Mirror mirror on the wall, whose the fakest of them all?
Recently, model and influencer Kara Del Toro posted a TikTok video about mirror selfies that shocked and stirred up the internet. So, how did the topic of clean mirrors become known as mirror-gate?
First, let’s talk about @karajewel’s video.
She opens up the video by asking: “So have your ever noticed bloggers always get the most perfect mirror selfies?” She then goes on to ask her audience if they have noticed how clean and free of marks and smudges the mirrors in the selfies are. And lastly, asks her audience to think about how there are mirrors literally everywhere and anywhere. She notes “It just seems like they always have mirrors in the most convenient places with the best lighting.” If you’re now becoming suspicious of mirror selfies, you have every right to be.
So, what’s the secret?
There is no mirror. Yes, you read that correctly. According to Del Toro, influencers and bloggers who post mirror selfies do not actually use mirrors! Instead, she asserts that she, and others who take “mirror selfies,” actually use a second phone or a camera and either set up a tripod or have someone take their photo.
Shocked? Or not surprised?
For some, the news definitely came as a shock. But to others, this information wasn’t surprising as photos on social media are consistently altered and enhanced and retouched with Photoshop and filters. When you take this into account, mirror-gate becomes less shocking and instead makes you think about how social media is a consistent game of deception. If we should remember anything from mirror-gate, it’s to consciously scroll through our feeds with the idea that social media plays into unrealistic and idealized beauty standards. And of course the fact that mirror selfies don’t involve mirrors!
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