When the results of a new study about female self representation on Social Media started popping up in the news last week I wasn’t surprised. In summary it revealed that young girls who follow female influencers have a higher tendency to be unhappy with their looks, to retouch themselves in photos and to compare themselves to their Social Media idols. The study focused mainly on fashion, beauty & lifestyle influencers. Yet, the travel blogger scene isn’t much different (unfortunately).
This is how many female travellers present themselves on Social Media.
Female travellers and their image on Social Media
While male travel bloggers represent the destinations they visit, work for the outdoors industry and go on adventures – the female travel bloggers seem to travel elegantly in floaty dresses and bikinis and rather present themselves as an object of discovery than being the subject who actively discovers a place and shares her perspective.
This behaviour results in a perception of female travellers, which totally misrepresents women.
Is this how we as women want to be represented on Social Media?
#femaletravelbloggers for more diversity
Before I go on and on as to why these photos are a problem, I came up with a solution 🙂 I want to start a project to spread a more authentic and diverse image of women who travel on Social Media. And to share this as far as possible I ask you to join (it doesn’t matter if you’re a travel blogger or just a private traveller)!
Use this template on Insta Stories to join:
Let’s start by sharing more diverse, realistic and empowering photos of our travels. By using the #femaletravelbloggers hashtag on a more diverse and wider range of photos we can make a difference!