The reality of social media has been a hot topic for internet celebrities ever since Instagram star Essena O'Neill made her viral departure from the photo sharing platform, along with YouTube, Tumblr and Snapchat.
FEMAIL of The Daily Mail presented Stina Sanders, a gorgeous model and writer with a killer Insta feed (cute dog, cuter boyfriend, sick vacations), a challenge: What would happen if she gave her followers a "real" look into her daily life - no edits, no filters, no fake stuff?
The results are a little TMI, but totally hilarious. Stina document a trip to get a colonic for her IBS, her upper-lip hair removal ritual, chipped nail polish and a visit to her psychotherapist (which people are praising as support of mental health issues). She didn't use any filters or airbrushing tools, and she isn't wearing makeup in many photos. It's amazing.
"I wanted to see what would actually happen if I stopped posting glamorous photos, and shared stuff that you wouldn't normally even share with your friends, stuff that is taboo, stuff that was quite crude, all that kind of stuff," Stina told PEOPLE. "Personally I think Instagram is so fake – the amount of filters, the airbrushing – so I thought it would be interesting."
Stina thought her followers would remain the same, but she noticed that her amount of followers initially dropped, while she started getting a TON more likes. She went from 13,000 to under 10,000 - but after several media outlets picked up her story, she's now at 39,800 followers and counting. So looks like some people are superficial, but there's a ton more who are supportive of showing "real life" in Insta.
Harley Street isn't just to fix your nose or your boobs - You can also fix your mind! I've just finished an intense 2 month psychotherapy session to sort out my anxiety issues. It's been over two weeks since my last panic attack 😅 Depression and anxiety isn't something to hide away from. Get talking!
"Women were commenting because they could relate," Stina continued in her interview with PEOPLE. "For example, on the hair removal cream photo of mine, one girl said, 'I do my morning maintenance every Monday too.' People were pleased that they could actually see it's okay to be normal."
We're personally loving her candidness, which she says she's going to keep up. No wonder she's blowing up on the 'Gram now!