While running your personal or business social platforms you may think you need to maintain a “perfect image”, one that shows absolutely no flaws. But this could be the furthest from true! This is not to say that you need to share intimate details about your life on your social platforms but a recent trend has begun to prove the “instagram perfectionists” wrong. Along with the recent trend of “insta-models” and fitness transformations, another trend has sparked- debunking the perfection behind these photos. The examples above show social media personalities who have “revealed” the truth behind the scenes. That no one is exempt from natural things such as acne, cellulite, stretch mark or rolls. While these photos expose physical truths this story shows how mentally draining it can be to attempt to be perfect on your social platforms all the time.
And don’t worry! This want to be seen as perfect hits all of us, even myself! One of my favorite things to do is edit photos. Whether it is with filters or lighting or special effects, I genuinely enjoy editing photos! But with a long history of dealing with acne, I too fell guilty of editing the “imperfections” out of my photos.
I always admired those Instagram-celebs who broadcasted their vulnerabilities, so one day I thought “hey why can’t I do that?!” Although my influence does not reach nearly the same amount as these influencers I still believed that I was a role model for someone. Whether it be my own family and friends, or someone who also deals with acne – I just wanted to say
“Hey! I’m not perfect either! That’s the hoax, nobody is perfect!! Let’s us all look at my acne together!!” This post of mine can be found here.
Now, none of this is to shame people who portray the perfect life. I still love editing photos and posting nice photos, but through my experience, I learned that people are extremely loving and supportive when you are vulnerable like that!
So why can this help you or your business grow on social platform?
People recognize and identify with realness. While many of us do enjoy looking at aesthetically pleasing photos people truly do resonate with real moments. This builds trust and admiration between clients and followers. My proof is in my “experiment” I did; it brought so much kindness and love my way that it showed me that being vulnerable actually pays off! While it may be difficult I am certain you can do it too!