We all have a friend or two who can’t upload a photo on Instagram or Facebook without first photoshopping it so much that you no longer recognize them. That tells you a lot about how society’s obsession with body image is spurred on by the availability of photo editing technologies. On the other hand, we’ve also got pals who aren’t afraid to show the world their natural beauty and love goofing about.

On the ‘Instagram Reality’ subreddit, you often get examples of people who go overboard with editing photos. But once in a while, you get examples of blissful people who love their bodies with all their (im)perfections, show how even an Instagram influencer can look like a blob if the angle’s slightly wrong, and that there’s nothing wrong with that.

We’ve collected some of the most wholesomely honest pictures from r/Instagramreality, so scroll down, upvote your fave real Instagram photos, and let everyone know in the comments which pics you enjoyed most and why. Be sure to share this list with your friends, especially those who you know have a tendency to overshop their pictures because they have high expectations for living up to each and every beauty standard.

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#1

One Of My Favorite Comedians Posted This On Instagram And It Really Meant A Lot To Me. Skin Has Texture!

One Of My Favorite Comedians Posted This On Instagram And It Really Meant A Lot To Me. Skin Has Texture!

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Kate Kyffin
Community Member
11 months ago

Lovely! Actual laughter lines on a face says wayyyy more than botox!

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The ‘Instagram Reality’ subreddit has over 642,000 members and it describes social media as a “breeding ground for FaceTune and Photoshop” and some people “get away with it,” but others end up having their pics plastered in this community.

#2

Sanity Sunday: Stunning Both Ways And So Refreshing To See

Sanity Sunday: Stunning Both Ways And So Refreshing To See

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Foxxy
Community Member
11 months ago

She is gorgeous

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#3

A Scandinavian Online Store Has Found A True Natural Beauty To Model For Them

A Scandinavian Online Store Has Found A True Natural Beauty To Model For Them

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glowworm2
Community Member
11 months ago

She's stunning!

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Sometimes, sanity prevails on the internet and among all the depressing and negative news you get some rays of sunshine which help inspire us and motivate us to do our best. In certain parts of the internet, ‘Sanity Sunday’ is a thing where Sundays are meant for positive posts that help everyone relax, enjoy life, and escape the madness of life. At least temporarily because, as we all know, Sunday is followed by Monday.

#4

My Favourite Fitness Influencer. Yes You Can Get To 150k+ Without Excessive Use Of The Blur Tool

My Favourite Fitness Influencer. Yes You Can Get To 150k+ Without Excessive Use Of The Blur Tool

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Quintessence
Community Member
11 months ago (edited)

that's true beauty, it's amazing how a smile and 0 filters can make a difference

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#5

Mango - Refreshing To See Older Models With No Photoshop

Mango - Refreshing To See Older Models With No Photoshop

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European other
Community Member
11 months ago

The natural look is so much more attractive

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#6

A Great Thing To Keep In Mind

A Great Thing To Keep In Mind

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Foxxy
Community Member
11 months ago

Naww, that baby is adorable.

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Assistant Professor Brooke Erin Duffy at Cornell University told The Guardian that Instagram influencers face a dilemma: not editing photos can make people body shame you, but so can editing pictures too much.

#7

The Power Of Make-Up

The Power Of Make-Up

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Clavelle
Community Member
11 months ago

She looks younger in the natural half, but beautiful in both.

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#8

Love This Honesty!

Love This Honesty!

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Foxxy
Community Member
11 months ago (edited)

I have acne scarring like her and it’s actually refreshing to see. Especially when Instagram is just full of fakeness.

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#9

Instagram Model Keeping It Real

Instagram Model Keeping It Real

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European other
Community Member
11 months ago

Yeah we all have that when we sit up.

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#10

What I Love About The Royals On Instagram Is The Fact That They Don’t Edit Their Pictures. It’s A Breath Of Fresh Air To See Face Wrinkles And Skin Texture, This Is What Real Faces Look Like

What I Love About The Royals On Instagram Is The Fact That They Don’t Edit Their Pictures. It’s A Breath Of Fresh Air To See Face Wrinkles And Skin Texture, This Is What Real Faces Look Like

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Dave Sharpe
Community Member
11 months ago

Useless to alter the pics since they're in public all the time.

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“Nobody wants to be called a fake. Influencers very much feel they need to present themselves authentically while getting the best image possible. It’s not seen as acceptable to put up a photo with a big spot. So you either put up the spot photo and get hate in the comments or you remove the spot,” the Professor said. She also warned that removing too many imperfections will make it obvious that you’re using photo-editing software. This, in turn, will make your fans call you out.

#11

I Love Love Love When Celebrities Post Unaltered Photos!

I Love Love Love When Celebrities Post Unaltered Photos!

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Cat on a bike
Community Member
11 months ago

I dont even see what there is to alter ?? What a mind set is it to see anything to alter at all in this awesome photo.

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#12

She Keeps It 100% Real, And I Love It

She Keeps It 100% Real, And I Love It

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Kate Kyffin
Community Member
11 months ago

:) Still look lovely and real. So much better than the fakes/flakes in this world!

#13

With Most People In The Beauty Influencer Industry Posting Images Photoshopped To Hell, Seeing An Artist Stop Editing Her Skin And Body Makes Me So Happy

With Most People In The Beauty Influencer Industry Posting Images Photoshopped To Hell, Seeing An Artist Stop Editing Her Skin And Body Makes Me So Happy

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Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
11 months ago

MAN, I could get lost in those eyes..

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#14

Natural Skin Texture

Natural Skin Texture

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Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
11 months ago

Pores. They exist!

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#15

Was Shopping For Bras The Other Day, When I Stumbled Upon This Fresh Air Of An Image

Was Shopping For Bras The Other Day, When I Stumbled Upon This Fresh Air Of An Image

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Starbelly Eleven
Community Member
11 months ago

That's a cute bra, wonder what brand it is...

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#16

She Posts Both Traditionally “Flattering” And “Unflattering” Pictures To Show People That Everyone Has Both Moments (She Also Shows Her Pores *gasp*)

She Posts Both Traditionally “Flattering” And “Unflattering” Pictures To Show People That Everyone Has Both Moments (She Also Shows Her Pores *gasp*)

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Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
11 months ago

What a gorgeous woman

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#17

For All The People Who Get Insecure From Instagram

For All The People Who Get Insecure From Instagram

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Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
11 months ago

I feel this one so deeply and personally!

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#18

I Primarily Follow Runners On Insta. I Thought You All Would Appreciate Her Photos

I Primarily Follow Runners On Insta. I Thought You All Would Appreciate Her Photos

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Janine B.
Community Member
11 months ago

Mommys rock!

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#19

Unposed vs. Posed. A 3 Second Transformation

Unposed vs. Posed. A 3 Second Transformation

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European other
Community Member
11 months ago

Quite a difference between them

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#20

Celebrating Cellulite - Mad Respect For This Fitness Influencer

Celebrating Cellulite - Mad Respect For This Fitness Influencer

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
11 months ago

If I did this pic y'all would think I was sitting on a pile of raw bread dough.

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#21

Shoutout To Target For Not Overly Editing Their Model. If It’s A Marketing Strategy: It’s Working

Shoutout To Target For Not Overly Editing Their Model. If It’s A Marketing Strategy: It’s Working

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Janine B.
Community Member
11 months ago

She's unique and lovely! :)

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#22

No Airbrushed Skin, No Photoshopped Nose, And No Bleached Teeth! Natural Is Normal

No Airbrushed Skin, No Photoshopped Nose, And No Bleached Teeth! Natural Is Normal

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European other
Community Member
11 months ago

Interestingly she does look airbrushed naturally good for her !

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#23

I Appreciate That This Makeup Brand Doesn't Pretend Like Their Foundation Magically Makes You Airbrushed

I Appreciate That This Makeup Brand Doesn't Pretend Like Their Foundation Magically Makes You Airbrushed

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Monica Michelle
Community Member
11 months ago

Make up companies should be hit with false advertising if they are photoshopping

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#24

My Friend Is Absolutely Stunning And Does Professional Modelling, But She Does Post Unflattering Photos To Prove That You Don’t Have To Be Perfect To Be Beautiful And To Show That Every Body Has Flaws, Even If You Can’t Usually Tell!

My Friend Is Absolutely Stunning And Does Professional Modelling, But She Does Post Unflattering Photos To Prove That You Don’t Have To Be Perfect To Be Beautiful And To Show That Every Body Has Flaws, Even If You Can’t Usually Tell!

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Lilli
Community Member
11 months ago

those are not "unflattering photos." every person has flaws.

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#25

She's My Favorite! So Gorgeous And Honest As Hell About Everything From Body Image, To Bad Skin, To Health Issues

She's My Favorite! So Gorgeous And Honest As Hell About Everything From Body Image, To Bad Skin, To Health Issues

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Jacob-Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
11 months ago

Pretty and happy!

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#26

This Insta-Girl Posts Pics On Both ”good” And ”bad” Days And Gives No F**k About It. I Love It

This Insta-Girl Posts Pics On Both ”good” And ”bad” Days And Gives No F**k About It. I Love It

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Erin Sheppard
Community Member
11 months ago

SHE HAS AMAZING EYES

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#27

Body Positive Influencer Showing Off Her Stretch Marks

Body Positive Influencer Showing Off Her Stretch Marks

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European other
Community Member
11 months ago

We all have them somewhere

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#28

Influencer Being Real & Opening Up About Insecurities With Her Body

Influencer Being Real & Opening Up About Insecurities With Her Body

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Kate Kyffin
Community Member
11 months ago

Great photo, lovely smile

#29

Just Thought It Was Nice To See A Model Who Has Millions Of Followers Show Some Body Rolls And Not Editing Her Pics

Just Thought It Was Nice To See A Model Who Has Millions Of Followers Show Some Body Rolls And Not Editing Her Pics

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Jasmine Walker
Community Member
11 months ago

That's not rolls, that's just bending ones body to the side.

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#30

Refreshing To See A Celebrity Who Doesn't Airbrush Their Pictures!

Refreshing To See A Celebrity Who Doesn't Airbrush Their Pictures!

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Olga Vol
Community Member
11 months ago

There is nothing to airbrush here

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