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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
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8 months ago

Not even Bane is that deformed.

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#8

Yeah, No

Yeah, No

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Antonia
Community Member
8 months ago

this is really funny

SirPatTheCat
Community Member
8 months ago

Imagine her talking and she sounds like a suffocating hamster

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Rabite
Community Member
8 months ago

It just looks like one of those baby filters and putting the picture here makes it look out of context. Don't just go around and collect random funny pics of people and say they are crazy or delusional.

Gemma Lees
Community Member
8 months ago

This is how people look to me without my glasses.

Hello it Smee
Community Member
8 months ago

ALIEN!!!

Raine Soo
Community Member
8 months ago

Why do people do this and expect it to look good?

Amazon QT
Community Member
8 months ago

They probably don’t see that it looks horrible, they think it’s an improvement.

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Jim Ellington
Community Member
8 months ago

Who the hell gets stretch marks on their shoulders?

Patti
Community Member
8 months ago

Someone extremely fat

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
8 months ago

She's...So blurry.

Amazon QT
Community Member
8 months ago

Hahaaahaaaa

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
8 months ago

This is grotesque. Let's hope it is for fun and that no single person alive finds this even remotely attractive in any way.

Suzanne Clark
Community Member
8 months ago

It looks like a seven-year-old got into mom's makeup.

Emily Keryk
Community Member
8 months ago

No makeup, no filters, this is how I look naturally

BA$$OON
Community Member
8 months ago

These lips don’t lie... wait maybe they do.

Tee
Community Member
8 months ago

She got lost in the Barbie world.

Helen Haley
Community Member
8 months ago

What in the horror movies is going on here?

Slune
Community Member
8 months ago

Used from the Satanic circle

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Sky Loveridge
Community Member
8 months ago

Kill it with fire

Abigail Boal
Community Member
8 months ago

how did she think this looked good enough to post?

BG Rey
Community Member
8 months ago

This is just sooo sad. Mostly that some probably pretty little girl seems to think that this looks better than her natural face.

AMYAH MINOTT-STARLING
Community Member
8 months ago

probably a kid replica of lady gaga

karina andersen
Community Member
8 months ago

really? they really don't know how ridiculous they look on these pages?

Don Golosso
Community Member
8 months ago

Fake, shaky and ugly AF!

Narfy T. Barfy
Community Member
7 months ago

OH GAWD

Manda Panda
Community Member
7 months ago

Chuck’s got stretch marks on her shoulders but the face of a Bratz doll.....tha fuck???

Laur 24
Community Member
7 months ago

just why does she have to look like a millennial barbie that got plastic surgery done? lmao

Leola Adcock
Community Member
8 months ago

Stretch Marks on her Shoulder, Groucho Marks Eye~Brows & Those Eye~Balls are Unreal !!!

Leola Adcock
Community Member
8 months ago

And Looks like She has a Light~Mustache above those Misinformed~Lips... Poor Disillusioned Barbie~Gal :-(

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Leola Adcock
Community Member
8 months ago

Stretch Marks on Her Shoulders ?? And Groucho Marks Eye~Brows !! And Nobody's Eye~Balls are that Large... Poor Misdirected Gal :-(

Sandy J Renfroe
Community Member
8 months ago

Um, she practically has a snout.

Avantia Damberg
Community Member
8 months ago

That's the look of those cheap flimsy barbie dolls

LuckyCorgi
Community Member
8 months ago

KaWaiI

Vera Flynn
Community Member
8 months ago

I am scared 😟

LYNNE DRISCOLL
Community Member
8 months ago

Is that a Barbie head?

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
8 months ago

Oh my goodness

Celeste Tomaso Smith
Community Member
8 months ago

YIKES!

danielw
Community Member
8 months ago

I feel bad saying this, but the photshop job makes her look like a Barby doll reject.

Maria Ines Molina
Community Member
8 months ago

Looks like a painting

Kathi Keegan Chang
Community Member
8 months ago

Hysterically weird and stupid... not even funny.....

JULIETTE GIBO
Community Member
8 months ago

ew

Emily Reeves
Community Member
8 months ago

She escaped from Area 51 call the government!!!!

Claire Armstrong
Community Member
8 months ago

What in the actual fck?? She cannot possibly have thought that this looked good! I want to know where the fck these peoples friends and families are when they aren't either stopping them posting these utterly ridiculous pictures, or stopping them even doing it in the first place. If I did this, my man would be the first to say something, then my auntie, and then even my gran would be like "That's horrible" lol

Debbie Andersson
Community Member
8 months ago

How could she look at this and go "Yes, this looks legit and good, like a model".

Kaylan Kersey
Community Member
8 months ago

nice hair

Lynn Morello
Community Member
8 months ago

Take my glasses off, blurr my eyes a little more and it ALMOST looks OK.

Faruk Akşit
Community Member
8 months ago

disaster

AQUINNAH POLOZOLA
Community Member
8 months ago

chipmunk

beaulatte
Community Member
8 months ago

scary ari

Barry Patterson
Community Member
8 months ago

Mom?

Bettye McKee
Community Member
8 months ago

I would be relieved to know that she DIDN'T look like this.

Auntie Depressant
Community Member
8 months ago

again, you say to yourself, this looks better than the original, Ima gonna post it now.

Aria
Community Member
8 months ago

Looks like something escaped from Area 51. No need for another raid, boys. The aliens have taken over our social media!

Pandana
Community Member
8 months ago

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! OML. I legit laughed so hard.

Angel Morgan-Valentine
Community Member
8 months ago

Looks like Michael Jackson did a female face app

Danielle Renee
Community Member
8 months ago

wait...she purposely put that out to the public?

Dawn K
Community Member
8 months ago

Holy crap that's ugly.

jenjie.newt
Community Member
8 months ago

How long do you think they spent on the upper lip shading

BusLady
Community Member
8 months ago

Barbie on crack?

TomiSmith
Community Member
8 months ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Annette Christopherson
Community Member
8 months ago

what is this?

Rascal Photo
Community Member
8 months ago

Morbidly curious how the mustache looked before editing.

Paizleypie
Community Member
8 months ago

Nice 'stache

Shelli Aderman
Community Member
8 months ago

What the...

Paw Paw
Community Member
8 months ago

How much does she charge to haunt a house?

Debbie
Community Member
8 months ago

ghooooostly

Ina Schweitzer
Community Member
8 months ago

Oh. my. god. I can't....

Jo Choto
Community Member
8 months ago

Terrifying.

Kelly Hartle
Community Member
8 months ago

She looks like anime.

Shull GaRett
Community Member
8 months ago

If this one was "corrected"... im really afraid to know how the original looked...

Belinda Crum
Community Member
8 months ago

Oh my lord. Wth!

Kat Khatib
Community Member
8 months ago

What was the "look" that she was goin' for?? Miss Cotton Candy??

Barbara Cochrane
Community Member
8 months ago

Eeeeek, aliens have landed!

Ana M
Community Member
8 months ago

We are to laugh, right?

Aneese
Community Member
8 months ago

Is that a 5 o'clock shadow above his/her lips? And stretch marks on the shoulder? Just odd. This is scarier than whatever the reality might be!

Layla Corman
Community Member
8 months ago

This has to be one of those distorted face snap filters!

Kevin Fox
Community Member
8 months ago

Looks like she would open her mouth to a double set of teeth and rip your throat out.

Rachel Hamrick
Community Member
8 months ago

Almost looks...furry???

Marlene Ricker
Community Member
8 months ago

Looks like she transplanted a doll's head onto her body. OMG it's horrible!

Picture Queen
Community Member
8 months ago

Looks like one of those dolls in a bad nightmare!

Spinstapink
Community Member
8 months ago

some of these just look like really bad filters.

Mari Bryant
Community Member
8 months ago

All that photoshop and she did nothing about her mustache?

Taryn Franco Perez
Community Member
8 months ago

It's just scary how hard you try

Kujo1d
Community Member
8 months ago

The head shrinking guild is out on a raid again.

Tammy Ralph
Community Member
8 months ago

I don't think that head belongs on that body, and she looks like she's been out in the rain and all her make up has ran and has left her with a moustache thingy.

C.S.
Community Member
8 months ago

it's like someone photoshopped a bad tattoo onto a real person.

Jro308
Community Member
8 months ago

This is what it looks like when you take the face tune too far!

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
8 months ago

Stretch marks on the shoulders tells me she's no baby face.

Tammy Hornback
Community Member
8 months ago

did all that and left the mustache:{)

Siv Øiesvold
Community Member
8 months ago

Why would you use so much time to blend and blend the face and not do anything about the actual sleeve cutting off blood supply to the arm..?

Bob Beltcher
Community Member
8 months ago

Looks like a head shrinker

Ryo Bakura
Community Member
8 months ago

Someone get my flamethrower!

David Jones
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

Must of met the witch doctor at the end of Beetlejuice...

estimaate
Community Member
8 months ago

It looks like she has one of those really creepy snapchat filters on :P

Christy Smith
Community Member
8 months ago

Jesus, why would she think that she looks good like that? She looks retarded.

What's In Your Head?
Community Member
8 months ago

So much effort, and now she has a moustache. XD

Donna Leske
Community Member
8 months ago

Was she attacked by a bobcat? Sad to laugh at her scars people. The eyes however are fair game.

Ximena Aldana
Community Member
8 months ago

Nothing can´t hide those strecht marks....

Mona Khadra
Community Member
8 months ago

She forgot to edit the mustache out too lol

Tom Allen
Community Member
8 months ago

Seriously should be a warning, just scrolling down and damn scared now

Norberto Amaral
Community Member
8 months ago

creepy!

Tifferooski
Community Member
8 months ago

AH!

Zdyp
Community Member
8 months ago

But the moustache is still there!

Night Owl
Community Member
8 months ago

🎶 I'm a Barbie girl in a Barbie wooorld ... 🎶

pebs
Community Member
8 months ago

The stretch marks on her shoulder...

HorrorWeirdo
Community Member
8 months ago

BAHAHAHAHAHA

cesar vasquez
Community Member
8 months ago

😝 gross

Shania Brown
Community Member
8 months ago

ewwwww got dang she ugly look like francinstine did something to her

Caroline Driver
Community Member
8 months ago

I bet she thinks she looks lovely

Ria Murphy
Community Member
8 months ago

ouch

Chancey
Community Member
8 months ago

Frog!!!!

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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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 months ago

what.. is he still a thing?

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