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It’s time for an Instagram cultural revolution. I really enjoy Instagram. It’s frivolous, light hearted entertainment. It is my favorite social media platform. It’s fun to see people tell their stories and express themselves through visual images. Instagram is very well suited for those of us that are nosey. I have learned the darnedest things about celebrities, old classmates, relatives and even beautiful strangers. And Instagram doesn’t carry the emotional baggage of Facebook or Twitter.
There are people in the world that make their livings as Instagram models. I don’t exactly understand what an Instagram model is because it seems to me that everyone that has ever downloaded the app is an Instagram model. But these so called models make a living posting pictures of themselves and promoting products on their pages. Good for them. Many of them seem to do quite well for themselves.
My problem with these Instagram models is that most of them have zero style. I don’t see any fashion. Fashion requires fabric and thread you see and most of these women are as close to naked as Instagram will allow. That’s pretty darn naked.
I don’t consider myself to be a prude. I have no problem with a person photographing their nearly nude or even completely nude body. But why does everyone need to do that?
When you scroll through Instagram images most of the women that are photographed are wearing sexually suggestive clothing in suggestive poses. Perhaps they are Instagram models or that is their goal. But it is sad to me that young women are being taught that in order to be successful and have financial freedom you need to look a certain way and put your body on display.
Instagram models photograph themselves in luxurious surroundings with high end goods. A lot of them date or imply that they date wealthy men. These images are juxtaposed with images of them in bikinis. And these are not natural looking bikini shots of them enjoying a day at the pool with friends. They are in bikinis in full make up, oiled up, with their hair did arching their backs and **** like that. The message that is being conveyed to a very young audience is that if you want to be successful work on your body and sell it. Some of these girls talk about their higher education. That’s great but they’re not using their education to be successful. They’re using their flesh.
There needs to be an alternative. That’s why I love Kate Middleton. She is a young woman with a good figure but she presents herself with modesty, dignity and class. And she’s going to be a queen one day; not some fly by night reality star or the baby mama to a professional athlete.
I am far older than Instagram’s target audience. I am not wealthy and I don’t live in a glamorous, coastal, high rent city. But I have more style in my left heel than all of the Instagram models that I have seen.
If you are a stylish woman, even if it’s only on special occasions you should put up a few Instagram shots too. The world needs them. Someone needs to remind the world that women can be pretty and her beauty can be admired without being ogled and lusted after. And if you’re going to call yourself a model of any sort please have some style.
My name on Instagram is showmeshannon. I would appreciate your follow. I would also appreciate it if some of you ladies would show the world your style and creativity through fashion. Kate Middleton and I can’t do it alone.