- Doina Ciobanu has been posting side-by-side edited and unedited videos on TikTok.
- The posts expose how social-media videos can be altered to make people look completely different.
- Ciobanu said she hopes her posts show people what they see on social media doesn’t reflect reality.
It’s no secret that much of what we see on social media isn’t real.
But even the savviest social-media users often don’t realize that videos can be edited just as heavily, and just as easily, as photos.
That’s why TikTok user Doina Ciobanu, who has 68,000 TikTok followers and 853,000 Instagram followers, is using side-by-side videos to show people just how drastically you can alter a video before posting it online.
Doina Ciobanu posts side-by-side TikToks that show how people’s bodies can be edited in videos
Ciobanu, 27, is a creative director and sustainability consultant, as well as a former model. She splits her time between Milan and London.
Ciobanu, who told Insider that she has struggled with eating disorders in the past, said she wanted to expose the ways videos can be edited after watching her 15-year-old sister and her sister’s peers’ online experiences.
“I’ve gradually recovered from the negative, comparative mindset that once ailed me,” she said. “The daily deluge of perfected, but manipulated, content tends not to impact me as much anymore.”
“I have realized that not everyone is capable of judging what they’re seeing and understanding that so much content isn’t wholly genuine or accurate,” she added.
“I worry that she’s at an impressionable age where it’s easy to compare herself to others and come away with a negative sense of self because she hasn’t developed a full suite of mental strength skills at her disposal,” Ciobanu said of her sister.
The outlet also reported that another internal Facebook presentation said that Instagram makes “body image issues worse for one in three teen girls.”
Ciobanu decided the best way she could help her sister and others is by making TikToks that show how easily videos can be edited to create standards of beauty that are unattainable.
Ciobanu said it takes mere seconds to transform herself using editing apps
Ciobanu uses free video-editing apps to alter her videos for her posts. She typically makes her waist smaller and her legs look longer in her TikToks, some of which have been getting millions of views.
As she’s been making the posts, she’s been surprised by how easily she can totally change her appearance.
“I’ve always thought of photo editing as easy and video manipulation hard, but that’s not the case,” she said.
“These apps have become so good at altering a body or a face that what you see in my videos takes roughly three seconds to achieve,” she went on to say.
“It’s disturbingly easy to create an ‘alternative you,'” Ciobanu said.
The differences between some of the before and after videos she posts are subtle, which only emphasizes how easily people can post altered clips without others noticing.
Ciobanu said her goal isn’t to criticize social-media users but to simply make them more aware of what they are seeing when they go online.
“The content is about education,” she said. “A lot of people have come to understand that flawless skin in a photo can be a sign of makeup or Photoshop, but we also have to come to understand that all elements of any digital content aren’t necessarily true to life.”
“Don’t get sucked in and feel bad because you think you don’t personally stack up against what you see online,” Ciobanu advised. “It likely looks very different in reality.”