Why We Need More Messy Moments on Instagram

Real Simple's new feed of real life moments has more than 30,000 followers—and counting.

Instagram is usually a home for artfully-filtered sunsets, perfectly framed desserts and smiling, obedient children. Life, on the other hand, is full of rainstorms, baking disasters and tempter tantrums. So why isn’t that what we show on social media? RealSimple.com recently launched a new Instagram account (@WomenIRL) with exactly that mission in mind—users send us their real life moments (think: meltdowns and parking tickets) with #WomenIRL and we regram our favorites. The resulting feed—an unfiltered blend of sometimes messy, oftentimes hilarious, and always authentic snapshots—has struck a cord: As of Monday evening, it’s amassed nearly 34,000 followers.

“There’s a real need for this,” RealSimple.com’s editor Lori Leibovich told CNN's HLN about the campaign on Monday. “People sometimes get tired of all of the filtered images that they see in their feeds all day long.“ Watch the full clip below, and post your photos on Instagram with #WomenIRL.