Beauty might be a 511 billion-dollar industry, but there’s no putting a price tag on goofing off in front of the camera. The internet can’t be all about professional photoshoots, top-tier model pics, and carefully edited images—it needs to be about fun and humor, too! That’s exactly what the members of the r/PrettyGirlsUglyFaces subreddit understand. The online community, founded way back in 2012, has nearly 90k members who know that the incredible photos you see while scrolling through social media are well-curated and represent an edited version of reality. The fact is that the beautiful women you see featured online can make you laugh with their incredibly funny expressions in a heartbeat if they choose to look derpy and use an unflattering camera angle. And they’re competing to see who can make the ‘ugliest’ faces.

In an in-depth interview with the founder of r/PrettyGirlsUglyFaces, redditor Sinkingfast, Bored Panda learned all about the friendly and diligent community, how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the entirely communit-driven subreddit, as well as why we tend to focus so much on appearances in the modern world.

"The community itself has stayed consistent and loyal. We get a lot of users who see positive reception to their posts and come back as repeat posters. Creating a safe and fun environment to post weird pics in judgment-free was always the goal and I'd like to think we've maintained it, especially with the help of our loyal user base. Our community is great. I want people to be comfortable enough to share and have fun. The subreddit really belongs to the users and wouldn't exist without them." Read on for their other insights, as well as for our follow-up interview about beauty with historian Dr. Jane Nicholas from St. Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo.

As you scroll down, upvote the photos that got a smile and a giggle from you. When you’re done, check out Bored Panda’s previous articles about the subreddit here, here, and here. And a small heads-up before you ask: there’s a male version of the subreddit called r/HandsomeGuysUglyFaces right here.

#1

Muppet Vibes

Muppet Vibes

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ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
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2 months ago

"Muppet Vibes" lol

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#2

Never Even Imagined My Chin Could Recede Like This

Never Even Imagined My Chin Could Recede Like This

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Equine_Ravenclaw_Directioner
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2 months ago

Lol! But you are stunning :3

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#3

Shaved My Head So I Could Go Full Thumb

Shaved My Head So I Could Go Full Thumb

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Sarah
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2 months ago

Mission accomplished!

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Beauty historian Dr. Nicholas explained to Bored Panda that the beauty industry continues to change and grow all the time; wanting to appear effortlessly natural is a popular trend that ebbs and flows. In time, it will be replaced and, eventually, will be in vogue again. "The move toward ‘naturalness’ comes and goes and you can trace it throughout the last century or so," she said.

"Perhaps though we shouldn’t confuse looking natural with actual naturalness. Skincare, for example, focuses on perfect skin that is poreless, hairless, and filtered to give a youthful, creamy glow, but still looks like real skin. The thing is real skin has blemishes, pores, and imperfections. The new natural is an image of natural that few, if any of us, can actually live up to," the historian said. "Being on-screen helps with the ability to control lighting and use filters. A silly photo or one that looks unposed and spontaneous adds a sense of charming realness and briefly interrupts the highly curated images to help make them relatable."

Meanwhile, subreddit founder Sinkingfast's opinion, there's a limit to the number of people we can know, so judging them by their appearance, clothing, and behavior is all we really have, even if we don't choose all aspects of our appearance. "My opinion loosely follows something like Dunbar’s number, the theory that we can only know so many people. We used to live in hunter/gatherer tribes as a species and as cities grew, well, people don't know people anymore. You can't know everyone, especially not within a massive city. Even in the age of social media you can only peek into so many lives."

#4

My Monday, Wednesday, And Friday Face

My Monday, Wednesday, And Friday Face

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Kamilla Juel Sørensen
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2 months ago

Female Jim Carrey, but still pretty :D

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#5

Get You A Girl Who Can Do Both

Get You A Girl Who Can Do Both

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ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
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2 months ago

that face on the right tho-

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#6

I Love You

I Love You

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ITS ME AGAIN
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2 months ago

lol

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They continued: "As an example, I might wear a specific band t-shirt and in that instance, I would be doing it to advertise to others I am a fan. Someone could judge me on the shirt and I may get a friend out of it. Someone could also judge me negatively. I chose to present myself that way, though. I don't choose my face."

Redditor Sinkingfast explained that nowadays people assume that if others present themselves a certain way, that's the way they want the world to perceive them. Even if we can't control some features like our faces. "You see it all the times in film where someone like Steve Buscemi (Did you know he was an FDNY firefighter?) who may be the nicest dude in the world, is hired to play a certain role or type because of his physical appearance. What if he wasn't an actor who was typecast all the way to the bank? If he was just a unique-looking dude on the street? Might someone have harsher opinions of him because he's not the typical standard for beauty? Over attributes he cannot fully control," they mused.

#7

It’s A Skill

It’s A Skill

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Mariam Najar
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2 months ago

I am jealous of the haairrr

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#8

Ya Ever Wanted To Get Down N’ Dirty With Winston Churchill

Ya Ever Wanted To Get Down N’ Dirty With Winston Churchill

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Aurelia!
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2 months ago

I'm telling y'all, social media is FAB.RI.CA.TED.

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#9

In Light Of All The Recent Coronavirus Hysteria, I Thought Now Would Be An Excellent Time To Share My Sneeze Collage

In Light Of All The Recent Coronavirus Hysteria, I Thought Now Would Be An Excellent Time To Share My Sneeze Collage

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spirit wolf
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2 months ago

Wow!! I am genuinely impressed. I might take on this fine noble task myself now that pollen season is approaching and I find myself lacking in self entertaining ideas.

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Nonetheless, Sinkingfast remains optimistic about the future of humankind, despite our propensity to jump to conclusions. "I think even the most diligent people can't help but slip up and sometimes be biased or judge a book by its cover even if it may be unfair to do so. Hopefully, over time as a society, we don't snap judgment about someone over something they can't control. Humanity could stand to be a little nicer in general.

Members of the r/PrettyGirlsUglyFaces subreddit are urged to stay vigilant and report any rule-breaking, hateful posts and comments. The members of the community are urged to participate in keeping the online group clean and welcoming because the moderators can't check every single thread themselves.

#10

My Boyfriend Says This Is The Only Face Of Mine That Truly Scares Him

My Boyfriend Says This Is The Only Face Of Mine That Truly Scares Him

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Mariam Najar
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2 months ago

My friend does this and it's truly frightening

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#11

Good Morning From Sweden

Good Morning From Sweden

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Troux
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2 months ago

You have a cute sister, sir.

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#12

Slayer In The Streets, Slug In The Sheets

Slayer In The Streets, Slug In The Sheets

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Jill
Community Member
2 months ago

The caption is priceless!

The founder of the subreddit, Sinkingfast opened up how over the years they had to introduce stricter rules for how content is being monitored because of a small handful of persistent trolls and offenders. "We just opted to move straight to permanent ban at the first sign of trolling It feels harsh but the rules are really as simple as, 'Don't be a jerk' when you break it down. If it was a genuine mistake the ban can be lifted in the future," they said.

What's more, Sinkingfast shared how r/PrettyGirlsUglyFaces grows by around 10k members each year. However, after a jump to 80k members in mid-2019, the inflow of subscribers had recently slowed down a bit. "I would have assumed more people are at home, taking bored-out-of-your-mind selfies, but in reality, my silly subreddit probably isn't at the forefront of their concerns during the global pandemic," the founder quipped.

According to moderator Sinkingfast, Reddit, being anonymous, urges people to let loose while more 'traditional' social media like Facebook and Instagram makes some of its users act more reserved when they share photos of themselves.

#13

Trying To Take A Cute Selfie vs. Accidentally Opening The Front Camera

Trying To Take A Cute Selfie vs. Accidentally Opening The Front Camera

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Just a Snowball
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2 months ago

haha thats how i feel on zoom

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#14

Me And My Redneck Brother

Me And My Redneck Brother

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Ms.M.
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2 months ago

mullets are back, yall

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#15

Taken The Same Day. I’ve Found My People!

Taken The Same Day. I’ve Found My People!

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Sarah
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2 months ago

Second pic, you do look like an alien trying to pass as a human. (First pic you look like a lovely woman, btw.)

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In a previous interview with Dr. Nicholas, I spoke to her about the history of beauty and the changes in the beauty industry over the years. She told Bored Panda that the beauty industry has grown “substantially” over the previous century, its expansion showing just how important beauty is in people’s lives, shaping their identities. “Especially in regard to gender,” Dr. Nicholas said.

According to the beauty history expert, the modern culture that we live in is a visual culture. Importance has become more important than ever as more and more of us live in increasingly dense, anonymous cities where we can feel insignificant. When there are fewer tight-knit communities and you’re seen as a stranger by most, they’ll judge you only by your appearance.

#16

They Say Beauty Knows No Pain. Apparently Ugly Does Because I Gave Myself A Serious Headache Taking The Second Pic

They Say Beauty Knows No Pain. Apparently Ugly Does Because I Gave Myself A Serious Headache Taking The Second Pic

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Ross Keim
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2 months ago

I’m sorry but I had to laugh at this one, I just kept thinking what if that was my partners O face, could I keep a straight face and it was a resounding no and could just see myself getting punched

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#17

Me On Instagram vs. Me Scrolling Reddit In Bed

Me On Instagram vs. Me Scrolling Reddit In Bed

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Equine_Ravenclaw_Directioner
Community Member
2 months ago

Sameee sis!

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#18

Having A Flat Face Has Its Perks

Having A Flat Face Has Its Perks

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Eva the Egg
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2 months ago

I- I cant stop laughing

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“So how one appears is often presumed to be who one is. Historically, the rise of the modern city was seen as the place of quick judgments on appearances in places that were crowded but also built for observation. Evaluation by one’s appearance, then, took on new importance. This has only intensified,” Dr. Nicholas detailed.

#19

I Was Unaware Until Now That I Could Retract Into Myself. Nice Seeing You

I Was Unaware Until Now That I Could Retract Into Myself. Nice Seeing You

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Little Ms. Quirky
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2 months ago

nice to see you too!

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#20

What I Look Like With A Full Face Of Make Up, Wig And Lashes vs. What I Send My Sister. Enjoy

What I Look Like With A Full Face Of Make Up, Wig And Lashes vs. What I Send My Sister. Enjoy

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Helen Haley
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2 months ago

The pics I send my sis are well and truly awful. This must be a universal truth.

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#21

I'll Just Leave This Here

I'll Just Leave This Here

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ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
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2 months ago

👁️👄👁️

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Beauty is both a deeply personal thing, as well a culturally driven phenomenon. That means that the beauty industry is relational to the consumer. “It provides products and images for consumption and how consumers take those up largely determine its success. Beauty products and practices have to resonate with consumers, who are not simply dupes but often thoughtful and measured in what they want and can consume.”

#22

What I Post On My Story vs. My Private Story

What I Post On My Story vs. My Private Story

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Malek Basata
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2 months ago

noice

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#23

I Was Born For Social Distancing

I Was Born For Social Distancing

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Eva the Egg
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2 months ago

*Pig noises*

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#24

A Fine Selection

A Fine Selection

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Malek Basata
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2 months ago

is that you

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Dr. Nicholas explained that gaps in services and products lead to further innovation. “Throughout the twentieth century, for example, women of color struggled to be appropriately represented and struggled to find appropriate products. In multiple ways, the industry was forced to grow and expand to respond properly to their needs. Black entrepreneurs often led the way,” the historian told Bored Panda.

What’s more, the beauty industry continues to innovate, shift, change, and improve. So much so that what seemed completely ordinary just a decade or two ago can look very weird from a more modern perspective.

#25

Jaw Surgery Has Turned Me Into An Actual Chipmunk

Jaw Surgery Has Turned Me Into An Actual Chipmunk

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Sarah
Community Member
2 months ago

Ohhh, how painful that must be! Hope you're better now. <3

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#26

When You Tickle My Neck

When You Tickle My Neck

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Malek Basata
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

relatable

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#27

Present, Faces My Boyfriend Hates

Present, Faces My Boyfriend Hates

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Hseed
Community Member
2 months ago

Predator, is that you?

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“When dislocated from their context, what was typical in one time period seems strange in another. Today, we see the highly filtered, fully made up selfie as quite ordinary. When you pause to consider it though, it is interesting to think about how those reflect changes in technology (both digital and in cosmetics), as well as in dominant presumptions of what is considered beautiful. It can also be reflective of the democratization of techniques in lighting and makeup application that were historically reserved for insiders within modeling. Now, anyone can use them.”

#28

Taken A Few Minutes Apart

Taken A Few Minutes Apart

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Eva the Egg
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2 months ago

Oh my god.

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#29

At Work vs. Relaxing At Home With Pets. He Peed On Me When I Took This Picture

At Work vs. Relaxing At Home With Pets. He Peed On Me When I Took This Picture

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Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
2 months ago

Nothing like a little lizard piss to brighten your day! LOL

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#30

Always Surprised When I Look Back On This Halloween Pic...

Always Surprised When I Look Back On This Halloween Pic...

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Equine_Ravenclaw_Directioner
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow! You are stunning! And that Halloween pic is just taken perfectly with the light and all :)

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Beauty, for Dr. Nicholas, is deeply interwoven with the wider social and cultural contexts that we live in. “Using X-rays for hair removal, for example, also reflects the fact that technology emerges before the full impact of its use is known,” the historian gave an example of what she meant.

Furthermore, what we take for granted today will most likely seem weird to future generations. “It’s quite ordinary today to inject a form of botulism into your face or to dress in the skin of another animal. Over time, though, as our collective beliefs and values change, these ordinary acts might come to be seen as extraordinary.”

#31

I Feel At Home In This Sub

I Feel At Home In This Sub

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doris van natta
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautiful complexion. Looks unfiltered and genuine.

#32

Me Thinkin Bout The Global Pandemic V. Me Thinkin Bout My Dystopian Alter Ego

Me Thinkin Bout The Global Pandemic V. Me Thinkin Bout My Dystopian Alter Ego

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Sarah
Community Member
2 months ago

My, your dystopian alter ego is 20 years older!

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#33

Do I Win?

Do I Win?

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Just a Snowball
Community Member
2 months ago

yes

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#34

The Thumb Strikes Again...

The Thumb Strikes Again...

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ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
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2 months ago

when a crab pinches you in the butt

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#35

Howdy Doody

Howdy Doody

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Tiredpossum
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2 months ago

i like the tattoo.

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#36

The Duality Of (Wo)man

The Duality Of (Wo)man

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Dan Buczynski
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2 months ago

Love your hair! Back in the days of my youth, I rocked the exact same cut!

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#37

Can’t Believe I’m Putting This On The Internet, But Here Ya Go

Can’t Believe I’m Putting This On The Internet, But Here Ya Go

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Tiredpossum
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2 months ago

I totally agree with the caption on the second picture.

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#38

I've Peaked

I've Peaked

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Sarah
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2 months ago

Can't ugly up that gorgeous hair, though!

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#39

Master Of Disguise

Master Of Disguise

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Kelli from Fitness Blender
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2 months ago

The EARS!

#40

Left Is The Way I Usually Roll

Left Is The Way I Usually Roll

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Johanna Mueller
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2 months ago

omgoodness she looks just like rachel maksy!

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