Decoding the Instagram Beauty Standard

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  • Published on Sep 16, 2019
  • Influencers have now become the new beauty standard.
    But what exactly is the new beauty standard? Well, I decided to find out for myself. I made a list of the Top 100 female Instagram stars purely based on following. Then I came up with 22 attributes that each woman would be judged on. These included things like:
    Hair color
    Hair length
    Neck length
    Face shape
    Body shape
    Eye color
    Clothing size
    Flatness of stomach
    Lip size
    Eye size
    Nose size
    Skin color
    Chest size
    Prominence of butt
    Age
    Height...etc
    After a couple weeks of gathering data and categorizing data, I can tell you that there is most definitely a formula and a specific beauty standard that the 100 most followed women on Instagram adhere to.
    Watch the video to find out the results and to see me get photoshopped into a Top 100 Female Instagrammer!
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    Cassey Ho is an award-winning fitness instructor, entrepreneur and online personality. As the creator behind Blogilates, the #1 female fitness channel on TVclip, she’s transformed millions of lives through helping them achieve their strength and weight-loss goals. She focuses on making fitness fun and the results are evident. Cassey's unique format, POP Pilates©, which launched as a workout video on TVclip in 2009, has become a live fitness class that can be taken at gyms all over the world with over 3,000 POP Pilates classes being taught monthly. Her authenticity continues to shine through, making her one of the most relatable fitness icons online and beyond. She's also the author of the best-selling book, Hot Body Year Round and is the designer of her own activewear line, POPFLEX.
    With a wide range of free workout videos available, Cassey's channel focuses on ab exercises, butt & thigh exercises, arm exercises, pilates, cardio routines, fat burning workouts, high intensity interval training workouts (HIIT), stretching and flexibility routines and so much more!

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  • blogilates
    blogilates  Month ago +826

    What fact blew your mind the most?

    • 00Mindi00
      00Mindi00 12 days ago

      Bethany Anderson I’m not surprised that blonde is out. It has been for several years. It’s the Kardashian effect, and their look is from the Arab world. If you go to the Middle East the origins of their look is everywhere and to a whole other level. The in look, for the last few years has been and is right now, Arabic.

    • brandi mcmaster
      brandi mcmaster 16 days ago

      The fact that you slam all these influencers when you're one of them yourself. Can't you just get back to basics with your videos!? Instead your all about pleasing your social media fans.

    • Ti Svensson
      Ti Svensson 18 days ago

      Absolutely everything from pple living in a phone and idolizing fake pictures, to Cassie as an adult actually spending time and money and doing this, me actually spending my time watching this.

    • Mona Gracia
      Mona Gracia 23 days ago

      Offtopic: please do prenatal series for popsters who are pregnant

    • Rox Obando
      Rox Obando 24 days ago

      OMG! Amazing! I want to be more videos like this!

  • luchzh
    luchzh Day ago

    I find you have a very nice and long eyelashes on your no makeup face. Can you do a video for beauty tips plz?

  • Johanna TW
    Johanna TW Day ago

    I love that color on you Cassey!!

  • honey thakur
    honey thakur Day ago

    I hate instagram 😝

  • zukojar
    zukojar Day ago

    If those “small eyes” are what ppl consider small then my eyes are....whew

  • Josh R
    Josh R Day ago

    A problem with this is instagram is not all about beauty. It's more about fame overall.

  • Maira Shehzad
    Maira Shehzad Day ago

    I LOVE THIS ATTEMPT OF URS... I LOVE IT

  • Banshee Queen
    Banshee Queen 2 days ago

    ok but the plus-size ones aren't there because most of the women that are being followed are very active as they perform on stage or in front of the camera a lot. Maybe another count with just influencers and without people that are famous outside of the IG realm would be more accurate. Because I follow people like Ariana, Selena, Dove etc. for news on their acting and music 🤷🏻‍♀️

  • Right Now It's Girls' Generation

    Any BLINKs who got excited about Jenlisarosé being used as examples? No? Just me? Okay.

  • Laura
    Laura 3 days ago +1

    Am i the only one who likes natural people who has their own futures and look different from others??

  • 00rosi2
    00rosi2 3 days ago

    Sorry to bring it to you but i hate instagram

  • Hannah McMillin
    Hannah McMillin 7 days ago

    except Taylor Swift lol she’s pretty much all of the exceptions. Taylor is gorgeous but I don’t think she’s ever tried to conform. Also, Taylor’s work and kindness is way more significant than her looks

  • Linds Ryan
    Linds Ryan 7 days ago

    I noticed being doe eyed helps. They all do their make up like that.

  • elinawise
    elinawise 9 days ago

    Would you consider doing one for men, too?

  • Antonia Kaselj
    Antonia Kaselj 9 days ago

    Cool video

  • PravdoLubka
    PravdoLubka 11 days ago +1

    Super!

  • Cristina Bejan
    Cristina Bejan 11 days ago

    why is it weird that top 10 are not plus size? I think that is just instinctual

  • Denisa Neagoe
    Denisa Neagoe 11 days ago

    I think this would've been more accurate if it would've been done strictly on instagram influencers/models. That is, people that made their name on social media and have little or no involvement with the general media. Beyonce, Selena Gomez and the rest of sorts made their name mostly through mainstream media so having a following on social media came with the fame they already had.

  • A. J.
    A. J. 12 days ago

    she did an EXCELLENT job!!! great job 😁

  • 00Mindi00
    00Mindi00 12 days ago

    Instagram is great UNTIL you start coming across the instababe / traveller babes / traveller couple profiles, they are EXTREMELY negative spaces and they effect from teens right through to late forties. Ironically these people are incredibly insecure and then help to create the very insecurities they suffer from. It’s a horrible toxic cycle

  • EmmaJ.K.88
    EmmaJ.K.88 12 days ago

    I’ve always found it weird that some people think hair and eye color should determine what “beauty” is suppose to be. Especially since I’ve seen and known plenty of natural blonde haired people (of any eye color) who are “plain” or “unattractive” looking (myself included). I have blonde hair and I’m definitely your average plain Jane. Hair or eye color does not determine what your face and body will look like obviously.

  • Weijia Kwok
    Weijia Kwok 12 days ago

    I think Ariana embodies that doe faced Audrey Hepburn thing. Which is unconventionally unexplainably attractive. That aesthetic has become the Ariana Grande archetype, so it's difficult for others to replicate or be inspired by it without being immediately labelled as an Ariana wannabe or crazed fan. That keeps her at the top.
    So many beauty influencers have the similar partially Arabian esque large eyed arch brow aesthetic which is very Kardashian and Jenner but it's become so common that people can look past the butt and chest and arched eyebrows and plump lips like it's a benchmark to find other small differences in quality and that's why people are more forgiving towards women who look similar to Kylie. That aesthetic has transcended the person it originated from. You barely see "Kylie Jenner inspired" to describe makeup looks etc that look Kylie Jenner inspired because that is the norm now.
    I also find it interesting that even the small eyed top 100 beautiful instagram women have huge eyes for asian standards.

  • Reality Bending
    Reality Bending 13 days ago

    Isn't there a fundamental flaw in the study by virtue of the fact that you assume the reason the top women are being followed is beauty. I feel it might be more correct if you excluded people who were famous singers and actresses.

  • TheMinnaKat
    TheMinnaKat 13 days ago

    You said it, it's interesting, and it's eerie. I can't help but wonder how the results would look like if only female followers were counted.

  • Winnie Ye
    Winnie Ye 13 days ago

    I think that most people have brown eyes in the top 100, not because brown eyes are more popular, but because more people just have brown eyes.

  • seokjinism cult
    seokjinism cult 14 days ago

    maybe the % of brown eyed women is more because of it being a genetically common trait? I still see lighter coloured eyes being appreciated more for being unique and brown called "boring". Another factor that could be affecting the top 100 most followed females is the instagram algorithm suggesting these accounts to be followed by new users, and the popularity of these celebs. When I had instagram a couple years ago I would follow people like ariana grande as a fan not for her beauty. The top 10 are also top A listers in hollywood.
    It's a well researched video though, and the photoshopped version of you looks just like most of the famous instagram beauty influencers.

  • Kélina Ferrer
    Kélina Ferrer 15 days ago

    Hi Cassey! I was just following one of your amazing work out (1st day of your summer challenge), and a thought just "pop"-ed in my mind : I just realized how much confidence and self acceptation it must take to film all of these work out videos, quite often, in such thight clothes every time, eversince the begining of your channel... It must have been so hard to accept that so many people would be able to judge your body and the way it naturally evolve through life... I mean I absolutely admire you for being able to just leave any negative thought behind, and just go... "Ok this is the way I am, and wether people like it or not, wether I think I look great or not... I'll just go with it and help people feeling confident too ! " It must be the reason why you are my fav fitness "teacher". Because you have a "human body". You're not trying to look like a model, a doll... Any non-realistic idea... You're just making us feel ok about our bodies too... Personal example : I do pole dance since 3 years now, (but not straight, had to take a lot of breaks because studies....) Now there is a pole set at my parents house, but I don't come home from my flat so often.... Well 2 things : your videos are the only work outs that makes me as happy as pole dancing, when I can't, and secondly, it helps me accepting my body in very revealing clothes such as pole dance ones. It's not easy, and I haven't fully accepted it yet. But I can tell you that you have achieved to set a much more healthy way of thinking about body images for me that it could have been by just following society's standards. And pretty sure it has been the same for a lot of others teenage girls / young adults too. So just a huge THANKS for that! You have a real super positive power! x x

  • brandi mcmaster
    brandi mcmaster 16 days ago

    I don't understand why people care so much about social media. If you took all the effort and time that people put into social media, and did something useful with it, we could really change this stupified world. Social media = zombie apocolypse. By the way Cassey, you fit into all this dumb social media, you are a part of it, constantly flaunting your perfected photos everywhere, then you tell everyone to stop caring about appearences and be happy with themselves. Tell me, how much time and effort did you put into your appearence for this video?..You are a hyprocrite!

  • Frank Beltran
    Frank Beltran 17 days ago

    How many of these so called "followers" are actual people and not just PAID for bots?

  • Tarrie Revenant
    Tarrie Revenant 17 days ago

    Also...what’s the deal with latex looking skin tight clothes? Like...I just don’t find it attractive/appealing, and it DEFINITELY looks uncomfortable to wear.

  • scmj5
    scmj5 18 days ago

    This is why I love Taylor Swift! Always classy photos, empowering and confident in her body (which changed between the 1989 and Reputation era, and it's alright!) AND most of her posts are mostly about her music, advocacy or something fun... and cats! NOT just a picture to show her body or face on a fancy light for the heck of it. When she does, it's about art. Go see her pictures from Rolling Stone! They are amazing!

  • Sharon Gore
    Sharon Gore 18 days ago

    Thanksssss!

  • Meh
    Meh 18 days ago +1

    Also they love calling their SO daddy while wearing a choker

  • Maddi Couture
    Maddi Couture 18 days ago

    thanks for this video! love the content so much i’m using it in an essay i’m writing on obsessing over body image ;) love you cassey!!!

  • Olivia Holst
    Olivia Holst 18 days ago

    My device isn’t working. I want to do the October thing but your website is weird with my ipad

  • Wh at
    Wh at 18 days ago

    This is why I dont like using instagram. People are like sheeps with low standards. They all look like they were produced in the same barbie company. I love being me. And wouldnt change it for anything!!

  • кαуlα
    кαуlα 18 days ago

    so basically it's a white women with black features but a caucasoid nose and hair type.

  • кαуlα
    кαуlα 18 days ago

    ugh this sucks I'm a petite skinny black girl so i fit none of these :( i have full lips tho lol

  • кαуlα
    кαуlα 18 days ago

    so basically if you're a pale kpop idol or a kylie jenner lookalike you're beautiful enough for ig.

  • Sophia N
    Sophia N 18 days ago

    this was super interesting!

  • Emma Esterhuyzen
    Emma Esterhuyzen 20 days ago

    Hey! I really really want to see a 30 day hourglass fitness challenge!! This would work on a skinny waist, wide hips and maybe a bit of booty lifts 😂❤️❤️

  • Mona lifestyle
    Mona lifestyle 20 days ago

    This is absolutely sad :-( being fake is the trend now!! What about content/service/information?

  • S R
    S R 21 day ago

    after photoshop you didn't even look like a person, way more doll like. This video shows how unrealistic beauty standards are and have always been. Here's to the upcoming alien trend

  • Joanna Eve
    Joanna Eve 21 day ago

    And this is why I loathe being a woman and avoid instagram at all costs.

  • beyza the caticorn
    beyza the caticorn 21 day ago

    you definetely look so good without make up and this video is so great! it is so bad how media sets the standarts

  • Analoe Volkova
    Analoe Volkova 21 day ago

    oh... this just kinda made me insecure even though I dont desire the looks they have

  • michaela tornosova
    michaela tornosova 21 day ago +1

    After photoshop she kind of looked like Nikita Dragun.

  • Rose-Marie Lundholm
    Rose-Marie Lundholm 21 day ago

    There is alot of blackpink in here

  • Mommarazzi C.
    Mommarazzi C. 22 days ago +5

    Men. Men are following more of these “influencers” than you know. Men watch women dressed like that in their private time and young women blindly follow THEIR standard. Barely clothed..big bits. Seriously?😏
    In a few years it’ll HOPEFULLY be more of a natural and TALENTED Joanna Gaines standard. That is all.❣️

  • stayoutofroom6277
    stayoutofroom6277 22 days ago

    Yup now non of the white girls want to be pale and super skinny like run way models. Now they want to look like people of color. Funny how these top 100 take things latin and black women get shit for and make it “trendy”, but yeah we know it’s Fake! They are all fake no actual person living a normal life can ever look like that

  • Katka
    Katka 22 days ago

    Great experiment! ^^

  • Jamie Bourcier
    Jamie Bourcier 22 days ago

    I loved watching your video. Thank you for putting in all the hard work. I do have one comment though regarding the authenticity of the number of followers of the top 3 influencers (AG, SG and KK). Hundreds of IG influencers use bots to boost their audience numbers. I've heard of several IG influencers being able to acquire thousands (even millions!) of followers and likes by paying a third-party bot vendor.
    Also - do we know if the followers of said IG influencers are male or female? I would be interesting to know if there is a difference between what men 'like/follow' and what women 'like/follow'. Again - I LOVED your research and THANK YOU for being so real!!!

  • april schaller
    april schaller 22 days ago

    Love this post thanks no matter what people say u are ur best beautiful self. And thanks for the confidence and loving words u hive

  • Elizabeth Berger
    Elizabeth Berger 23 days ago

    I appreciate what Cassey is going for here, but this is not scientific. correlation does not imply causation, meaning that these beauty "standards" aren't necessarily what CAUSED their high amounts of followers. What if there are some kind of measures that aren't being looked at here - such as fame, net worth, etc? That could likely influence followers and it may have nothing to do with looks.
    And some of these percentage differences such as fewer african-americans and only 2% redheads MAY actually be representative of the population. It would be more meaningful if you could compare these percentages to the general or overall instagram population... for example if 2% of women on instagram are redheads, then it makes sense that 2% of women in the top 100 would also be redhead. However, if 50% of women on instagram are redhead and then only 2% of women in the top 100 are redhead - clearly that's a disparity. Otherwise it's probably just a coincidence.
    So while this can maybe be considered a case study and provides some interesting correlational info and descriptive detail, I wouldn't consider it scientific or necessarily super valid information. Which is fine, but I think this video kind of oversells the "findings".

  • Erica Brumfield
    Erica Brumfield 23 days ago

    This is the saddest thing ever

  • caviar fortytwo
    caviar fortytwo 23 days ago

    your makeupless selfie is BOMBB

  • caviar fortytwo
    caviar fortytwo 23 days ago

    I started watching you in 2011 and even then I thought you were a baddie before the word baddie even existed, you are my beauty standard!

  • xt952
    xt952 23 days ago

    Beauty is not a one-size-fits-all, it comes in countless different forms and we should embrace that. Instagram does everything *but* that... It forces one ideal on everyone.

    Seeing the before and after photos is insane, because it doesn't even look like the same person anymore. Seeing the before and after of instagrammers photos proves the same thing. So many layers of makeup and edits are made that it no longer looks like the same person. That's not empowerment, that's opression in a way.
    It's saying that, if you don't look like this, then you can't be beautiful. But everyone is born with different features, that's simply the way it is. There can not be only one beauty ideal, because we all meet people who look worlds apart different from each other, and we can still think they look beautiful while looking Different from one another. And the fact that we look different is also what makes someone look beautiful; because they don't all look the same.

    It's sad how so many people are influenced to changing their natural features, because I think most look way better as themselves than when they try to cram themselves into the narrow instagram beauty ideal.

    Also this is just my opinion but I gotta say I prefer the before version so much more! You look so beautiful without makeup as well :)

  • J Z
    J Z 23 days ago

    So Caucasian && curvy is in?🤔in front of my salad??

  • SUN light
    SUN light 23 days ago

    to me 6pack abs are sexier than flat stomach