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
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!!!!

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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

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
1 year ago

It's sad that she apparently doesn't think so (or enough).

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Stille20
Community Member
1 year ago

This kills me. Why does anyone follow her?

Lola
Community Member
1 year ago

Why do people follow them???

Sue Prewitt
Community Member
1 year ago

Followers for what? What does she supposedly do?

Nicolas Schirvel
Community Member
1 year ago

"Cosplay"

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Samantha C
Community Member
1 year ago

is she claiming her eyes change color on their own as well?

Amazon QT
Community Member
1 year ago

🤣🤣🤣

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Lynn Morello
Community Member
1 year ago

If it is not photoshop then it is not the same girl.

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

Well then, she better block all of us here on Bored Panda.

BA$$OON
Community Member
1 year ago

Those are 2 million stupid people.

Amazon QT
Community Member
1 year ago

I think she should “blocker” herself from that fucking EDIT BUTTON!!!

Quintessence
Community Member
1 year ago

She is so pretty on her own, she has such a nice natural smile. On the right, all I see is another clone of a clone of a clone of a photoshopped clone.

Auntie Depressant
Community Member
1 year ago

Like the original file of a jpeg of Meghan Fox was lost, and the copy has been copied over and over and over

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Debbie
Community Member
1 year ago

block me! block me!

j b milam
Community Member
1 year ago

just makes me sad for her.

Ana M
Community Member
1 year ago

But the girl in the right is a cartoon.

Amazon QT
Community Member
1 year ago

A creepy cartoon!!

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Julian Hall
Community Member
1 year ago

okay everyone follow her and call her out.

Jim Ellington
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't see why this absolutely has to be Photoshopped. It could be makeup.

Auntie Depressant
Community Member
1 year ago

Sweetie, you can’t change your eye colour or face shape with make up

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Christian Miller
Community Member
1 year ago

She's absolutely disgusting too. I didn't know "cosplay" meant "please come look at me half naked".

CORRINE STANLEY
Community Member
1 year ago

ok but i think she looks really pretty without the photoshop

Carolyn Coburn
Community Member
1 year ago

I think she's had Joker lip surgery. 😷

David Herz
Community Member
1 year ago

why would anyone follow?

Buzz Anderson
Community Member
1 year ago

That is so pathetic. WHAT is wrong with this girl and all the others who lie to others about where and what they look like.

Avantia Damberg
Community Member
1 year ago

what about Snapchat then?

Shania Brown
Community Member
1 year ago

fakeeeeeeee people be like

Eagle Girl
Community Member
1 year ago

but her eyes Are a Different Color

Amanda Windsor
Community Member
1 year ago

Men believe what they want to believe. Buxom east Asian girl? White skin? If this was a real image it would still be fake, for skin whitening & such fake tits. Do not understand the use of whitening creams by Asian girls. While white girls want colour in their skin??

Auntie Depressant
Community Member
1 year ago

this is like every chapter of the DSM! How does one turn themselves into something else entirely false, and then feel validated when that thing gets attention?? this isn’t just I look different in the morning..she may as well have copied and pasted a photo of Angelina Jolie! Dysmorphia, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, possibly schizophrenia...good lord

Kathi Keegan Chang
Community Member
1 year ago

Be the real woman on the left. She's not re-mastered.... Your real image is lovely!

Elizabeth Gardner
Community Member
1 year ago

Definitely photoshopped! I am a photographer and she is definitely photoshopped!!

Steven Meyer
Community Member
1 year ago

She’s photo shopped.

Elly Clifton
Community Member
1 year ago

She just sucks her nose in for the camera

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

Is this her failure or ours for following idiots like these like lemmings? They wouldn't be doing what they're doing if people weren't following them. Stop feeding the parasites and they'll go away.

Ojberretta Berretta
Community Member
1 year ago

tbh i prefer flaws it make a person unique i met many girls who looked super hot with make up nd all but looked extremely boring if not just ugly without and many who use little decent or no make up who always look god ...id take the left girl everyday that smile way better than these weird puppet face

Jjjane20
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Hello, I am an elf, my name is twelve, best skilled at Photoshop, your stupid remarks need to stop. I am beautiful as I am even though it's all a scam.

Doctor who?!
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow

ROSSELAIRA EUGENIE CRUZ
Community Member
1 year ago

she's so freaking pretty on the left though...

Aryana Hamilton
Community Member
1 year ago

I follow her and her waist is so tiny that there’s no way it’s real but she claiimmssss it’s all natural. I’m like uh huh

Marc Morgenstern
Community Member
1 year ago

Technically Instagram filter is not photoshop.

Amazon QT
Community Member
1 year ago

It’s a form of editing a photo, and that’s what you use Photoshop for...

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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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