If you haven’t heard of Natasha Oakley before, let me introduce you.
Tash (the nickname she prefers) is an Australian bikini model with an online following nearing two million people. The co-owner of ‘A Bikini A Day’ – a business that markets swimwear to social media clientele – with best friend Devin Brugman, Tash is described on her blog as a “bikini connoisseur”.
Her Instagram page, as you would expect of someone who carries such a title, is flooded with sunny beach side snaps.
Each and every image, a glowing display of golden sun-kissed skin, sand, perfect boobs and salty hair, yields tens of thousands of likes. With them, come jealousy-laden comments and praise.
“Ugh she’s so perfect I can’t,” writes one teenager on an image of Tash in a crocheted white bikini. “This should be our goal for next summer,” shares another on an image of the navy-clad Sydneysider sprawled on a towel.
And yet, as flawless as Tash’s body is (so flawless that it pays for her lifestyle), apparently, it’s still not good enough.
After an exclusive interview with the Daily Telegraph on Friday, it has been revealed that the 25-year-old retouches the images her young fans so admire.
“I think that everyone is doing [it] because of what they see in the media,” Tash told the publication. “I think the general population are just trying to follow exactly what they see with pictures being edited.
“I feel [the pressure to look good] — I’m a human and a natural curvy woman! But for me, it’s really more about feeling good in myself, and healthy and fit.”