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Social media has gone in an interesting circle. We went from the Instagram heyday of flawlessly filtered (and often altered) photos to a backlash movement that demands we keep it unwaveringly "real." Popular hashtags like #nofilter and #nomakeup encourage us to reveal and even flaunt our flaws — or, in some cases, low-key brag about the fact that we happen to be perfect anyway.
But does what we post to social media really have to represent reality? Not necessarily, according to a recent Instagram post by "Star Wars" actress Daisy Ridley. According to Ridley, the problem isn't the filter, but the unrealistic expectations it creates.
"My skin isn't great so I don't post no make up selfies, much as I'd like to," she wrote alongside a comically over-filtered, hyper-made-up selfie. "I have a trainer urging me on in workouts and don't include all the times I say 'I can't do it'.
"I don't smile all the time but I like to share the pictures where I am."
She insists that she isn't immune to or embarrassed by the tough times, but the good ones are the ones she likes to share.
"I actually do love myself, I try to think good thoughts always and am surrounded by the most wonderful people," she added. "So I'm keeping it balanced (like the Force, obvs)."
Obvs. We agree that there's no need to post it all, but this conversation is important — especially for the young demographic that often rules these platforms. It can be easy to forget that we're seeing the highlight reel of someone's life, not the whole reality.