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
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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
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1 year 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
1 year ago

Looks like a scenes from sims

SirPatTheCat
Community Member
1 year ago

I was thinking the movie the Polar Express

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Mike Crow
Community Member
1 year ago

I don’t think she is real, as in I think she is 3D computer model. I’ve seen a bunch and they typically look like this.

Ben
Community Member
1 year ago

Awww, looks like someone took their Real Doll out for a nice date!

Sara Diggers
Community Member
1 year ago

My exact thought as well....

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The Frog
Community Member
1 year ago

Seriously though... dead or doll?

Bill
Community Member
1 year ago

Annabelle does brunch

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RoseTheMad
Community Member
1 year ago

She looks like a unity asset...

Sara Diggers
Community Member
1 year ago

It's a SIM! Or one of those new silicone sex dolls

Bernardita Valdés
Community Member
1 year ago

Perfect example of the unncany valley, for those who are interested in creepy stuff

Lou Wow
Community Member
1 year ago

Just your friendly run of the mill android. 😁

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

Meet your new Real Doll. Side salad and fork included.

SashaAlexandra
Community Member
1 year ago

yet another attempt to create 3d virtual instagram influencer. That is 100% "Uncanny valley" - a concept that describes situations when robot or doll or CGI character looks 99.99% like human but that that 0.01% of "something weird is going on here" makes that character looks scary and repulsive. Like Beowulf, Polar Express and maybe a hit of this holiday season -Cats.

tuzdayschild
Community Member
1 year ago

She left there and got on board the Polar Express.

PandaPiñata
Community Member
1 year ago

Kill it. Kill it with fire before it lays eggs!

Hello it Smee
Community Member
1 year ago

Your date will give me nightmares

Linda Matheny
Community Member
1 year ago

Chucky's mother

glowworm2
Community Member
1 year ago

Even the food looks strangely fake!

Morgan Rathjen
Community Member
1 year ago

looks like the momo statue

Jim Ellington
Community Member
1 year ago

The uncanny valley runs deep with this one.

Jim Ellington
Community Member
1 year ago

My Real Doll looks more authentic than she does.

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Barry Patterson
Community Member
1 year ago

Alfred E Neuman (Mad magazine) has a daughter?

David Jones
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Don’t worry she only eats nightmares. Well other than that her face is stuck like that and she will stand by your bed and watch you sleep...

Tifferooski
Community Member
1 year ago

That is an extra from Shrek, pretty sure.

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 year ago

My first thought. Kind of like it for that.

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Johnnee
Community Member
1 year ago

Creepy

Bored Birgit
Community Member
1 year ago

Teeeeth ehm cheeeese ich

Panda Angel
Community Member
1 year ago

Im a photo editor for games, an anime editor, and a photographer and I can tell that has been edited so that is not how she really looks.

Jakub Koziorek
Community Member
1 year ago

You don't say...

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Anonymous Akita
Community Member
5 months ago

Look at the freckles...

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

Ooooh the bad photoshop makes me cringe

Christian Miller
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes I've definitely met her on the Sims.

Fred and George Weasley
Community Member
1 year ago

shes creepy. dafuq

Tawnyrose The Maine Coon
Community Member
1 year ago

I think this is one of those CGI models and social media people that are made by humans and not supposed to be real, like Shudu and Lil Miquela

CORRINE STANLEY
Community Member
1 year ago

that looks scary ngl

Alexandria joy Kelly-Kane
Community Member
1 year ago

AHH

Narfy T. Barfy
Community Member
1 year ago

Run away. RUN AWAY!

Michelle Tran
Community Member
1 year ago

So weird

Tina Marie
Community Member
1 year ago

Um.... this is TERRIFYING!!!!!

Tina Marie
Community Member
1 year ago

Um.... this is terrifying...

IZama
Community Member
1 year ago

Creepy. I think my brother dated her.

Karin Morris
Community Member
1 year ago

That woman was created in a program like Poser, she's absolutely CG

Zelda Blue
Community Member
1 year ago

That is creepy as hell.

Laurie Lucas
Community Member
1 year ago

cute trick with the elbow, lmao

Pedro Marecos
Community Member
1 year ago

creepy creature

yoyo mASTER
Community Member
1 year ago

She looks like lord far quad

Vivian Ingram
Community Member
1 year ago

What were they even going for with this?

Matthew Hignite
Community Member
1 year ago

begone evil one

Shania Brown
Community Member
1 year ago

she look like a GTA character please stop honey

Rosalind Harris
Community Member
1 year ago

Just a weird CG model?

Kimberley Thom
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like Chucky

AnnSmithJones
Community Member
1 year ago

This is from the Sims dimwit

Me!
Community Member
1 year ago

Shrek Ever After.....

JULIETTE GIBO
Community Member
1 year ago

looks like a video game

Claire Armstrong
Community Member
1 year ago

That is fucking scary (excuse the language, but it is!)!! It's like a female Michael Myers! Halloween XX

Jason Starbuck
Community Member
1 year ago

3D modeling huh?

Barry Patterson
Community Member
1 year ago

Alfred E Neuman has a daughter? (Mad magazine )

Auntie Depressant
Community Member
1 year ago

how is this improved??

BG Rey
Community Member
1 year ago

Deer in the headlights

Amaranthim Talon
Community Member
1 year ago

EEEK!

Kayli Boring
Community Member
1 year ago

reminded me of annabell

Susanna Vesna
Community Member
1 year ago

Ok, there are actually people , a "community", who photoshop themselves like this all the time. I once stumbled upon them through some Facebook Shitposting group. It is so fucking creepy!

Caroline Driver
Community Member
1 year ago

What has she done? I've seen better CG in children's cartoons

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm surprised she didn't ps the food.

Katrina Nelson
Community Member
1 year ago

Creepy! More like a horror movie about to eat your face instead of her salad

Sardonic Scribe
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like a cheap sex doll...

Ellen Turner
Community Member
1 year ago

Fallout graphics

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
1 year ago

Psychotic face

Ina Schweitzer
Community Member
1 year ago

Is it just me or is this creepy?

Kathi Keegan Chang
Community Member
1 year ago

I had NO idea that a manikin faced woman-doll, could actually replace the real figure here in the front. Look closely at her jaw-neckline.

Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

Mad Magazine cover!!!

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

When the death dolls come to lunch.

Chantel Trudelle
Community Member
1 year ago

This is nightmare inducing.

Kat Khatib
Community Member
1 year ago

Shoe Peg Corn for teeth??

Ana M
Community Member
1 year ago

Why people fake themselves?

Michael Dworkin-Robertson
Community Member
1 year ago

if wendy from the fast food signs came alive....

Layla Corman
Community Member
1 year ago

I thought I was the only one who had cartoon nightmares!

Kevin Fox
Community Member
1 year ago

Besides the bad photoshopping, it’s a HORRIBLE photo. The menu, the tomato bottle, he glass that looks like her elbow is in it, and WHAT the hell is on the end of that fork? Soylent Green?

Marlene Ricker
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like a mannequin and just a lively!

C.S.
Community Member
1 year ago

This is a total nightmare come to life.

Minnie-me
Community Member
1 year ago

wtf is that?

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 year ago

so much wtf.

Laura Mencini
Community Member
1 year ago

Creeeeepy

BG
Community Member
1 year ago

Angela Anaconda strikes again!

Debra Robinson
Community Member
1 year ago

SLEEP WITH YOUR LIGHTS ON!!!

Little Wonder
Community Member
1 year ago

I think this one is one of those CGI influencers, not an edited person.

Noez 🇸🇪
Community Member
1 year ago

Nightmares.

Gerry Higgins
Community Member
1 year ago

Is there a green jewel over her head?

Samantha Robinson
Community Member
1 year ago

Next thing you know she's going to be crawling out of your computer screen....

Elizabeth Dunlop
Community Member
1 year ago

W h a t

Suzanne Clark
Community Member
1 year ago

Beyond creepy!

TrashPandaru
Community Member
1 year ago

That is fucking terrifying

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
1 year ago

Lunch with a blowup doll.

Sarah Chilcote
Community Member
1 year ago

THE ARM

Gemma Lees
Community Member
1 year ago

Dessert is your soul.

Tee
Community Member
1 year ago

I would literally run away from whatever this is.

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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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