Popular Instagram Filter 'I Am Enough' Wants People To Realise They Are Beautiful and Worthy Without Any Filter

Posted by Sumaiya Ghani in Feel Good On 9th July 2021
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Content creator Faye Dickinson has introduced a new split-screen filter that shows how a person looks with and without filters. "The idea behind my split-screen filter, ‘Filter vs Reality’, was to create something unique to show people how these dramatic beauty filters rid selfies of skin textures, tones, scars, everything that makes you, and how it’s affecting our mental health."

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Struggling with body image is an old issue but studies have shown an alarming increase in mental health problems with the use of social media sites

Not being okay with your body is something we all battled with at one point in our lives. This is a concerning matter and one to be dealt with smartly. Sadly, the increase in the use of social media sites such as Instagram has only worsened the mental health issues in young people, according to a new study.

Dr Bernadka Dubicka is a chair of the child and adolescent faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Dr. Dubicka told how last year she witnessed ‘more and more children self-harming and attempting suicide as a result of their social media use and online discussions.’

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70% of young females say they might consider getting a cosmetic surgery

Another report that was conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health in 2017 revealed that about 70% of young females from 18-24-year-olds said they would like to get cosmetic surgery. It also revealed that 9 out of 10 teenage girls said they were not happy with their body.

The main reason for this unsatisfaction is the filters and other enhancements young people use these days to make their pictures look more attractive. These filters make them dislike their original self and hence they get unhappy with their body. 

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Scrolling through perfect feeds have a negative impact on mental health

We all have felt not enough scrolling through others' too-perfect feeds but what we don't know is there are millions of other people scrolling through social media feeling the same way. 

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Content creator Faye Dickinson released two new filters with the aim to promote real and raw pictures

To make social media particularly Instagram more real, content creator Faye Dickinson introduced a split-screen filter that shows how someone really looks on one half with an edited version on the other, to make people see the real difference between the two.

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One of the filters is named as ‘Filter vs Reality’

The filter has gotten famous and has been used millions of times. Many celebrities such as Jen Atkin, Jessie J, and Jameela Jamil also used the filter named as ‘Filter vs Reality.’

This idea was much appreciated hence Faye decided to create another filter named ‘I am Enough’. This new filter will help people realize you shouldn’t believe everything you see online and that not everything is as perfect as it looks on Instagram.

Faye talked to UNILAD where she said;

The idea behind my split-screen filter, ‘Filter vs Reality’, was to create something unique to show people how these dramatic beauty filters rid selfies of skin textures, tones, scars, everything that makes you, and how it’s affecting our mental health.

Don’t let these filters fool you; you’re unique, beautiful, strong, powerful, loved, and worthy without any filter.

She said that the problem with these filters is that they make you see a side of yourself with dramatic filters that don’t exist, which corresponds to an unnatural and inhuman ideal of beauty that you can now achieve with filters.’

‘It’s easy to feel insecure, seeing how so much of the content we consume daily is filtered and photoshopped, and everyone looks picture-perfect; it’s hard not to point out your flaws, but REAL is always beautiful.’

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Faye introduced these two filters with the hope people will stop obsessing with perfect looks

Faye further said;

It’s frustrating when you’re having a bad body image day, and you take photos of yourself and can only focus on the supposedly bad photos and all the ‘flaws’ you see in them. It’s challenging to get out of a bad body image rut, especially when we compare our everyday bodies to posed and seemingly flawless photos on social media.

Everyone has ‘bad photos’ but we choose what not to share on social media to put out a good image of ourselves. It’s the unhealthy obsession we all have with that perfect look.

In the end, she said;

‘I think it’s time to break that habit of overthinking how we look in pictures because nobody is perfect, and we all should move towards the ‘powerful’ place of ‘self-acceptance.’

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