Among many other things about her, it’s easy to love Star Wars actor Daisy Ridley for her charming, oftentimes incisive, social media presence. Whether you’re a fan of sci-fi or not, take a look at what she’s done as she’s gotten more and more famous, and you’ll def join the ranks of her fandom.
Yesterday, Ridley posted an Instagram pic that nailed a nagging issue we’ve all had with the celebrity #NoMakeup and #NoFilter memes. Granted, we all love a good #NoMakeup shot, but as she explains, it’s not always so simple.
Take a look.
3 of these statements aren’t true... Social media is great but also a bit scary cause what people post is the most filtered, most carefully chosen and cleverly edited moments of their lives. And self esteem is a huge issue for people around the world. My skin isn’t great so I don’t post no make up selfies, much as I’d like to; I have a trainer urging me on in workouts and don’t include all the times I say ‘I can’t do it’ and I don’t smile all the time but I like to share the pictures where I am. But I actually do love myself, I try to think good thoughts always and am surrounded by the most wonderful people, so I’m keeping it balanced (like the Force, obvs). Just thought I’d say :)
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And, yeah, she’s right. As a person scampering around in the world, seeing all these beautiful people with #NoMakeup can be quite daunting. In fact, all these “filtered, most carefully chosen and cleverly edited moments of their lives,” can make us all—even beautiful celebs such as Ridley—scared to share the reality with the Internet. Thank her for having the guts to raise her hand and admit that it happens to her.
More than that, it’s a good reminder and a good gut check. Yes, some of your favorite people to follow are giving us some honest moments through the #NoMakeup and #NoFilter hashtags—but even they are often part of a larger effort to portray something perfect.
Instagram is a great view of the world, but it can also be a drag on your self-esteem. When that happens, just remember that there really isn’t such a thing as #NoFilter.