15 Women Reveal All The Juicy Reasons Why They Have A Finstagram

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I'll admit it: I'm the proud owner of a fake Instagram account, or Finsta — OK, two Finstas — and I don't feel bad about it one bit. My actual account is followed by colleagues, family members, and potential networking opportunities, so I can't act up on it as much as I'd sometimes like to — hence the need for my first Finstagram. There, I can thirst over #MCM posts in peace and share my most private interests without judgment. The second one remains a backup (for now).

Out of curiosity, I asked 15 other women who also own Finstas exactly why they do so. Here's what they had to say.

Submissions have been edited for grammar, clarity, and style.

Beyonce twirling bat in Hold Up video
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1 / 15

M., 20

"I’m part of the Beyhive so I use mine to check people who disrespect the Queen."

S., 21
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2 / 15

S., 21

"I can’t say things I would say in real life on my main page."

Kimberly Elise stressed out in Diary Of A Mad Black Woman
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3 / 15

K., 22

"There’s a lot of pressure to look a certain way [on Instagram]. You have to be perfect basically and it’s exhausting."

girlfriends laughing and talking
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4 / 15

S., 18

"It’s refreshing to talk to people I don’t actually know and seems different if I do it on a null page rather than my main [page]."

Joanne The Scammer on computer
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5 / 15

J., 22

"Because I can obsess over my boos without them knowing it’s me."

Catfish's Max and Nev confused
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6 / 15

H., 23

"I’m catfishing my ex."

smart man tapping forehead
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7 / 15

V., 24

"Mine is just a backup in case my real one gets deleted."

O., 25
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8 / 15

O., 25

"I like to call people out over certain comments without getting the real me attached."

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9 / 15

A., 21

"I would probably annoy or lose followers if I posted what I really wanted on my actual IG."

Tinashe feeling awkward
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10 / 15

M., 28

"I don’t know how to feel about having my pictures [publicly available] online."

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CHELSEA STEWART

Chelsea Stewart is an Atlanta-based journalist, radio personality and aesthete. She's usually listening to the latest albums, replaying "Frasier" episodes or exploring narratives on her blog, Breakfast With Baetoven. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @baetoven_

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