She’s known for being refreshingly honest on social media.
And on Thursday, Chanelle Hayes shared a heavily filtered selfie while calling out ‘monotonous perfection’ on Instagram, as she detailed her real-life dilemmas including balancing her degree with raising children and dealing with M.E.
The former Big Brother star, 34, slammed editing apps, insisting that they ‘make us feel unworthy’ and admitted that she has previously ‘fallen into the trap of feeling less than due to the social media feed of others.’
Keeping it real: On Thursday, Chanelle Hayes, 39, shared a heavily filtered selfie to expose what’s disturbingly possibly to achieve with editing apps
Chanelle posted a make-up free photo of herself showing off her pretty freckles and tiny wrinkles under her eyes.
She included a heavily airbrushed version of the same snap, which blurred out her freckles, showed no signs of wrinkles, and gave the illusion of make-up on her face.
The reality star did the same again, using a slightly different filter to expose what’s disturbingly possibly to achieve with editing apps.
Above the photos, she added: ‘When the girl in the photo isn’t even the girl in the photo’ as she pointed out the different between her unedited selfie and a heavily filtered version.
Candid: The Big Brother star insisted editing apps ‘make us feel unworthy’ and admitted she has previously ‘fallen into the trap of feeling less than due to the social media feed of others’
Chanelle wrote alongside: ‘These days we can alter our photos so easily that we don’t even look like ourselves anymore.
‘Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for portraying the best images of ourself and making the best of what we have, but all these editing apps do is make us feel unworthy and never actually let us meet the mark.
‘It annoys me when people on social media portray that anything is perfect, be that looks, weight/body, family, relationships, or just life in general because (speaking as someone who has fallen into the trap of feeling less than due to the social media feed of others) it doesn’t represent the whole truth.
‘Nobody has a perfect life, but for some reason all we ever try to do online is prove that we do!
Real talk: She called out ‘monotonous perfection’ on Instagram, as she detailed her real-life dilemmas including balancing her degree with raising children and dealing with M.E.
‘So just to let you all know: I haven’t worn makeup since Christmas Day, I haven’t washed my hair for a couple of days, most of the day everyday I spend stressing out that I can’t fit my degree into my life around the kids, the rest of the day I spend yelling at the kids because they’re fighting or chucking things or being little monsters, that’s if I’m not in bed in pain or exhausted all the time.
‘My life is hectic, I forget things, I use ‘freezer food’ sometimes because it’s easier, sometimes I have my top on back to front and don’t even realise, I call my kids the dogs names and vice versa because life can get manic.
‘So if you want to break up the monotonous perfection online, you’re welcome here!
‘#nofilers #noediting #antiairbrushingcampaign #bodypositivity #selfworth #selfconfidence #selfcare #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #real #beforeandafter.’
Tough: Last week, Chanelle revealed that she has been diagnosed with M.E. (myalgic encephalomyelitis) or CFS (chronic fatigue symptom) after losing nine stone
Last week, Chanelle revealed that she has been diagnosed with M.E. (myalgic encephalomyelitis) or CFS (chronic fatigue symptom) after losing nine stone following a gastric sleeve operation.
Common symptoms of ME/CFS include feeling extremely tired all the time and still feeling tired after resting or sleeping.
Chanelle said her health has got so bad she can no longer go to the gym, drink alcohol or enjoy nights out with friends because she’s always so exhausted.
Candid: The star has been open about her weight-loss, earlier this year disclosing that she had been under the knife and received gastric sleeve surgery (pictured recently and right in 2018)
She told The Sun that her condition went undiagnosed for four years due to her being obese – but has dropped from a size 18 to a size 10.
Chanelle told the publication: ‘I thought “I’m overweight, it’s my own fault, no wonder I’m tired all of the time and no wonder my joints are killing me.”
‘Then as I started to lose weight I felt like the pain was getting worse and worse.’
Chanelle likened the pain to childbirth, and explained how she feels like her ‘bones are going to explode’.
She also detailed how she is missing out on time with her children Blakely, 11, and Frankie, four, because she is asleep so much of the time.
What is ME/CFS?
Myalgic encephalomyelitis, also called chronic fatigue syndrome or ME/CFS, is a long-term condition with a wide range of symptoms. The most common symptom is extreme tiredness.
Common symptoms of ME/CFS include feeling extremely tired all the time – may find it very hard to do daily activities still feeling tired after resting or sleeping
Taking a long time to recover after physical activity
Problems sleeping, such as waking up often during the night
Problems with thinking, memory and concentration
Some people with ME/CFS may also have other symptoms, including
Muscle or joint pain
A sore throat
Feeling dizzy or sick
Fast or irregular heartbeats (heart palpitations)