Society’s ‘Perfect’ Image

After fully putting myself into training over the summer I realised how important image has become over social media and in society nowadays. You can post one selfie or workout photo and have more support from people than if you posted a casual life photo. However, it became clear that many people aren’t as confident as they seem and I started to realise that we have such strong opinions on what is shown online.

You see the perfect Instagram famous makeup artists or personalities and wonder why your photos don’t look like that. The reality is, you can do a lot with makeup and photo editing apps. So many Instagram, Twitter or Facebook pictures are edited, not only by these personalities but by photographers and models. You begin to want your own photos to look like them, so you wear more and more makeup in photos and you start to dislike a photo of you without makeup on.

Turns out you actually start to not even recognise yourself in some photos, even though they might be a great photo they aren’t true to yourself.

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There is absolutely nothing wrong with either image. However the version on the left is one that I personally posted on my social network sites and the picture on the right is the original. I have never needed to edit my photos that much however like everyone I like to edit the lighting, colour and sharpness to make it look better.

So what’s wrong?

The problem wasn’t only that I felt the need to change all these unnecessary changes to a natural image but the amount of makeup that I am wearing in order for me to feel happy with the image.

Everyone has certain aspects of their looks that they are not as confident with, however I do feel like we need to embrace them as the more you conceal and cover it all up.. The harder it will eventually be to feel confident with it when the time comes.

Recently I decided to go to all my photoshoots without the large amount of ‘photoshoot makeup’ on, no fake lashes or large amounts of concealer. I went with my natural everyday makeup to see that not only would my images still come out as good, but they would also be more truthful to me and how I look naturally.

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Above are from my most recent shoot with Kid Circus (Photographer), wearing my most natural everyday look.

I know a lot of people don’t really like certain photos of them, it’s always ‘Delete that’ or ‘don’t put that on Facebook’ if you hate the image. For me, realising that you don’t always need the makeup and fake lashes, was a way for me to be happy with every single photo that was shot during this photoshoot. I realised these photos are a more realistic representation of the real me.

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it’s great to get all the amazing makeup and to be pampered up for photos. But a BIG TIP.. do not get used to it, embrace your beauty and learn to not care what society or your social network followers think. After all, you are better off looking the same in both reality and online.

Never change who you are for others. There is no reason to compare yourself as you are unique.

You are YOU.. Nobody else can be a better version of yourself.

Remember that..

-Until Next Time..

Giovana Braia x

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TO THE MAN ON THE BUS

I haven’t wrote a blog post for a while but I’m back with once again another life lesson blog for you all ahah!

a04b191768b642af953d7ed7fd0a3655So this is how the whole idea of the blog came around..

Each day I walk around London witnessing homeless people begging on streets as that £1 or sandwich could make such a difference for them. Street entertainers working so hard just to get a tip for all their training and efforts. Many things revolve around the slightest helpfulness that will make someone’s day.

Regularly I see people rushing to get to their work places or to get home, they focus so much on getting the next tube or getting a seat on the bus that they forget there are others that may need the help. Late for work, See an elderly woman fall, what do you do? Yes, most of you think you would help but I’ve seen so many walk passed, so focused on their own lives instead of helping.

I was recently on a full bus, we all know London in the sunny weather can be sweaaaty! I realised many of the Priority Seats” were taken, not by elderly, disabled or women with children, but by the younger generation. I decided to get up and let an elderly man sit down, luckily another seat opened up and I was able to sit next to him.

Long story short, we had a lovely chat and I found out that he used to travel to my hometown every year. He asked for a postcard, sometimes when somebody says something like that you automatically say Yes not thinking you’ll ever do it. He gave me his address and I tried to remember it (I have no idea how I remembered what he said, but it somehow stuck in my head). That was the end of the journey for me, I made a promise to him, for him to see his past memories flash back.

Well I’m on the way back to London and so are the two postcards that I’ve sent 1st class.

To the man on the bus… Enjoy 🙂

The most easiest and cheapest request that he could of asked for, will make his day.

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Always try to do something selfless, make someone’s day, you never know how bad it might be until you change it for them. Remember not everyone is in the same situation as you, that woman who is sitting across the tube from you could just have lost her job, that man that’s sweating so much on the bus may have just heard news that his wife is in labour and ran to get a bus.

Truth is, none of us will know what anyone else is going through. But we can always find a way to help each other.

We need to be kinder to one another, one act of kindness can create a circle. We need to stick together and create a safe and peaceful world. Please, starting from now.. Be the best YOU, that you can be.

Even by doing a small gesture, start to make a difference!

Until next time..

– Giovana Braia