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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My O My
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1 year ago

She is so pretty!

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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
1 year 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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European other
Community Member
1 year ago

Perfect !

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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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Janine B.
Community Member
1 year ago

Stunning!

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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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Janine B.
Community Member
1 year ago

She's gorgeous!

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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
1 year 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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M.J.
Community Member
1 year ago

That's kind of creepy...

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#8

Love This Honesty!

Love This Honesty!

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Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

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

Amazon QT
Community Member
1 year ago

But it doesn’t look good close-up. I would never take a photo of my face with that much (acne) scarring. I’d been doing a lot of far away shots. No one likes to have a unflattering photo taken.

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Stevie
Community Member
1 year ago

It takes a lot of guts to put a pic of yourself on instagram that you don't like or that you are ashamed of. That said the makeup in the real picture is just not flattering. It would look bad even on flawless skin. It's too dark, too many weird shadows (like above the lip) and the eyes - nope that's just not a good look for anyone. And let's face it the highlighter highlights all the wrong things. A lighter shade of foundation, a good base and less contouring would do wonders.

European other
Community Member
1 year ago

The first picture looks so fake anyway.

Amazon QT
Community Member
1 year ago

So does the second photo.

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My O My
Community Member
1 year ago

Thank you for your honesty

Susan Gardner
Community Member
1 year ago

I love REAL

Judith Wilson
Community Member
5 months ago

I will be so glad when this eyebrow thing is over

Marlene Ricker
Community Member
1 year ago

I know this will sound petty, but I really don't like her eye shadow. It really distracts from her beautiful eyes in both pictures..

Liz Sahlin Johansson
Community Member
1 year ago

Now THIS pic should be way up this list!!! All other pucs just shows all ready beautiful women with very little makeup!!!

Annie
Community Member
1 year ago

Brava! She's very brave and honest! Good for her!

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
1 year ago

Nobody’s perfect

Amazon QT
Community Member
1 year ago

You are correct, but there is a limit to what one needs to put out there for others to see.

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Ida hieser
Community Member
1 year ago

LOVE yourself

Jean Hendrickson
Community Member
1 year ago

But, she has lipstick, brows shadow above and below eyes. I don't understand how this is natural. Please explain what I am misunderstanding. Thanks!

Imajin_A_Shön
Community Member
1 year ago

This post refers to pictures that were not touched up to show the reality of what they were, not necessarily without makeup.

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David Cumberland
Community Member
1 year ago

For real truth, it would be more realistic if there was no make up at all.

MadRatter
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

realistic? that make up's real and not photoshopped. The make up isn't the point. Some of the other women are also wearing make up, but choose to show off blemishes and perceived bodily flaws with no artificial retouching.

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Sunzilla
Community Member
1 year ago

The only problem I have here is with her make-up. What's with the shiny day-glow pink? Is that back in fashion?

Amazon QT
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh o hope not, it was hideous in the 80s!!!! 🤮

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KT Trondsen
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1 year ago

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is that a guy?

Mewton’s Third Paw
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1 year ago (edited)

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Wait, so she photoshops away her flaws too? It sounds like she is still doing the toxic thing that made her feel so bad. In my opinion, if you have to photoshop your makeup to get it to look good then the makeup isn’t doing the thing you purchased it to do, which is look good. So why keep doing it and faking like it looks good by using photoshop? Why even bother with the makeup at that point really? If you don’t even like how it looks and just go photoshop it?

John
Community Member
1 year ago

That's the whole point. She used to Photoshop to hell, now she doesn't.

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#9

Instagram Model Keeping It Real

Instagram Model Keeping It Real

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European other
Community Member
1 year 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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European other
Community Member
1 year ago

Although they get more help to look better than the average woman

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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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Janine B.
Community Member
1 year ago

She's just so absolutely beautiful and gorgeous in any kind of way.

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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
1 year 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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European other
Community Member
1 year ago

I admire these women

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#14

Natural Skin Texture

Natural Skin Texture

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Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
1 year 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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European other
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't see anything here other than a young woman

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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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Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
1 year ago

None of those are unflattering.

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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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European other
Community Member
1 year ago

Just a natural picture how refreshing !

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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
1 year 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
1 year 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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European other
Community Member
1 year ago

Hardly any !

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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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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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European other
Community Member
1 year ago

Again not much to show

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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
1 year ago

There is nothing to airbrush here

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