We’ve all be there. You’re scrolling through Instagram, wondering how all of these seemingly perfect people manage to lead such glamorous lives.
It’s as if their entire life is one big tropical island photo shoot, while you’re crammed onto a stinking hot, overcrowded train, just trying to make it to your office job on time.
“It’s all smoke and mirrors. Nothing is real,” she confesses.
“It’s all a constructed reality, and you can’t compare yourself to somebody that isn’t real. It doesn’t make sense.”
“It is so powerful, and it affects people in so many different ways, both positively and negatively,” she says.
“Comparing yourself constantly, it’s just this vicious cycle.”
Lauren says her job as an influencer comes with both “power and responsibility”, which is why she feels obligated to tell it like it really is.
She says she had a realisation during a holiday in the Maldives with her boyfriend, Reece. Having never really posted photos of herself in a bikini before, Lauren says she developed a newfound confidence in her body while on vacation, and asked Reece to take some swimsuit photos of her.
“We had this huge argument and we didn’t speak for a few hours, which is big for us,” she says.
“We worked it out and I posted the photo, and I had this moment where I was like, ‘Wow, some people are going to see this photo of me like, hahaha, on the beach, but in reality I had a massive fight with my boyfriend afterwards because of taking those photos.’
“I was devastated after that.”
But she says she knows the photo portrays a completely different version of events.
“In reality, that photo brought on a really crappy time, but all you guys are seeing is a photo of me happy on the beach,” she adds.