While social media platforms have been around for quite some time, not all create the most positive experience for their users, at least as it pertains to mental health and self-perception. With the ability for people to apply filters and make themselves ‘flawless’, it’s creating a false image of what people should look like, and subsequently resulting in a number of self-esteem issues, especially with young adults and teenagers. Well, the international supermodel, Emily Ratajkowski, recently revealed how one particular app is changing that and leading the charge for transparency and realism.
The app that Ratajkowski was referring to is TikTok, the new app that allows users to post short videos. For the model, the app is creating a ‘healthier’ environment online for younger people. In speaking with People Magazine at a STRONG by Zumba workout, she elaborated on why she was thrilled for the TikTok app and why she personally downloaded it for herself.
“I can’t stop talking about TikTok. I just downloaded it. I’ve actually thought a lot about it because a lot of people on there are 10, 15 years younger than me, and I think [with them] there is a really great attitude around social media,” she said.
According to Ratajkowski, TikTok adds ‘realism’ and removes all the artificial aspects of social media that are so prevalently found on Instagram and Snapchat. “There’s a little bit more of a realism. I feel like when Instagram first came out everyone was over-filtering and [showing] perfection. And now it’s, like, videos about your pimples, and I think that’s really cool,” the supermodel continued.
For the Inamorata founder, she also believes that providing young people access to social media allows them to have more control over their image, something that was severely lacking when she began her modeling career.
Just last month, Ratajkowski posted a picture to her Instagram account of the model as a 14-year-old at the beginning of her modeling career. For her, she thought it was simply a photo of her, but later realized the implications of what was going on. An adult was attempting to capitalize on the sexuality of a young, teenage girl, something that Ratajkowski now regrets being a part of.
“I used to like showing people this photo of me at 14 to prove that my body is natural. Now I’m a little sad it exists at all,” the model said in her post.
“I was just a kid in this picture and I wish the world had encouraged my 14-year-old self to be more than just my body. All of that said, I do still feel like I’ve been empowered through my body and my sexuality via modeling and platforms like Instagram,” she continued.
Ratajkowski feels that with the advent of social media and the internet, aspiring models can be in charge of their photos without having retrospective sadness, as she’s experienced. “That’s the great thing about the internet and Instagram: having control and being able to curate your image,” she told People Magazine.