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
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1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

LMAO what kind of photo is that!!!!

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

disfigured alien-looking body morph.

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My O My
Community Member
1 year ago

I like the normal waist in the reflection far better

it's me again
Community Member
1 year ago

Where's the valve stem where you pump in the air?

Suzanne Clark
Community Member
1 year ago

What's with the big bum look? Is that the new sexy? (really, I'm serious)

Jim Ellington
Community Member
1 year ago

My anaconda don't want none...

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Guy MacGregor
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't see a problem with the reflection

Sandra Warren
Community Member
1 year ago

The reflection shows that her back side is Much smaller than what she photoshopped it to be. Why anyone would think that having a giant back side is attractive is beyond me!

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Paw Paw
Community Member
1 year ago

In all my life I have NEVER seen women shaped like this. Who thinks this is attractive, and WHY?

Marlene Ricker
Community Member
1 year ago

Why would she make her ass look like it belonged on someone else? I would not want to make my ass look like that ever! It's gross!

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

I wonder if she looks at that pic now and cringes like the rest of us are doing. Probably not.

Jasmina Pavlovic
Community Member
1 year ago

Ughhh .. Megamurderbum. 🤮

mummy pig
Community Member
1 year ago

Her hips DOES lie

Mary Jane Love
Community Member
1 year ago

*do

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🐼NaeNae🐼
Community Member
1 year ago

🎶...You know my reflections don't lie, And I'm starting to feel it's right, All the attraction, the tension....🎶

Susanna Vesna
Community Member
1 year ago

All I can think of, when looking at this 655b353ee5...0482f1.jpg 655b353ee58bccfec1b4f5d11e06ecfb-5e12fd00482f1.jpg

Linda Robinett
Community Member
1 year ago

I would not be proud of that oversized rear end. This is not fat shaming, she is not appropriately proportioned as a person carrying a bit of extra weight would be

PandaPiñata
Community Member
1 year ago

I see what she did there. No way her nails are that long!

Amazon QT
Community Member
1 year ago

No way her eyes sparkle like that either, un-human Really.

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Stimpy
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't get it?

Rime Trabelsi
Community Member
1 year ago

The reflection in the window shows that her waist is not as defined as the doctored picture

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Bill Karp
Community Member
1 day ago

look over there, I say

AzureFalcon
Community Member
5 months ago

THE BUM...........!

Iris Wolfie (づ ◕‿◕ )づ
Community Member
1 year ago

The booty will swallow us all whole UmU

JessRS
Community Member
1 year ago

Why do they think this is pretty?

Glynis Dover
Community Member
1 year ago

😂😂😂😂😂

Karin Morris
Community Member
1 year ago

Why would anyone find that attractive her butt looks like a deformity

cesar vasquez
Community Member
1 year ago

Smells like shit

Laurie Lucas
Community Member
1 year ago

hahaha

Vivian Ingram
Community Member
1 year ago

Why tf would you want an ass that massive?

Celeste Tomaso Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

Give me a giant break

Shania Brown
Community Member
1 year ago

lol I bet she got plastic sergery

Kathi Keegan Chang
Community Member
1 year ago

You can see in the reflection, that her butt is smaller than the actual photo. What on earth is UP with some women and body image? Glad I'm just a regular woman, with far more wisdom in my senior years. than this Bimbo.

mo 모
Community Member
1 year ago

listen, if you want a j-lo booty its normal to have a tummy! i'm not here to body shame but proposing these unrealistic body shapes is irresponsible. is does not matter what you're body looks like as long as your happy and safe. and this isnt hate to the person who posted this because every single one of us at one time or another wanted to look different or feel different about ourselves

Nevi Løvfelt
Community Member
1 year ago

"Dont look at me, my photoshop session didn't end well, so look at my messy room in stead".

Lynn Morello
Community Member
1 year ago

I often wondered how they got their asses so big. Hahahahahaha

Faruk Akşit
Community Member
1 year ago

why strange

PeachPossum
Community Member
1 year ago

Ursula, Is that you?

BG Rey
Community Member
1 year ago

What’s with these huge bubble butts?

Amaranthim Talon
Community Member
1 year ago

Either way, that is one HUGE ass!

Dawn K
Community Member
1 year ago

I think she forgot to fix her reflection. lol

TomiSmith
Community Member
1 year ago

Is that supposed to be attractive? It’s not!

Laura Martin
Community Member
1 year ago

OK, having a slow brain day, took me a moment! lol

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
1 year ago

That dumb point is trashy as fuck

Cristina Sacchi
Community Member
1 year ago

What the hell is the deal with these huge fake butts implants? I saw one in real life and it was actually a scary site - very unnatural. Where do they buy clothes?

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

No human being is that shape naturally. Why bother even pretending?

Grace Marraffa
Community Member
1 year ago

What is that pose!!! LMAO

Chris Sprucefield
Community Member
1 year ago

Jessica Rabbit?

Ana M
Community Member
1 year ago

Photoshop!!!!!!

shado
Community Member
1 year ago

she be hiding a whole ham-hock in that thar dress - snacks for later in case her date is too cheap to spring for dinner

Kevin Fox
Community Member
1 year ago

AND the face, good god

Steven Meyer
Community Member
1 year ago

Fat ass It’s not attractive, it’s rather unseeming

Olga wassupbrothers
Community Member
1 year ago

pink caterpillar

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 year ago

Is she part boa constrictor? Unhinged her jaw to consume a small pig?

Taylor A
Community Member
1 year ago

Everything is wrong with this.

Chancey
Community Member
1 year ago

If my ass was that fat I would never post a pic of it.

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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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

Not even Bane is that deformed.

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#8

Yeah, No

Yeah, No

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Antonia
Community Member
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

Clearly someone who's never even seen one.

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#15

*gasp*

*gasp*

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The Alchemist
Community Member
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

what.. is he still a thing?

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