Everyone knows that the trick to a perfect selfie is a good camera… and a LuMee phone case… and finding the right angle… and putting your #handtoface just so… and… okay, so there’s a LOT that goes into taking flattering pictures of ourselves. It’s pretty much a work of art — even literally, in some cases.

Using filters and editing apps like Photoshop or Facetune are also common selfie practice (ask Kim Kardashian — she had some fun with ’em recently), and while it’s fun to experiment and put your best self forward on social media, a constant stream of heavily edited pictures can definitely distort reality. Cosmo found one woman who’s using a simple but super sneaky technique to speak the truth — and remind us that there’s usually always more than meets the eye.

Health and fitness blogger Madalin Giorgetta has posted a series of photos and videos that demonstrate how posing techniques can drastically effect the outcome of a photo. We’re not just talking the old “stand-up-straight and stop slouching” here — watch the way she’s able to manipulate the shape of her body in this video.

In the video, you can see her arching her back and sticking her butt out, popping a hip and slightly bending her leg, and yeah, she’s flexing those abs something fierce. To be clear, regardless of whether she’s flexing or resting, this IS Giorgetta’s real body — she admits to using some of Facetune’s smoothing features, but she never artificially manipulates the shape of her body in photos.

“We allll have our best angles that we choose to share,” she writes, reminding us to not take the constant Instagram perfection to heart. “I don’t look like the right version in real life because who the hell stands like that in real life? Constantly seeing the same carefully posed pic on my feed can get tiring, so it’s always nice to see a crappy photo and think, ‘Ohh hey, she’s a bit like me.'”

Never a bad thing to be reminded of.

Do you use posing and editing to take your best selfies? Let us know over @BritandCo!

(h/t Cosmo, photo via Jerod Harris/Getty)