Glance behind the scenes of ‘perfect’ Instagram photos and ‘ideal’ photoshoots and you’ll find a world full of fun mistakes, uncontrollable laughter, and quirky chaos. And the best thing is, some IG stars decide to open up the door to their less-than-stellar behind-the-scenes shots all by themselves, without any outside pressure.

They’re posting their candid shots alongside the finished pics under the #instagramvsreality hashtag, which has over 167k posts, and it’s a blast. That kind of honesty (while most everyone else is busy running around trying to be perfect online) is not only refreshing, it’s also heartwarming to see some of the back-stage goofiness. (Especially when there’s a fluffy pet involved!)

Bored Panda has collected the crème de la crème from the ‘Instagram vs. Reality’ hashtag for you to enjoy, so scroll on down, check out the photo bloopers, and remember to upvote your fave ones.

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

"nrrrrrgna gravgna"

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

Smell the roses, don't eat them!

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Dotzilla
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1 year ago

Boo!

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Professional Instagram photographers, influencers, and models have to navigate a fine line on social media every single day. On the one hand, they want to show off their best possible, most aesthetic side. Human beings want to be adored and that’s only natural. On the other hand, they want the world to see them as they are, not a brushed-up improved version, and they want to ensure fan loyalty through being genuine.

In other words, how much to stage (and photoshop) pictures until you get the best shot that you can is always on Instagramers’ minds. After all, think about how many photos you take before posting a pic that’s important to you online. Now multiply that feeling by your anxiety to please thousands (and sometimes even millions) of fans and you’ll be more or less on the same level as the pros.

Fortunately, there’s something to be said for being honest about who you are in your photos and about opening up about how you make your ‘oh-so-perfect’ shots and about all the messy mishaps along the way.

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Evelína Zlá
Community Member
1 year ago

Must. Murder. Those.

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Janine B.
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1 year ago

Why does she wear a curtain?

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 year ago

Again, animal photos are always cute, instagram-worthy or not.

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In an earlier interview with Bored Panda, Brooke Erin Duffy, an associate professor at Cornell University from the Department of Communication, suggested that during the pandemic, people find “aspirational imagery and markers of privilege” to be less relevant.

Duffy said that female influencers have faced backlash for a long time for what their audiences determine to be “inauthentic, excessively self-promotional, or ‘fake’” content. And this has only strengthened in the wake of the pandemic.

In short, social media audiences appear to want more genuine, down-to-earth content. And some influencers seem to be responding and changing their strategies.

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Stitches
Community Member
1 year ago

look at my toofs hooman

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Trinity Tummons
Community Member
1 year ago

jeez is she ok it looks like she could face plant

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Kai Denham
Community Member
1 year ago

its a possessed dachshund

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ツ_Itz_Your_Girl_ツ
Community Member
1 year ago

XD

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Daria Z
Community Member
1 year ago

I like the 2nd :)

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Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
1 year ago

Our kitchen table 0.3 seconds after the kids got home from school.

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Ahnnah Newell
Community Member
1 year ago

that is one huge dog

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CD Mills
Community Member
1 year ago

I like both pictures!

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Awesome horse lover
Community Member
1 year ago

Body stealers are back!

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Rebecca
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Awww, I like both pictures!

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Bengü Taşkesen
Community Member
1 year ago

She had already lost her balance in the first picture (look at her left hand and her expression). People today are too interested taking pictures instead of making good memories.

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Olivia Agave
Community Member
1 year ago

Cat butt

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kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

again... the bottom one look more natural and give us a taste of the love of the animal for that company

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Community Member
1 year ago

i will attacc puny hooman

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Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
1 year ago

Puh, you really need to brush your teeth.

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

I would also cry.

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Brigs
Community Member
1 year ago

smacker in the smoocher

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brigocaa
Community Member
1 year ago

but why is there a sink in the bedroom

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Tanja Sclanders
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1 year ago

That's me after every hike ..... of about 5oo meters 😅

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Ahnnah Newell
Community Member
1 year ago

first one :okay second one: the best thing ever

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Caroline Huot
Community Member
1 year ago

This one made me laugh out loud. But she's adorable! :)

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Red
Community Member
1 year ago

damn

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Brigs
Community Member
1 year ago

I would also cry if I had elastic around my head

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Evelína Zlá
Community Member
1 year ago

The second photo is so much better with the hat and all...

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