By Leilani

LifeBuzz Staff

She Uploaded Side-By-Side Photos To Show The Dark Side Of Instagram.

The Internet is a visual playground, and humans are visual beings. It's a thin line, isn't it? On the one hand, we have the opportunity to self-express without very many limits, and that should be a great thing, especially for those of us that had no space for it before. And yet, on the other hand, many of the photos we post are so far manipulated from their original state that this platform of self-expression suddenly becomes something else. It becomes a way of impressing other people, strangers included.

People, young women in particular, begin to look down on themselves, and those who have already been feeling that way are hit by those pangs of self-consciousness and social pressures even harder. Kansas-based hair colorist Ursula Goff acknowledged the dangers of promoting perfection on social media. She reclaimed her space as well as the responsibility of standing up for young girls everywhere by sharing a realistic photo of herself alongside a usual made-up selfie. Posted on Facebook in early December 2015, the side-by-side photos already have tens of thousands of likes and shares.

In addition to being a talented colorist -- she has even drawn inspiration from Van Gogh's Starry Night -- Goff holds a degree in psychology and is interested in science, social issues, politics, and more, according to her official site.

Ursula Goff is a popular hair colorist from Kansas with over 30K followers on Instagram.

In a powerful move, Goff shared the following images and caption on her Facebook and Instagram:

"So I didn't edit either one of these photos, but they were taken just a few days apart. I think it's important to note that lighting, angles, facial expression, and make-up make a huge difference in photography and presentation (especially in my case!).

Social media can make it easy to feel like everyone else is awesome and perfect all the time, but that's really never true. We should keep in mind that behind every pretty face or perfect lifestyle is a regular person, and that there's really no point in comparing amongst ourselves because this is all cultivated.

I think of all the young people out there, especially girls, who are influenced by media in this way, and I think about how badly I know I'd feel if I were a teen today, trying to cope with ever more perfect females all over the place, and how that would likely suck even worse than what prior generations had to go through.

Part of the solution, I think, is more people opting to take a moment here and there to be real and show what's behind the smoke and mirrors, because it's relevant for y'all to know that this isn't reality. In reality, nothing is perfect, life is messy, and people are flawed. So the best way to be happy with yourself is to cultivate YOURSELF, vs. cultivating an IMAGE, or comparing yourself to everyone else. Do the things you want to do, find things you love, figure out what and who you want to be, and then set out to do that stuff. Think about what matters to you, and then try to engage with those activities, people, and/or values daily.

Do you. For real."

While the nature of Goff's post is nothing new, it is a positive angle we admire and one that we do not see nearly enough of.

Learn more about the stylist on her official site.

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