Social media, like Disney World, was supposed to be the happiest place on Earth until we realized it may be doing more harm than good. Especially when it comes to the so-called Insta aesthetics that promote heavily altered and photoshopped images to show a flawless physique. And as they have now become the norm, people are also realizing the damage they are doing to our self-esteem, mental health, and body image.

One Twitter user @ivadixit has spoken out against the new “trend among aesthetic Instagram accounts” that take old pictures of female celebrities and run them through face alteration apps to give them the hot Insta look. The problem is that the women in the images are already extremely beautiful, and Photoshop is only taking them further away from reality.

While people on social media are showing their mixed feelings about this trend, let’s take a look at the Insta-hot celebrity edits to find out what all this stir is about.

#1

Julia Roberts

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Evelína Zlá
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2 months ago

Nope... thank you.

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#2

Angelina Jolie

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Evelína Zlá
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2 months ago

Reminds me of young Denise Richards

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#3

Kristen Stewart

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Hubertus Touché
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2 months ago

No more sleepy eyes??? No, no, nope, njet, no!!!

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We all seem to know the fact that social media is not the best place for anyone suffering from poor body image and low self esteem, especially teenagers who tend to be at their most vulnerable. The recent #StatusOfMind survey, which covered almost 1,500 teens and young adults, showed that Instagram is the worst social media network for mental health and wellbeing.

And even though it got points for self-expression and self-identity, the survey revealed the platform is associated with anxiety, depression, bullying, and the fear of missing out. The latter is precisely the reason why so many young people still use the platform, even though they’re aware of the negative effect it has on them.

#4

Anne Hathaway

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Guinny
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2 months ago

what did they dooooo! it kinda took away all her character and fun :(

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#5

Brooke Shields

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Alex T
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2 months ago

but shes so pretty in the first one ;(

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#6

Kate Winslet

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JiminKimLip7
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2 months ago

That's just messed up!

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"Seeing friends constantly on holiday or enjoying nights out can make young people feel like they are missing out while others enjoy life,” the #StatusOfMind report states. “These feelings can promote a ‘compare and despair’ attitude.”

This is especially true when it comes to hugely popular beauty and fashion posts. Instagram users have created the whole Insta-hot look that features a perfectly glammed-up face, a carefully arranged background, flawless plump skin, and full lips. This cyborgian look was further escalated by social media influencers, Facetune, and plastic surgery.

#7

Catherine Zeta Jones

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BusLady
Community Member
1 month ago

No "improvement" needed.

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#8

Monica Bellucci

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JuJu
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh no! She's one of the most beautiful women.

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#9

Angelina Jolie

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Aria Whitaker
Community Member
2 months ago

No one kill me....but I actually dig the IG one better....*ducks*

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And even if magazines have long edited photos of celebrities, thanks to Photoshop, Facetune, and other selfie alteration apps, the picture-perfect look has become available to virtually anyone.

As the boundaries of real and fictional are increasingly blurred, it may be easy to forget that many of the images on social media are chasing down a look that was never born in the real world. Lifeless and even terrifying, it begs us to rethink how we allowed these distorted beauty standards to become the norm.

#10

Margot Robbie

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JuJu
Community Member
2 months ago

Do they use one mouth for all?

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#11

Jennifer Aniston

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Leo Domitrix
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2 months ago

Why is their skin tone so different?!

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#12

Rihanna

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yes.
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2 months ago

what was wrong with the pink?

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#13

Brooke Shields

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Nancy Jeckells
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2 months ago

again, the one on the right looks like Denise Richards !!

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#14

Cameron Diaz

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Sarah
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2 months ago

Regina George-ish

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#15

Julia Roberts

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Tanner Wright
Community Member
2 months ago

No... The first one just has so much more personality, like you could go up and talk to them and just hang out

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#16

Anne Hathaway

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David K
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2 months ago

Anne looks like a wax figurine on this, nope.

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#17

Jennifer Lawrence

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David Martin
Community Member
2 months ago

Why wouldn't they show the same picture side by side to compare, like the rest of this list has?

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#18

Beyonce

Beyonce

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Aria Whitaker
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like all this one did was make her slightly less shiny....

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#19

Shakira

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Renae Dougherty
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2 months ago

i like the natural one better

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#20

Johnny Depp And Winona Ryder

Johnny Depp And Winona Ryder

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Renae Dougherty
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2 months ago

I don't really see a difference

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#21

Anne Hathaway

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Tara K
Community Member
2 months ago

looks cartoonish

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#22

Penelope Cruz

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Renae Dougherty
Community Member
2 months ago

nah the real one is better

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#23

Miley Cyrus

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Dotzilla
Community Member
2 months ago

She looked better before! You made her lips to big!

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#24

Jennifer Aniston

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Tabitha L
Community Member
2 months ago

The nose contouring is funny.

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#25

Beyonce

Beyonce

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That Guy
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1 month ago

Again, taking away the shine

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#26

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis

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Rebecca Cain
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Mila is always beautiful

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#27

Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke

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Tara K
Community Member
2 months ago

no she was already beautiful!

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#28

Rihanna

Rihanna

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Aria Whitaker
Community Member
2 months ago

Nooooooooo......

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#29

Natalie Portman

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BusLady
Community Member
1 month ago

Even today, she looks very youthful. She can play much younger roles.

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#30

Cameron Diaz

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Renae Dougherty
Community Member
2 months ago

original is better

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Note: this post originally had 58 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

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