There's no doubt that Instagram is fun (and borderline addicting) but it's also a lot of pressure.
With each photo you upload, you need to select the perfect filter and write a witty caption to accompany your post. However, there's a new trend on the social media platform that we can definitely get behind.
It's called #BadPictureMonday, and it's pretty self-explanatory. Rather than uploading your perfectly filtered shots, you post the authentic pictures you might not originally have intended to share with the world. Search the hashtag on Instagram and you'll see it's populated with unflattering candids, bed-head filled selfies, and other perfectly imperfect images.
Here are some examples:
18 Likes, 1 Comments - Victoria (@victoria_mld) on Instagram: "#badpicturemonday"
I've been thinking all day how I needed to post a bad picture this Monday to inspire myself to be brave in other aspects of my life and then @thebodyisnotanapology posted an old submission before I had the chance haha! Thanks for the kick in the butt and for starting this project! #badpicturemonday #tbinaa #embraceimperfection
38 Likes, 3 Comments - @floraflabulous on Instagram: "I've been thinking all day how I needed to post a bad picture this Monday to inspire myself to be..."
If you want to get in on the trend, just use the hashtag #badpicturemonday.
Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, American Way magazine, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thrillist, Thought Catalog, and others.