Is it just me, or is anyone else tired of the photoshop? When Kendrick Lamar rapped about it a few years ago, he caught backlash from Instagram models and influencers saying he was out of line for expressing his need to see some real bodies and some stretch marks. Honestly, I want to see some genuine souls.
Scrolling through my Instagram feed, I see images of women with puppy ears and noses, virtual flower crowns, and contoured faces. I have looked at profiles of people where it is almost impossible to find a photo of what a person looks like minus the filters and photoshopped images.
When I launched Beyond Her, I had a few people comment to me that my photos were too natural. They said, "We can tell you don't photoshop your photos. You just put them up as is." At first, I was a little offended, like maybe the images I was producing wouldn't be socially accepted. I thought about enhancing some photos and create a smaller waistline for myself and my models, whiten our teeth or even create some defined abs. I quickly checked the source and removed those thoughts from my mind.
What I know for sure, is there is no filter or photoshop for the soul. No matter how you dress yourself up, strategically place your makeup or FaceTune away your imperfections, no magic app can erase the cruddiest parts of your life; that my friend takes real work. The kind that makes you look in the mirror until you love what you see.
I know it’s hard, but when you take the filter off of your life, you will begin to uncover the areas of your life that are broken and in need of repair. Whether it's low self-esteem or social acceptance and validation, the more you walk away from the standards the world has created, the more you begin to fall in love with those produced by God.
You were made perfect, in the image and likeness of God, no filter required. All of God's grace, beauty, and divine favor is within you. You have been a blessing in disguise for too long. Take the filters off this week and show it.