For the love of positivity: 21-year-old reveals why she exposed the 'reality' behind picture-perfect posts

For the love of positivity: 21-year-old reveals why she exposed the 'reality' behind picture-perfect posts

The Daily Net had a chance to talk to the Instagrammer about why she decided to take on the reality behind the Instagram posts.

Instagrammer Sara Puhto has one simple mission: to show the reality of those 'perfect' Instagram posts. The 21-year-old Finnish blogger and all-round positive human being has been sharing posts showing how drastically different you can look, just by strategically posing!


 

Vegan fair 🍰🌿 Went to the vegan food fair in Pretoria today! I always get such a warm fuzzy feeling when I go to vegan food fairs and eat all the food ☺️ Got so much amazing food (I've said food so much but food is best)- this one was a red velvet cupcake, also got the best cheese pizza I've ever had, pumpkin burgers and cake pops! It was also such a lovely warm day compared to the cold days we've had lately! I'm so happy how much the vegan movement is growing. If you're interested in veganism I highly recommend watching the following documentaries: Forks over Knives, Cowspiracy, Earthlings (this ones very graphic but incredibly eye opening and what made me fully commit to going vegan!). You can find them all on YouTube. 😊 Sorry for that little rant, I'm just very passionate about the environment, animals and trying to save it. Also many of you have messaged me about going vegan so check out those documentaries if you like! ☺️ How's your lazy Sunday going? What did you all do today? 😬 Hope you're all having an amazing day! 🌴☀️ ------------------------------------------ . . . #lawofattraction #bodypositivity #progressnotperfection #redvelvet #cupcake #veganfair #vegancupcakes #veganfood #vegancheese #veganrestaurant #vegan #vegansofig #girlswholift #girlswithmuscle #weightlifting #bbg #selflove #youarebeautiful #veganfitness #govegan #honesty #screwthescale #weightlossjourney #beyou #beconfident #selfconfidence #embraceyourself #comfortfood #lifeisbeautiful #manifest

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The Daily Net talked to the model about why she decided to take on the reality behind the social media posts.

1. On why she started showing the real side of social media: "I started showing my reality behind Instagram because you never know what someone is going through."


 

What is healthy? 🌿 Lately I’ve been getting comments saying things like: “You’re fat, workout. You wouldn’t have this problem if you worked out. You’re not healthy. Don’t spread an unhealthy message.” I’m not annoyed by these comments, I just wanted to share this to show that that’s not always the case!! I’ve been working out for almost 3 years. Healthy is different on everyone. You can have abs and still have tummy fat. You can workout for 3 years and look like you haven’t worked out ever! But why does it even matter? Why is appearance judged so harshly? Why does the way you look even matter? Why is society so fixated looks? We all have different bodies. There is no one size fits all with health and happiness. We put so much stress into how we look that we sometimes forget about what makes us happy. Live life so that you’re at your happiest and enjoying life to the fullest. Don’t let others dictate how you feel about your body. Your body does not define you. Your size does not define you. 🌴☀️ ------------------------------------------ . . . #stopbodyshaming #livelifetothefullest #dietsdontwork #effyourbeautystandards #nowrongway #bopowarrior

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2. "I felt like I was the only one constantly looking at images on Instagram and feeling like I was never good enough, as I was comparing my body to all the "perfect" pictures on Instagram."


 

Instagram vs reality 👙🌿 I used to always lay in specific way to avoid looking “bigger”. Years ago I thought that if I had abs my tummy would be flat all the time. But that’s not true at all, in reality we all have tummy fat. Our tummies bunch together, make rolls, our skin bends. We all have different bodies. Don’t let the way you feel about your body stop you from enjoying yourself. Don’t let your insecurities stop you from making memories. Cause in a few years you want to think back and remember all the fun you had with your friends and not think about the fact that you left early because you didn’t feel good about yourself or because someone took a “bad” photo of you. Next time you feel this way remember that you are your own worst critic. Our bodies look different in different positions. Neither is worse than the other just because one isn’t glorified on media. Your body is normal. Your body is worthy. You do not need to change yourself. You are absolutely amazing the way you are 🌴☀️ ------------------------------------------ . . . #embracethesquish #youareworthy #bodypositive #stopcomparing #bikinibodies #effyourbeautystandards #bodyimage #loveyourbody #bodyacceptance

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3. "But I started realizing I wasn't the only one and I didn't want others to keep feeling the way I did, being obsessed with this idea of having to look 'Instagram-worthy' all the time."


 

Instagram vs reality 🤷🏼‍♀️🌿 Coming at you with another Instagram vs reality 🙃 Don't strive for perfection or try and look perfect for things like Instagram photos. Because perfection doesn't exist. Someone will always have something bad to say, wether that's yourself or someone else. Being 100% honest, when I took these photos I even thought to myself my butt should be bigger. Why? Because I was thinking about all the amazing pictures I see on social media all day. But I realised that I was being silly and there is nothing wrong with my bum, tummy or anything!! I still sometimes fall into comparison but what has changed now is that I don't stay in it because I know my body is just as worthy as anyone else's. So is yours. I'm happy with my body in both photos and it shouldn't matter how you look on Instagram or in reality. Because what really matters is if you're a decent human. So don't be too hard on yourself about your looks, you are amazing the way you are 🌴☀️ ------------------------------------------ . . . #bodypositive #bodyconfidence #nobodyshame #effyourbeautystandards #loveyourbody #healthyhabits #selfesteem #selfacceptance #lawofattraction #thankyourbody #youareworthit #youareunique #flaws #insecurities #reality

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4. "So I started posting photos of what the reality is behind my Instagram photos. Sometimes we forget that simple things like bloating and tummy fat are completely normal things to have!"


 

Christmas dinner transformation photo 🎅🏼🎄 The first photo was taken before eating food, the second was taken after eating lots of delicious Christmas food, and the third photo was taken the next day, today, before eating 😊 I wanted to post this transformation to remind you that eating lots of food one night won’t change your body permanently!! It’s normal for your tummy to expand when you eat lots of food!! It’ll go back down the next day! Everyone’s body goes through these changes differently and that’s okay!! Eat what you want without worrying! Don’t let food control you. Don’t punish yourself or feel guilty for eating food, food is meant to fuel you and it’s meant to be something that’s enjoyed, it’s not meant to make you upset. So please don’t stress out and skip out on eating all the delicious Christmas food, do what makes you happy and satisfied!! Treat yourself, life’s too short to count every calorie and portion everything you eat. Don’t beat yourself up for eating unhealthy or eating a lot because you aren’t doing anything wrong, you deserve to be happy with your body and love it no matter what!! So please don’t stress about eating!! Enjoy your holidays with your loved ones and cherish the special moments today!! 🌴☀️ Ps: I’m Finnish and celebrated Christmas yesterday, that’s why I already had my Christmas dinner ☺️ ------------------------------------------ . . . #christmasdinner #bodyposi #loveyourself #youreworthy #merrychristmas #loveyourbody #eatinggood #stopcomparing

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5. On current beauty standards: "I think they can be really harmful. I feel like there should be no such thing as beauty standards. It makes people think they need to change themselves in order to achieve beauty."


 

Healthy vs unhealthy? 🌿 One isn’t healthier than the other, these photos were taken a few seconds apart. Abs do not equate to health. Abs are not a measure of how healthy or fit you are. You don’t need them to see yourself as being ‘more worthy’! When I started working out I thought having abs would make me feel more worthy and that they were permanent. I was wrong. Having abs doesn’t change the way I feel about myself. I let myself become obsessed with a silly thing like abs!! I would get upset and thought others who have abs have them 24/7, but they only really show up when you flex and workout constantly. I’m not gonna walk around flexing my tummy 24/7 just to have abs!! But there’s nothing wrong with not having abs! For some they develop quickly and for others they don’t! They don’t change your life suddenly and you won’t suddenly have all your insecurities fade when you get abs. Don’t obsess over something like abs because they do not change you as a person, having them doesn’t make you a better person. You are amazing the way you are, regardless of how you look. Remember that!! Love your body for the things it can do rather than focusing on the way it looks 🌴☀️ ------------------------------------------ . . . #workoutmotivation #realtalk #bodypositive #abworkouts #loveyourself #youareamazing #youareworthy #allbodiesaregoodbodies #effyourbeautystandards #stopcomparing

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6. "It makes us think that we aren’t beautiful just being ourselves and that there is only a certain type of beautiful."


 

Bikini bodies 👙🌿 On the left I'm sucking in, flexing and posing. On the right I'm relaxing my body (how I would normally look in a bikini)!! Don't be scared to wear a bikini because your body isn't similar to bikini models seen on media. Those models don't even look like that in reality because of photoshop, posing and flexing!! Don't obsess about losing weight and getting fit just for a holiday, or so you can take photos in a bikini. It will drive you crazy, trust me, I know, I've done it plenty of times. It just ends up with annoyance and disappointment when you see "unflattering" photos and it feels like your work never 'paid off'. We all come in different shapes and sizes. We are our own worst critics. We always think people are judging us as hard as we are judging ourselves. But that is not true, so don't be hard on yourself!! Go out there and have fun in your bikini rather than constantly worrying about how you look in it! You are absolutely amazing no matter what you wear or how you look!! 🌴☀️ ------------------------------------------ . . . #bikinibody #bodypositive #insecurity #youareabadass #believeinyou #youcandothis #bodylove #bodyimage

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7. On who inspires her: "As cheesy as it sounds, my biggest inspiration is my mom. She always manages to have a smile on her face, even through tough times."


 

Random rant about some stuff I've realised lately 🌿 It's crazy how much pressure we put on ourselves to be perfect all the time and do well in everything all at once. It gets overwhelming and when we mess up it feels like it's the end of the world. But it really isn't. Try not to plan out every point of your life because you never know what will happen. But the beauty of that is things always have a way of working themselves out and things that seem critically important now won't matter in a few days/months/years. No matter what life throws at you, don't immediately panic, take a minute to realise that there is a way to make things work. Always. Remember that tomorrow is not guaranteed. It's this thing we think will be but it's not. So live the life you want to everyday. Don't let small things get to you because it's pointless to put so much pressure on yourself to always know what to do. And don't put off things you've been wanting to do. This is your life. You have one life. Find the beauty in all the small things. Find comfort in the fact that today is different from yesterday. You have a chance today to do something that scares you or to do something you've been wanting to do for a long time, but haven't because you've been waiting for "the right time". Because there is no such thing as the right time in most cases. Just felt like sharing this little motivational speech I had for myself. ✨ Wearing: @theadornedduo head to toe ✌🏼 (side note but these ladies have absolutely stunning clothing and jewelry that's fair trade, thrifted and reworked. 😍) Yep. That's all I have to say for today 😂🙈 I hope you guys have an absolutely lovely day ☀️🌴 ------------------------------------------ . . . #rant #motivationalquotes #lawofattraction #gratitude #lovelife #followyourheart #bohostyle #adorned

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8. "I have never met a stronger person in my entire life. It doesn't matter how much she is hurting or what we're going through, she always makes sure that my sisters and I are okay."



9. "Over the last few years, we have become really close and can talk about anything. She inspires me to be a better person and is always there cheering me on."


 

Feeling empowered 🌿 I wanted to say thank you so much to everyone for your support and tips on my post about being self conscious with my bare face!! 💕 I haven't worn make up in 4 days now, I'm not gonna lie, I felt a bit self conscious at uni when I see my face in mirrors but after a mini pep talk I get slightly over that self consciousness!! I collaborated with @nakdfashion and thought why not take these photos without make up, and have my face be completely nakd (Omg a pun, so funny lol). I weirdly felt so empowered and proud of myself!! This might be weird to some but it's just been such a big insecurity of mine that I'm proud of myself for slowly accepting!! Just to add to it I've been incorporating more bright and colorful clothes to my closet, instead of wearing black all the time and I just feel so happy and colorful and I love it!!!!! I chose these colorful long sleeve cropped tops and flared pants 🙋🏼 You can use the code "saggysara20" for 20% off on any of @nakdfashion's items if you want!! You are amazing and I hope you have a wonderful lazy Sunday 🌴☀️ ------------------------------------------ . . . #nakdfashion #collaboration #ifeelbeautiful #nomakeup #colorfulshot

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10. On how she handles all the hatred that comes with her truth: "I used to struggle with it a lot at first. But now I just brush it off and ignore the hate because I’ve realized you can’t satisfy everyone and there will always be someone with something negative to say."


 

Old insecurities 🌿 I used to always want to appear smaller than I was, I would walk around sucking in my tummy for as long and as hard I could. I would always pose in photos and suck my tummy in as much as I possibly could. I was worried people would judge me for ‘not being skinny’ for no reason. And it’s silly to always be worrying about something so unimportant. Being leaner doesn’t change who you are as a person. There’s nothing wrong with anyone’s body the way it looks relaxed. There is no need to constantly worry about what people think about you, because the only opinion of YOUR body that should matter, is YOURS. Don’t let the media make you think you need to look ‘skinny’ to be worthy. You are absolutely amazing the way you are. 🌴☀️ ------------------------------------------ . . . #bodypositive #youareamazing #stopcomparing #comfortableinmyskin #lovetheskinyourein #beyourownkindofbeautiful #tummyfat

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11. "As that saying goes; you can be the prettiest rose in the garden, but there will always be somebody who doesn’t like roses."


 

Instagram vs real life 💁🏼🌿 If I saw the photo on the left a year ago I would've instantly thought so negatively about my body, that all my hard work from working out was non existent, that if someone looked at me they would've never thought I've been working out for 2 years and think I wasn't trying hard enough. But the thing is is that all bodies look different. Nobody's booty looks round and peachy from all angles. Nobody's body looks the same from all angles. Don't eat less or miss out on your favorite meals/drinks or over exercise to "look good for a holiday" or to "look good in bikini photos" because there will always be angles that are "unflattering" that might make you feel bad when you see them. Instead workout and eat healthy because it makes you feel good, not as a punishment. Start loving and accepting your body at all angles with all your "flaws", instead of trying to fit into societies image of 'beauty' because that image isn't inclusive of all individuals, which is so messed up. Don't hate yourself just because of bad photos, they do not define you as a person. You look the best when you're living life to the fullest and happiest. There's no point in missing out on things and stressing yourself out so much. Life isn't meant to be a competition on who can look the best and we should normalize not having to "look perfect" all the time because it's a ridiculous concept. You are perfect the way you are 🌴☀️ ------------------------------------------ . . . #instagramvsreallife #beforeandafter #lawofattraction #bodypositive #bekindtoyourself #lifeisgreat #dowhatyoulove #veganbooty #youareenough #progressnotperfection #bodyimage #vegansofig #girlswhoworkout #selflove #youarebeautiful #veganfitness #loa #fitnessjourney #bopo #bodyacceptance #bodyconfidence #effyourbeautystandards #bepresent #justbe #moderation #balanceddiet #staypositive #thinkpositive

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12. On how she keeps her positivity on an all-time high: "I try to look for the positives in all situations, even when it seems like there is none."


 

Hate comments 🤷🏼‍♀️🌿 A year and a bit ago I used to let hate comments get to me, they would get me severely down to the point that I wanted to delete my Instagram. Not anymore though. I thought it would be symbolic to write some of the hate comments on my body that brought me to tears because these comments have no effect on me anymore. No matter what you do in life there will always be someone who will hate on what you do. You can't please everyone all the time. But do not let that stop you from doing anything you love and want to do. If you believe in something then do it. If someone you don't know hates on you, don't take it personally. Only you know your life and what you've been through. In the past if I posted something that had 99% nice comments but only 1 hate comment, I would only focus on that 1 insignificant comment and let it tear me apart. But you know what? It doesn't matter in the end. Love is so much more powerful, focus on that rather than listening to the hate. Those comments are never a reflection of you, but a reflection of the person who sent the comment. Its clear they have their own insecurities to work through if something about you can annoy them to the point that they feel the need to put you down. So please rather than hating back on them, just ignore, block or delete the comment. Remove it out of your mind and move on!! And to those who send hate: You never know what someone is going through. Think before you comment, think why you find it necessary to comment such things. I know it may seem like a funny thing to post but you don't know how it'll affect someone. The world is already hard enough on all of us. Please don't make it worse. Spread love and if you have nothing nice to say, please keep scrolling. Surround yourself with people who will lift you up and shower you with positivity. And don't forget to do the same for others. As a wise man once said, "Don't let the haters stop you from doing your thang". 🌴☀️ ------------------------------------------ . . . #spreadlovenothate #lovenomatterwhat #bodyshaming #bodyacceptance #bodypositive #selflove #hatersgonnahate #smileforthehaters #keepyourheadup #keepsmiling

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13. "For example, during the holiday my sister and I got stuck in an elevator, which I've continuously had nightmares about."


 

Positive thoughts 🌿 I feel like we forget how lucky we are sometimes and take daily things for granted. But the truth is, everything is temporary and can disappear at any second. We forget that and take things for granted. We let the stressful situations of everyday get to us, making us nervous and anxious. We get scared and overwhelmed because we think we can’t handle things. But really we can handle so much more than we think we can. Don’t live life hoping days pass so that you can get to “more fun and relaxing days”. Make everyday fun. Make time to relax. Stop viewing everything negatively and start looking for the positives in things. For example, if you’re stuck in traffic and you’re gonna be late for something, instead of panicking and getting mad at everyone driving around you, think about the fact that you can now play your favourite song one more time, listen and appreciate all the lyrics. Life is full of unexpected situations. They don’t all have to be negative. You will always learn from them and view them positively later, even if it may not seem like it now. Just a little rant of things that have been on my mind today 🌴☀️ ------------------------------------------ . . . #loa #positivethinking #lifeisbeautiful #livepositive #livefortoday #focusonthenow

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14. "Instead of instantly panicking and feeling doom, I thought about the fact that at least I’m stuck here with my Sister and not alone, at least this will help me face one of my fears and appreciate the little things of the remainder of the day when I do get out."


 

Insecurity 🌿 I put on a bikini just for the purpose of taking photos for Instagram, on the left I almost cracked my back out of place from trying to bend it and pulled my butt cheeks up one by one to make them appear bigger. And on the right I am just relaxing my body. 🙃 I had scoliosis surgery and therefore cannot bend my back like most people can due to the titanium in my spine. I had always been horribly self conscious about my back having no curves and appearing wide when I sit relaxed. I've posted about it before and would get insecure/jealous when I saw images of people with curvy bodies. I thought they looked like this 24/7 from behind. I would get so upset because I knew I could not look like that all the time. But the truth is, nobody does. A picture is just a split second. We all look different from different angles. But all these angles are still our bodies. We are equally worthy in all our photos. I am no longer insecure about the way my body looks on the right because I know nobody looks like the photo on the right all the time. That's my body and I should not be ashamed of it!! 🌴☀️ ------------------------------------------ . . . #bodypositive #alsome #mybody #notashamed #loveyourbody #selfconfidence #beyourself #glutes #begrateful #selflove #bewhoyouare #bootygoals

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Sara's positivity is exactly what the world needs! Keep up the amazing work, Sara. We love your inspiring work!


 

So happy 🌿 I recently saw this post, I can’t remember where (if you know pls let me know), to change your attitude from “I have to get all these things done” to “I am able to get this done”. It is so important because I feel like we forget that we are able to actually do so much, we take regular everyday things for granted because we get so caught up on the stress and negative aspects of life, making everything seem like a chore or another boring thing we have to do. Try change your mindset and approach things differently. If you have to study 200 pages for a test, instead of thinking that it’s so much and you don’t want to do it anymore, think about how lucky you are to be able to study, how lucky you are to have this opportunity to educate yourself. Or for example, the way you view yourself, instead of focusing on things you don’t like or feel like you need to change about yourself, focus on things your body allows you to do, how it allows you to experience and enjoy life, simple things like walking, talking, seeing, smelling, tasting. I know this has helped me view things more positively recently so I just thought I’d share these thoughts I’ve been having today. Didn’t mean to go on such a deep rant on such an unrelated photo but that happens sometimes 🤷🏼‍♀️ Anyway, I just hope you all had an absolutely amazing weekend 🌴☀️ ------------------------------------------ . . . #thinkpositive #loa #hujicam #positivethoughts #youcandoanything

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