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.

RitaGG
Community Member
3 months ago

They floated down to Earth.

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littlesaresare
Community Member
3 months ago

26 thousand likes? What hope for humanity?

Thomas brennan
Community Member
3 months ago

26k likes...Jesus I hope most of them are bots

nanashi
Community Member
3 months ago

I wonder if you point it out to these people, how do they respond to them? they surely know that's not how a human being looks like, right?

Tovah Roche
Community Member
3 months ago

Yellow is DEFINITELY not your color. It makes your body look like you did a shitty job photoshopping.

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
3 months ago

I more disturbed by the number of likes. Are there really that many people out there who find the the "Alien Barbie with beach ball breasts" look attractive- it honestly makes me kind of sad. Yikes, this is faker than the Kardashians.

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
3 months ago

Fake nose, fake lips, fake boobs ... why are we surprised young people are making themselves ill trying to follow these idiots?

Catherine Todd
Community Member
3 months ago

Just sickening, physically, mentally and emotionally. The Kardashians have changed everything and not for the better. What is wrong with people that they can't just accept themselves the way they are??? Are women always going to be going crazy about their looks? This is as nuts as the women wearing bustles "back in the day." Ridiculous!

Caroline Murphy
Community Member
3 months ago

Until recently I've been referred to as the skinny friend and some people were envious. I've started to put on weight (not much, I'm a healthy weight) and I personally think I look much better, and instead of being a stick, I have some curves

Caroline Murphy
Community Member
3 months ago

What I'm trying to say is, being skinny isn't the ideal. I don't know why a lot of people think it is

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Emma M
Community Member
3 months ago

‘Insecure‘ is this alien’s middle name

Azziza
Community Member
3 months ago

WHY do women think 1. this looks good and 2. these shapes are physically possible? Because 1. this does NOT look good and 2. it would be impossible to actually have that shape.

Candy Chitty
Community Member
3 months ago

I laugh at these self-absorbed people and how wonderful they THINK they look.

Farah Moloobhai
Community Member
3 months ago

I can't believe how 26,247 other people think this is acceptable!!!

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
3 months ago

Not only is it not acceptable, it’s not even attractive.

KT
Community Member
3 months ago

shes mentally ill and needs therapy :(

Mary Haynes
Community Member
3 months ago

can't believe she thinks it's believable

Michelle C.
Community Member
3 months ago

True body dysmorphia.

Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago

I have to believe that people who do this have severe body dysmorphia. I'm guessing she is a lovely woman with a nice body, but thinks looking like this weird alien thing is better. It is sad.

Kady Maree Mcgrath
Community Member
3 months ago

If you want a tiny waist then go back to the 1800s and find yourself a corset and find some pillows to stuff up your dress to looks "real"

Sue Hubbard
Community Member
3 months ago

Ridiculous.

Cherubi Batzel
Community Member
1 month ago

again eeewww

Mavi Hava
Community Member
2 months ago

what color suits you more? whatever color someone tells her, Ill bets she photoshops it to make it a different color ;D

Onion rings like to make your breath smelly
Community Member
2 months ago

Waist size is equivalent to her brain size

Fieke Engelen
Community Member
3 months ago

So sad!!

Juliette Dauterive
Community Member
3 months ago

Ugly

Cheryl Carter
Community Member
3 months ago

Why, just why? Your gorgeous without a 12 inch waist. Doesn't look real at all.

Joyce Brazel
Community Member
3 months ago

A VERY SICK GIRL.

I'm not a Robot
Community Member
3 months ago

I thought duck lips went out years ago.

Arthur Jones
Community Member
3 months ago

At least she'll always have somewhere to hang her hat.

Nancy Bernard
Community Member
3 months ago

She certainly has fallen in love with herself. Good thing, since everyone else is gagging looking at her ridiculous idea of beauty.

Anja Schmidt
Community Member
3 months ago

digisting external only XD

Donna Leske
Community Member
3 months ago

she just rose from her deathbed - to say "farewell cruel world"

Oriana Baldasso
Community Member
3 months ago

Sick mind...

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
3 months ago

Disgusting; surely nobody believes this.

George Hudacko
Community Member
3 months ago

Why Who What? Never at all!

Ginny Weasley
Community Member
3 months ago

The number of likes... sigh 😔

Carmen Honacker
Community Member
3 months ago

Super disturbing that she got over 26,000 likes! This perfectly illustrates what's wrong with our world, if people think THIS is beautiful.

firu
Community Member
3 months ago

Is she from area 51?

Downunderdude
Community Member
3 months ago

What was that noise? Oh, just Zheltyy snapping in half.

Downunderdude
Community Member
3 months ago

why, why, why? (sob).

Russian Otaku
Community Member
3 months ago

Lol this is too funny way to try hard

Trin DM
Community Member
3 months ago

"Standard" expectations is the issue here! 36-24-36 is not it!

Cathy Jo Baker
Community Member
3 months ago

There are people out there who think this is REAL??

Mary Popps
Community Member
3 months ago

26.247 likes ><

Kisses4Katie
Community Member
3 months ago

And she has that many likes? Are they blind, never seen a human, or bots?

Beli Keshini
Community Member
3 months ago

Where's the sense in that? Nobody thinks it is real and everybody thinks it is embarassing.

Monica Reed
Community Member
3 months ago

For the love of Pete that looks ridiculous!

Gabby M
Community Member
3 months ago

Pete would hate it too lol

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
3 months ago

In real life she would snap at her ankles because she's top heavy.

Pan Narrans
Community Member
3 months ago

Well, if I was in the market for a sex robot I might consider something like this.

Claire Armstrong
Community Member
3 months ago

Which colour suits her more? How about reality!!

Uwu
Community Member
3 months ago

She looks like she has some serious back problems

Lynn Greyling
Community Member
3 months ago

See through?

Profile Information
Community Member
3 months ago

Reptilians are surfacing

Suzanne Dunne
Community Member
3 months ago

So ridiculous

Gabby M
Community Member
3 months ago

Human...I pick human color.

Emy Loves
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm beginning to lose faith in humanity and our future. So who is worse off? The needy, desperate ones who do the photoshopping of themselves or the ones who believe it, find it attractive and "like it"? This crap has got to have an enormous effect on people's brain functioning, perceptions and emotions.

Imelikoledvõi
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like Gollums girlfriend

Sergio Serg
Community Member
3 months ago

Idiot

Brian Irby
Community Member
3 months ago

Not just the stork legs and side that was apparently eaten off by animals, it is the vapid facial expression.

ZemiraTheGreat
Community Member
3 months ago

Damn she thiccc

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3 months ago

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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

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#15

Blursed Rich Man

Blursed Rich Man

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ML
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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
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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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Note: this post originally had 84 images. It’s been shortened to the top 40 images based on user votes.

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