Burr Goes Bare To Prove Herself Online
Tanya's had some trouble with those pesky haters...
Tanya Burr has had some trouble this week with everyone’s nemesis... the ‘haters’. Dun dun duuuun. Currently on a jealousy-inducing holiday in Miami, Tanya started receiving a lot of less than complimentary comments on her Instagram, seemingly fuelled by a comparison with paparazzi shots of her taken on the beach. Some people seemed to think there was quite a noticeable discrepancy between the pictures – and quickly started up with accusations that she Photoshops her social media images to make herself look “better”.
One interesting thing I’ve noticed is that this getting described as ‘body shaming’. Now I’m not sure if this is actually body shaming or not... There are lots of buzz words flying around the internet at the moment, generally pointing out where people are being a bit crap and mean to each other – body shaming being the perfect example – but this story to me seems to be less about insulting her actual body and more accusing her of altering it on social media. Were they having a pop at her bod or was the anger just coming from the perceived untruth? I’m going off on a tangent here but I do think it’s important to think about what these stories are really highlighting, rather than bandying around click-worthy terms and missing what’s being said.
ANYWAY. Tanya stuck clearly to the topic and was keen to prove her openness, honesty and body positivity, getting a friend to take a Snapchat video of her in her bikini. An unedited tour of her body, if you will… Can’t Photoshop a Snapchat story now can you? So there. Along with that video, she posted several clips of her dismissing the claims:
“Basically, paparazzi shots are always going to be the most unflattering because they're photographing you in direct sunlight. You don't know you're being photographed and so it's not going to be nice, whereas when I Instagram a photo of myself of course I'm going to be standing in the most flattering position and I'm ready for the photo, so of course I'm going to look better, but I don't edit them.”
Fair enough. The thought of getting papped in a bikini is pretty horrifying to me and Tanya seems to have handled it all gracefully and with inspiring confidence. What she says makes sense; whether you’re on holiday or not, you’re generally going to post nice pictures of yourself over ones you don’t like. If these snarky Instagram people are trying to say they look exactly the same in a posed selfie and a sneaky candid profile shot of them mid-sentence then they’re delusional and bonkers. Don’t think I’d be lining up to bare all online to be honest, so good on her and hopefully that should shut people up for a while.
Next time you see someone taking a string of selfies and doing those weird, subtle head movements, kind of like a curious puppy, just remember: it’s all about getting the right angle.