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
1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
1 year 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
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1 year ago

Why dear lord, why?

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#6

Shrunken Head

Shrunken Head

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Elizabeth Molloy
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1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
1 year ago

For some reason, this immediately came to mind. Spongebob-...e4619.jpeg Spongebob-muscles-5f3bdd8de4619.jpeg

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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
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1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
1 year 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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1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

Both beautiful on the right picture

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#27

Elbows Are Unfashionable

Elbows Are Unfashionable

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Yugan Talovich
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

Hair today, gone tomorrow

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#33

A Giant Right Arm

A Giant Right Arm

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Bambi
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1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
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1 year 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
1 year 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
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1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

Barbara Stewart
Community Member
1 year ago

Hahaha

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Narwhal Blast
Community Member
1 year ago

No, it's the wind blowing through... hahahahahaha

Berry Budgie
Community Member
1 year ago

Oof

The Hufflepuff Bookworm
Community Member
1 year ago

I love the jumpsuit

Marie Lim
Community Member
1 year ago

She definitely did NOT need to photoshop this picture at all. :(

Tarryn Louise
Community Member
6 months ago

When you so majestic that flora magically caresses your curves.

Fire Breathing Queen
Community Member
1 year ago

It kinda looks realistic tho, she just looks like shes turned sideways Kind of

cassia adams
Community Member
1 year ago

She still believes in having a stomach to digest food.

Claudia Blomberg
Community Member
1 year ago

😁 ... https://www.instagram.com/p/CB3aVj8Jv7S/?igshid=1alziw10vj0wt

Naomi Cline
Community Member
1 year ago

Nah, the wind was only blowing in that one exact spot.

Emma M
Community Member
1 year ago

Another insecure woman. Sad!

BAILEY PANELLI
Community Member
1 year ago

She's just TOO beautiful for the grass

VANILLA
Community Member
1 year ago

This is probably the only one that can’t be called a “fail”. She didn’t change herself too much....

Red Hair Blue Soul
Community Member
1 year ago

Sooooo...did she punch herself in the face to get those lips?

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