'Unguarded and Unbothered' Is Our Favorite New Instagram Movement
People are using the hashtag to share their insecurities so others don't feel alone.
Instagram is filled with images of perfectly sculpted (and filtered) humans, and staring at those pics on a daily-sometimes hourly-basis can do a number on your self-esteem. That's why we're so here for the latest trend to sweep social media: #UnguardedAndUnbothered.
The movement, created by 22-year-old Desiree Scoggin, came to life after she realized how much pressure women put on themselves to be perfect. "Many women struggle in today's society thinking they aren't good enough," Scoggin says. "Whether it be told to them by an abusive boyfriend, their husband, family, friends, people on social media...it hurts me to know others don't see the beauty in themselves." (Related: 11 Hashtags That Will Fill Your Social Media Feed with Self-Love)
"What motivated me to start this movement was when I finally truly embraced what I saw in the mirror," she said. "I was staring at myself after a shower completely bare. I was standing there with no makeup, nothing done with my hair, no push-up bra on, and no sense of needing to fit in. I looked at myself and thought, 'I am beautiful.' "
In that moment Scoggin realized that every woman deserves to feel that way-and she was going to play her part in making sure she didn't feed into people's insecurities. "Unguarded to me, meant that I was going to ditch the makeup, editing, posing...and show everyone who I am," she said. "I am human too and because of that, I am unbothered by what others may think of me. I have finally found love in myself that I never had, and I have never been happier."
Today, over a thousand people have used #UnguardedAndUnbothered, sharing their "flaws" and "imperfections" to let others know that they're not alone. Scoggin had no idea the movement would gain so much traction.
"It blew my mind that these people took time out of their days to bare themselves, regardless of possible criticism, and join me in this movement," she said. "This message deserves to be heard."
We couldn't agree more. And even if one woman starts to feel more confident in her skin as a result of Scoggin's message, that's a triumph. In her own words: "It's time to change the norms and not be scared to be yourself."