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
Community Member
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

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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.

Lucas
Community Member
8 months ago

I don't think they can see it at all. Completely out of touch with the reality of what a woman should be shaped like.

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LyRae Sullivan
Community Member
8 months ago

what I don't understand is how anyone thinks this is beautiful?

Molly Block
Community Member
8 months ago

Is this that same woman in the other photo with the freaky waist? Don't these girls see how shamefully odd and edited they look?? Where does one even find jeans/pants that are cut like that?!

boredpanDaman
Community Member
8 months ago

im starting to think they target a bit tipsy audience, so the deformed shapes follow the audience's trip...

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My O My
Community Member
8 months ago

Girls leave your waist the way it is! You're beautiful human beings

Helen Haley
Community Member
8 months ago

No way those proportions are real, she is human.

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
8 months ago

They aren’t real. That body shape does not occur in nature.

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RoseTheMad
Community Member
8 months ago

If anyone actually looked like that, I'd be seriously concerned as to where there organs are... unless they're instead stored where the brain should have been.

Auntie Depressant
Community Member
8 months ago

Someone please tell me what is up with this obsession. Do guys like this? Honestly, not a scrap of envy here, trust me, I find this comic-book waist-to-hip ratio appalling. It looks creepy. Also, what brand manufactures trousers with 50-inch hips and 18-inch waists??

Bumblebee
Community Member
8 months ago

The trousers part bothered me as well I have nothing close to that hip to waist ratio and all my high waisted pants all have a massive gap in them

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CzechPanda
Community Member
8 months ago

if I looked like this I would photoshop myself to look normal

Don Golosso
Community Member
8 months ago

In the right picture her belly looks not only fake but ugly as well.

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
8 months ago

Where are her organs?

louis porter
Community Member
8 months ago

Who would even find this attractive?

Taylor A
Community Member
8 months ago

This isn’t attractive at all. Why would you PURPOSELY make yourself look like this?!

Carrie Adams
Community Member
8 months ago

It’s ugly no matter the truth

Zelda Blue
Community Member
8 months ago

Can anyone explain to me why they want their butt to look so big? Seriously there cannot be that many people that like big butts are there?

Amanda Windsor
Community Member
8 months ago

Who would want to look like this anyway????

Kathi Keegan Chang
Community Member
8 months ago

INDEED Ana J. The new "vanity" is really spreading, but thankfully, we all see it and it's NOT real.

Kat Khatib
Community Member
8 months ago

There actually is a girl with a waist like this. She wears a corset & had ribs removed. She was on the t.v. show "Botched".

Ari
Community Member
8 months ago

I saw one of an older woman who didn't take off her corset for decades and deformed her waist like that. She couldn't stand up straight without the corset though, so she disabled herself.

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Ana M
Community Member
8 months ago

Why do women can look ridiculous.

Id row
Community Member
8 months ago

She actually looked at those pics, was satisfied and posted them. Wow.

Jasmina Pavlovic
Community Member
8 months ago

Edited waist, but not legs? Looks sooo ridiculous and stupid. 🤮

Mary Haynes
Community Member
8 months ago

this is why 3-30 yr old girls are having HUGE problems.

Tifferooski
Community Member
8 months ago

This is what happens when your generation grows up watching Disney princesses.

Sara Diggers
Community Member
8 months ago

Do these people realize there are RIBS under there????

Brenda Rohde
Community Member
7 months ago

Where are her internal organs stored? Oh.... in her big ol' butt.

Sophiella Ryan
Community Member
8 months ago

Imagine actually looking like that. All I imaging is having half my internal organs missing or too small and having NO comfortable sitting or sleeping positions. Like, you lay down and your back just floats bc everything else is so much bigger. I’ll keep my belly padding thank you very much

David Herz
Community Member
8 months ago

unhealthy

Luna Zen
Community Member
8 months ago

no way that waist is real because internal organs take up space.

cesar vasquez
Community Member
8 months ago

Hope she gets pregnant

kathleen
Community Member
8 months ago

where would you even buy pants that are made like that? how would you get them over that ass? and thighs?

Anne Wild
Community Member
8 months ago

Judging from the shadow she looks stunning, but she can't realize this... So sad...

Vivian Ingram
Community Member
8 months ago

Pretty sure her spine would snap if that were her real waist

Shania Brown
Community Member
8 months ago

her face makes me have bad dreams that my eyes will pop out when I see her face

Me!
Community Member
8 months ago

They don't make jeans that would fit someone built like that.

Being_Cori
Community Member
8 months ago

how do they get jeans that fit so well on the waist AND HIPS ! - i genuinely need to know this

Claire Armstrong
Community Member
8 months ago

Do you think they also make the arse bigger, or is it just an unfortunate side effect of shrinking the waist? 🤔

Riobha
Community Member
8 months ago

How would she get that waistband over those hips?

Diana Lantow
Community Member
8 months ago

Woman shaped like a bee!

Faruk Akşit
Community Member
8 months ago

disproportionate body

beaulatte
Community Member
8 months ago

Ugly waist AF

Pamela Scott
Community Member
8 months ago

Have to wonder if they are even able to know what normal would look like when they push their images this far! At least kids seeing this will know it is fake and not something to try for.

Aria
Community Member
8 months ago

Look, if you are going to photoshop, do it right. A shadow isn't that hard to fix, my 12-year-old-self could have done better with my crappy free photo-editor

Judith Wilson
Community Member
8 months ago

She literally would have had to remove all of her internal organs. That could cause some problems right there.

BG Rey
Community Member
8 months ago

Freaky! The shadow has a better figure!

BusLady
Community Member
8 months ago

Sad when your waist size is smaller than your neck size.

Tawny
Community Member
8 months ago

How does she even fit in those jeans...?

Ellen Turner
Community Member
8 months ago

Mewtwo again

Alejandro Suarez
Community Member
8 months ago

Could it be, if she donated all of her organs.

Linda Vetri Carman Tesoroni
Community Member
8 months ago

Thunder thighs...photo shopped waist...SCARY!

Cristina Sacchi
Community Member
8 months ago

Of course, is not real! Her hips wouldn't fit through the opening of those pants.

Elizabeth Gardner
Community Member
8 months ago

B..S the shadow is dead giveaway

Belinda Crum
Community Member
8 months ago

They just look deformed.

Grace Robertson
Community Member
8 months ago

The waist is so much smaller then the hip, how can you pull up the pants up over your hips?

shado
Community Member
8 months ago

I'd love to ask her where she gets her pants taking in like that ... must be expensive in this day and age o_0

Katie Morris
Community Member
8 months ago

How can you have a thin waist and a big fat arse just not possible

Marlene Ricker
Community Member
8 months ago

She just looks deformed.

LaDonna Hulcy
Community Member
8 months ago

Plus people are NOT Insects so aren't built that way. lol!!

Steven Meyer
Community Member
8 months ago

I waste like that is someone natural it draws attention immediately and screams “fake!”

Julian Hall
Community Member
8 months ago

they don't make pants shaped like that.

Carole Strawn
Community Member
8 months ago

I don't understand the allure of a tiny (fake) waist and a gigantic butt or hips. Am I missing something?

Red Sheep
Community Member
8 months ago

No one wondering how these pants even exist?

Magpie
Community Member
8 months ago

Even my sims don't look this weird.

Mona Khadra
Community Member
8 months ago

These women are morons

Samantha Robinson
Community Member
8 months ago

Apparently her hips are a black hole.

Podunkus
Community Member
8 months ago

So, the shadow gained a few during the holidays. No law against that.

Gemma Lees
Community Member
8 months ago

Where the heck would you purchase pants with a 10 inch waist and a 40 inch hip?

Suzanne Clark
Community Member
8 months ago

Sorry dear, but nobody believes that!

Matthew Smith
Community Member
8 months ago

Clearly fake, that waist is IMPOSSIBLE.

AnnSmithJones
Community Member
8 months ago

Looks like a tube of toothpaste when you've been using it for a few weeks.

Salem May
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

im don't know if her waist is actually like this, but i have friends that do have a waist as small as this due to removing ribs

Ayasophya Alturas
Community Member
8 months ago

also dat face tho XD

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
8 months ago

Hoodrat’s gotta rat

PandaPiñata
Community Member
8 months ago

The title is presuming that we are all dumb and blind.

Pan Narrans
Community Member
8 months ago

Just like a Disney princess.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
8 months ago

Disfigured! I just figured out what the 'dis' in 'Disney' stands for! A Disfiguredney princess.

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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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