Looks can be deceiving. We’ve heard it a million times before, and yet some of us still fall for it. In the current world, hyperreality is taking over, and social media is no exception. As its users continue to push these limits to keep their fellow Instagram aficionados on a like-driven leash, one can't help but remember the words of philosopher Jean Baudrillard: “We live in a world where there are more and more information and less and less meaning.” The lines between real and fake have blurred, while true and false are hard to tell apart. Luckily, the subreddit r/Instagramreality is armed with 723k active members who dedicate their days (or maybe years) to exposing fake people on social media. Let’s have a look at their most recent ugly truth discoveries and if it’s not enough, then check out more Instagram vs. Reality posts here and here.

#1

She’s Back And Her Eyes Are Even Bigger

She’s Back And Her Eyes Are Even Bigger

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Supac Takur
Community Member
7 months ago

Sally, Jack Skellington is looking for you. Where have you been?

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Bored Panda spoke to Siobhan Ward, a primary therapist at Life Works, a rehabilitation centre that provides treatment for addictions and eating disorders, about the scope of social media addiction in the United Kingdom. "If you broke ‘social media addiction’ down into categories, it would encompass other process or behavioural addictions, such as porn and gambling, as well as eating disorders, especially predominant with the likes of Instagram. It may be that the addiction is not with the social media itself, but the social media has become a tool of other addictions." 

So why can't people stop faking and photo editing their social Instagram photos, even when it’s an obvious lie? The answer might be more interesting than you expected. In short – blame brain chemistry! Of course, all these neurons have a lot going on. In full – “dopamine is the neurotransmitter that comes into play with the addict - it is what tells us that we enjoy something and therefore need to do it again as it gives us pleasure.”  

“If the person is taking a lot of selfies that have to be “perfect”, then maybe they are not addicts. Instead, this could be a sign of a possible narcissistic personality disorder. Also if someone is posting pictures to get as many likes as possible, they may not be getting certain needs met in their life. They may not have the love, support or even safety that they need now or that they needed when they grew up and therefore have had to find another way to fill that hole.” 

“One would need to become aware of what they believe they are getting from the internet in order to start resisting its temptation. By understanding why they turn to the internet, they can start to think about healthier ways to meet these needs.”

Of course, that's in no way an excuse for spreading fakery online. But at least we now know where to look. Hint: right inside your head.

#2

Oceans Have Hills Now Sweetie

Oceans Have Hills Now Sweetie

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Ripley
Community Member
7 months ago

She also forgot to photoshop the fuck out of her shadow.

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#3

My Sims Look More Realistic

My Sims Look More Realistic

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JuJu
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7 months ago

is that the new terminator?

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#4

Nothing Normal About This Picture.. At All..

Nothing Normal About This Picture.. At All..

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Misha Christensen-wildeman
Community Member
7 months ago

hahahahahahaha reminds be of beetlejuice when he has a small head

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#5

Shadow Tells The Truth

Shadow Tells The Truth

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Supac Takur
Community Member
7 months ago

Flat Earth Society

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#6

3 Years On Instagram Turned A Lovely Girl Into This

3 Years On Instagram Turned A Lovely Girl Into This

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troufaki13
Community Member
7 months ago

The fact that she thinks this is beautiful, is what scares me the most

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#7

If We Don’t Have A Pregnant Model We Will Just Improvise. No One Will Notice!

If We Don’t Have A Pregnant Model We Will Just Improvise. No One Will Notice!

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Blueplanet
Community Member
7 months ago

even stuffing a pillow would be better than.......this..

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#8

I Mean... Who Needs Organs Anyway

I Mean... Who Needs Organs Anyway

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aussie snowdropper
Community Member
7 months ago

she has organs but they all in her arse !!!!!

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#9

All Of Her Photos Are Heavily Facetuned, But This One Is Just Beyond

All Of Her Photos Are Heavily Facetuned, But This One Is Just Beyond

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varwenea
Community Member
7 months ago

The tattooed one looks like a character in a horror movie that would suddenly open her mouth super wide blaring super sharp teeth. Meanwhile, the super long face on the left one is making her look stretched. Both are weird.

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#10

Maybe They Wouldn't Notice

Maybe They Wouldn't Notice

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Maria Lazaridou
Community Member
7 months ago

Notice what?

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#11

I Call This The Dorito Body

I Call This The Dorito Body

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I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
Community Member
7 months ago

Whilst there is a lot going wrong I just can’t get past his arm. It looks like it is backwards.

Christy Smith
Community Member
7 months ago

The fake bulge in his pants is what I can't get past, he looks retarded!

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Id row
Community Member
7 months ago

I'm just embarrassed for these people.

Living_Shadow
Community Member
7 months ago

I rlly hope he made this as a joke to get a laugh out of his friends because otherwise..this is just ridiculous

Tovah Roche
Community Member
7 months ago

His 2019 photo looks like a soul escaped one of the graves in his 2009 picture and possessed him.

Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
7 months ago

His looks were inspired by action figures and Crash Bandicoot

Bella Langston
Community Member
7 months ago

I want to tell him, "Just be yourself, honey."

Monty Glue
Community Member
7 months ago

If he hadn't distorted it he would look good. In shape, with a tan but he just had to "improve" it.

Tor Rolf Strøm
Community Member
7 months ago

This is sad. Looks like he has a decent amount of muscle, at least some definition.. but I guess it wasnt enough. Also, this is pretty well done. But waaay to extreme.

JustAAnotherGirl
Community Member
7 months ago

Upvote just for the caption 🤣🤣

Neko
Community Member
7 months ago

Is that a graveyard?

Cody Eriksen
Community Member
7 months ago

Not even anime characters look this bad

MadDawg
Community Member
7 months ago

that looks unhealthy

Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

The photo on the right looks like a caricature of a human.

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
7 months ago

For me, it's the legs that are the tell-tale clue... They don't match with the upper body that is clearly photo-shopped...

WaitingtokissGregDavis
Community Member
7 months ago

What a tool.

WillemPenn
Community Member
7 months ago

What the heck happened to him in that graveyard?

Rahshad Swinton
Community Member
7 months ago

Did he accually think that nobady would notice that?

Lana Belysheva
Community Member
7 months ago

That's what happens with kids if you let them roam at a cemetery!

pebs
Community Member
7 months ago

Given the previous photo, he appears to have emerged from the underworld.

Stephanie Blasyak
Community Member
7 months ago

..again probably suffering from body dysmorphic disorder.

Monday Fuss
Community Member
2 months ago

his arm looks backward

Noemie Houtekie-N'Da
Community Member
6 months ago

He looked better in 2009.

Mattie Marsack
Community Member
7 months ago

Heis very ill.

dnainco
Community Member
7 months ago

That just looks so disfigured.

MADELEINE KIMBALL
Community Member
7 months ago

also made me want to cry. )X

Tanya Kysel'ova
Community Member
7 months ago

the kid did not get good spanking on time

Marika Aeon
Community Member
7 months ago

Mommy I am scared

Matilda Gross
Community Member
7 months ago

Little cute boy in cemetery, tho...

Mer
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh now that's just sad. Also, unprofessional. If he wants to appear that, um...changed?, he needs to hire a pro.

Kathi Keegan Chang
Community Member
7 months ago

"Foxxy" is so much cuter when he was the kid on the left.

ZoeIsHahaha
Community Member
7 months ago

What?

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Lisa Watson
Community Member
7 months ago

All of his muscles are implants. He's had a lot of work done on his face too.

Grace Marraffa
Community Member
7 months ago

Is his left arm on backwards??

Jessica Manning
Community Member
7 months ago

What in the...

Clever Dog
Community Member
7 months ago

This whole post is beyond sad how many woman and also now young men too are so upset and obsessed by their appearance. Young people seem to have a messed up view of what a health body looks like. From this picture its clear he is rubbish with photoshop so I think the body definition in his chest is real so clearly he is a boy that looks after himself yet he feels the need to photoshop a waist that is unhealthy and a cock that would scare most women (or men). Its good to eat right,train well but also you gotta get your head right.

Max L.
Community Member
7 months ago

Windy curtains !

deanna woods
Community Member
7 months ago

I am guessing he doesn't have any plans to breathe any time soon.

dino
Community Member
7 months ago

Bruh...I don’t think guys get curvy like women...but u do u

Becki Dixon
Community Member
7 months ago

Well hat’s just plain terrifying 😐

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
7 months ago

7 year old torso on a 17 year old body. Dysmorphia much?

kathryn stretton
Community Member
7 months ago

Awwwww, wish him well. Just a kid.

Katrin
Community Member
7 months ago

That‘s the Edward Munch-body screaming at you

My O My
Community Member
7 months ago

Maybe he is an alien? MIB anywhere?

Kristof De Smet
Community Member
7 months ago

2D image!

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#12

Instagram / Tiktok

Instagram / Tiktok

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Supac Takur
Community Member
7 months ago

Jesus, the photo on the right! It 100% looks like a mugshot

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#13

Lady On Facebook Insists That There's No Editing, And Any Comments Saying Otherwise Are Blocked

Lady On Facebook Insists That There's No Editing, And Any Comments Saying Otherwise Are Blocked

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Bianka Nagy
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

I found her profile by accident, she's in one of the tag groups I'm in. That was before her photos went viral. I stalked her profile a little. She'd been in a serious accident, and has scarring on her face, and trying to compensate with editing I guess... It's sad, really. I guess that accident harmed more than just her physical appearance.

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#14

How Is This Supposed To Resemble Her Behind?! Just Looks Like 2 Balloons At This Point.

How Is This Supposed To Resemble Her Behind?! Just Looks Like 2 Balloons At This Point.

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varwenea
Community Member
7 months ago

The Kardashian affect strikes again.

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#15

Left Is From The Official Show Account, Right Is The One She Posted

Left Is From The Official Show Account, Right Is The One She Posted

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Yana Makarevitch
Community Member
7 months ago

Ironically, the left one looks much better.

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#16

I'm Scared

I'm Scared

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

This is the return of the Stepford wives.

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#17

Caught One In The Wild As They Say. He’s A Very Corrupt Lawyer In My Country, Posted This In His Twitter Account Recently

Caught One In The Wild As They Say. He’s A Very Corrupt Lawyer In My Country, Posted This In His Twitter Account Recently

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Elina Kuusisto
Community Member
7 months ago

The tiny champagne glass seems symbolic here...

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#18

Kitchen Cabinets By Salvador Dalí

Kitchen Cabinets By Salvador Dalí

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Phyllicia Goh
Community Member
7 months ago

Britney is that you?

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#19

This Girl Is Known For Calling People Ugly On Facebook And Says She Doesn’t Edit Her Pics....lol

This Girl Is Known For Calling People Ugly On Facebook And Says She Doesn’t Edit Her Pics....lol

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Phyllicia Goh
Community Member
7 months ago

Whether you are pretty or not, edit your pics or not, who are you to call others ugly??

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#20

This Girl And Her Demon Eyed Family Keeps Popping Up On My Explore Page

This Girl And Her Demon Eyed Family Keeps Popping Up On My Explore Page

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JuJu
Community Member
7 months ago

They haven't turned the boyfriend yet...send the Winchesters for rescue

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#21

Saw This While Looking Up Hairstyle References

Saw This While Looking Up Hairstyle References

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Tor Rolf Strøm
Community Member
7 months ago

Is that a xenomorph in human disguise?

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#22

Local “Influencer” Badly Photoshopping On Different Clothes

Local “Influencer” Badly Photoshopping On Different Clothes

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

This reminds me of those paper dolls that I had as a child. God, I'm old.

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#23

I Just Can't Deal With This One Particular Girl, I Just Had To Follow Her Because Of The Crazy Editing

I Just Can't Deal With This One Particular Girl, I Just Had To Follow Her Because Of The Crazy Editing

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

Why, why, why do people do this as if the public can't tell that it's completely fake?

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#24

Proportions Out Of Whack

Proportions Out Of Whack

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Ilona
Community Member
7 months ago

Like a Lego head on a Barbie body

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#25

Hot Dog Fingers Strikes Again

Hot Dog Fingers Strikes Again

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

The skin on knuckles and other joints show wrinkles, so they're edited out to enhance the smoothness of the hand. UGH.

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#26

My Hair Stylist Was Warning Me About Unrealistic Hair Expectations Due To Photoshopped Photos On Instagram Like This One

My Hair Stylist Was Warning Me About Unrealistic Hair Expectations Due To Photoshopped Photos On Instagram Like This One

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Kaisu
Community Member
7 months ago

Definitely be careful about choosing a hair dresser, tattoo artist or makeup artist based on their Instagram, because a lot of them heavily edit the pics of their work

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#27

Girl What

Girl What

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varwenea
Community Member
7 months ago

She's so fake. Yet people throw money at her cosmetics. Plenty of vain people out there.

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#28

Oh No

Oh No

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh, her again. She looks like a cartoon.

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#29

This Is The Mother Of A Girl I Grew Up Near. Her Instagram Is Full Of This Sort Of Stuff

This Is The Mother Of A Girl I Grew Up Near. Her Instagram Is Full Of This Sort Of Stuff

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Maisha Mir
Community Member
7 months ago

Wonder if her daughter grew up with body image issues :(

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#30

Genuinely Upsets Me How Much She’s Edited Her Face Here

Genuinely Upsets Me How Much She’s Edited Her Face Here

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varwenea
Community Member
7 months ago

Face AND Body

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#31

Beautiful Girl... I Don’t Know Why She Does This

Beautiful Girl... I Don’t Know Why She Does This

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varwenea
Community Member
7 months ago

Damn. Her original self is so much better.

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#32

Saw This On Pinterest. Girl Went Crazy With The Smoothing Tool. Her Face Literally Looks Like A Sim To Me

Saw This On Pinterest. Girl Went Crazy With The Smoothing Tool. Her Face Literally Looks Like A Sim To Me

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Kaisu
Community Member
7 months ago

Also the teeth look unnaturally white

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#33

I Personally Hate The “Snatched Waist” Look. It Looks So Weird And Unneeded. We’re Humans Not Plastic Barbies, No Need For Unrealistic Expectations.

I Personally Hate The “Snatched Waist” Look. It Looks So Weird And Unneeded. We’re Humans Not Plastic Barbies, No Need For Unrealistic Expectations.

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Elina Kuusisto
Community Member
7 months ago

I hate it too

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#34

Edited vs. Unedited

Edited vs. Unedited

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Phyllicia Goh
Community Member
7 months ago

Only thing they kept was her boobs..

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#35

At Least He Chose A One Colored Background

At Least He Chose A One Colored Background

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Laana
Community Member
7 months ago

That’s where I left my box of cookies!

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#36

That Dog Is Smooth As Hell

That Dog Is Smooth As Hell

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misteriosa
Community Member
7 months ago

Poor lighting does this to my shitty camera.

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#37

Excuse Me What The F?

Excuse Me What The F?

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misteriosa
Community Member
7 months ago

Looks like a painting to me.

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#38

Bruh...

Bruh...

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Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
7 months ago

Her skin would be clearer if she didn't trowel on so much makeup.

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#39

Another Gem From Aliexpress. Tiny Head Big Body

Another Gem From Aliexpress. Tiny Head Big Body

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Laana
Community Member
7 months ago

What’s with this? Is that a new thing now?

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#40

When You Edit Dem Hips But Not Dat Shadow

When You Edit Dem Hips But Not Dat Shadow

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XxInstantKarmaxX
Community Member
7 months ago

feet hun ??!!?!??

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#41

What "Natural" Looks Like Online vs. Irl

What "Natural" Looks Like Online vs. Irl

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Kaisu
Community Member
7 months ago

She looks really gorgeous on the right and I prefer her look there

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#42

Recently

Recently

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Kaisu
Community Member
7 months ago

Even all the work she's had done on her face, it's still not enough and she needs to heavily edit her pictures

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#43

He Likes Museum Enough To Photoshop Him In It But Not Enough To Be Really There ( I Think His Body Is Also Edited To Make Waist Smaller... But Not Sure)

He Likes Museum Enough To Photoshop Him In It But Not Enough To Be Really There ( I Think His Body Is Also Edited To Make Waist Smaller... But Not Sure)

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XxInstantKarmaxX
Community Member
7 months ago

with most photoshops you can tell if they're fake by looking at the feet

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#44

My Hairdresser Using Filters On My Hair, Setting Unrealistic Expectations.

My Hairdresser Using Filters On My Hair, Setting Unrealistic Expectations.

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kathryn stretton
Community Member
7 months ago

Thanks for calling her out.*

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#45

Skin Online vs. Skin Irl

Skin Online vs. Skin Irl

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Kaisu
Community Member
7 months ago

Why do people think skin on the left is somehow beautiful? It looks unnatural and creepy to me.

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#46

Got Blocked Within 60 Seconds For Asking Why Her Left Hand Is So Small

Got Blocked Within 60 Seconds For Asking Why Her Left Hand Is So Small

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Danielle Renee
Community Member
7 months ago

it's a fair question

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#47

Like Two Different People

Like Two Different People

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
7 months ago

If the photoshopped one is on the left she didn't do a bad job.

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#48

An Unconventional One

An Unconventional One

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Jasmine
Community Member
7 months ago

I like this one. It brings awareness to littering.

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#49

Instagrammer’s Picture vs. Photographer’s Picture

Instagrammer’s Picture vs. Photographer’s Picture

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Biljana Malesevic
Community Member
7 months ago

but why????

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#50

"Natural" Is Always Flawless Online

"Natural" Is Always Flawless Online

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your_lesbian_friend
Community Member
7 months ago

they got rid of her freckles :(

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#51

A Very Popular Cosplayer

A Very Popular Cosplayer

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

She wants to make herself look like a character in a video game.

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#52

Okay But Why Does The Lolipop Be Like That?

Okay But Why Does The Lolipop Be Like That?

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RJ
Community Member
7 months ago

Maybe natural. The lollipops from my sons look like that when they chew on em.

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#53

It Looks Like It Hurts To Exhale.. Someone Get Her Some Clothes That Fit!

It Looks Like It Hurts To Exhale.. Someone Get Her Some Clothes That Fit!

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ƒιѕн
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Do not understand why they do this, absolutely nothing wrong with unedited pic.

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