Stacey Solomon slams Instagram filters and trolls who criticise her body hair
Stacey Solomon has hit back trolls who criticise her body hair and slams Intstagram filters.
The Loose Women star has opened up about the downside of social media where she has become a lifestyle sensation in recent years.
Stacey, 31, found fame on The X Factor in 2011 but has carved out a successful television career and has now seen her Tap to Tidy Instagram trend going viral as she lets in her 3.8 million followers in on her home life.
But the mum-of-three has said she was left questioning her own appearance after filters other people used fooled her into thinking she looked ‘weird’ in comparison.
Speaking to The Sun on Sunday’s Fabulous magazine, Stacey said: “I was saying to my sister the other day: ‘Jemma, why is my face so long on Instagram?’
“I went through about 17 people and said: ‘Look how little their faces are’. I was like a sausage dog compared to them. I thought I’d done something to my lens.
“And then Jemma pointed out they were all using this filter on Snapchat, a ‘no filter-filter’ which shortens your head and gives you better cheekbones and lifts your eyebrows.
“It’s so subtle that you don’t notice it’s a filter and then you think you’re the one who’s weird.”
She continued: “It’s OK to use filters – I use them sometimes to change colours and I love the floppy nose one, so they can be fun.
“But when you’re changing the whole shape of your face, you have to show us what you really look like as well. There’s got to be some kind of responsibility there.”
Giving an example of where she used a filter to give herself the appearance of a wide-eyed reindeer, Stacey said: “And I actually preferred myself as a reindeer.
“Like, what is that about? That’s not good! I was sitting there thinking I’m hideous and why can’t I just be a reindeer? So I turned it off because that is not right for anyone’s brain.”
Also in the interview, Stacey revealed she has been trolled over her body hair after someone recently remarked on her “hairy arms” which made her question why her perfectly normal arms were deemed worthy of comment.
She said: “They’re not even that bloody hairy! I wonder if people are actually seeing arm hair any more. Are people airbrushing that off now as well?
“I actually don’t see hairy anything on women these days. So when people are seeing a tiny bit of hair they’re like: ‘What the hell? She’s a monster!’
“I’m not ashamed of my body hair, people being disgusted by it is ridiculous because it’s obviously meant to be there! When did people start getting offended by it?”
Stacey went on to say she embraces her body hair, and so does her 38-year-old TV star boyfriend Joe, who she shares son Rex, one, with.
“In the ’70s it was all about the bush, wasn’t it? What changed? Luckily, Joe loves the bush, so that’s OK!”
Stacey recently took a brief social media break after having a “confidence crisis”.
She told her followers: “Going to put my phone away today because…
“I’m 99.9% sure it’s hormonal but I’m having one of those days where I feel embarrassed.
“Do you ever just feel embarrassed of yourself? Or like everything you say/think is annoying?
“Where you just feel like everyone hates you and you’re getting on their nerves?”
She continued: “Then the voice in your head is like ‘oh g-d you’re so cringe. Well I’m having one of those days.
“I know I’m so lucky. And my ridiculous meaningless confidence crisis is NOTHING on the scale of what people are going through right now. So please ignore me.
“I just thought I’d be honest and share the rubbish along with all the good otherwise what’s the point in it all. Hope you have a lovely day. Love you all.”