🏼‍♀️ We’ve all heard someone saying ‘oh god I hate January, it’s my worst month’ but why?! It doesn’t HAVE to be your worst month. If you pack it full of things that make you happy then it might just be a hard month to beat this year! When you wake up, you have the power to decide how you’re going to be that day. You can wake up & feel yuk & sorry for yourself because it’s grey & dark outside... ☁️☔️ OR you could wake up & use something pretty powerful to change your day; a smile. Even if it’s just a smile to yourself! Try it... it makes you feel instantly happier. So tomorrow morning, tap into how you’re feeling, take control of how you’re going to tackle the day. I always get asked how I’m always so happy, I mean I do have days where I struggle, but I know from experience what makes me happy so I make time for them. Even just little things like looking at photos of my favourite times, eating a bag of popcorn or taking a little time to just breathe. Find what makes you happy & don’t be scared to ask for help if you feel you need it, from a friend, a family member, a specialist. Whatever you’re going through, you’re not alone & I love the saying ‘it’s ok to not be ok’ ⭐️

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SNSなしには生きにくい現代ですが、SNSでの自分や周りの人たちに疲れてしまったときは、皆さんもぜひチェシーさんのインスタグラムを見てみて! 「取り繕わなくてもそのままの自分でいいの!」という彼女のメッセージに、心が軽くなる人はきっと多いはず。

参照元:Instagram @chessiekingg
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▼チェシーさんの比較画像の数々。もっと見たい方は彼女のインスタへ!


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Smooth skin, peachy booty, small waist, thin thighs... you can have it all in just 30 seconds of editing 💁🏼‍♀️ It’s scary how easily & quickly you can change your body on some of these apps. @lydiaxcollins & I had a play round to see how ‘modern day perfect’ we could make me look but still making it look ‘real’. Instagram can be so encouraging & inspiring but it’s also a ‘perfection’ trap 95% of the time & it can be so unhealthy & it still effects me. I want you to be able relate to me & look at my body & know it’s achievable. I want you to see me & know I look exactly the same in real life as I do on here. Yes people work extremely hard for their bodies & some people do look like the right but the rest of us gals should not have to feel like sh🍌t if we don’t 💃🏼 Sending allllll my love to anyone that’s compared themselves to another human today or wished they looked like that person on Instagram. You’re beautiful, in your own unique way ❤️🧡💛

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‘GOALS’ - a term we see errrryday on this Instagram thaang 💁🏼‍♀️ It’s amazing how different my goals are to a few years ago. All I cared about was being the leanest I could be, never missing a gym session, sticking to a ‘meal plan’ that took all the love out of food & ... these are NOT ‘life goals’, these are restrictive & no fun 🙅🏼‍♀️ - I would never ever of been brave enough to put the right photo up back then but your gal has changed... my main goal now is to be as happpy as I can possibly be & that means feeling as comfortable as I can be in my own skin. I was about to film a little video about my skin this afternoon (that red lil’ cheek!), I looked down & saw my tummy. I would’ve been disgusted a few years ago & would’ve put a top on to cover it up, but I gave it a little jiggle & smiled. It may not look like the left (which was only a few months ago) but I really couldn’t care less. I’ve said this before but my happiest times in life have been with my family, with my bestfriends, with Mat, none of them have been about my body or how I look. So tonight, have a think & write down a few of your favourite memories & remember how amazing you felt in those moments. Live to make more of those & stop wasting time looking at that Instagram profile thinking they’re ‘goals’ ❤️🧡💛

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Food is not scary, food is not the enemy, food is fuel, food is delicious, food is there to be ENJOYED ❤️🧡💛 - Left: 5 years ago. Scared of food, an unhealthy weight for my height (nearly 6ft) - Right: Found a love & very healthy relationship with food 💃🏼 I posted this last May but after so many messages after the recent post where I opened up to questions, I really hope it will help a few of you if you need it 🌈 Educating myself about exercise over the past few years has given me a whole new relationship with food. It’s now my bestfriend NOT the enemy 💛🍽 I used to get into bed proud of myself if I'd missed dinner, excited to wake up the next morning with a flat tummy. I forced myself to do endless amounts of cardio with absolutely no fuel & constantly felt light headed with no energy. I congratulated myself if I felt hungry & celebrated my tummy rumbling. I slowly started introducing foods that scared me, just a little bit at a time so it wasn’t too overwhelming, I started experimenting with different tastes 🍴 I now eat what I want when I want, with the thorough understanding (after 5 years of learning about my body) what food I need to support my active lifestyle. Without the food, I wouldn't be able to do the workouts I do, I would be able to work as hard as I do 🏋🏼 Even just sitting down to do work, I feel so much more productive when I’ve had a good nutritious meal. I don't count macros, I don't cut ANYTHING out of my diet (except black pepper & goats cheese! 🤢) I just eat healthy whole foods & nourish my body. I don't ever feel that guilt I used to live with every time I took a bite of even just an apple. Girls, if I could go back to the left photo, I would tell myself how amazing food really is. How important it is to understand what you're putting in your body & how much you need. I am not a nutritionist but I know what works for me & I’m still constantly learning 🙋🏼‍♀️ Anyone reading this who needs that little bit of bravery 🦁 YOU’VE GOT THIS & if you feel like you haven’t, there’s always support, you are NOT alone. 🍊🍋🍌🍿🍉🍓🍍🍦🥝🥕🥑

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“BOOTY GOALS” 🍑 “OH MY GOD I WANT YOUR BUM”... you see these kinda comments all over your newsfeed, but would you see those kinda comments on the right photo?! 🤷🏼‍♀️ Neither of these photos are edited or photoshopped, same bottom just 2 completely different angles. Are you hooked on growing your peach to look like your favourite instagram girl? Have you ever thought maybe they have what I’ve got on the right: the dimples, the uneven cheeks, the bit I like to call the “second booty” (that bit underneath your bottom). I used to be extremely conscious of the back of my legs & if anyone was walking behind me whilst I was in swimwear I’d cover my booty & my legs because I was so embarrassed. I still find it a little bit scary sharing the right photo but I’m in my happy place, stuffing myself with popcorn! 🍿 & if it helps at least one of you to realise it’s OKAY to have imperfections then it was worth me pooing my pants a little. So next time you look in the mirror & see something similar to the right photo, just have a little word with yourself, I gat it too gurlll. You’re not alone 🙋🏼‍♀️🧡❤️💛

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