Zo reageert instagramster Kayla Itsines op Essena O'Neill stop op social media

'Don't strive to live like, or be like, one person on social media.'

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Gisteren het web bol van het nieuws van (voormalig) instagram celebrity Essena O'Neill. De Australische besloot radicaal te stoppen met het streven naar likes en deed een boekje open over de donkere kant van social media (lees hier haar hele verhaal).

De eveneens Australische fitness- en social media-ster Kayla Itsines reageert nu op de zet van O'Neill. In haar posts noemt de niet de naam van Essena ('omdat ze al genoeg social media voor vandaag heeft gehad') maar noemt haar "Social Media Is Not Real Life" account 'absolutely fantastic' in een post waarin ze ook haar volgers oproept om 'eerlijk te zijn' en vooral 'zichzelf te blijven'. Itsines:

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'Three weeks ago, I made a post explaining 'a side of social media that you don't see. What it REALLY takes. I explained that it's not as simple as posting a few photos of beautiful food, new clothes, luxury items (whatever celebrities post) and BAM, life is amazing.'

Verder onthult ze dat het zeker niet allemaal rozengeur en manenschijn is daar op social media en dat velen niet weten dat ze constant moet delen met vervelende opmerkingen, pesterijen en weinig support van sommige vrienden. Daarnaast spoort ze haar volgers aan om vooral niet iemand te willen nadoen:

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'What I'm trying to say is that I want you ladies to be YOU. I want you to be the REAL YOU. My life, my food, my family isn't YOUR life, everyone is different. I post these transformations to show you there are SOOOO many girls out there on so many different journeys. All with one goal, to be happy, healthy and fit! Don't strive to live like, or be like, one person on social media. Create your own self. Be honest. Stick to your morals .. and always try and be the BEST person you can be.'

Bekijk de sterke post van Kayla Itsines hieronder. En vragen we ons nu toch af: staat ons een enorme verschuiving op social media te wachten?

I would like to touch on this recent 'Social Media is not real life' article. Three weeks ago, I made a post explaining "a side of social media that you don't see". What it REALLY takes. I explained that it's not as simple as posting a few photos of beautiful food, new clothes, luxury items (whatever celebrities post) and 💥BAM💥, life is amazing. On my account, I'll tell you now, you don't see a lot of things. Not because I don't want to show you, because I cannot physically take a photo of them. Things like... the 5 am wake ups, the late nights, the constant bullying, the lack of support and understanding of friends, the stress.... and so much more 💛 When I began my Instagram I had 3 things I would never do - and I still haven't done. 1️⃣ I would NEVER promote something I didn't believe in (detox, fads, quick fixes), and I still refuse 2️⃣ I would NEVER sexualise myself or pose provocatively to sell anything.3️⃣ I would never only post information that suits my lifestyle. (For example, I don't really enjoy eating mushrooms, but I would never tell YOU not to eat them if they're good for you). I don't recommend you eat one certain way, I recommend you eat HEALTHY, and in which way you choose to do that, is completely up to you, so I like to provide information that suits all lifestyle preferences. If you are healthy and fit, I'm happy!!💛 What I'm trying to say is that I want you ladies to be YOU. I want you to be the REAL YOU. My life, my food, my family ...isn't YOUR life, everyone is different. I post these transformations to show you there are SOOOO many girls out there on so many different journeys. All with one goal, to be happy, healthy and fit! Don't strive to live like, or be like, one person on social media. Create your own self. Be honest. Stick to your morals .. and always try and be the BEST person you can be. www.kaylaitsines.com/guides

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