Olivia Bowen has posted a virtually makeup-free inspirational anti-Instagram Instagram picture to remind her 1.8 million followers that there’s more to life than the carefully-curated images on social media.
The picture, taken at first light with ‘dog slobber’ on the Love island bride’s face, shows Olivia lying in bed and is accompanied by a long caption stressing that while Instagram celebrities’ photo feeds might be appealing ‘these are our best bits, but they are not all of who we are.’
Olivia Buckland, as she then was, made Love Island history with Alex Bowen when they married in September 2018, becoming the first couple from the show to do so.
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During the final of the show’s 2016 season, Olivia spoke frankly about her feelings for Alex: "As you may know, trust and security is something I haven’t been able to conquer in my past.
"I came into Love Island with no expectations for that to change and for three weeks it didn’t.
"Then my prince walked in. Alex, in short, you have allowed me to learn to trust again.
"You’ve been the perfect gentleman and have been so patient with me and my many meltdowns…"
Since the wedding, Olivia has focused on her fashion line which she promotes mainly through her hugely popular Instagram account.
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Her latest post read, in full: “Sometimes we get so caught up in the perfect world of Instagram.
We scroll & scroll & watch people living the best moments of their lives. Let’s take a moment to remember that that’s exactly what they are, the best moments.
I was looking though some of my beautiful photos from recently in Dubai and my life isn’t ‘normal’ and I am so lucky & grateful but felt the need to bring it all back to reality with the parts you didn’t see;
Olivia’s social media profile is dominated by aspirational images
The changing into a tracksuit in the back of a cab & wiping my make up off to go to the airport,
The day I felt self conscious about my tummy because I was so bloated & sick & couldn’t be bothered to try suck it in so I just got drunk
The room service at 10pm because I was too tired to stay out and party.
The ‘make-up free’ image is meant to give fans some perspective
The part I sat at the table at f1 on my own because I had enough and couldn’t be social anymore,
The anxiety attack I had in Hakkasan & had to go back to the room and spend the last night hiding away,
The sweaty panicking mess I was on the plane, resulting in me picking off my eyelashes extensions to have a now bare eye lol!
Olivia loves to post holiday snaps
The fact I’m now awake at 6am with a throat infection & dog slobber on my face.
These are all perfectly imperfect moments that you guys wouldn’t know were even happening unless I shared it.
Which on the most part, people won’t share, and don’t have to share.
So please remember when you’re scrolling & watching some influencer; or celebrity; or friend that’s got some great camera game – that these are our best bits, but they are not all of who we are. These are the parts that some people are comfortable to show.
Olivia and Alex live their lives on TV
I will be forever grateful that I am comfortable to show you the most part. I will always help to shine light on the ‘picture perfect’. A reminder that life is lived for more than a 5 minute photo that was chosen to be seen.
This post isn’t to preach, its here for comfort. I love you guys so much & the way you all make me feel comfortable for me to be me.
Olivia’s latest show is TLC’s Olivia & Alex Said Yes!
I hope I can lead the way on making you all feel comfortable to be YOU. Unapologetically YOU.
For all of the moments, the good, the best, the bad, the weird, the sad. Forever thankful for your continued support on a journey I never expected.
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