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Why Being Real On Insta Should Be The New Trend

Let’s be real for a second.

No matter how much we want to be proud of our bodies and happy with what’s happening in our lives, it’s hard to deny that sometimes we wish we had Instagram goals. Those photos that have us thinking “oh man I wish I could have that, look like that, be there, do that” happen all way too often. We compare our lives to what happens on social media, or that is, what looks like is real on social media.

More than ever, body image issues are being recognized as a real struggle, especially among Instagram and other social media stars. Blogger and Instagrammer Jadè Tuncdoruk got real with her thousands of followers by letting them know that the world she was displaying on Instagram wasn’t the reality of things.

Now that I have your attention with generic activewear fitspo pic, I’d like to tell you some truths about myself. I think creating @therealjadetunchy has forced me to come face to face with the reality that has become my life. The world of Instagram where everything’s perfect and even I look at my own photos and ask myself why I don’t look like that. How absurd. I write a lot of this kinda stuff on my other account but wanted to share this here tonight because I think it should be posted to my larger audience occasionally anyway. Who is Jade Tuncdoruk (yes, tunchy isn’t my actual last name). Well.. I’m confident, sensitive, hilarious, modest, kind, vulnerable almost every minute of the day, warm, thoughtful, a bit selfish, insecure, loud, attention seeking, wild and extremely loving. Like too much.. I also cry a lot. More than you’d think. I’ve been in denial about that being who I am but I think it’s just how I release my emotions which I have a lot of. I hold a lot of my past against myself. I’m trying to push through that and love myself more but I definitely still have a lot of self blame. Sometimes I have road rage, sometimes I take my issues out on others, sometimes I’m an open book and sometimes I’m a closed one. Sometimes I miss my ex when I know that I “shouldn’t”. The point of all this is that I’m not perfect. I post photos that make my life seem so but it’s really anything but that. I don’t even look like this photo right now. Ive gained weight since I took it. I have “issues” and “problems”. I get social anxiety sometimes. I’ve cried alone in public many times. Not because I want to but because I just can’t hold my emotions in. I get embarrassed, I have shit days. I have days where I don’t want to leave the house cause my favourite jeans don’t fit me anymore. I just want you guys to know that although most of what you see here is technically my life, there’s a lot you don’t see that is also my life. And a big part of it too. Don’t get caught up in all of the glitz and glam you see here. Everyone has their own story, most people just don’t want to share it.

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That search for realness is what inspired Jadè to create a separate account named “therealjadetunchy” where she can show what life looks like without a filter. All of the editing, filtering, and perfect timing is gone.

“I just wanted to specifically target younger women to help them feel better about themselves. I know how hard it can be to have this pressure of body images these days.”

She ain’t lying. Earlier this year, the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK released a report that placed Instagram as the worst social media platform for young people, aiding in deficiency of mental health.

Maybe it’s time to put a stop to crazy filters, maybe it’s time to place a hold on how important it is to have the perfect world. Cause really, who does?