Apparently followers of model Stina Sanders’s Instagram page couldn’t handle the truth, because when she began posting honest pictures of herself, they decided to unfollow.
Sanders, a model from London who has appeared in ad campaigns for Nike decided to take on a social experiment and post photos of her that was atypical—sans filters and makeup.
Instead she posted ‘honest’ photos of herself, that included shots of her removing hair from her upper lip, makeup-free photos, and chipped nail polish on her toenails—polar opposite of the glamour shots on the sets of her fitness and Victoria’s Secret photoshoots, Sanders shocked followers with her honesty. She lost 5,000 followers as a result of the experiment—and also went viral.
However, such actions haven’t hindered her modeling career. The blogger is now working on a book and is continuing to build a portfolio of great modeling images. Though the social experiment is over, she continues to post ‘honest’ pictures on her Instagram page. For Sanders it was conveying a message that perfection doesn’t exist.
“The stigma of being a model makes a lot of people stand on their back foot with you,” said Sanders in an interview with The Independent. I like to think I’ve challenged that stigma and shown that no-one, including models, is perfect, nor do models think that they are.”
Despite the 5,000 followers who’ve decided to unfollow her, Sanders still has a huge 119,000 followers. The 24-year-old wants to use social media as a springboard for discussion about body image and perceptions.
“I think a lot of accounts can be negative—it’s not realistic to have a 22-inch waist for the average person. People should accept their body for how it is,” stated Sanders. It’s important to understand that we’re all different and we’re all beautiful in our own way, inside and out. Someone will always want something that you have, whether that’s external or internal.”
Sanders credited model Chrissy Teigen and actress Lena Dunham for maintaining real images online. Sanders stressed the importance of having a balance online and will continue to post unflattering images of herself.
“I enjoy posting real images as well as make-up photos, I think the balance is important. Poking fun of yourself and showing off your glad rags is (in my eyes) how social media should be.”