Social media can be an awesome tool for communicating with people from all over the world, but sometimes, it definitely has its drawbacks. And now, Chrissy Teigen is speaking out about one of the big ones. During her appearance at BeautyCon Los Angeles earlier this week, Teigen admitted she feels inadequate while looking at Instagram sometimes, comparing herself to the other women (and the other women's bodies) she sees on her feed. It's official: If Teigen, who is a Sports Illustrated swimsuit superstar, feels self conscious online, then no one is immune. But there's actually comfort in realizing that everyone goes through the same thing, which is something Teigen understands.
According to Hello Giggles, Teigen said:
"I’m in a weird phase where I’m jealous of those bodies, but I also really want to be cool with my own body. I really want to be that person for you all, that says, 'You don’t need that f*cking sh*t.' My old ass will go on social media, and I will look at the Photoshopping, Facetuning, and the apps — and everything that goes into creating what is now a hit Instagram photo — and I feel insanely inadequate."
Teigen's definitely not alone in feeling that way. Most people can probably identify with feeling like they can never measure up to the people they follow on Instagram... especially if unrealistic standards are being set with editing apps.
In a world where there are so many opportunities to compare ourselves with other people, sometimes it seems impossible to ever feel like you, as you are, are enough. But knowing that Teigen and so many others feel this way too is a step in the right direction, because knowing you're not alone can be a powerful tool in combatting those feelings.
“I’ve been on shoots, I’ve been naked-to-naked with people, and I will say that everyone has a stretch mark. Every time I see that other stretch mark, I’m like, 'Girl, yes!' It makes me feel better, and if more of us did that kind of sh*t, how many people would feel better?”
Teigen's right — maybe it would be better if everyone was open about their imperfections. Instagram can often paint an unrealistic picture of who someone is, and comparing someone else's highlight reel to your own life will almost never lead to anything good.
Self-love may never come easily to everyone, but Teigen's words serve as a reminder that it's something that most people struggle with, even actual models who seem to have it all figured out. The personal fight for accepting your own body might never end, but it's good to know that we're all in this together. And at the very least, being a little kinder to yourself can't hurt.