Callie Thorpe and Diana Sirokai are two plus-size influencers who both have big followings on social media, where they often preach body positivity. In one of their most recent posts, they did so in a pretty unconventional way.
Both of the women took to their Instagrams to post a slideshow of two photos, where the first illustrated a completely edited version of their bodies. The point, Thorpe tells Yahoo Lifestyle, wasn’t to make a statement about size but to simply point out how deceivingly real edited media can be.
Swipe for reality It's no wonder women are laden with insecurities. For years we have been subjected to perfect airbrushed and often altered images across the media. Whilst photoshop has its place and need in some parts of industries this is the extreme when it comes to editing, it just goes to show how much we can really alter ourselves. I think @dianasirokai and I look perfect just as we are, two friends smiling for a photo. We want to show women that it's okay to look 'normal' to have cellulite, stretch marks and tummies that aren't flat and toned. Be happy with you who you are and the skin you are in Thank you to @photo_karizza for creating these for us!
A post shared by Callie Thorpe (@calliethorpe) on Oct 17, 2017 at 3:28pm PDT
“We have become so used to seeing perfectly airbrushed and altered images in our media that they become part of the norm, and people don’t even notice they are edited anymore,” Thorpe says. “Some of our own commenters even mentioned the fact that they didn’t notice it was edited and thought it was real.”
“Swipe for reality,” both of the posts read, leading audiences to the unedited version of the photo, in which the women are their happiest selves — something their followers specifically notice.
“The resounding comment above all was that people noticed our smiles,” Thorpe points out, which could in part be a result of their amazing photographer, Karizza. The New York-based photographer, who has worked with Sirokai on a number of occasions, credits the beauty of her photography subjects to their self confidence.
Lady in red light! My @dianasirokai ❤️❤️❤️❤️ This lady knows how to feel confident, how to act confident and how to live confident! It is all about our self confidence, if we don’t feel it so we stop loving our face and body and it is the most awful thing what can happen with woman because in this case woman looses shine in her eyes and stop to be as attractive as she can be! #karizza #photographer #photo #model #plussizemodel #pluszizefashion #pluszise #plusisequal #curvygirl #curvymodel #effyourbeautystandards #bodypositive #newyork #london #losangeles
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In another shot she posted of Sirokai, the photographer draws a strong connection between the confidence of a woman and the attractive sparkle in her eye. And for Sirokai and Thorpe both, it’s evident that the unedited version of themselves is what brings that beautiful confidence to life.
“There is nothing wrong with reality, and all women no matter what their size have cellulite and stretch marks, it’s part of life and we shouldn’t be ashamed of it,” Thorpe concludes. “Photoshop exists, and in the industry we work in it will be used, but I guess it’s just challenging people to become more aware of the fact that the reality behind this is beautiful and wonderful and, above all, normal.”
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