Actress and “IT Girl” Solenn Heussaff has one thing to say to everyone who thinks celebrities live perfect lives because their social media accounts are so perfectly curated: Nothing is real.
Her caption: “Edited? YES. Deformed? YES. Retouched? HELL YES. Oversaturated? YUP. And the list goes on. REAL? NO.”
In her most recent vlog, Solenn reminded everyone that what they see online is different from how people actually live their lives.
“People forget that what you see online is not all real,” she said. “Of course there’s some reality, but not everything is real because people just want to share what’s good. People don’t want to share that they had a depressing day. People don’t want to share that they fought with their husband. They just want to show the beauty and the glamor.”
And she went on to demonstrate just how much effort one puts into capturing that perfect photo for their curated feed.
“Just be real about everything,” she advised at the end of her video. “If someone asks you, ‘Wow! You look so good. How long did it take you to get ready?’ Don’t say, ‘Oh, I was rushing from the office. I did it in the car.’ If it took you two hours, it took you two hours. So what? It’s amazing to feel beautiful and it’s amazing to look beautiful. Just be real about it because a lot of women and men look up to you and they could get into some kind of depression because they’re comparing their lives to yours.”
“The thing is guys, everyone’s lives are different,” she added. “Everyone’s personalities are different, so stop comparing yourself. Live life and be true to yourself.”
Watch her full vlog below:
On a more serious note, the 32-year-old revealed in her vlog’s accompanying blog post (http://solenn.ph/journals/reality-check-nothing-real/) that she struggled with mental health last year as she had anxiety.
“I’ve never shared this in public before, but I had my own struggles with mental health just last year,” she admitted. “I remember I had weeks with no work, and just not doing anything made me doubt myself. During the days I would have work, some people on set would tell me I was getting bigger. Even though they were saying it jokingly, it still affected me.”
“I went on a crazy overdrive. I worked out and dieted to the extreme, tried to get as much work as I could,” she continued. “Because of the stress I was putting on myself, I got an anxiety attack at work. I still remember that during the attack, my face looked like it was melting and I had to go to the hospital.”
She furthered, “I couldn’t understand what was happening to me. Clearly, more people had bigger problems than me. Yet I was still struggling mentally and emotionally, but at the same time, I didn’t think I had valid reasons to be struggling. So I didn’t want to talk to my family or my friends about it, because I was afraid to be judged and I was afraid they would get so worried. I didn’t want to see a psychologist, because I couldn’t admit that there was something wrong with me.”
Thankfully, Solenn reached out for help. Through sessions with trained professionals, she overcame her anxiety.
She then addressed how social media has made us all more vulnerable to different types of mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
“Because of social media, our lives are on display all the time, and it becomes so much easier to compare your life with your friends who are always traveling, who always have the best clothes, who have the cutest boyfriend/girlfriend. I still remember a time when it wasn’t this way, but this is the reality that kids today are growing up with. It’s easier to second guess yourself when everyone seems to have a perfect life. It’s easier to fall into anxiety and depression,” she wrote.
Much like in her vlog, Solenn encouraged people to be real.
“Let’s stop encouraging this culture of perfection and comparison. There’s nothing wrong with sharing beautiful photos of yourself on social media, but just BE REAL about it,” she wrote.
“Take care of yourself, because that’s what you deserve, not because you have an ‘image’ to take care of. And if you want to share posts or photos that don’t look perfect and aren’t edited? Go ahead. Life would be so much easier and so much more FUN if we weren’t focused on being perfect all the time.”
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