Danae Mercer is a journalist and influencer who specializes in health and wellness. She has recently gone viral for highlighting how misleading social media images can truly be with a little help from the right lights, cameras, and angles. In a Thursday Instagram post, Danae shared a side-by-side mirror selfie in a one-piece swimsuit that has since been liked nearly half a million times.
Danae, the former editor-in-chief of 'Women's Health Middle East' explained how photoshoots would work, she said: “When I worked in magazines, we shot at sunrise or sunset. On most sets, there were people holding SUN DIFFUSERS and REFLECTORS to help create the perfect FLATTERING balance of shadow and light,” she explained. “The same thing happens on SOCIAL MEDIA, just in a different form.” On another post, a few days earlier Danae shared an image of what it seems to be a "before and after" shot and she wrote "So before I get into the ANGLES and the technique and all that razzle dazzle, I just want to say this: Be careful. Especially to the teens on here, or those of us who have struggled with disordered body image."
Danae also mentioned that “It’s art and photography, and there is no shame in wanting to look FIERCE,” and went on by saying “But I also want to remind you about how SO MUCH on here is FILTERED. POSED. PERFECTED.” Danae Mercer urged her Instagram followers not to compare themselves to others or their picture-perfect highlight reels shared on the internet.
“You’re just seeing their snapshots taken in PERFECT LIGHT,” Danae said. Danae uses her platform to speak her mind, tackling topics like diet culture, photo editing, and self-confidence. To learn more about Danae, follow her on Instagram