Instagram isn’t real. That’s the point makeup artist Samantha Helen Laight wanted to make when she posted two side-by-side photos of Kendall Jenner taken on the same day. In one picture the budding supermodel appears to have some blemishes, but her skin is flawless in the other.
“To any young girl or any woman – please please don’t be fooled by a filter,” Laight wrote in a Facebook post on Monday, May 16, that has since received a lot of attention. “I feel like Instagram can be such a damaging and unrealistic idea of what beauty is and what ‘perfection’ is. We all have spots and blemishes. No one walks around with a permanent ring light to make you look flawless.”
The 22-year-old from Manchester, England, continued: “Don’t ever feel like you have to compare yourself or try to be like kenny on the right because she’s not real!”
The post has been liked nearly 50,000 times. But some saw Laight’s message as an attack on the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star. “And pointing out someone else’s flaws (celebrity or not) does not help!!! People aren’t that stupid these days … They realize filters are being used!!! We don’t need you to point that out!” wrote one woman, while another asked: “Why does it matter? She looks beautiful in both. If she wants to add a filter then so be it. She has a right to express herself in whatever way she pleases. I’m sick and tired of people shaming women for using filters just as they shame women for not using them. If she’s happy, then what else matters?”
Laight herself is a huge fan of 20-year-old Jenner. “The post was not to compare how Kendall Jenner looked aesthetically in each photo, as this young woman is breathtakingly beautiful in both,” Laight tells Us Weekly. “It was to showcase to real women and young girls that imperfections are allowed and are beautiful because they do exist, even though we are led to believe they do not.”
As for why Laight chose Jenner, she had a good reason. “She is such a natural beauty who we all look up to as an idol,” Laight tells Us. “With her being such an important role model I felt that showing small imperfections would allow women and young girls to see we are all only human.”