THE #Assheis CHALLENGE
Social media is significantly linked to anxiety, depression, body image issues, and suicide, especially in young women. It’s time we change this.
The #AsSheIs Instagram Challenge encourages us to be more vulnerable and unfiltered on social media. Women around the globe have participated, sharing their stories around mental health struggles, body image issues or the pressures they feel to post the perfect photo.
2019's Challenge Reached Over
A world unfiltered
Since our November 1st, 2018 launch, women have participated from 60 different countries.
2019's #Assheis CHALLENGE
"A gentle reminder that Instagram is not reality. "
“Social media has taken over and will only keep growing. Because of that, so will our insecurities, jealousies, and hurdles we face as women. And it’s the unfortunate truth that social media is linked to a significant increase in anxiety, depression, suicide and body image issues.
For two years I’ve been thrust into the public eye on a scale I never imagined possible. Yes, this was my own doing by entering reality TV, but nothing could prepare me for the amount of constant commentary and opinions being thrown at me. This feedback not only includes criticism on my love life but on how I look, speak, dress and apply (or don’t apply) my makeup. And, at times, it’s downright hindering. I’ve had days where I didn’t want to leave bed because of the anxiety on a social scale. And I’m not alone.”
"I am guilty of this. I am someone who has done this."
"Flipping through Instagram I see the things that others want me to see. Posing in flattering ways. Photoshopping imperfections. Cute little captions. Everyone’s life seems figured out and perfect. I am guilty of this. I am someone who has done this. Made sure I only posted things where I looked good. Definitely have been someone to photoshop a few pictures. And I felt so ashamed every time but the positive comments coming back made it feel worth it.
Now I’m realizing that those comments are small fixes. We shouldn’t be changing who we are or what we are. Being real and honest is the only way to stay true to ourselves. Our worth shouldn’t depend on Instagram. We are all strong. We are all beautiful. We just need to know how to feel that truth!"
“I agree with the observation that when we see other girls and women only at their most edited, glammed, polished, and perfected we sometimes fear we don’t measure up.”
"Way back then Wild was published I realized I was going to have to let go of any desire to control the photos people published of me, lest I drive myself mad. I adopted a rule that liberated the hell out of me. It was this: I would not let my vanity guide my decisions. I’d be perfectly okay with any photo of me anyone wants to post or publish in any forum, whether I found it to be flattering or not, whether it had been snapped when I was looking glitzy and fabulous or greasy and bedraggled. Not only was this freeing to abide by this rule (and I have!), but it was more honest. The pictures people posted of me over the years are a true representation of what I look like- good, bad, and mostly in between. "
Holly Hatcher- Frazier
"It is easy to get caught up with social media searching for the perfect photo but I have discovered embracing my imperfections makes me- me!"
"What I have realized is that my best photos are those where I am present in the moment being my true self. You see the joy in my smile and the light in my eyes. The other stuff fades aware. It is easy to get caught up with social media searching for the perfect photo but I have discovered embracing my imperfections makes me- me! No filter, light or angle is better than the real me."
"I too have days where I don't feel confident, or my insecurities are louder...but that's okay."
"This is the skin I wake up in every day, I love playing with makeup and being glam, but I've also grown to love the skin I wake up in acne scars, moles and all. I too have days where I don't feel confident, or my insecurities are louder...but that's okay. Loving yourself as you are is a journey, but it's a journey worth taking."
"I am guilt of both comparing myself to others and only sharing a highlight reel. The truth is: I am anxious. I am convinced right now that my voice and story do not matter."
"Hi guys. My name ’s kimmy and today i’d like to present myself #AsSheIs. the internet can be a fun place, but it can also be a nightmare of insecurity when we spend all day looking at curated versions of people’s lives. I am guilty of both comparing myself to others and only sharing a highlight reel. the truth is: i am anxious. I am convinced right now that my voice and story do not matter. i internalize the message i get telling me i have small tits and need a face life so when I’m feeling low i have ammo ready to use against myself. and i am ready for a change. i don’t say this to emit a “poor me poor me” response, but simply to let you know you are not alone. we all experience it in one way or another. and that’s okay."
"#AsSheIs...no makeup, no filter, just me. I don’t know about you but I have to constantly stop myself from comparing myself to what I see on social media. We live in a time where anything can be altered, or perfected... and a time where we tell this lie to ourselves that our worth can sometimes only be defined by how people view our appearance.... which is just ?!!!!"
"I don't know about you but I have to constantly stop myself from comparing myself to what I see on social media".
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Post an unfiltered photo to Instagram
In your caption, use the hashtag #AsSheIs and share a more vulnerable side of yourself
Nominate and tag two other women to continue the challenge