In contemporary times, Instagram-famous models and superstars have more clout than ever. Social media is a way for the so-called beautiful people to interact with their fans, and there are thousands, maybe millions, of intentionally aspirational Instagram accounts out there, showing-off their subjects and touting their lifestyles as something that we should all be eager to attain.If you need advice or tutorials, then I can guarantee that there’s a blogger or vlogger out there for you; experts in cosmetics and make up, in dieting, in hairstyles, fashion, and perhaps most importantly of all, fitness. Nowadays sport and exercise culture had shifted almost completely to social media.
A decade ago, the Herculean gym titans we all looked up to and were envious of were found within the pages of glossy magazines and aerobics DVDs. Now these fitness gurus and gym bunnies can mostly be found on the photo-sharing site, making huge amounts of cash and holding a huge amount of sway over their many thousands of followers, who follow their tips to the letter and follow their advice without question.But what if the unthinkable were to happen and one of these Instagram models abuse the trust and respect that their audiences gave them, instead conning them by lying about their exercise regime and what they were truly capable of? It would of course be scandalous. Yet this week an internet sleuth claims to have caught one celebrated Brazilian model using fake weights in one of his videos. Is she really pulling the wool over our eyes? Or is this just conspiratorial thinking?
You may or may not have heard of Gracyanne Barbosa, but trust me when I say that she already has a considerable fanbase. The Brazilian fitness model has more than 5.2 million followers on Instagram, and regularly shares images of her rock-hard abs and voluptuous curves on the social media site.
However, one eagle-eyed viewer has managed to uncover evidence of foul play. A YouTube vlogger named Nick’s Strength and Power has conducted a thorough investigation of footage of Barbosa’s weightlifting technique. The video, which was later shared on Reddit, appears to show Barbosa employing fake weight plates to make her lifts look significantly more impressive. Redditors and YouTube commenters viewing the footage was obviously less-than impressed.
One commenter stated “this is not only stupid because it’s lying for endorsements, but she’s also encouraging people to think that this feat is easily-doable. I’d consider this extremely dangerous for an amateur to attempt, especially without wraps, proper spots, or proper technique. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone gets injured from attempting something impossible as a result of watching this.”
If you’re an avid weightlifter then please remember that lifting weights that your body isn’t ready for is extremely dangerous, and can result in muscle strain and bone fractures. Always consult an experienced weightlifter or personal trainer. However, this isn’t the first time a female bodybuilder’s social media antics have provoked controversy online.