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 😬

Christy Smith
Community Member
8 months ago

OMFG, I just enlarged it, Jesus fucking Christ.

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Kathleen Mayo
Community Member
8 months ago

This photo is completely fake and has been heavily altered, the original Rolling Stone cover from September 1995 featuring Alicia Silverstone looked nothing like this. Please Bored Panda, take it down. Rolling-St...dfaa8.jpeg Rolling-Stone-Cover-5e0cdd6bdfaa8.jpeg

Tara Dietz
Community Member
8 months ago

I don't think Bored Panda is trying to make you think this is actually the Rolling Stone Cover... it's a bad photoshop of someone putting themselves on the cover. It's exactly what this post is about.

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Jean Hendrickson
Community Member
8 months ago

That's not Alicia Silverstone. https://www.bing.com

Blue Cicada
Community Member
8 months ago

Obvs this isn't Silverstone--that's the _point_! Someone altered the original cover for their own purposes, thinking they could fool someone.

Natalie Bows
Community Member
8 months ago

Original cover before Audrey O'Day was photoshopped over Alicia http://nova-teur.blogspot.com/2011/01/vintage-alicia-silverstone.html

Abektx
Community Member
8 months ago

This isn't a real magazine cover - I don't know who this person is, but its not Alicia Silverstone.

Grace Marraffa
Community Member
8 months ago

The is like 3 solid pounds of makeup on her face

Spinstapink
Community Member
8 months ago

... and that's not even Alicia Silverstone.

David Jones
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

I’m confused. I don’t think that is Alicia Silverstone. If it is, it would explain why we never see her anymore.

Sue Prewitt
Community Member
8 months ago

who is that?

Natalie Bows
Community Member
8 months ago

Looks like someone photshopped Audrey O'Day into the original cover http://nova-teur.blogspot.com/2011/01/vintage-alicia-silverstone.html

Gina Bina
Community Member
8 months ago

who even is that?

Gina Bina
Community Member
8 months ago

the lips and face wtf?

Bettye McKee
Community Member
8 months ago

I can't tear my eyes away from the big brown butt! BTW, it's only that her thumb is on the wrong side of her left hand. It could happen!

Uchman
Community Member
8 months ago

She's been airbrushed within a digital inch of her life!

Karen Manyoka
Community Member
4 months ago

Whyyy ?

ROSSELAIRA EUGENIE CRUZ
Community Member
6 months ago

I searched up the original cover picture online, and she looks great! (Without the fricking plastic surgery and deformed hands)

Nancy Russell
Community Member
7 months ago

lol

Luna Zen
Community Member
8 months ago

there is a woman who frequents the farmer’s market i occasionally attend. she’s rail thin with almost entirely the same face as this photo. perhaps they share a plastic surgeon?

Mike Borello
Community Member
8 months ago

Whahhhhhht. ‘Clueless’ Grown-up? Nose? Huh? Carp fish Lips? Gallon of filler’s? The 2 Rt hands is the least of it (agree Antonia) 55yr Old with a Strippers Butt? What’s the point if you can’t even recognize who the actual person is??? Looks like an Alien abductee spit her back out from the spaceship- with Post-it saying, “Failed experiment - We tried........”

Nikki Martinez
Community Member
8 months ago

Who TF is that?

Marina
Community Member
8 months ago

What even is with the pose and clothes anyway... That's how I look when it's hot and I'm not getting out of the house and I have to poop. Eh, well... Except for the hat

Vivian Ingram
Community Member
8 months ago

...is that supposed to be Alicia silverstone?

Nadia Silveira
Community Member
8 months ago

no. https://www.instagram.com/p/B4N0XERA8NL/

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Shania Brown
Community Member
8 months ago

its not the butt and face that frighten me it is the TOES

aurora50
Community Member
8 months ago

Is that supposed to be Alicia Silverstone?!?

Amanda Windsor
Community Member
8 months ago

Who is that??? And why does it say Alicia Silverstone next to it???

Kathi Keegan Chang
Community Member
8 months ago

!!!!!May as well be a chimp with a wig on.

Deena Buccigrossi
Community Member
8 months ago

World's worst wedgie

Lynn Morello
Community Member
8 months ago

Righty, Righty. Ooops.

Lynn Morello
Community Member
8 months ago

Almost looks like Mellania Trump.

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Faruk Akşit
Community Member
8 months ago

there is something strange

BG Rey
Community Member
8 months ago

Looks like she got slammed in the side of her face by a board. And don’t even get me started on the hands and that hat! Just noticed the thunder thighs....those panties are so far up her “whoo-Hoo” that’s got to be uncomfortable!

Crazy Cat Lady
Community Member
8 months ago

Is that supposed to be Alicia Silverstone???

BusLady
Community Member
8 months ago

Why does she look like she's wearing training panties?

TomiSmith
Community Member
8 months ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣

Anastasia W
Community Member
8 months ago

ew who is this creature??

Jo Choto
Community Member
8 months ago

They've also extended her kneecaps about 6 inches, presumably to make her legs look longer, because normal legs are not ok.

Kat Khatib
Community Member
8 months ago

I thought that was Miley Cyrus.

TheBlackPanda
Community Member
8 months ago

Me too!!!😂

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Barbara Cochrane
Community Member
8 months ago

(It’s another of those aliens!)

Ana M
Community Member
8 months ago

What is that?

Layla Corman
Community Member
8 months ago

Wait- who is that supposed to be?

Marlene Ricker
Community Member
8 months ago

The whole thing is ridiculous! At least it made me laugh!

Bron
Community Member
8 months ago

And what do her legs look like when she’s standing

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
8 months ago

The lips and the butt implants, yikes!!

Melanie Remele
Community Member
8 months ago

How do those teeny feet hold up that bubbled butt and keep the mamaries from toppling her over onto her tiny 2 matching hands??

Id row
Community Member
8 months ago

Rolling Stone doesn't have the budget for someone experienced in photoshop? That's quite the hack job.

Peter Dylan
Community Member
8 months ago

Ew! How dare she even attempt to replicate Alicia Silverstone's infamous RS cover! Epic Fail

iluvanimals
Community Member
8 months ago

Chancey, no need for technology for us to know it past your bedtime.

jo Philbin
Community Member
8 months ago

We just gonna skirt around the issue of the panties here?

Gerry Higgins
Community Member
8 months ago

"Ballad of the Teenage Queen".... they've stolen my story

Anna Murashev
Community Member
8 months ago

Everything in this picture is yikes

Waqitos
Community Member
8 months ago

She must be some twisted creation from The Witcher.

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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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