Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | BIG READ -

Every­one is guilty, to some de­gree, of want­ing to present their best life on so­cial me­dia. It’s now widely ac­cepted that In­sta­gram is for many, and celebri­ties and in­flu­encers in par­tic­u­lar, a care­fully cu­rated ver­sion of real­ity.

But Carrie Bick­more isn’t afraid to share the more un­flat­ter­ing side of moth­er­hood with her fol­low­ers. She re­cently re­vealed the truth be­hind her vi­ral post on the photo-shar­ing plat­form from Fe­bru­ary.

The Project co-host posted two pho­tos with her daugh­ter Ade­laide. One of the pho­tos was can­did and the other one was set up. The pho­tos racked up more than 90,000 likes.

Carrie was asked why she de­cided to post both pho­tos dur­ing an in­ter­view with Char­lie Pick­er­ing on The Weekly.

“When Chris, my part­ner, took the orig­i­nal photo I was asleep,” she said. “When I woke up … he said to me, ‘I took the most beau­ti­ful photo of you and Ad­die just then’.

“I had in my head how it was go­ing to look and then when he showed it to me I was like, ‘Oh my god, is that what I look like?’ I was mor­ti­fied. I was pale, I was drained, I was ex­hausted. I had a four-week-old baby, that’s what I should have looked like.”

Un­happy with how she looked in the photo, she asked her part­ner Chris to take an­other one, which he did.

“But then when I looked at it I re­alised there was not a sin­gle bit of the emo­tion of the orig­i­nal mo­ment, and I think I felt dis­ap­pointed in my­self that I hadn’t liked the first mo­ment be­cause that was me and my new­born baby girl in a mo­ment to­gether,” she ex­plained.

“That’s my world most of the time.”

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