It’s no secret that deception online is a big thing. From the comfort of their homes, people can trick us into believing virtually everything—from perfect looks to enviable lives. I mean, who’s there to check up on what’s true or false?

Unless, of course, they give in themselves. And this is what the new TikTok challenge is all about. #CatfishChallenge has TikTokers revealing their real faces behind picture-perfect selfies. Essentially, it totally debunks the belief that everyone looks like supermodels in their daily lives.

Initiated by 22-year-old Australian TikToker @moldogaa, the Catfish Challenge has already amassed 409.3 million views and counting. Others joined in to share their unrecognizable faces and it’s both amusing and kinda illuminating.

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Amarédesse Gemtree, SLYTHERIN
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4 months ago

It's good tho! I like her hair aswell in the before pic but I also like the colour of her real pic.

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XIMENA SALAZAR-LONDONO
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4 months ago

she/he is so pretty

TheGayPandas
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4 months ago

They. If you don't know gender say they.

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Wistre Vist
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4 months ago

HEY THAT'S OUR QUEEN PLASTIQUE

Fentoozler
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4 months ago

Yeeessss

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Flare
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4 months ago

Wow. They are good at this!

Magdalena Szejna
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4 months ago

Plastique Tiara! <3

Angela Turrall
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4 months ago

I’m not sure it is, she LOOKS like Plastique in the first photo, but that second photo is not boy Plastique.

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Jackie Mitchell
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4 months ago

I love Plastique Tiara!!!!

Arctic Fox Lover
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4 months ago

Oh danggg

AALIYAH UMOREN
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4 months ago

wow

Kat Hoth
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4 months ago

They use make-up very well.

John Simmons
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4 months ago

This is exactly why I stopped on-line dating! :-0

Canadian in Cornwall
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4 months ago

but they've changed their nose SOOO much, crazy !!

Eduardo Del Cerro
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4 months ago

But this is NO catfish at all. This is Duc Tran and his Drag Queen alter ego Plastique Tiara. He was on RuPaul Drag Race Season 11

John Simmons
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4 months ago

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Mary Gaynor
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4 months ago

If they looked like their posts, they would not be looking. If they are not attached you should wonder why. Could be to good to be true

Mary Montejo
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4 months ago

Love this person!!

Macie Ayotte
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4 months ago

wow

Justina Brazevičiūtė
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4 months ago

Drag queen Plastique Tiara :)

Alyssa Linder
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4 months ago

Definitely want tips on how to look so great

PANDAS
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4 months ago

there so pretty

grafxgal60073
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4 months ago

Perfect!

Whitney Anderson
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4 months ago

hey boys im so cute...oh also im a boy

Sharon Ingram
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4 months ago

Looks like a blow up doll.

semelina pitrone
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4 months ago

this scares me.

Diane Patrick
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4 months ago

His neck looks weird.

Patty Leaton
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4 months ago

fake nose ,eye don't match

Abyx
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4 months ago

what is this

Sam Kunz
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4 months ago

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If he pretends to be a woman and doesn't tell who he is dating, that's a crime.

PotatoNinja5000
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4 months ago

Which specific law are you referring to?

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Sam Kunz
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Oh you can tell that's a man lol

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Museo
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With this look she would be an attraction at RuPaul's Drag Race.

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Bored Panda reached out to social media influencer Shanae Thompson, who has 113.6k followers on her TikTok account, where she goes by the handle @itsyagirlshaeee. Shanae also joined the fun #catfishchallenge and her video went viral, amassing 163.6k likes.

The influencer said that she enjoys doing challenges on the platform, but this one she made at random. “I didn’t plan that video at all, that content was taken after a single take and it ended up getting a lot more attention than I ever expected!”

Essentially, the new TikTok video trend debunks the common myth that everyone looks perfect in their daily lives. By revealing their genuine faces behind the makeup and photo editing, the TikTokers made a point that the picture and reality don’t always coincide. These light-hearted and comical videos are hashtagged #catfish to show just how deceiving the pictures can be.

“I would remind everyone to love themselves for who they are. Even in the moments when you don’t look your best. Be comfortable and confident in your skin,” Shanae said. “I enjoy being able to play with makeup and change my look. But at the end of the day, taking all that off and relaxing is the best part of the day.”

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Bisexual bean
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4 months ago

wow

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FatBaby
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4 months ago

That's a lot of makeup.

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Amarédesse Gemtree, SLYTHERIN
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4 months ago

Still pretty........

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And when it comes to TikTok, the social media influencer said she’s over the moon that so many people “could enjoy my goofy content.”

“I think anybody who wants to put themselves out there as an influencer, dancer, or performer of any kind would be silly to not start a TikTok account. I have seen so many people’s careers take off from the app.” Shanae concluded that nothing about this app that she has experienced really is a downfall. And if it puts smiles on people’s faces, it’s even better!

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OpalTheRainwing <3
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4 months ago

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She’s pretet

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Happy Days
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4 months ago

that hair is so pretty

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Linda Williams
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4 months ago

Why would you want to look like somebody else? Why is being yourself not good enough?

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La'Kalynn Galloway
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4 months ago

she look like rihanna

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Amarédesse Gemtree, SLYTHERIN
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4 months ago

Isn't that everybody? (including me, duh)

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Kristof De Smet
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4 months ago

No, it wasn't

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BoredPanda is awesome
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4 months ago

her expression...

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Natalia
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4 months ago

So much prettier without makeup

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Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
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4 months ago

Hm... this one doesn't have too much difference, from what I can see... just the pose and a few edits to the complexion and eyes.

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Bella Turland
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oof

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Jim Ellington
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I'd buy that for a dollar.

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BoredPanda is awesome
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4 months ago

yeah, I'm pretty sure all of these are to make it like: flattering pic vs. unflattering pic

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Bridget Price
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4 months ago

I love her pose in the second one XD

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Kristof De Smet
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4 months ago

I don't get this. Anyone can make it look like he/she doesn't look good. You actually do, in both pictures.

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Ariyana Ritesh
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4 months ago

Lol I love her expression in the second one- btw, anyone else think her hair is GORGEOUS?

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BoredPanda is awesome
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4 months ago

I think all of these are to make it like: flattering pic vs. unflattering pic

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Linda Slichenmyer
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4 months ago

Pretty both times

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Little Zoologist
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4 months ago

Still not bad

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Blinding_Darkness
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4 months ago

In the second pic she kinda looks like me lol

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ainsley
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4 months ago

omo i love the braces and nose ring combo

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Kenna Cook
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4 months ago

how in the heck....?

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Anouk Raemen
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4 months ago

This one doesn't count, she just took a picture in a less flattering angle...Anyone can look "bad/ugly" like that...

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Linda Slichenmyer
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4 months ago

Teach me how to do make up..please! Lol

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Demon Child
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4 months ago

STILL GORJUS OML lady why are you putting on makeup ur so pretty

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Ariyana Ritesh
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4 months ago

lol she looks like fun

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Anna
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4 months ago

Well at least I'm consistent and always ugly lol

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