Fitness Blogger Lifts the Lid on 'Before and After' Photos

Sara Puhto shows how posing and lighting can do wonders
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2017 2:55 PM CST
Fitness Blogger: This Is Not a 'Transformation' Photo
Sara Puhton demonstrates the effects of lighting and posing in one of her latest Instagram posts.   (Sara Puhto / Instagram)

It's not far-fetched for fans of fitness blogger Sara Puhto, who has amassed more than 66,000 followers on Instagram, to think this image is a before-and-after montage. After all, she's done her fair share of such "transformation" photos. But in the recent post, she files a disclaimer at the top—"This is not a transformation photo"—and goes on to explain that a little lighting and posing is really all that differentiates two photos that were "taken a few seconds apart while I was at the beach the other day." Glamour notes that multiple bloggers and models are taking to social media to post similar "reality" pics.

Puhto goes on to explain that her inspiration for sharing the side-by-side images is to show that it's "completely normal to not have abs or look lean all the time!" Refinery 29 says the post "makes the point that no matter how pressured we may feel to have an ideal body, even the bodies that are celebrated as 'ideal' aren't always real." Meanwhile, the Houston Chronicle suggests that social networking sites like Instagram have come to contribute to "false realities" about how people look and feel. Puhto regularly chimes in with pics revealing, say, bloating after Christmas and belly rolls while sitting, but this latest post seems to have struck a chord, with more than 4,000 likes. (Glamour didn't photoshop Lena Dunham's thigh on this cover, and she loves the editors for it.)

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