Blogger Shows Us The Difference Between Posed Photos And Real Life

Kasia Mikolajczak
Woman in yellow
Instagram | @saggysara

We all know that what we see on social media isn't always real life. Many influencers often change the way they look to make themselves appear more attractive.

But there is one woman who is being very candid about how she really looks, and she doesn't care if she shows the world all her flaws. I don't know about you, but I find that very refreshing. So, let's find out more about this awesome lady. Shall we?

Sara Puhto believes in self-love and body acceptance.

That's why she often shares real photos of herself on Instagram. She takes pride in showing others that indeed our bodies are beautiful, no matter what they look like on social media. Often other influencers do quite the opposite, and Sara wants to ensure all body types are represented online.

She believes that it can be damaging for young people to see touched-up images everywhere.

So she goes out of her way to instead highlight how her body really looks. She usually shows her followers how easily an image can be manipulated. It can be done by either sucking in your tummy, posing in a particular way, or using heavy editing tools.

When it comes to body image, especially in Western cultures, the preferred body type is often a lean one.

But that doesn't mean that everyone falls into that category. Am I right? In fact, there are many different types of bodies out there. And each one of them is lovely in its own way.

So it's no wonder other influencers succumb to the pressure of showing off a perfect image of themselves.

But does it really have to be that way? According to Sara, that isn't the case. She has a lot of Instagram followers, even though she shares candid and untouched images of herself.

So you can have it both ways.

In many of her pictures, she is posing for the perfect shot. And then, she shows us how it looks in real life. Newsflash, it's totally different. There are rolls on her stomach and imperfections on her skin, and that, ladies and gentlemen, is perfectly okay.

But this isn't how Sara's Instagram account started.

It used to be a fitness account that posted posed, flexed photos which weren’t an accurate representation of how she looked all the time. She got stuck in this mindset that made her always want to show those posed and flexed photos.

Working out actually became an unhealthy obsession for her.

She felt pressured to post those fake images of herself. What she didn't show, was how exhausted she was, or how insecure she felt about her body behind the scenes.

Here's what Sara initially thought.

That if she posted her “best” photos, she would gain some form of validation that she was working, “hard enough” on her body. Thankfully, she finally realized that it wasn't a healthy thing to do.

So now she does the opposite.

She shares her real photos with her followers. And she's a lot happier and healthier than she's ever been in her life. Sara's goal is to make everybody feel that way. She no longer chooses to put on a facade for people to see on social media. Instead, she wants others to accept their own bodies just the way they are. I think that's a wonderful example to show everyone.