Australian Personal Fitness Trainer, Mel V, blew up Instagram with before and after bikini selfies, which were totally faked. The pictures, meant to imitate before and after weight loss pictures, were only taken within 20 minutes of each other. She revealed an incredible transformation, which only took a few non-fitness-related adjustments and a liberal smearing of fake tanner.
Following Mel V’s steps, anyone can look like a fitness model with minimal effort:
- Ditch the lame phone wallet case.
- Swap bikini bottoms to a bigger size and darker color for a slimming effect.
- When in doubt: Fake Tan.
- Put yo’ weave in.
- Straighten posture.
- Suck in the gut.
- Pop the Hip.
- Chicken wing arm.
- Stand with Legs farther apart.
- Zoom out farther.
- Add a filter with a slight contrast to make curves sharper.
Mel V has proved that InstaFame can happen instantly without going to the gym, changing your diet, blowing hundreds of dollars on brands, and taking pictures of your trendy meals. But her message runs deeper than that. It proves that you can’t compare yourself to the before and after bikini selfies online. Those pictures are usually posted to get attention or show off by getting instant affirmation, instead of lasting confidence from a healthy lifestyle change.
Mel V went on to say,
What’s my point? Don’t be deceived by what you see in magazines and on Instagram…You never see the dozens of other pics they took that wernt as flattering. Photoshop can make a pig look hotter than Beyonce.
Since Mel V’s viral before and after bikini selfie, other Instagrammers have been posting their own “transformations” to spread the message about fake fitness pics and body shaming.
Here are some of the others:
This isn’t the first time the whole “InstaFitness” before and after pics have been under scrutiny. In fact, earlier in February, fitness blogger, Jess (PlankingforPizza) shared a faked fitspiration post on Instagram. She took the two photos 30 seconds apart, and she had a similar process to that of Mel V:
These pics were taken seconds apart this morning. On the left my posture is poor, I’m pushing my belly out as far as possible, I adjusted my bottoms to show my […] love handles. On the right I’m standing straight and comfortably. I’m lightly flexing, and I’ve adjusted my bottoms to hide my love handles.
Jess is one of Kayla Itsines‘ Bikini Body Guide devotees. Kayla encourages her followers to post progress selfies. Now bloggers are posting their “fake before and after selfies” with the hashtag, “30secondsbeforeandafter.” Women are using this hashtag to criticize the pressure put on women to transform their bodies to impress others on social media.
We’ve heard about the trick of lifting the day before you hit the beach to have a “temporarily” toned bikini bod, but this new 20-minute or 30-second transformation hack gives “InstaFitness” a new definition. The most important thing to remember is that a picture is just a picture. Your body can’t be compared to a picture of someone else’s. If you maintain a healthy balance of your body, faked before and after pics will never come close.