Photos via Stina Sanders on Instagram
It's a trend these days to get real on your Instagram feed. Essena O'Neill became famous for it just a couple weeks ago. She garnered tons of attention, followers and likes (and vitriol, too) for outing her social media posts as unrealistic, reworked and beautified representations of her flawed real life. Fellow Ig celebs have even accused her of orchestrating a publicity stunt to promote her new venture, because the reality check got her so much attention and new followers.
But as it turns out, one can go too far with this sort of thing, and your numbers might actually dwindle. How far is too far? Colonic irrigation, grody toenails, and upper lip hair removal, apparently. British model Stina Sanders ran an experiment, committing to total transparency on her Instagram feed—no filters, no editing, no hiding mental health issues—for one seven days. She started the week with 13,000 followers, and ended it with 10,000.
But the experiment may not be a failed one after all. After being featured by People magazine online for her stunt, Sanders now has 37.5k followers, and she has quickly gone from garnering less than 100 likes per post to getting thousands. The lesson to be learned here, perhaps, is the message on one of her most recent posts:
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What do you think? Are you transparent on you Instagram feed?