First it was MySpace, then it was Facebook, and now it’s Instagram. Less than ten years ago we shared photos of ourselves  living it up in our daily lives unto MySpace, innocently (for most) and as time progressed the pictures have gotten raunchier and raunchier with every new social media app. Between taking pictures of ourselves in the bathroom and taking pictures of our favorite body parts while laying in bed, it’s obvious that some of us are asking for a certain kind of attention. Are we models in training, looking to be discovered or simply in need of attention? Yes, it’s true, we live in a overly sexualized society where we have reality stars who don’t ever get enough attention and post pictures of their assets for the world to “see how their costumes fit.” Cough, cough, Kim Kardashian. But, when do we leave the modeling for the ughhh, models? Now I definitely don’t think there is anything wrong with sharing photos of me and my friends being silly, posing as if we were high fashion models in our Sunday’s best, but it ends there. In an age where contact information is more accessible than it’s ever been, putting out inappropriate pictures of myself to look sexy or to “get discovered” is simply unsafe and for lack of better words, “thirsty.” Us women, give men such a hard time for being either overly aggressive or even a stalker, but when do we take the responsibility of what we put out? Look, I get it. Everyone wants their five minutes of fame Andy Warhol believes we are all entitled to, but, really, at what expense? What you give is what you get and if taking scantily clad pictures of myself and filtering it up for the most likes, new followers, and adoring comments, then, please, just shoot me.

  • http://twitter.com/gennatay Gennatay (@gennatay)

    Instagram was not like this when it as iPhone exclusive. I noticed all the “model” pics once Andriod phones where allowed in.

  • http://www.twitter.com/MissTiondaRae MissRae

    I agree. As an Android user , I tried to use instragram but wasn’t impressed. I end up deleting my account because I barely post anything.

  • http://gravatar.com/solfresh solfresh

    I think too with each new social media, the five minutes of fame gets closer and closer within reach. Starting with twitter, if you @ someone or twitpic at the right time you can catch the attention of an artist or a celebrity. Let’s not forget direct messages. Now with instagram, if you got the right look and are throwing it out there, you may just get a famous follower. (I witnessed a girl give out her number in her comments section after a rapper made a comment on her pic. Of course her butt and tits were the focal point of the pic.)

    But its always interesting to see these damn near naked “models” have an account full of “porn”. Yet once they get that attention from anybody really and it turns negative they’re quick to get on defense. Nah sweetheart, it doesn’t work like that.

  • http://gravatar.com/prxtence Salmon

    Um, no I know a bunch of obnoxious Iphone users who start each and every day with photos of themselves. With at least 10 hash tags ranging from #naturalhair, #nomake #goodhairday #almond eyes etc…

    annoying people consume all kinds of products.. androids, iphones, etc

  • Jaslene

    Love the photo. It is amazing just how many girls are models. Instagram has brought narcissism to another level if we were to take it away people would be lost.

  • http://gabandgraffiti.wordpress.com marloweovershakespeare

    Why is this Willy Wonka shot so perfect for all these snarky puns I see on the web??? I love it!!!

  • http://gabandgraffiti.wordpress.com marloweovershakespeare

    And some thought only Facebook turned meek docile furbies into narcissistic greedy gremlins…

  • EST. 1986

    Instagram boosts the self esteem of women and girls who put a high value on having people like them for being beautiful.

    The guys like it because they can start a collection of women’s profiles to view and get excited about.

  • http://twitter.com/gennatay Gennatay (@gennatay)

    Um yeah, I’m not saying that iphone users don’t post pictures of themselves. What I am staying is that there were actual pictures of interesting things before Andriod users joined. Before Andriod users were on instagram, there wasn’t even those annoying “tweetgrams” available.

  • http://museandwords.com NinaG

    “Us women, give men such a hard time for being either overly aggressive or even a stalker, but when do we take the responsibility of what we put out?”

    Really? I guarantee you if all women covered up, these aggressive men and stalkers would be no different. Just look at communities were women MUST be dressed conservatively…

  • Kay

    I am definitely not one for constant pic taking! I do have a friend who will even take pics while she’s working out! I love her, but that’s just crazy. Besides, no one is really interested in your new manicure, your cute new puppy or what you were eating for breakfast.

  • http://twitter.com/0oIAMSHEo0 IAMSHE (@0oIAMSHEo0)

    Really? You aren’t serious. You can’t be.

  • breakthecycle

    Lmao at #almondeyes#goodhair day. This is so true!!!

  • Blue

    @Gennatey Oh you have an iphone,,,,good for you. Now go tell that to someone who cares.

  • http://twitter.com/gennatay Gennatay (@gennatay)

    you obviously do, you know since you commented on it :-)

    Apologies to any Andriod users I may have offended. This was not my intention. Just my observation of what instgram was like before/after

  • i mean

    Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram are used as tools for narcissism, people like to be seen. That being said, if you don’t like what you see unfriend them

  • Breeze

    Wow @ these previous replies….

    I agree with what you’re saying in the sense that before incorporating a wider audience, Instagram used to have some substance. Now it seems like every college freshman with an AT&T upgrade wants to post their half-naked photoshoot…mostly to compete with the one her homegirl did last week….Same thing happened to Facebook when being in college stopped being a requirement to join.

  • http://gravatar.com/chanela17 chanela17

    omg YES!!! i am so sick of women claiming to be a damn model simply because they take pictures of themselves bending over on facebook.

    stahp it!!!

  • Chillyroad

    I get the criticism of nasty pics but I like the idea of Instagram twitter Facebook YouTube etc. it gives a voice and an opportunity to a lot of people who wouldn’t have it. Granted there are millions of wackos on the Internet but then Jesus was a “wacko.” I’d imagine if he were around today he wouldn’t be on Fox News CNN or MSNBC but online.

    Speaking of these modelling photos I say as black women we should support it. If Instagram has to be the new modelling agency so be it. The elites agencies have discriminated against black women. We can use Instagram and the like to go our own way maybe even start our own agencies based on photos of the best. Why leave it in the hands of people who have discriminated against us?

    Blacks should support the further democritization of society via the Internet. Who knows, the next black super model could come from Instagram. Look at what you tube did for Justin beiber.

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  • wtf

    meed docile furbies lol

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