"I wanted to see what would actually happen if I stopped posting glamorous photos, and shared stuff that you wouldn't normally even share with your friends, stuff that is taboo, stuff that was quite crude, all that kind of stuff," Sanders told People
. "Personally I think Instagram is so fake — the amount of filters, the airbrushing — so I thought it would be interesting."
What happened is that Sanders lost thousands of followers, the count dipping below 10,000. The numbers of likes her "honest" photos received, on the other hand, were much higher than average, and the pics garnered comments from women who thanked Sanders for showing her experiences with personal hygiene and mental health issues alike (historically, most of Sanders' commenters have been admiring men).