If you're like most people, you take one look at someone's fabulous Instagram account and immediately feel inadequate. Everyone has thin waists, tight abs and booties that defy gravity. Everyone's faces are blemish-free, and the light hits them at just the right angle so they're positively glowing.
I don't know about you, but I'll stick with memes instead of selfies, thank you very much.
According to Instagram sensation Iskra Lawrence, how you look in those Instagram selfies has less to do with how you look than how you pose. A model for 14 years, Lawrence makes a living off looking her best, so she knows what she's talking about.
On her Instagram post, Lawrence says:
I wanted to get super real and show u how drastically and instantly ppl can change how they look simply by posing! Let alone good lighting, high quality cameras and photoshop! ... I myself still pose and there's nothing wrong with moving your body in ways you feel most comfortable or confident but let's be honest and show the actual process.
The model demonstrates a few cheats in the video:
When you see that perfect photo, what really goes on behind the scenes is good lighting, good angle, good posing – it can completely change what your body looks like.
She does this while constantly reminding us that models are people with bodies like you and me, who just appear perfect in pictures because of the ways the industry has taught them to hold themselves.
She exposes her own insecurities as well as the ways in which her industry has held female bodies to often unrealistic standards. But she shares how she's learned to hack those poses for the camera over the years, reminding us to keep in mind that every magazine spread or fabulous influencer selfie has been just that: posed.
So, if you're looking for ways to zap your back fat or how to fake flat abs in pictures, check out the video below.
Most importantly of all, Lawrence is an advocate for body positivity. Her message is intended to help people who might envy Instagram models feel a bit better about their own bodies, whether or not they choose to use her tricks to make their butts look perky and their rolls disappear.
Thanks for keeping it real, Iskra!