Sometimes, it’s easy for us to forget that social media isn’t the same as reality. But it’s incredibly important to remember that what we see on our screens can often be an altered, upgraded, and airbrushed version of what’s really out there. If we realize it’s partly an illusion, we won’t feel so bad when we compare our lives to those of seemingly ‘perfect’ Instagram influencers. However, some people take photo editing several steps too far.

The “Instagram Reality” subreddit is dedicated to showing how heavily some people facetune their pictures before putting them up on social media. Whether it’s inspired by people’s insecurity or narcissism is difficult to tell. But we collected some of the best examples of fake people pics from the subreddit for you to enjoy.

So scroll down, upvote your fave Instagram photos, and leave a comment below to let us know which images you thought were the most shocking, and why you think these people tend to use too much Photoshop. Also, check out Bored Panda’s previous posts about expectations vs. reality right here, here, here, as well as here. Scroll down for our interview with the "Instagram Reality" moderators about their community and about the culture of excessive photoshop, and be sure to visit their subreddit as well.

#1

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

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varwenea
Community Member
11 months ago

So fake it's funny.

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#2

A Body Builder I Have Since Unfollowed

A Body Builder I Have Since Unfollowed

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varwenea
Community Member
11 months ago

Looks like a Star Wars alien.

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#3

Reflections Dont Lie

Reflections Dont Lie

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Panda Angel
Community Member
11 months ago

LMAO what kind of photo is that!!!!

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Bored Panda talked to the "Instagram Reality" moderators about why some people go overboard with photoshopping their pictures. Here's what they had to say: "Insecurity, envy, money. Take the girl sitting next to you in Statistics who's scrolling through her latest selfie shoot and disappointingly thinks to herself, "[Damn], is that a pimple? I can't let people see that, it's embarrassing." She casually opens up FaceTune, smooths out the pimple, and boom—now there's an image she feels comfortable sharing online. Unbeknownst to her, there's a seed that's been planted in her mind now that it's as easy as using this app to change anything she finds unattractive about herself at any time, then it snowballs; from taking in just a bit of your tummy for a more slender silhouette until eventually she's landed on a waist the size of her neck."

"The light improvements are so gradual over time, she stops noticing that the waist she's creating is 1.) of course, not hers 2.) (as we often see on Instagram Reality), anatomically impossible, and 3.) that she's now set an expectation subconsciously for herself (and outwardly for anyone following her) that she needs to keep up this flawless appearance; which means sticking to the edits she's made for every photo she posts in the future. What she doesn't realize is in this process, she's simultaneously creating and constantly reinforcing her own insecurities."

#4

What The Hell

What The Hell

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glassgrassgrossgloss
Community Member
11 months ago

Looks like a scenes from sims

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#5

When U Ordered It vs. When It Arrived

When U Ordered It vs. When It Arrived

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EA
Community Member
11 months ago

Upvote for the caption

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#6

Big Difference Between The Photos Of Her At The Event And The One On Her Instagram...

Big Difference Between The Photos Of Her At The Event And The One On Her Instagram...

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
11 months ago

Plastic fantastic on the left, a gorgeous, real woman with real-life experience on the right.

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We were also interested to know the subreddit mods' opinion about why some people are scared of presenting themselves as they truly are. "Everyone wants to be loved and desired, everyone wants to feel that they belong. The harsh, scary truth of the matter for anyone is that the more you resemble what people around you consider universally attractive, the more likely you are to have access to those things in your life. So, you begin to think, "Well, what do I need to change about myself to fit in? How do I become more attractive?" Based on what magazine covers and many an Instagram Explore page shows you, that image is a tall, long-haired, fair skinned woman with smooth skin, a slim yet hourglass figure—oh, and don't forget, the perfect butt. In comes photo editing apps, offering you the chance to finally be her. Even if it's only online."

#7

Legend

Legend

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Eirik Johnsbråten
Community Member
11 months ago

Not even Bane is that deformed.

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#8

Yeah, No

Yeah, No

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Antonia
Community Member
11 months ago

this is really funny

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#9

When One Right Hand Isn’t Enough...

When One Right Hand Isn’t Enough...

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Antonia
Community Member
11 months ago

it's not the 2 right hands, that shock me... it's the friggin face 😬

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"Instagram Reality" moderators told us that the community greatly supports inclusivity: "The Instagram Reality team is a huge supporter of inclusivity. All races, body types and genders need to be fairly represented in the media. Sanity Sunday was created as a day for our subscribers to share an ad (or influencer) they've seen which support that idea as well. In the long run, the only way to reduce our obsession with self-image is to normalize those we see in the media; not just celebrating how they look, but who they are as a person."

The "Instagram Reality" subreddit was created just under two years ago. "u/Zaza9000 began to notice IG models who looked insanely different in real life. She wanted to create a platform that exposed the fakeness to people who were being fooled."

#10

I Don’t Know Where To Start ...

I Don’t Know Where To Start ...

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Steve Barnett
Community Member
11 months ago

Even the dogs are scared

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#11

Those Abs Were Made In Ms Paint

Those Abs Were Made In Ms Paint

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Bill
Community Member
11 months ago

Extra from the movie 300?

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#12

He Colored His Eyes Over His Glasses Frames

He Colored His Eyes Over His Glasses Frames

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Night Owl
Community Member
11 months ago

Is he Superman?

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It’s very easy to feel insecure in the information age. Every day, we’re bombarded by images of beautiful, successful, healthy, wealthy individuals. While this inspires some of us to aim for greatness, others can feel insecure because they realize the huge gap between their dream lives, and where they currently are.

Melody Lyons explains that having grown up in the United States, she was raised to be dissatisfied with the way she looked, which meant she felt ashamed of herself. However, she still advocates not using photo-editing apps or keeping the editing to a minimum: say, for removing a big red spot that would simply ruin the pic.

But according to her, if you start radically changing who you are in photos, you start believing that there’s something wrong with you. And that just increases any feelings of insecurity you already had. In other words—the less photoshopping you do, the more comfortable you feel being yourself. After all, nobody is perfect and never will be. Even models think they eyelashes/jawline/pinkies could look better.

#13

I’m Speechless

I’m Speechless

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
11 months ago

She amputated a leg

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#14

Shes Not Fooling Anyone With That Steering Wheel

Shes Not Fooling Anyone With That Steering Wheel

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varwenea
Community Member
11 months ago

Clearly someone who's never even seen one.

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#15

*gasp*

*gasp*

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The Alchemist
Community Member
11 months ago

Its like 2 mannequins. Little disturbing

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Also, the more people there are out there who photoshop their pictures, the stronger the culture of ‘perfect’ Instagram pics. This means that there are even more individuals who feel insecure because they have to compare themselves to endless masses of photo-edited pictures.

Meanwhile, Michelle Linker told The Guardian that the pressures of social media are very real. “People are publicizing usually something really cool or fun that they’re doing, or at least they make it appear that way. I absolutely feel insecure.”

She continued: “I do feel a pressure to look particularly good. I would never post a photo that wasn’t flattering of me. I feel anxiety over how many likes I get after I post a picture. If I get two likes, I feel like, what’s wrong with me? Some people judge Instagram by deleting photos that don’t get enough likes. I wouldn’t do that, but I would definitely second-guess my intentions with posting them.”

#16

... She Very Obviously Was Not In This Photo Before She Photoshopped Herself In

... She Very Obviously Was Not In This Photo Before She Photoshopped Herself In

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
11 months ago

Attack of the 50 ft influencer

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#17

Most Severe Case I’ve Ever Seen Tbh

Most Severe Case I’ve Ever Seen Tbh

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
11 months ago

The real person is prettier than the anime photoshop

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#18

Whats The Point Of Photoshopping A Starbucks Logo On Your Cup..? Had A Good Laugh Bc Of It

Whats The Point Of Photoshopping A Starbucks Logo On Your Cup..? Had A Good Laugh Bc Of It

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varwenea
Community Member
11 months ago

Probably trying to score a sponsorship.

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Do you photoshop your pictures, dear readers? Have you ever been in a situation where you post a photo and constantly check to see how many likes it got? Share your experience with everyone in the comments.

#19

The Difference Is Day And Night, Literally

The Difference Is Day And Night, Literally

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My O My
Community Member
11 months ago

White nose tip

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#20

I Love Playing “Find The Distorted Background” Game With Everything She Posts

I Love Playing “Find The Distorted Background” Game With Everything She Posts

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EA
Community Member
11 months ago

Why does her head look so small??

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#21

Mua Posts Christmas Inspired Look, Flat Out Denies It's Photoshopped In The Comments

Mua Posts Christmas Inspired Look, Flat Out Denies It's Photoshopped In The Comments

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Blakkur Sverrir
Community Member
11 months ago

Its not photoshop if you print it out. Put makeup on the photo and than take a picture of it

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#22

No Way Her Waist Is Real, That Shadow Has A Different Angle

No Way Her Waist Is Real, That Shadow Has A Different Angle

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B
Community Member
11 months ago

I've never understood why people do this. Why would you want a huge backside or a face that looks like a duck? Just so unattractive.

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#23

Edited vs. Unedited

Edited vs. Unedited

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Hocus Pocus
Community Member
11 months ago

I've seen worse.

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#24

Forgot To Edit The Mirror

Forgot To Edit The Mirror

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Rae
Community Member
11 months ago

She didn't leave room for her ribs. LOL

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#25

Jesus Christ, She Even Smoothed Over Her Tongue

Jesus Christ, She Even Smoothed Over Her Tongue

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Helen Haley
Community Member
11 months ago

Nothing about this looks ok. It's disturbingly fake.

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#26

“Ugly Sweater Dinner Date! ” Dear God... I Didn’t Need To Sleep Tonight Anyway

“Ugly Sweater Dinner Date! ” Dear God... I Didn’t Need To Sleep Tonight Anyway

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Femur!
Community Member
11 months ago

Oh, this "muricans" LOL I'm ugly and I have no problem with that, none of my pics have filters. Only when the filter is funny, only that.

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#27

Mom Take Me Home I’m Scared

Mom Take Me Home I’m Scared

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Hocus Pocus
Community Member
11 months ago

I think this might be apart of one of those trends where you make it look like that on purpose? Like, I've seen 'eye tutorials' on youtube where people purposely try to make their eyes look like that. Sorry if I'm wrong.

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#28

Same Girl I Posted Before, She’s Actually Nearly At 2 Million Followers And Will Block Anyone Who Claims Photoshop

Same Girl I Posted Before, She’s Actually Nearly At 2 Million Followers And Will Block Anyone Who Claims Photoshop

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My O My
Community Member
11 months ago

But she is so pretty on the left

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#29

Am I Insane Or Did He Photoshop The Exact Same Face Onto Two Different Photos

Am I Insane Or Did He Photoshop The Exact Same Face Onto Two Different Photos

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Gemma Lees
Community Member
11 months ago

I thought that Photoshop was supposed to make you look good, not scary af.

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#30

I'm Speechless

I'm Speechless

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Antonia
Community Member
11 months ago

what.. is he still a thing?

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#31

Very Interesting Proportions

Very Interesting Proportions

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
11 months ago

Don't know what scarier that hand of her weird butt.

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#32

Now We Have 3 Of Them

Now We Have 3 Of Them

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
11 months ago

Looks like you need to get out the wooden stakes and garlic

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#33

"Unedited"

"Unedited"

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Bill
Community Member
11 months ago

Ursela's Thursday theowback?

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#34

When You Forget To Colour Saturate Your Reflection

When You Forget To Colour Saturate Your Reflection

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
11 months ago

She looks sunburned as hell

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#35

Instagram Post vs. Youtube Video

Instagram Post vs. Youtube Video

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Alethia Nyx
Community Member
11 months ago

Why? Just why?! She should embrace who she is, she might be chubbier in the youtube, but she looks better.

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#36

Weird European Door.

Weird European Door.

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Matthew Smith
Community Member
11 months ago

Why is she looking like a men having a piss?

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#37

Makeup Artist's Instagram Pic Compared With The Original. Subtle But Powerful Fakery

Makeup Artist's Instagram Pic Compared With The Original. Subtle But Powerful Fakery

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Helen Haley
Community Member
11 months ago

It was well done.

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#38

This Stuff Makes Me Sad On So Many Levels

This Stuff Makes Me Sad On So Many Levels

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OkaMuffin
Community Member
11 months ago

Her eyes remind me of Tide Pods

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#39

I Thought Her Photo Was Ironic

I Thought Her Photo Was Ironic

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Antonia
Community Member
11 months ago

she looks like fiona, but as a men..

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#40

I Think She Still Looks Perfectly Fine On The Right But I Didn't Expect Her Waist To Be Normal Sized Because You Only Get To See Altered Pictures Or Pictures Of Her In Corsets

I Think She Still Looks Perfectly Fine On The Right But I Didn't Expect Her Waist To Be Normal Sized Because You Only Get To See Altered Pictures Or Pictures Of Her In Corsets

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Kathy Baylis
Community Member
11 months ago

Her waist is normal sized in the picture on the right because that’s how someone with large hips and bust is proportioned by Mother Nature, not Spanx/corsets/plastic surgery.

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#41

O No Hunny, Wat Is U Doin

O No Hunny, Wat Is U Doin

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Elizabeth Dunlop
Community Member
11 months ago

Picasso be like...

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#42

When The Lighting Hits You Just Right In A Family Photo

When The Lighting Hits You Just Right In A Family Photo

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Tifferooski
Community Member
11 months ago

Lol the narcissist is the only one without an SO.

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#43

Oops, Someone Forgot Insta Stories Share The Filter Name

Oops, Someone Forgot Insta Stories Share The Filter Name

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Milan
Community Member
11 months ago

there is "good skin day"? It is international day? :D wtf

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#44

I Can’t Point Out A Single Feature That Looks The Same

I Can’t Point Out A Single Feature That Looks The Same

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EA
Community Member
11 months ago

She’s so pretty though! Why feel the need for the crazy filters and photoshop?!

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#45

Imagine Being A Celebrity With 55m Followers And Expecting No One To Notice The Curtain Curving

Imagine Being A Celebrity With 55m Followers And Expecting No One To Notice The Curtain Curving

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Femur!
Community Member
11 months ago

Another butt with massive gravity! Please, don't think it's Photoshop guys! This is serious... A butt that bends reality as we know it, is really dangerous, it can affect another photos! This massive gravity butts will rip the entire universe!!

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#46

Honestly, Who Does She Think She’s Fooling

Honestly, Who Does She Think She’s Fooling

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Antonia
Community Member
11 months ago

she want's to look like another person so bad... sad being..

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#47

The Dog's Legs

The Dog's Legs

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Antonia
Community Member
11 months ago

the womans face, leg, hair, bust, ..........................................

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#48

This One Is Really Interesting To Me, Why Would You Edit Away The Line That Separates Your Lips?

This One Is Really Interesting To Me, Why Would You Edit Away The Line That Separates Your Lips?

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Bill
Community Member
11 months ago

Rudolph's back up. Those glowing red lips could guide Santa's sleigh

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#49

Fillers Don't Always Photograph Well!

Fillers Don't Always Photograph Well!

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Femur!
Community Member
11 months ago

Her lips are like this: bee-sting-...390305.png bee-sting-5e0c812390305.png

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#50

When You Visit Greece & Suddenly Become Black (Girl Is On The Right In The First Photo)

When You Visit Greece & Suddenly Become Black (Girl Is On The Right In The First Photo)

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Human #1,232,867
Community Member
11 months ago

it's 8 days later, so I guess a lot of sun and no food...

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#51

We Should Now Be Self Conscious About Literally Any Nose Shape. The Look Of 2020 Is Voldemort. This Is Your Memo

We Should Now Be Self Conscious About Literally Any Nose Shape. The Look Of 2020 Is Voldemort. This Is Your Memo

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Haniza Rahmat
Community Member
11 months ago

this will be next meme in trend..hahaha..blurhhhh...

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#52

Where Do I Even Start.....?

Where Do I Even Start.....?

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
11 months ago

Birdseed?

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#53

Most Of These Celeb Makeup Only Look Good With Editing

Most Of These Celeb Makeup Only Look Good With Editing

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Femur!
Community Member
11 months ago

For me, she is like a turtle. TURTLE-5e0...da6cdc.gif TURTLE-5e0c86dda6cdc.gif

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#54

This Is A Hundred Percent Presented As Reality. Her Legs Are Broken In Six Places And Her Butt Is Sixteen Miles Wide And Long. And She Helped Out Her Friend Too

This Is A Hundred Percent Presented As Reality. Her Legs Are Broken In Six Places And Her Butt Is Sixteen Miles Wide And Long. And She Helped Out Her Friend Too

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Doctor who?!
Community Member
11 months ago

Why is everyone obsessed with big butts

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#55

Internal Organs? Never Heard Of Em

Internal Organs? Never Heard Of Em

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Brandy Grote
Community Member
11 months ago

Tile floor lines are gone!

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#56

UK Apprentice Candidates. Left His Insta. Right Hers

UK Apprentice Candidates. Left His Insta. Right Hers

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kate h
Community Member
11 months ago

lol @ the scarf curve on the right

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#57

Who You Trynna Fool

Who You Trynna Fool

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Antonia
Community Member
11 months ago

isn't this a politician? i read of her editing photos to the nines

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#58

The Video Game Character Look Going On

The Video Game Character Look Going On

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char
Community Member
10 months ago

she looks like a botw character

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#59

Knuckles And Skin Wrinkles Are So 2018

Knuckles And Skin Wrinkles Are So 2018

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Val/Malibu/Dante/Bob
Community Member
11 months ago

Why is this how i draw hands lmao

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#60

Blurring/Smoothing Your Ear. Your. Fucking. Ear

Blurring/Smoothing Your Ear. Your. Fucking. Ear

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ƒιѕн
Community Member
11 months ago

Maybe she photoshopped out some ear wax

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#61

Y’all... I Don’t Know What’s Worse. The Lash Extensions Or The Blurring

Y’all... I Don’t Know What’s Worse. The Lash Extensions Or The Blurring

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
11 months ago

Can anyone help me find my pet caterpillars?

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#62

I’m All About That Microsoft Paint Life Yuh Yuh

I’m All About That Microsoft Paint Life Yuh Yuh

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
11 months ago

Paul Newman's were natural these are by Crayola

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#63

Outrageous Construction Work

Outrageous Construction Work

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Lilli Stanard
Community Member
11 months ago

the wall said~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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#64

Instagram vs. Reality

Instagram vs. Reality

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Kristy P
Community Member
11 months ago

On the right, we have Caitlyn Jenner...

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#65

She Has Great Body Already

She Has Great Body Already

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Blarrg
Community Member
11 months ago

"I like that my tummy looks nice and flat. Sorry I had to give you a gigantic butt-cheek tumor."

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#66

What Even Is Skin Texture?

What Even Is Skin Texture?

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Lilli
Community Member
11 months ago

skin texture has left the chat

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#67

Apparently It’s A Thing Now For Designers To Edit Their Dress Forms. This Is Another Insta Fashion Designer

Apparently It’s A Thing Now For Designers To Edit Their Dress Forms. This Is Another Insta Fashion Designer

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Molly Block
Community Member
11 months ago

Look at how those walls behind it are bent.

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#68

Are Noses Really Necessary?

Are Noses Really Necessary?

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Bobby's Girl
Community Member
11 months ago

Is ANY of it really necessary?

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#69

Exposed By A Round Earring

Exposed By A Round Earring

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Bobby's Girl
Community Member
11 months ago

And a broken neck.

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#70

Obvious Wobbly Trees And Weird Railing On The Right Side. I Don't Know Why She Keeps Doing This

Obvious Wobbly Trees And Weird Railing On The Right Side. I Don't Know Why She Keeps Doing This