Vanessa Carlton is the latest celeb to speak out speak about the dangerous effect social media can have on a person's body image. The singer, 35, shared two very different photos of her stomach on Instagram, along with a powerful message about the "faux perfection" of selfies.

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"[G]iven what I've been seeing online and knowing the way young girls and boys are affected by what they see, well, I feel moved to do this," she wrote, adding that perfectly-curated social media snaps are "never the whole picture."

The first photo shows Carlton's taut tummy next to another picture, taken on the same day, of her hunched over with a few stomach rolls. (More proof that everyone gets them!) The singer said she hoped the two side-by-side images would demonstrate how different poses, angles, and lighting can be used to manipulate the images you see on social networks like Instagram.

"People that post photos of their bodies and faces online, have almost always taken about 9 photos in hopes of getting that perfect angle," she pointed out. "Then you see it and you think 'wow she looks amazing', meanwhile the girl that posted it is frantically checking her 'likes' and comments. I've done it myself."

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Carlton added that she's proud of her body for what it's been through, including an appendectomy and a Caesarean section when she gave birth to daughter Sidney, 1. "I'm presenting the whole picture," she said. "I'd say I earn both of these shots."

She then encouraged young people to remove themselves from the "cycle" of seeking approval from others. "[A]ll you social media devotees know that life online can be adorable and funny and connected and it can also be a manifestation of deep insecurity and faux perfection."

She summed up by acknowledging that she needs to remember to take her own advice: "This is a message to myself, too."

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Let's get real in this Holiday Inn in Portland. I've been wanting to do a post like this for a while. Normally exposing myself like this would feel mortifying and inappropriate to me but given what I've been seeing online and knowing the way young girls and boys are affected by what they see, well, I feel moved to do this. I'm not judging the people that want to portray themselves as beautiful, organized, perfect outfitted and skinny. (I mean I love to scroll through an organizers Instagram.) But what you see on people's instagrams and Facebook is never the whole picture. People that post photos of their bodies and faces online, have almost always taken about 9 photos in hopes of getting that perfect angle, that perfect look and then they filter it. Then you see it and you think "wow she looks amazing", meanwhile the girl that posted it is frantically checking her "likes" and comments. I've done it myself. We are all guilty. Given this little platform that I have I just want to encourage young people to take themselves out of this cycle the best they can. I'm a 35 year old woman. I'm in good shape. I can fit in a sample size sometimes. I've had a three abdominal surgeries. An appendectomy when I was 12, a tubal salpingectomy (look it up) when I was 33 and a C section at 34. If you look at the photo on the left you can see my scar. These photos aren't filtered and if I tried really hard I could make my abs look perfect and then post it online and make a bunch of young girls feel like shit about their own abs. But my abs can also look like they do on the right. I'm presenting the whole picture. I carried an over 8 pound baby for what felt like 16 months. I'd say I earn both of these shots. Excuse the lengthy message. But all you social media devotees know that life online can be adorable and funny and connected and it can also be a manifestation of deep insecurity and faux perfection. In my opinion we are beautiful when we are kind and empathetic and curious and laughing. Explore the world. Get off your damn phone. Spoken like a mom right? Ps. This is a message to myself too. So much love, Vanessa @tracyandersonmethod red pants are 🔥

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