No matter how beautiful and ‘perfect’ the photos on your Instagram feed might look, not all of them are real. Some are so heavily photoshopped, edited, and altered, it’s borderline ridiculous. I know, it sounds unbelievable that somebody would lie on the internet like this!

This is where the Instagram Reality subreddit comes in. It’s a community that finds and shames the most heavily photo-edited IG pictures. Check out their newest pics below and upvote the ones that blew your minds the most, dear Pandas. And read on for Bored Panda's interview with one of the moderators at r/InstagramReality, redditor Cluelessnumber7.

After you’re done scrolling down in disbelief, you might want to have a look through Bored Panda’s previous posts about the weird world of Instagram vs. Reality photos here, here, and here.

#1

He Forgot To Photoshop The iPhone Box’s Shadow

He Forgot To Photoshop The iPhone Box’s Shadow

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N G
Community Member
3 months ago

Photoshop can fix photos but it can't fix stupid

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#2

So Hot, The Car Melted

So Hot, The Car Melted

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MJ
Community Member
3 months ago

Custom built

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#3

She's 50 Years Old And Photoshops Herself To Look Like She's In Her Late 20s. Women, There Is Nothing Wrong With Looking Your Age. You're Not Expected To Look Like A 20 Year Old Forever

She's 50 Years Old And Photoshops Herself To Look Like She's In Her Late 20s. Women, There Is Nothing Wrong With Looking Your Age. You're Not Expected To Look Like A 20 Year Old Forever

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Tanja Joensen
Community Member
3 months ago

I think she look great

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Moderator Cluelessnumber7 explained to Bored Panda about the two main negative effects of heavily photoshopping photos. "The first? The unrealistic expectations influencers purport to their impressionable followers. The amazingly smooth skin, suddenly common almond shaped eyes, pouty lips, sharp jaw lines, slim hourglass shapes, and so on," they said.

"What’s being lost by just posting that photo for the masses is the time it took to pick the outfit, hunt down the right lighting, pick which hand to take the selfies with (yes, seriously), and that’s all before smoothing, refining, and resizing in Facetune. Without disclosing that, there is now a countless amount of people comparing themselves (and perhaps spending money to look like) a person who doesn’t exist," the redditor pointed out one of the dangers of influencers heavily altering their own appearance.

#4

Not Even Craters Are Safe From Mad Filtering

Not Even Craters Are Safe From Mad Filtering

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
3 months ago

Actually, it's the guy in the lower picture exposing another influenza madness. He is not the idiot here.

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#5

I Didn’t Know There Was A Wax Statue In Milan

I Didn’t Know There Was A Wax Statue In Milan

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ML
Community Member
3 months ago

Why dear lord, why?

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#6

Shrunken Head

Shrunken Head

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Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
3 months ago

One hand tiny, other hand HUGE! I don't know what she was trying to achieve here, but it hasn't worked.

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"The second is one that many people don’t like to address—the insecurities of those who feel the need to edit their photos. They’ve been editing their photos for so long it could mean losing the validation from their followers, losing followers, and maybe losing sponsors if they came clean. So, they would rather enjoy the false fame, than risk losing it over integrity."

We also wanted to find out what steps could be taken to reduce the amount of photo-editing that people do online. "This is a very complicated question, but one step that we should fight for is to get rid of all filters that alter the shape, size, or proportions of anything to do with someone’s body," Cluelessnumber7 told us.

"Filters have become a crutch for so many people on Instagram that they now edit their still photos to look like their filtered Snapchat videos; adjusting their noses, tone of their skin, smoothing all blemishes, adding lashes in post," they said. "These filters, while fun, are surprisingly insidious. You don’t realize that you expect to look like the filtered version of yourself, until you attempt to take a photo without them."

#7

Found On A Thinspo Account. Send Help

Found On A Thinspo Account. Send Help

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DforDorothy
Community Member
3 months ago

Slenderwoman.

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#8

“No Filter” But Instagram Says Otherwise At The Top

“No Filter” But Instagram Says Otherwise At The Top

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Kate
Community Member
3 months ago

No filter but in addition to her eyes, somehow all the pores from her face and lines on her fingers have also disappeared.

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#9

I Thought People Had More Sense Than To Believe This Is Real, But She Popped Up On My Feed Because Friends Of Mine Shared Images Like This As "Goals"

I Thought People Had More Sense Than To Believe This Is Real, But She Popped Up On My Feed Because Friends Of Mine Shared Images Like This As "Goals"

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Maryam Siddiqui
Community Member
3 months ago

ahem, u need new friends

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While there’s nothing wrong with putting an artistic filter on a photo to slightly change the colors, it’s easy to go overboard. A handful of changes can become a dozen which then become a hundred and soon enough, you’ve airbrushed yourself so much, you can’t even recognize yourself anymore.

According to Brooke Erin Duffy, an assistant professor at Cornell University studying self-presentation on Instagram, “Nobody wants to be called fake.” So deciding how much to edit your photos is a huge dilemma for influencers.

“Influencers very much feel they need to present themselves authentically while getting the best image possible,” she told The Guardian.

#10

The Mirror Always Seems To Expose These People

The Mirror Always Seems To Expose These People

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Mel Fairfeather
Community Member
3 months ago

Okay, wait. This one... I don't think it's photoshopped, or at least it isn't photoshopped much. Speaking as a pro photographer who DOES do retouching, but also works ALLLLL the angles, this one looks like she's sucking in and twisted so the reflection makes her look much thicker in the waist than what you see when looking from this angle. There's also something dark just behind her elbow in the reflection that makes her waist look thicker too. It's just a shade lighter than the dress. This one doesn't belong here, I don't think.

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#11

Gym Sessions Were Lit

Gym Sessions Were Lit

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Tal
Community Member
3 months ago

What Hahha im' dying

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#12

Can‘t Believe How She Thinks That’s Acceptable

Can‘t Believe How She Thinks That’s Acceptable

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Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like the Aliens finally arrived.

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Meanwhile, the Instagram Reality community moderators further shared their own thoughts about photoshopping pictures in a previous interview with Bored Panda.

According to them, Instagram users want to see influencers post natural photos of themselves, not something that’s been “edited to hell” and back. The mods remain optimistic that influencers will eventually realize that, especially with part of the global population still stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

#13

The Original Has Finally Seen The Light Of Day

The Original Has Finally Seen The Light Of Day

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Guinny
Community Member
3 months ago

she still does that after all the plastic surgery shes had

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#14

I Literally Have No Words...

I Literally Have No Words...

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Awia
Community Member
3 months ago

He is also a croatian wannabe celebrity. He did soooo many plastic surgery he doesn't even look like a human anymore. Google Neven Ciganovic

Monday
Community Member
3 months ago

I don't know whether to thank or curse you for that information....

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ML
Community Member
3 months ago

It is like Freddy Mercury meet Michael Jackson meet Vanilla Ice

Toast Of Saint Louis
Community Member
3 months ago

No, just a very ugly Vanilla Ice

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Unaffected
Community Member
3 months ago

What a shame.He was a really good looking guy! Neven-Ciga...9bd1a8.jpg Neven-Ciganovic1-5f3be1c9bd1a8.jpg

Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow. He used to be very attractive.

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Martz Migraña
Community Member
3 months ago

It's like squidward when he turns "handsome" hahaha

Me_thecrazycatlady
Community Member
3 months ago

Lmao you stole what I was going to comment.

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Catlady6000
Community Member
3 months ago

For those who still think body dysmorphia is just a "girl thing."

Spikey Bunny
Community Member
3 months ago

I was just thinking that! Have you ever watched Botched? This poor(?) man! He needs so much help.

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DforDorothy
Community Member
3 months ago

How can he breathe???

Gerry Higgins
Community Member
3 months ago

I have a lot of words. None of them complimentary

Tal
Community Member
3 months ago

Johnny Bravo is that you ?!

Nico Di Angelo
Community Member
3 months ago

ew wtf

Sue Hubbard
Community Member
3 months ago

What. The. Flipflop!?

Nancy Bernard
Community Member
3 months ago

Tattoo's are going to be a big "No No" one day, very crass, and ruins the beautiful skin God gave you. It was unheard of even in the 60's, and that's why most people over the age of 50 don't have them. Nothing scarier than a 60+ person with tattoos melting toward the feet!

Flare
Community Member
3 months ago

Who else thinks that he's actually ugly looking like this?

Rebekah
Community Member
3 months ago

He looks like Handsome Squidward.

Michelle C.
Community Member
3 months ago

Please no.

Paizleypie
Community Member
3 months ago

This guy really looks like this due to extreme plastic surgery. You should have seen him before . . . He USED to look great.

Danijel Ivanišević
Community Member
3 months ago

the guy is from my country. this is not photoshoped

Jack Urquhart
Community Member
3 months ago

When I first saw this picture it really scared me. Looks like something from a horror film that comes out of a closet during a lightening and thunder storm.

Fieke Engelen
Community Member
3 months ago

So who cares, it's not anybody's business but his own. And good luck to hem

StrawberryParfait
Community Member
3 months ago

Having an ultra-tiny nose on a larger face looks freakish. Don't mess with the proportions nature gave you.

Naomi Cline
Community Member
3 months ago

He actually has a button nose! How can he breathe?

Tracy Flavelle
Community Member
3 months ago

How does he breath through that baby nose? Severe oxygen deficiency has retarded his sense of proportion.

Catherine Todd
Community Member
3 months ago

Ice Cube on steriods (again?)

Diana Dodd
Community Member
3 months ago

Absolutely frightening!

Monday Fuss
Community Member
3 months ago

ok maybe he's just joking around...

The Hufflepuff Bookworm
Community Member
3 months ago

That's really creepy actually

Mumof1
Community Member
3 months ago

OMG - awful. Just awful

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Johnny Bravo!

Emma M
Community Member
3 months ago

U G L Y. That’s Neven Ciganovic in a nutshell

Kimberly Brown
Community Member
3 months ago

This poster is on Bruce Jenner’s ceiling

Brent Kaufman
Community Member
3 months ago

So Dr. Strange and John Waters had a baby...

Tugg Ster
Community Member
3 months ago

What the actual f—k??? He needs to meet the girl in the Milan photo

Karin Gibson
Community Member
3 months ago

Just looked him up and it is obvious why he doesn't smile

Laughinmydreams
Community Member
3 months ago

goofy!

Irene Walton
Community Member
3 months ago

Saw his befor and after pics, he used to be very good looking, it's so sad

Anja Schmidt
Community Member
3 months ago

a living comic character

Candy Chitty
Community Member
3 months ago

Hideous

Carole Strawn
Community Member
3 months ago

Creepy.

CV
Community Member
3 months ago

i have a word: Why?

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
3 months ago

WOW!!! I just Googled it and I have no words.

Martha Higgins
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks ridiculous.

kkathleen517
Community Member
3 months ago

How do these people get other people to have sex with them? Seriously? I feel like I'm in the god dang twilight zone.

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh, wow : he looks ridiculous.

George Hudacko
Community Member
3 months ago

Chop at the neck tatoo!

🍿WhErE iS mY pOpCoRn🍿
Community Member
3 months ago

Real life squidward?

guy greej
Community Member
3 months ago

whooaa... Haaa! Hey there pretty Mama. Names Johnny Bravo.

SAF saf
Community Member
3 months ago

This dude just looks like a monster here lol..... wtf man?!

Elisabeth Moriarty
Community Member
3 months ago

That is not an erection in the white pants picture that's a pair of socks

JD Lee
Community Member
3 months ago

Is this another Bored Panda "Disney Princesses go ghetto" spoofs?

SaraFromHell
Community Member
3 months ago

I do! Hahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahaha

Kim Bush
Community Member
3 months ago

Dolph Lundgren/Vanilla Ice hybrid

Carmen Honacker
Community Member
3 months ago

EEEEKKKKK

Claire Armstrong
Community Member
3 months ago

OK, I took the bait and Googled him, had to stop after I looked at an image, and it was the first image I clicked on BTW, and the caption below it said this - "Plastic surgery addict left with a permanent ERECTION after....."! I was NOT clicking in to find out what came after THAT "after", no siree

Anita Savers
Community Member
3 months ago

I do! Try out gross and disgusying! Gag

Santino Marazzo
Community Member
3 months ago

Sick

Bored Bear
Community Member
3 months ago

Squidward is that you?

Hilary Mol
Community Member
3 months ago

What... I, um... uh... I just... WHAT?

Gosiulka Bloem
Community Member
3 months ago

Me muero🤣🤣🤣🤣

Ms.GB
Community Member
3 months ago

There is no way he can breathe through that nose

Sardonic Scribe
Community Member
3 months ago

I KNEW Johnny Bravo was real!!!

Fred and George Weasley
Community Member
3 months ago

his head is unnaturally tall 0.o

MRS FLASHMAN
Community Member
3 months ago

This made me laugh out LOUD ha ha

Neven Ciganovic
Community Member
3 months ago

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Brian Irby
Community Member
3 months ago

Bobo Vanilla Ice?

NanZ
Community Member
3 months ago

OMG!!! There are no words!!

Lady Vader
Community Member
3 months ago

Alright stop. Collaborate and listen. Ice is back with a brand new invention.

Linda HS
Community Member
3 months ago

Dude...no...just NO!

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
3 months ago

What is with the tiny nose look?!

Vanta Black
Community Member
3 months ago

What a blockhead...

Panda with Heart
Community Member
3 months ago

Lol

Xavier Wescott
Community Member
3 months ago

lol

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#15

Blursed Rich Man

Blursed Rich Man

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ML
Community Member
3 months ago

No editing here. All true what you see

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The things that make people yearn to photoshop themselves into ‘perfect’ human beings are “insecurity, envy, and money,” as well as avoiding embarrassment because you think you might have hang-ups about some parts of your body or face.

However, natural photos have a lot of charm because they’re authentic, honest, and more people can relate to them.

#16

Skin? Never Heard Of It

Skin? Never Heard Of It

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Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

And please reattach your nose

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#17

Angles Change People

Angles Change People

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hobbitly
Community Member
3 months ago

That angle took off 20 kg

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#18

Don’t Compare Yourself To Photoshopped People

Don’t Compare Yourself To Photoshopped People

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Amanda Sherland
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh no, you have it all wrong- that was face 2.0. We're on face 21.6.8 now.

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#19

Ribs? Only For Dinner

Ribs? Only For Dinner

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DforDorothy
Community Member
3 months ago

Is she a horrible car crash survivor..? 🧐🤔

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#20

Got That Sims 1 Graphics Look

Got That Sims 1 Graphics Look

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Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
3 months ago

Boobs or no boobs? It can't be both!

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#21

Oh My God

Oh My God

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Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

Kill it. Mmwith fire, but safe tge dog first!

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#22

So What Now, Are We Supposed To Be Ashamed Of Our... Ankles?

So What Now, Are We Supposed To Be Ashamed Of Our... Ankles?

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Berry Budgie
Community Member
3 months ago

Hmmm. What are ankles?

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#23

Had This Saved As Inspiration To Lose Weight When Struggling With An Eating Disorder. Now, I Can’t Believe I Never Noticed The Water Bending Around Her Waist

Had This Saved As Inspiration To Lose Weight When Struggling With An Eating Disorder. Now, I Can’t Believe I Never Noticed The Water Bending Around Her Waist

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troufaki13
Community Member
3 months ago

This should not be a body standard to be inspired from, even if it was real

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#24

Eyes, Skin, Cheekbones... So Natural Looking

Eyes, Skin, Cheekbones... So Natural Looking

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DforDorothy
Community Member
3 months ago

Clearly a vampire.

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#25

I Guess She Thought No One Would Notice Her Editing If She Blurred Out Her Surroundings

I Guess She Thought No One Would Notice Her Editing If She Blurred Out Her Surroundings

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Berry Budgie
Community Member
3 months ago

Anyone else see the smiley face on her elbow? No? Carry on then...

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#26

When One Person Posts The Edited Photo And The Other Posts The Original

When One Person Posts The Edited Photo And The Other Posts The Original

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ML
Community Member
3 months ago

Both beautiful on the right picture

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#27

Elbows Are Unfashionable

Elbows Are Unfashionable

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Yugan Talovich
Community Member
3 months ago

Those are chopsticks, I think

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#28

Jawline Looking Like The Hull Of A Ship

Jawline Looking Like The Hull Of A Ship

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

This jawline is so sharp, it can cut grass.

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#29

So We Gone Talk About That Leg Or Nah

So We Gone Talk About That Leg Or Nah

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Squee
Community Member
3 months ago

Uh, hips don't work like that.

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#30

On Instagram vs.on TV

On Instagram vs.on TV

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Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
3 months ago

I know people look different with and without make-up, but if you were going on TV, wouldn't you at least TRY and look something approximating your line image?

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#31

"Water" At Popular Instagram Location In Bali Is Actually An Optical Illusion. It's A Piece Of Glass Under An iPhone

"Water" At Popular Instagram Location In Bali Is Actually An Optical Illusion. It's A Piece Of Glass Under An iPhone

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DforDorothy
Community Member
3 months ago

It's actually cool.

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#32

Armpits Are So Overrated

Armpits Are So Overrated

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N G
Community Member
3 months ago

Hair today, gone tomorrow

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#33

A Giant Right Arm

A Giant Right Arm

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Bambi
Community Member
3 months ago

I see something...

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#34

Burmese Influencer Claims Her Skinny Waist Come From Eating Healthy

Burmese Influencer Claims Her Skinny Waist Come From Eating Healthy

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
3 months ago

Who needs organs, right?

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#35

Are You Sure About The Non-Photoshop Part?

Are You Sure About The Non-Photoshop Part?

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Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
3 months ago

Want to achieve this look at home? Shove a basketball down your pants!

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#36

Instagram vs. Video Screenshot

Instagram vs. Video Screenshot

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Anne Bidstrup
Community Member
3 months ago

Yikes!

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#37

Smooth As Low Grit Sanding Paper

Smooth As Low Grit Sanding Paper

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Maryam Siddiqui
Community Member
3 months ago

this is getting ridiculous☹.

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#38

When I First Saw This, I Thought I Was Still Asleep

When I First Saw This, I Thought I Was Still Asleep

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Kady Maree Mcgrath
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah I walk around with my butt sticking out

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#39

This Is Why Instagram Needs To Get Banned Like Tiktok

This Is Why Instagram Needs To Get Banned Like Tiktok

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Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
3 months ago

Here we go again: one hand tiny, other hand HUGE!

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#40

Bendy Grass Around The Waist

Bendy Grass Around The Waist

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Catlady6000
Community Member
3 months ago

At least this looks almost realistic. Her organs are probably still where they should be

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