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Instagram model reveals how people really get a 'thigh gap' in their photos

INSIDER logoINSIDER 9/26/2017 lrocketto@businessinsider.com (Leah Rocketto)
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The INSIDER Summary:

  • - "Curvy model" Iskra Lawrence revealed the tricks models use to alter their appearance both on and off Instagram. 
  • - She said that anyone can create a thigh gap if they tilt their hips back and stand on their toes. 
  • - Lawrence told viewers, "you deserve to know when you’re looking at photos what’s really going on." 

There are a number of tricks people use to look "perfect" in their photos. Some people find the right light while others turn to Photoshop for assistance. For "curvy" modelIskra Lawrence, looking slimmer or stronger in photos comes down to the right pose. 

The 27-year-old, in collaboration with Elle magazine, recently released a video where she demonstrated how easy it is to change your appearance in pictures. (The video was aptly titled "Model Poses that Deceive You On Instagram.") Though some may see this as a tutorial for Instagram posing, Lawrence noted that the video is meant to make people aware of what really goes into those enviable images. 

"I just want to show you the real stuff, and how that really does affect how we look in photos. So you can understand when you're looking at a photo, that that’s not necessarily real," Lawrence said in the segment. 

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Some of the model's secrets were things that people may already know — putting you hand on your hip to tone your arm, popping your knee to give you more of booty, for example. But one of the biggest reveals came when Lawrence shared how women get that infamous thigh gap.

"I myself struggled for years because I didn't have one and for some reason couldn't get them because of my body type," Lawrence said, quickly noting that there's nothing wrong not having a thigh gap and proclaiming lots of love for her thighs.  

But it turns out, getting a thigh gap is pretty easy. Or, at least, creating one is. As Lawrence demonstrated in the video, all you have to do is tilt your hips back. For a more dramatic gap, she suggested simultaneously standing on your toes. 

EXPOSING all the model poses on the gram in this weeks self-care Sunday video ▶️(Link to watch in my bio)👆 Swipe to see 6 of the 7 before and after that I show in real time in my video➡️ Please watch the video to understand these series of pics 😘 I wanted to get super real and show u how drastically and instantly ppl can change how they look simply by posing! Let alone good lighting, high quality cameras and photoshop! I've talked about this a lot in the past but in this video I show you 7 ways in which posing can dramatically change how we look. I'm super excited to share this with you, I myself still pose and there's nothing wrong with moving your body in ways you feel most comfortable or confident but let's be honest and show the actual process. I've been modelling 14years so I learnt some stuff I want to share with you all. Because life's not perfect, social media lives aren't Perfect and neither are us or our bodies. And that's exactly how it's meant to be! Because we are all imperfectly perfect and 100% unique. So s/o to all the real ones who keep it 💯 celebrate every single inch of pinkcandyfloss you and who you are! I hope you enjoy this video, thank you so much to @elleusa #FashionForAll and @youtube for making this possible. ----- What I'm wearing: @aerie bralette @americaneagle jeans @ph5official bodysuit in the vid @tai_jewelry hoops ------ And to clarify non of these pictures have been retouched or photoshopped! #aeriereal ------ Free online screening tools to help identify eating disorders available @NEDA website. www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/screening-tool

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As she walked through the tricks, Lawrence continued to emphasize that the information provided isn't meant to make people change how they pose in photos. Rather, it's to remind them that most online photos are altered in some way, and not images to aspire to. That said, she also noted that it's totally OK to change up your poses if it makes you feel better. 

"The hip pop, which is something I do in photos, makes me feel powerful strong and confident," Lawrence said of the butt-shaping post. "There’s nothing wrong with posing to feel that way."

At the end of the day, Lawrence just wants people to feel good about themselves. Whether that means implementing these tricks or being aware of the tricks when scrolling through Instagram

"There's nothing wrong with back fat. There's nothing wrong with rolls, but people are just getting rid of them in photos. And if they’re not, they might be Photoshopping them," she said. "So just be super aware when you’re looking at perfected images what goes on behind the scene." 

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