This woman just got seriously real on Instagram about those ‘perfect’ pool photos

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It’s swimwear season which means everyone clogging your Instagram feeds with their holiday snaps. Cue: the wanderlust-inducing panoramic landscape shot, the obligatory sunglasses selfie and, of course, the hot dog legs.

Now, we all secretly know that bikini photos aren’t realistic, right? I, for one, will stand on my tip toes to make myself look taller and leaner and obviously you hold your stomach in.

So, next time you see a poolside photo while you’re six episodes into a Netflix binge and eating pizza, always remember how staged it is.

Instagram girls are most guilty of doing this and kudos to them, they do look amazing but every so often, it’s good to remember the truth.

So when Instagrammer Imre Çeçen posted this on her feed this week, we rejoiced.

‼️DIFFERENT KIND OF "KEEP IT REAL"‼️ I know some people are all done with the "keep it real" pictures so I thought I'd try a new one😅 I find this one kinda hilarious🙈chilling by the pool instagram vs real life👙 . Anyone familiar with the concept of having all "normal" legs when you're standing but as soon as you sit down they transform into huge piles of meat?🍖😂 Why is it that those 2 sticks we use to walk expand to the size of Texas whenever they touch a chair?😅 . This is the most NORMAL thing ever yet us girls seem to be so self conscious about it😔 Hello! Your legs are being pushed against a surface, they are supposed to expand! This doesn't mean you're fat🙅🏻 Even muscle will just look like a huge shapeless pile of meat when there's no flexing involved🍖 If you don't want your legs to expand maybe invest in stone legs!⛰⛏ I'd choose marble ones💁🏻😂 . We've just lost touch with reality because on the internet all we see are those freaking hot dog legs🌭 I am guilty of posting those too! Yet even I wondered on my last vacay why my legs were so "big" when I sat down. 😅 . Thought I'd take a good comparison pic and I'm pretty sure I've got a hernia now😅 Creating that thighgap & skinny legs feel was real hard😵 I had to arch my back like crazy, hold my legs up (serious ab work was involved) and had to sit on the edge of the pool which caused me to almost fall. Both my camera & I would have drowned in the sadness of insta perfection (I would survive the water though, I can swim!🙆🏻) To people who do sit like this in real life; I admire your core strenght & willpower! . Yep, that's the truth behind poolside hotdog pics. Truth be told I'd much rather sit like that right pic whilst enjoying an actual hotdog🌭 What is your fave poolside snack? Kinda wanted to hold a piece of watermelon whilst taking this but it turns out that's only for advanced instagram posing😅 I couldn't hold myself up, flex them abs, hold a watermelon & take pics at the same time😂 Guess I better start practicing for my next vacay!💁🏻 . Ps. I don't think there's anything wrong with the way my legs look in the pic on the right. Just showing you the difference! 🌭 vs 🍖 = both yummy🙆🏻

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Reading her caption, she commends women who are able to have the core strength to hover their thighs high enough off the ground that they don’t experience what we like to call ‘the flat thigh effect.’

So actually, next time you see one of these poolside photos, don’t feel self conscious about the fact your legs don’t do the same – because no legs actually do that.

‘This is the most NORMAL thing ever yet us girls seem to be so self conscious about it,’ Imre writes. ‘Hello! Your legs are being pushed against a surface, they are supposed to expand! This doesn’t mean you’re fat. Even muscle will just look like a huge shapeless pile of meat when there’s no flexing involved If you don’t want your legs to expand maybe invest in stone legs! I’d choose marble ones.’

‘Thought I’d take a good comparison pic and I’m pretty sure I’ve got a hernia now. Creating that thigh gap & skinny legs feel was real hard. I had to arch my back like crazy, hold my legs up (serious ab work was involved) and had to sit on the edge of the pool which caused me to almost fall. Both my camera & I would have drowned in the sadness of insta perfection (I would survive the water though, I can swim!) To people who do sit like this in real life; I admire your core strength & willpower!’

Preach, girl. Preach.

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