Even the abundance of cat pics and wholesome posts isn’t enough to hide the fact that the internet isn’t just about making people smile. When you enter the realm of beauty on social media, you have to prepare not just for artistic and aesthetic photos but also for what lies beneath the surface—society’s barely constrained desire to look ‘perfect’ at all times and how damaging unrealistic beauty standards can be.

Case in point—the popular ‘Goddess Women’ Instagram account with 319k followers whose founder photoshops already beautiful-looking celebrities to make them fit social media influencer beauty standards. Have a scroll through some of their latest photoshops and let us know what you think, dear Readers, because the internet’s divided into two camps about this content.

The content they put out raises some very interesting questions about beauty standards, how much is too much, and to what extent trying to replicate these digitally-altered photos can be damaging. After all, research has shown that unrealistic beauty standards can have powerful negative consequences. You’ll find part 1 of Bored Panda's article series about the ‘Goddess Women’ IG page right here.

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Margot Robbie

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Aria Whitaker
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4 months ago

I love her so much...she does not need to change a THING.

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#2

Monica Bellucci

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JenJen
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4 months ago

Monica Belluci is so beautiful that she looks better in her unedited picture

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The ‘Goddess Women’ IG page is slightly controversial and gets people fired up, whichever side of the fence they fall on because the social issues that the account draws attention to have very tangible effects on people, especially young women.

On the one hand, you have people who very openly love looking at aesthetic content on social media. They believe that the ‘Goddess Women’ page is all about using Photoshop and filters to create digital art (of sorts) and to show the founder’s interpretation of what they find to be beautiful. However, far from everyone thinks this way.

#3

Emma Watson And Margot Robbie

Emma Watson And Margot Robbie

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Piper McLean
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4 months ago

In the first one they look so pretty but then in the second they look fake pretty

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#4

Phoebe Tonkin

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
4 months ago

Nope. Actual human is better than mannequin. I am done here.

Sasy
Community Member
4 months ago

@StreamFan 68 While some Women have been influenced enough to do such things, Men have also joined the throng. There are many Male influencers of actual note, Males that have been catapulted to stardom and have also had work done, add filters, create fictional content for likes and popularity. While Instagram and Social Media is the platform of now, the Males leading the way have been in control for much of history in why Women do such things. Male Clothing Designers making it impossible to wear their content unless fitting a standard they dictate. The control of publications that dictated how Women should walk, talk and just be the Super Woman that she is meant to be, but also to be very sure she does not get out of control. Men were in heels, dyed their hair and wore frills and ribbons in many parts of history. Women and young girls are definitely losing their identities amongst this level of crazy, but do not think for a moment that Men and young boys are not doing the same.

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Ellie
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4 months ago

The thing is she does look more youthful, more attractive on the right. There is no doubt how attractive she is after the edit. But it takes away character, it exaggerates features and twists our perception of beauty. This makes young people think of aging as a terrible thing rather than simply a feature of life. Also, too much emphasis on external beauty where we only wish to be eye candy, but not soul food.

Freya Fluharty
Community Member
4 months ago

I think she needs to give Angelina Jolie her mouth back!

MALEC GWITTER🤩
Community Member
4 months ago

Wat movies has she been in, i feel like ive seen her before, pls reply, i reallt wanna know

Jacob Allen
Community Member
4 months ago

She's been in H2O, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, Tomorrow When the War Began, Bloom, Safe Harbour, The Place of No Word and a few others

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Eglė Bukauskaitė
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2 weeks ago

From human to a kylie jenner?

Amelia Earhart
Community Member
3 months ago

She looks like a relative of herself!

StreamFan 68
Community Member
4 months ago

When older actresses have modifications made.. lips, whatever... face lifts..botox, all that.. I seriously am sad or them... I realize they can still squeeze the last bit of juice out of there blessed looks they were once given. I realize that.. But when I see them do this.. I see "struggle".. and sadly enough a person losing a war.. a war they should refuse to try and fight.. watching 40+ year old women still try and play the role of a much younger woman seems tragic to me. Aging gracefully should be celebrated and revered and it isnt... its truly mental health issue bigtime...

StreamFan 68
Community Member
4 months ago

When I see women do so much to themselves... not talking these filters but when they basically pay and have themselves removed... when they pay thousands of dollars for makeup..and for surgerys... I see physical evidence of low levels of pure insanity.. When a person resorts to chopping up there bodys ...removing parts.. its scary.. Its really alarming to see society normalize it too... This to me is NO different than a person wanting to have an amputation of a leg... on purpose... Its truly on that level... and its soo detrimental to not only themselves, but to society... society who they intentionally try and coerce into influencing...

Becky Moore
Community Member
4 months ago

I really don't think having a nose job because you feel self conscious about your nose or having Botox to feel better is the same as wanting to have your arm or leg amputated, and the fact you've compared the 2 makes me worry for YOUR mental state not these womens!

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Others are concerned that the IG page is making unrealistic, photo-edited beauty standards the norm. What’s more, there’s an underlying hint there that even though the photoshopped pictures do feature beautiful women, they also ignore the fact that it’s our ‘imperfections’ that can also make us look beautiful.

In other words, ‘perfection’ isn’t all it’s cracked up to be because it doesn’t necessarily have as much character. Though research has shown that we’re all drawn to symmetry, that’s not the whole picture because, as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as well.

#5

Kristen Stewart

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MERCI LANGSTON
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4 months ago

The first picture looks so much better

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#6

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts

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Shalini Pabreja
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4 months ago

Sacrilege!

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Earlier, I’d reached out to Nuno Albuquerque, the Head of Treatment for the UK Addiction Treatment Group, and spoke to him about social media addiction. According to him, it’s a new phenomenon that even professionals in the field are learning more and more about each and every day.

#7

Megan Fox

Megan Fox

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Tiredpossum
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4 months ago

why?

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#8

Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke

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Elena Ktmr
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4 months ago

She doesn't even look like Emilia Clarke in the edited photo, so what's the point? All the edited photos look like the same woman in different styles. Enough of it!

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Albuquerque explained that the line between being addicted to social media and being a regular user can be unique. However, the main point is to recognize whether or not someone has lost the power of choice. In short, if somebody can’t stop scrolling through social media or posting photos for likes on Instagram, then there’s a problem.

#9

Anya Taylor-Joy

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Doggo Froggo
Community Member
4 months ago

Not much change at all.

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#10

Scarlett Johansson

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Wassssssup!
Community Member
4 months ago

Honestly i think that she looks better in the first pic because she is smiling!

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"If the person cannot undertake their regular day to day routine without being on social media or needing to get back to being on social media, as in they have potentially developed not only a psychological desire to be online but also physical urges begin as well, then there could well be an addiction there," he explained.

#11

Monica Bellucci

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Jean Shultz
Community Member
4 months ago

That's a VERY young Bellucci! Still at her real age, she looks great.....NATURAL!

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#12

Gal Gadot

Gal Gadot

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Aski Markup
Community Member
4 months ago

This is what leads to so many young women feeling like they are not good enough. Take a beautiful person and remove every single thing that gives her any individuality, anything that is considered a flaw.

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You can say that somebody has developed an unhealthy relationship with social media if they develop mental health issues from being online: feeling anxious or depressed because you’re using social media are examples of this.

#13

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

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Jan Velart
Community Member
4 months ago

I offer your typical :Why her? She's hot anyway."

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#14

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

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Leona
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4 months ago

It's Ann Hathaway with a tan...

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“For some people we have treated at our UK Addiction Treatment Centres, being on social media is a trigger for them to then misuse drugs or alcohol,” Albuquerque explained that it’s not an isolated issue. “During therapy, we address why a person drinks alcohol or misuses drugs, and for some, it is because of their unhealthy relationship with social media.”

#15

Dakota Johnson

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
4 months ago

50 shades of (photo)shop

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#16

Phoebe Tonkin

Phoebe Tonkin

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Zoe Hoesley
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4 months ago

Two completely different people

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But what can be done about this? Well, Albuquerque pointed out that the most important piece of advice to take home is to be mindful and aware. That means checking in with yourself while using social media and afterward asking yourself how you feel.

#17

Blake Lively

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로희
Community Member
4 months ago

Blake Lively and Blake Dead-inside-ly.

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#18

Emilia Clarke

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Canadian in Cornwall
Community Member
4 months ago

And this doesn't look like Emilia at all

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“Can you now switch off and get on with your day? Any negative feelings or inability to move on from being online should be a red flag.” So keep that in mind when you check to see if you're addicted to social media and everything that this entails.

#19

Rihanna

Rihanna

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Viviane
Community Member
4 months ago

Rihanna looks like a different person after retouching.

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#20

Margot Robbie

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Canadian in Cornwall
Community Member
4 months ago

So naturally beautiful, not much difference between these,except the one on the right looks fake, of course.

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What do you think about the ‘Goddess Women’ Instagram page, dear Pandas? Do you enjoy the content the founder creates or do you think it helps promote unrealistic body standards? Let us know what you think about this and about any other social media-related issues in the comments!

#21

Dakota Johnson

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Sweetie Dahling
Community Member
4 months ago

All I see are the knee dimples that look like a surprised emoji

#22

Cameron Diaz

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
4 months ago

The second picture looks like she should be staked through the heart. It is freaky

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#23

Stella Maxwell

Stella Maxwell

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Alexis Davar
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4 months ago

Did they seriously make her arm shorter??

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Alexandra Daddario

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Tiredpossum
Community Member
4 months ago

who the f**** is the second picture?

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#25

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

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kjorn
Community Member
4 months ago

she looks like a robot

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#26

Johny Depp And Winona Ryder

Johny Depp And Winona Ryder

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Leona
Community Member
4 months ago

The 2nd pic no longer looks like Winona

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#27

Monica Bellucci

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Maren Gärtner
Community Member
4 months ago

Who needs pores....

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Dakota Johnson

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Christine Prochazka
Community Member
4 months ago

I’ve always thought what makes her uniquely pretty are the slight bags under her eyes. They give her a vulnerability that’s attractive. You erase that, you erase the personality from her face.

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#29

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

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Zoe Hoesley
Community Member
4 months ago

That right pic , that right pic is not Angelina Jolie

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#30

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner

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Annemarie Mattheyse
Community Member
4 months ago

The starting image is already heavily edited!

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