The rise of selfie culture has changed the ways we perceive beauty beyond recognition. It has blurred the lines of what’s real and fake, of what’s natural and purely fictional. When heavy photo editing and filters came to social media, at first, everyone was just messing around.

Now, kids as young as ten are airbrushing their selfies with ready-made augmented-reality face filters that often sharpen, shrink, and enhance their faces and bodies. But the result is often anything but pretty. And now, many social media influencers are being busted for using these filters to alter their identities and create fake personalities.

It’s no secret that some go as far as pushing this fakery to its very limits, and this is where the community r/InstagramReality steps in. "It's unbelievable how some people get away with it while others don't!" the subreddit writes on its page.

Let’s see some of the worst offenders below, and after you’re done scrolling, make sure to check our previous posts on Insta vs Reality here, here and here.

#1

This Model Makes Herself Look Easily 25 Years Younger And It’s Crazy

This Model Makes Herself Look Easily 25 Years Younger And It’s Crazy

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Monday
Community Member
5 months ago

Geez the filtered version makes her look like she could be her own daughter.

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#2

You Can Barely See Her Nose

You Can Barely See Her Nose

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Meeple13
Community Member
5 months ago

voldemort is that you?

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#3

Will Never Understand The Appeal Of Little Head Syndrome

Will Never Understand The Appeal Of Little Head Syndrome

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AngelWingsYT
Community Member
5 months ago

I swear i seen something like this in a cartoon somewhere

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Bored Panda reached out to Erin Alyssa Vogel, a social psychologist and senior research associate at the University of Southern California. Her researches involve adolescent e-cigarette use, social media and digital health, and tobacco use disparities in the LGBTQ+ community.

“Influencers are under a lot of pressure to make themselves and their lives look perfect. Most people who use social media try to portray themselves in a positive light, by posting about good things that happen to them and posting their favorite photos of themselves,” Erin explained.

However, for influencers, the pressure to look perfect is even more pronounced, she said. “Their appearance is part of their brand. Face tunes and filters can help them achieve the perfect look. I wouldn't say face tunes and filters are 'addictive,' per se.”

“But when people get used to seeing only filtered photos of themselves, they may start to really dislike their natural appearance, and continue to use filters,” she added.

#4

He Has One Sky That Follows Him Around Everywhere He Goes. Amazing How Its So Consistent!

He Has One Sky That Follows Him Around Everywhere He Goes. Amazing How Its So Consistent!

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Princess Procrastination
Community Member
5 months ago

Take the weather with you they say!

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#5

My Friend Met This Girl And She Looks Nothing Like This

My Friend Met This Girl And She Looks Nothing Like This

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Anne
Community Member
5 months ago

I'd thing that would be a good thing.. can you imagine looking like that.. You'd scare everyone..

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#6

Body Positivity So Strong It Caused A Tsunami

Body Positivity So Strong It Caused A Tsunami

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Lance d'Boyle
Community Member
5 months ago

Well that was rather cheeky of her.

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It’s no secret that the addictive face filters, heavy photo editing and other appearance enhancements that are so popular these days on social media often do more harm than good. “Filters help create and enforce unrealistic beauty standards,” Erin stated and added that “For many years, we've been exposed to airbrushed and highly edited photos of models and celebrities.”

“Now, with social media, we see filtered photos of our peers too. It's easy to forget that the other person's appearance is not actually flawless. We may compare our real appearance to other people's filtered appearances and feel worse about ourselves as a result. Also, if we only see filtered photos of ourselves, our natural appearance in photos may start to look strange and wrong to us.”

#7

What She Posts vs. A Screenshot I Took From A Video

What She Posts vs. A Screenshot I Took From A Video

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Vasana Phong
Community Member
5 months ago

All this fakery from one family

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#8

She Can Touch The Sky With Those Legs

She Can Touch The Sky With Those Legs

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Sabse
Community Member
5 months ago

Ah. Look! The human giraffe can walk on water.

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#9

Hi Humans

Hi Humans

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Maria Schneider
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Robotics

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We also spoke to Helen Egger MD, a child psychiatrist and co-founder and Chief Medical and Chief Scientific Officer of Little Otter. “We’ve always had the challenge of images being filtered and doctored to make unrealistic measures for what beauty looks like,” she said. But filters on social media take it to the next level, “because it's not just seeing an image of a celebrity who is unrealistic and measuring yourself against that person, it’s measuring your real self against a pretend image of yourself.”

According to Helen, “Edited images receive positive reinforcement from likes and comments, which serve as a dopamine hit. You like the feeling and want to do it again, which feeds on itself.” Meanwhile, “Face filters use algorithms to reinforce a certain standard of beauty that is very narrow. It doesn’t support individuality, it supports conformity with what’s the standard of beauty, which is worrisome.”

“In some cases, this can turn into body dysmorphic disorder, in which you are convinced some aspect of your body isn’t good enough. It becomes a fixation, an obsessive worry that often leads to anxiety, social isolation, eating disorders and seeking out cosmetic surgery,” the child psychiatrist concluded.

#10

Tagged vs. Posted. She Actually Looks Really Good For 72 Y/O But Can’t Help Herself With The Photoshop

Tagged vs. Posted. She Actually Looks Really Good For 72 Y/O But Can’t Help Herself With The Photoshop

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Queen fhk
Community Member
5 months ago

Isn't this vera w**g

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#11

Intestines ? Never Heard Of Them

Intestines ? Never Heard Of Them

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TmKhr
Community Member
5 months ago

Internal organs and ribs are overrated

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#12

Saw This A While Back... Thought I’d Post It Here

Saw This A While Back... Thought I’d Post It Here

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JitkaBlitka
Community Member
5 months ago

It's downright scary...

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#13

Makeup Is Truly Amazing. It's The Nose For Me

Makeup Is Truly Amazing. It's The Nose For Me

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Annabelle
Community Member
5 months ago

Ow I like her way more in the original picture

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#14

It's Like A Mask

It's Like A Mask

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JuJu
Community Member
5 months ago

Run! They got Kyle and we are next.

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#15

Don’t Understand How Someone Can See This As Anything But Straight Up Scary

Don’t Understand How Someone Can See This As Anything But Straight Up Scary

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Michelle M
Community Member
5 months ago

Well, 499 people like it. Says a lot

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#16

When Your Shadow Looks More Realistic Than You. Seriously, Bellies Don't Need To Be Fixed

When Your Shadow Looks More Realistic Than You. Seriously, Bellies Don't Need To Be Fixed

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Caro Caro
Community Member
5 months ago

why? She has a great figure in the shadow !

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#17

Came Across On Pinterest. It’s On A Clothing Website. When Your Arms Are Bigger Than Your Legs

Came Across On Pinterest. It’s On A Clothing Website. When Your Arms Are Bigger Than Your Legs

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A girl
Community Member
5 months ago

Legs like that cannot support hips like that.

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#18

Iger Compares Editing Before And After

Iger Compares Editing Before And After

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K. Lange
Community Member
5 months ago

nothing wrong with the left picture.

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#19

Claims It's All Makeup And Expensive Wigs

Claims It's All Makeup And Expensive Wigs

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JuJu
Community Member
5 months ago

The lower pic looks like "Frauentausch" :D

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#20

I Don't Even Know Where To Start

I Don't Even Know Where To Start

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404 Panda Not Found
Community Member
5 months ago

The fact that this has almost 1.5k likes is insane.

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#21

What Am I Even Looking At

What Am I Even Looking At

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Michelle M
Community Member
5 months ago

The aliens are getting better at disguise.

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#22

This Side Profile Is...

This Side Profile Is...

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Michelle M
Community Member
5 months ago

This is getting scarier.

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#23

Found One On A Dating App...

Found One On A Dating App...

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JuJu
Community Member
5 months ago

Bratz dolls are real

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#24

Does Anybody Else See The Purple-Ish Rectangle Around Her Head In Both Pictures? Also, The Proportions Just Seem Off

Does Anybody Else See The Purple-Ish Rectangle Around Her Head In Both Pictures? Also, The Proportions Just Seem Off

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Michelle M
Community Member
5 months ago

It's Halo. She's an angel

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#25

I Don’t Think This One Needs Explaining

I Don’t Think This One Needs Explaining

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Michelle M
Community Member
5 months ago

The chin is a work of art

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#26

Aight

Aight

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Otter
Community Member
5 months ago

"Hon? There's a roach crawling over your photoshopped belly..."

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#27

Excuse Me?

Excuse Me?

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Monday
Community Member
5 months ago

Ma'am, I don't want to alarm you but you seem to have lost your bellybutton.

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#28

Her Eye Edits Make Me Uncomfortable

Her Eye Edits Make Me Uncomfortable

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A girl
Community Member
5 months ago

Geez, what about the lip edit?

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#29

Spotted On Tinder

Spotted On Tinder

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JuJu
Community Member
5 months ago

Now I know who collects the noses one steals from toddlers

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#30

Instagram vs. Youtube, Ma'am, You're Lying To Yourself

Instagram vs. Youtube, Ma'am, You're Lying To Yourself

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Scagsy
Community Member
5 months ago

Not only to herself.

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#31

Finally Spotted One In The Wild On Tinder

Finally Spotted One In The Wild On Tinder

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A girl
Community Member
5 months ago

Miniature pony vibe

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#32

He Has An Onlyfans Where I Can Only Assume He’s Photoshopped A Giant Dong As Well

He Has An Onlyfans Where I Can Only Assume He’s Photoshopped A Giant Dong As Well

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Michelle M
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

'Men in Chains.' Fitting caption.

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#33

She’s My Current Favourite From The Show She’s In But The Ig vs. Reality Isn’t Adding Up

She’s My Current Favourite From The Show She’s In But The Ig vs. Reality Isn’t Adding Up

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K Witmer
Community Member
5 months ago

Awww liberty is so cute wo the filters

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#34

Instagram Picture vs. Livestream

Instagram Picture vs. Livestream

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Helen Haley
Community Member
5 months ago

Angles

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#35

Hard To Believe It’s The Same Girl

Hard To Believe It’s The Same Girl

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Caro Caro
Community Member
5 months ago

The real one is very nice.

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#36

Those Grocery Shelves

Those Grocery Shelves

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Marc
Community Member
5 months ago

Na, that's not fake. Google "gravitational lens" to understand the effect taking place here! (yes, that's sarcasm)

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#37

Loves Those Curves On The Door

Loves Those Curves On The Door

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404 Panda Not Found
Community Member
5 months ago

Ma'am, I think you should get your door checked.

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#38

Gray Halo All Aroun'! Or Floating Buttocks'?

Gray Halo All Aroun'! Or Floating Buttocks'?

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
5 months ago

That would hurt, having no cheeks to sit on ):

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#39

I Absolutely Love This Brand And Have Bought From Them Many Times, But How Dare You Have Fingers That Bend? Feeling Like I Don’t Fit In With All My Joints

I Absolutely Love This Brand And Have Bought From Them Many Times, But How Dare You Have Fingers That Bend? Feeling Like I Don’t Fit In With All My Joints

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Sergy Yeltsen
Community Member
5 months ago

How the hell do you live with claws like that? It's horrific. How do you use keys, use electronic devices, cook, hell, change a tampon?

Nikki Sevven
Community Member
5 months ago

...put in/take out contacts, wipe your own butt, sleep without eviscerating yourself...

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Scagsy
Community Member
5 months ago

Does anybody find those nails attractive? Cos I don't.

Auntriarch
Community Member
5 months ago

I hope she doesn't try to pick her nose

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ThePracticalSarcastic
Community Member
5 months ago

are knuckles suddenly unattractive?

Ellie
Community Member
5 months ago

Are you sure this is a real hand and not one of those practice dummy hands for nail technicians?

JuJu
Community Member
5 months ago

I like the Claddagh ring with the skeleton hands. Nice touch.

Sasy
Community Member
5 months ago

Love the claddagh, so creative

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Duncan
Community Member
5 months ago

Vampire hand model?

righttoopinion
Community Member
5 months ago

How do you know what brand they are?

Apachebathmat
Community Member
5 months ago

Hey god, before you send me down to earth, I have a body snag list, firstly the joints in my fingers, hands and wrists are too much, can you take them back, ta

Susan Widomski
Community Member
4 months ago

If the fingers are photo shopped - why aren't the nails?

Alice
Community Member
5 months ago

Everyone's talking about the nails and rings and not the fact that her fingers can not bend lol

Ashley Wright
Community Member
5 months ago

I. Can’t. Stand. These. Nails. #hideous #daggers #nailknives

Stella.qirque
Community Member
5 months ago

For shame!!

patricia matthews
Community Member
5 months ago

Wipe your butt?

Subhadhra Gunn
Community Member
5 months ago

Where are the knuckles?

Denise Mclean
Community Member
5 months ago

Touch her and find out !

MikeMaxis
Community Member
5 months ago

Rip toilet paper to shreds everytime?

Arenite
Community Member
5 months ago

As a lesbian friend of mine would say, “ make love, not surgery”!

TheJojo
Community Member
5 months ago

unhygenic

Hollysmom
Community Member
5 months ago

Evil

Monika Piekarz
Community Member
5 months ago

Especially when your fingers don't bend.

Jan Ahlgren
Community Member
5 months ago

Vampire?

Emo Sloth
Community Member
5 months ago

claws is right

BlackPearltheSeaWing/NightWing
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow, I feel out of place now too! I have fingers that bend both ways, so I'm super far behind on the no joints thing! /s

Alegiro
Community Member
5 months ago

What's wrong with that hand/fingers?!? Please Bored Panda, remove this (and other) photo from here. There is no Photoshop here, so those shouldn't be here in "spotted fake images" category!!! (plus: i love Goth and dark style, so to me, those nails are quite pretty. And of course she won't use that daily as someone asked. Use your brain, when someone use makeup, is the same! Makeup, exit, some photos, and then remove it. The same here!!)

Hollysmom
Community Member
5 months ago

No joints

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#40

Photoshop? Filters? Surgery? Yes

Photoshop? Filters? Surgery? Yes

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Ritchat
Community Member
5 months ago

She lost 40 pounds after a gastric band operation and she got injections into her jawline, lips and forehead to shape her face. And make-up does the rest. So she actually looks like this now.

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