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A fitness influencer Photoshopped herself to meet the beauty standards of Instagram's most-followed women to prove social media isn't real life

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  Cassey Ho is a fitness instructor and influencer behind
  Blogilates,
  an Instagram account and YouTube channel
  with more than 4 million subscribers.  
  
  The fitness guru is vocal on social media about body image in
  the digital age.
  
  To show how Instagram has influenced beauty standards, Ho
  
    posted pictures of herself that were Photoshopped based on
    common physical features found in the 100 most-followed females
    on the social media platform. 
  
  While many fans praised her for shedding light on the
  absurdity of beauty ideals perpetuated by social media, she also
  saw a sort of "reverse shaming" emerge.
  
  
    Visit
    Insider's homepage for more stories.
  

  Cassey Ho is a certified fitness instructor-turned-influencer
  known by millions of fans and followers for the peppy, uplifting
  exercise routines she shares on her YouTube
  channel, Blogilates. 
  Founded in 2009, Blogilates now has more than 4 million YouTube
  subscribers and 1.5 million followers on Instagram. Ho has also
  created her own workout program, POP Pilates, an equipment-free
  fusion of Pilates and upbeat music. 

  Aside from using her platform to provide fans around the world
  with 
  guided fitness instruction and motivation, Ho also opens up
  online about her personal struggles with body acceptance in the
  digital age. For example, in one of her most viral videos,
  "The
  'Perfect' Body," Ho is shown "editing" herself in the mirror
  to illustrate the negative impact cyberbullying can have on body
  image. 

  Recently, the fitness guru analyzed photos of the 100
  most-followed females on Instagram and determined 22 physical
  attributes - from flat (but not muscular) abs to plump lips -
  that make up what she called the "Instagram beauty standard."

  "This project showed me that people online are all following a
  type of beauty standard, whether or not we think we're
  subscribing to it," Ho told Insider.

  Ho had her own pictures Photoshopped according to those
  standards, and she shared the powerful before-and-after shots
  with her followers to raise awareness about social media beauty
  ideals. She's one of several influencers who have shared 
  side-by-side photos that show there's more to Instagram than
  meets the eye.
  Keep reading to see Ho's powerful photos, and her thoughts on
  beauty standards.

  • Cassey Ho is a fitness instructor and influencer behind Blogilates, an Instagram account and YouTube channel with more than 4 million subscribers.
  • The fitness guru is vocal on social media about body image in the digital age.
  • To show how Instagram has influenced beauty standards, Ho posted pictures of herself that were Photoshopped based on common physical features found in the 100 most-followed females on the social media platform.
  • While many fans praised her for shedding light on the absurdity of beauty ideals perpetuated by social media, she also saw a sort of "reverse shaming" emerge.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

Cassey Ho is a certified fitness instructor-turned-influencer known by millions of fans and followers for the peppy, uplifting exercise routines she shares on her YouTube channel, Blogilates.

Founded in 2009, Blogilates now has more than 4 million YouTube subscribers and 1.5 million followers on Instagram. Ho has also created her own workout program, POP Pilates, an equipment-free fusion of Pilates and upbeat music.

Aside from using her platform to provide fans around the world with guided fitness instruction and motivation, Ho also opens up online about her personal struggles with body acceptance in the digital age. For example, in one of her most viral videos, "The 'Perfect' Body," Ho is shown "editing" herself in the mirror to illustrate the negative impact cyberbullying can have on body image.

Recently, the fitness guru analyzed photos of the 100 most-followed females on Instagram and determined 22 physical attributes - from flat (but not muscular) abs to plump lips - that make up what she called the "Instagram beauty standard."

"This project showed me that people online are all following a type of beauty standard, whether or not we think we're subscribing to it," Ho told Insider.

Ho had her own pictures Photoshopped according to those standards, and she shared the powerful before-and-after shots with her followers to raise awareness about social media beauty ideals. She's one of several influencers who have shared side-by-side photos that show there's more to Instagram than meets the eye.

Keep reading to see Ho's powerful photos, and her thoughts on beauty standards.

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