We get it. You're on social media and you want to show the world your very best self - the times when you are on exotic holidays, looking great and surrounded by friends. Very few people share the mundane banalities of everyday life anymore, nobody really cares about your dinner or what you are currently watching on Netflix.

But some people take it way too far, distorting reality beyond all reason and creating unrealistic aspirations for their followers. Like it or not (we don't), Instagram influencers are very real and have an effect on impressionable young minds, leading to all kinds of self-esteem and mental health issues as people try to chase unattainable bodies and lifestyles.

All this photo editing and fakery in the name of promoting a false image is dishonest and unethical, and we here at Bored Pandawill continue to call out fake people when we see it. Because no amount of hours in the gym will give you that butt you saw on Instagram photos, no amount of detoxing will give you that skin, and you'll never capture that amazingly colorful picture of that impossibly exotic place because they DON'T REALLY EXIST - you are being deceived on a daily basis.

As a follow up to our previous post on the subject here is another batch of fakery Instagram has to offer, so you know what to look out for. With photo and video technology improving all the time, it's getting more difficult to separate the ugly truth from fiction! Our advice? Take everything with a pinch of salt and don't believe it until you've seen it with your own eyes, in real life. Scroll down below to see what we mean about Instagram filters abuse, and let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments.

#1

Woman Worries As She Meets Her Fiance Abroad At The Airport For First Time After Communicating Through Heavily Filtered Photos And Videos Of Herself. (He Of Course Shows Up To Meet Her Wearing A Heavily Filtered Photo Her On His T-Shirt...)

Woman Worries As She Meets Her Fiance Abroad At The Airport For First Time After Communicating Through Heavily Filtered Photos And Videos Of Herself. (He Of Course Shows Up To Meet Her Wearing A Heavily Filtered Photo Her On His T-Shirt...)

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Foxxy 3 months ago

False advertising. I understand you wanting to look your best but there is a line to be drawn, otherwise you will end up with disappointment.

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Bored Panda spoke to Dr. Tim Bono - Lecturer in Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis and author of the book "When Likes Aren't Enough: A Crash Course in the Science of Happiness" - to get his views on the impact of social media on mental health.

"I’ve been doing research on this for several years now and the data I’ve collected on this topic has shown that the more time people spend on social media, the more likely they are to experience negative outcomes psychologically," Dr. Bono told us.

"They report experiencing fewer positive emotions, less optimism, less sleep, and less motivated; college students who spend the most amount of time on social media report highest levels of homesickness, and perhaps most ironically, the more time people spend on social media site, the less socially connected they feel to other people."

"I would say that what is driving this is that we are social creatures and so it’s only natural that we are motivated to pay attention to those around us, and we use how other people are doing as a barometer for how we should be doing in our own lives. And with the advent of social media, it is now easier than ever to catch a glimpse into everyone else's lives and see how our own lives measure up."

"One of the biggest issues with it is that people post the highlight reel of their lives, boasting about all of the great things--job promotions, lavish trips, great parties they are attending with friends.  And people are NOT posting about the everyday mundane or burdensome aspects of their lives."


#2

Kylie Jenner (Same Day On Instagram vs. On TV)

Kylie Jenner (Same Day On Instagram vs. On TV)

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varwenea 3 months ago

That entire family is the definition of fake. I blame Ryan Seacrest for creating that show years ago.

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#3

Why Travel When You Can Photoshop!

Why Travel When You Can Photoshop!

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Pokemon sa 3 months ago

This is gold

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"Long before the advent of social media psychologists knew that one of the fundamental barriers to our well-being is social comparison. It’s hard to be happy if we constantly concern ourselves with how we measure up to those around us. When we derive a sense of worth based on how we are doing relative to others, we place our happiness in a variable that is completely beyond our control."

"Within moments of logging on to social media we have instant access to others' accomplishments, vacations, job promotions, home upgrades, and culinary creations. It’s nearly impossible not to get swept into the cycle of comparison. Scrolling through the highlight reels our friends’ posts inevitably fills us with envy because of the things we now want."

So how to protect yourself against this constant and excessive social comparison? Dr. Bono advises that we spend that time instead focusing on the good things in our own lives. "Taking time for gratitude has the opposite effect of social comparison—it redirects our attention to the many wonderful things we already have in our lives that already are there but that we have likely taken for granted," he explained. "People who take just a few minutes to focus on what they’re grateful for feel better about their lives overall, report more optimism about their futures, and even get sick less often."

#4

When It’s “Raining” But Not Enough To Make Your Hair Wet

When It’s “Raining” But Not Enough To Make Your Hair Wet

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Bored Alchemist 3 months ago

They must be twins

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#5

This Girl Creeps Me Out

This Girl Creeps Me Out

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yerawitchSam13 3 months ago

Slenderman's wife.

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Browsing social media, with our selective presentations of the 'best' of ourselves, can also affect our relationships with those around us. Dr. Bono explains how this incomplete picture can have a negative impact on some people. "Social media—especially Facebook and Instagram—is exposing us to information that is ultimately exaggerating how much better off others are in comparison to our own lives, because we are gaining access only to a narrow segment of other people’s lives, without the whole picture that in all likelihood has some blemishes and challenges and difficulties that others are inevitably going through as well," he said.

"Social media leads us to draw inferences about other’s lives when we don’t have the complete story of how they are actually doing. This would explain the correlations I have found with my research. If people feel they aren’t measuring up to what others’ lives look like, or that they have not been included in others’ adventures (Fear of Missing Out is a real thing!), it can lead to various forms of distress."

"Feelings of inadequacy can prevent people from engaging meaningfully with others in the real world out of fear that don’t or can’t measure up."

#6

Teeth Brighter Than My Future

Teeth Brighter Than My Future

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Tahani 3 months ago

reminds me of Ross in Friends when he bleached his teeth.... get some black light!

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#7

I Don’t Have Any Words To Describe How Impossible This Would Be In Real Life

I Don’t Have Any Words To Describe How Impossible This Would Be In Real Life

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Neon Petra 3 months ago

"Hello passengers, this is your captain speaking. We are currrently cruising at 30m. If you look to your left you can see the too-close Eiffel Tower, and if you look down you can see a fake instagrammer. Have a nice day."

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"What’s worse is that social media is replacing authentic in-person connection. The single strongest predictor of our happiness is the strength of our connections to other people. But we’re referring to the three-dimensional people in this case. The number of Facebook friends or Instagram followers we have does not count, despite our obsessions with crafting our own digital personas and becoming wrapped up in others’."

"In recent years the amount of time we have dedicated to screen time has corresponded with a similar decrease in the quantity and quality of our in-person connections. Even if we are physically with another person, we often are so wrapped up in documenting the experience for our followers to see, or checking our phones to see what others are up to, that we neglect the opportunities to develop authentic connections with the people we are actually with."

Dr. Bono advises that from time-to-time, when tempted to scroll through social media, to scroll through your list of contacts instead. "Find someone to call or FaceTime. The happiness you derive from an authentic connection with another person will be far greater than a random post or like on social media."

#8

Wow.. Just Wow

Wow.. Just Wow

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Troux 3 months ago

This looks like a Fortnite character.

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#9

Bro What

Bro What

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Full Name 3 months ago

Those hands could crush coal into diamonds.

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It can all sound a little scary when we frame our use of social media in such a cautionary way. Dr. Bono is keen to stress that social media is not inherently bad however, there are many positives too! "It can be used for a lot of wonderful things that can lead to information sharing, entertainment, and even authentic social connection," he continued.

"But we have to be wise consumers of this media and aware of the potential risks. If you find that your social media use is leading you down a path toward social comparison and envy, I’m not suggesting that you get rid of it altogether. But you may want to modify how you are using it. Then you’ll get more of the benefits with fewer of the drawbacks."

#10

Instagram vs. Court Date

Instagram vs. Court Date

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BusLady 3 months ago

How to lose 30 pounds in 10 minutes.

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#11

One Instagram vs. The Other

One Instagram vs. The Other

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Restless 3 months ago

Queen of fake!

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#12

[tinder] Good To See People Are Still Playing The Sims 2!

[tinder] Good To See People Are Still Playing The Sims 2!

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Kaiserfranzgirl 3 months ago

Hey! I still play Sims 2 and my sims look 100x better!

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#13

Spanish Singer Caught "Cloning" His Audience To Make It Look As If The Concert Was Packed

Spanish Singer Caught "Cloning" His Audience To Make It Look As If The Concert Was Packed

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BusLady 3 months ago

Well, how do we know there is not 30 sets of quintuplets in the audience?

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#14

Can You Breathe...?

Can You Breathe...?

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Shawn 3 months ago

Ther Grinch stole her nose cause she stole his look.

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#15

Her Face Almost Looks Exactly The Same In Every Picture??? Weird

Her Face Almost Looks Exactly The Same In Every Picture??? Weird

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Restless 3 months ago

Bwahahahahaha!!! What a weirdo!

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#16

Another Image From The Guy Who Photoshops His Photos & Comments Praise Him. Someone Who Lives There Called Him Out And Took The Same Photo Showing No Tulip Field

Another Image From The Guy Who Photoshops His Photos & Comments Praise Him. Someone Who Lives There Called Him Out And Took The Same Photo Showing No Tulip Field

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AndersM 3 months ago

Only thing missing would be a unicorn between the tulips and a pregnant dolphin under the rainbow.

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#17

It's Not Just Bodies And Faces That Get Tune-UPS On Instagram

It's Not Just Bodies And Faces That Get Tune-UPS On Instagram

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BusLady 3 months ago

The pic on the right is much more pleasant to look at, if you ask me.

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#18

Posted vs. Tagged. She Is Always Making Her Waist Tiny And Editing Her Arms To Create A Muscular Build

Posted vs. Tagged. She Is Always Making Her Waist Tiny And Editing Her Arms To Create A Muscular Build

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Restless 3 months ago

Her edited figure looks bizarre! Wake up Lady!

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#19

Excuse Me What...

Excuse Me What...

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Restless 3 months ago

What up with the huge shoes? Never mind the bendy slinky wrist

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#20

Australian Pizza Shop. Instagram vs. My Order Tonight

Australian Pizza Shop. Instagram vs. My Order Tonight

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Lisa Beatty 3 months ago

Yes Dominoes.. Be Better

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#21

Instagram vs. Video. Sorry Its Hard To Take A Good Screenshot Of The Video But You Get The Point

Instagram vs. Video. Sorry Its Hard To Take A Good Screenshot Of The Video But You Get The Point

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Shawn 3 months ago

The filter she used must have been called 8 beers deep

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#22

Girl On The Right Has Been Stealing Other Models Entire Bodies For Her Instagram Page

Girl On The Right Has Been Stealing Other Models Entire Bodies For Her Instagram Page

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Meike Henneman 3 months ago

AND editing them! Look at the waist

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#23

What Is With This Trend Of Trying To Look Like An Alien?

What Is With This Trend Of Trying To Look Like An Alien?

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lenniee 3 months ago

In regards to the caption, you could say that she is trying to look out of this world

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#24

Two Profiles, "Same" Picture...

Two Profiles, "Same" Picture...

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Tahani 3 months ago

they edited themselves to make the other look fatter in both pix... nice friends..

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#25

Everything Is An Illusion On This Woman’s Profile

Everything Is An Illusion On This Woman’s Profile

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slothbaby 3 months ago

Who can fall for that, it's sucha bad photoshop

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#26

First Time Posting In Here, But I Found My First One In The Wild

First Time Posting In Here, But I Found My First One In The Wild

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BusLady 3 months ago

I found myself counting her fingers.

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#27

When Puberty Hits You So Hard That Even Your Eyes Turn Blue

When Puberty Hits You So Hard That Even Your Eyes Turn Blue

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varwenea 3 months ago

Could be colored contact lenses.

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#28

Finnish Influencer's Ig Page vs. Video

Finnish Influencer's Ig Page vs. Video

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Neon Petra 3 months ago

Looks like a Barbie/Elsa mashup.

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#29

Body So Hot The Colosseum And The Fence Gets Distorted

Body So Hot The Colosseum And The Fence Gets Distorted

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Give me a beagle any day... 3 months ago

Why didn't the iron fence distort too? I don't understand how this stuff works.

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#30

Jacaranda Trees, Insta vs. Reality

Jacaranda Trees, Insta vs. Reality

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Restless 3 months ago

Actually on a sunny day they can look like the first pic

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#31

No Makeup, Just Facetune 🤦🏻‍♀️ (No, Her Caption Is Not A Joke; She’s Been Posting Super Edited Photos Like This For Months)

No Makeup, Just Facetune 🤦🏻‍♀️ (No, Her Caption Is Not A Joke; She’s Been Posting Super Edited Photos Like This For Months)

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Restless 3 months ago

Looks like an 8 year old in a 98 year old body

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#32

Was This Necessary??

Was This Necessary??

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Restless 3 months ago

Shame on these parents!

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#33

Insta Post From A Few Weeks Ago vs. Live From A Few Hours Ago

Insta Post From A Few Weeks Ago vs. Live From A Few Hours Ago

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Happiness is Hippo 3 months ago

She's so cute in the real version.

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#34

Good Lord...

Good Lord...

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BusLady 3 months ago

How to get a suntan without risking skin cancer.

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#35

Sometimes You Just Need To Add A New Pair Of Eyes. Wtf

Sometimes You Just Need To Add A New Pair Of Eyes. Wtf

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Happiness is Hippo 3 months ago

I hate it when my hair gets tucked behind my eyes ;-)

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#36

Calf Day Was Clearly Not On The Schedule

Calf Day Was Clearly Not On The Schedule

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BusLady 3 months ago

But butt day apparently was.

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#37

Does She Realise People Will See Her In Real Life?

Does She Realise People Will See Her In Real Life?

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Jo Choto 3 months ago

A lot of these women, I wouldn't actually recognize them IRL if I had only seen an IG picture beforehand.

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#38

This Girl Has 50.6k Simply For Being A Butt Model, But I Know Her Irl And It Is All Photoshop

This Girl Has 50.6k Simply For Being A Butt Model, But I Know Her Irl And It Is All Photoshop

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BusLady 3 months ago

And her butt is shaped differently in each pic. In pic 3, her torso is elongated as well.

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#39

Her Whole Profile Seemed Questionable, Maybe This Better Explains Things

Her Whole Profile Seemed Questionable, Maybe This Better Explains Things

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Anke Schuurmans 3 months ago

At least it is not cold in the Netherlands during the tulip

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#40

This Guy Photoshops Himself Badly Into Different World Locations To Look Like A Travel Influencer. He Recycles The Exact Same Pictures Sometimes 😬

This Guy Photoshops Himself Badly Into Different World Locations To Look Like A Travel Influencer. He Recycles The Exact Same Pictures Sometimes 😬

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yerawitchSam13 3 months ago

He should recycle those shorts.

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#41

We're Faking Calves Now?

We're Faking Calves Now?

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Shawn 3 months ago

But why?

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#42

Her Instagram vs. Her Boyfriends

Her Instagram vs. Her Boyfriends

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Happiness is Hippo 3 months ago

Why so pale?

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#43

Apparently He Dropped Out Of College To Model. His Photos Are Filled With Crazy Edits Like These, One On The Right Is From A Video

Apparently He Dropped Out Of College To Model. His Photos Are Filled With Crazy Edits Like These, One On The Right Is From A Video

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Restless 3 months ago

Orange you a bit weird?

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#44

Photo On Left Is From When She First Joined Instagram. Photo On Right Is Recent And After Influencer Fame. Might As Well Be A Different Person.

Photo On Left Is From When She First Joined Instagram. Photo On Right Is Recent And After Influencer Fame. Might As Well Be A Different Person.

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Neon Petra 3 months ago

The left looks nicer.

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#45

The Reason You Can Never Find The Amazing, Empty Locations Instagrammers Pose In: They Don’t Really Exist

The Reason You Can Never Find The Amazing, Empty Locations Instagrammers Pose In: They Don’t Really Exist

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wandile dludlu 3 months ago

This is actually acceptable... no one wants a bunch of people in their carefully choreographed pics

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#46

Same Day — Instagram vs. Forbes Photoshoot

Same Day — Instagram vs. Forbes Photoshoot

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Restless 3 months ago

And the worst part of everything is they make real money out of fake lives. Come on people...stop buying their bullshit

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#47

Make Sure Your Friends Are Photoshopping Too.

Make Sure Your Friends Are Photoshopping Too.

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Emerald Joanna 3 months ago

Why did she feel the need to even photoshop? Her body is gorgeous without the edit...

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#48

Her Instagram vs. TV Interview

Her Instagram vs. TV Interview

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Shawn 3 months ago

They say the camera adds 10 pounds.. must have been like 4 or 5 cameras at that interview

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#49

Instagram vs. Reality

Instagram vs. Reality

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Pretty Pangolin 3 months ago

Left: I'm a 13-y-o Calvin Klein model. Right - aaah don't take my picture!

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#50

Something That Doesn’t Get Brought Up Too Often Here, Maybe Because Most People Don’t Know How Rampant It Is - Editing Of Tattoos

Something That Doesn’t Get Brought Up Too Often Here, Maybe Because Most People Don’t Know How Rampant It Is - Editing Of Tattoos

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Shawn 3 months ago

If you have quality work it will stand on its on and need no editing. Same for confidence and self worth.

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#51

“Let’s Make This Random Stranger Look Pregnant And Screw Up The Poor Table Cloth In The Process”

“Let’s Make This Random Stranger Look Pregnant And Screw Up The Poor Table Cloth In The Process”

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BusLady 3 months ago

Looks like she is pregnant in her boobs. With twins.

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#52

Makeup Is A Very Powerful Tool

Makeup Is A Very Powerful Tool

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Isabella kratosisy 3 months ago (edited)

To hide someones personality.

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#53

She Even Adds Length To Her Hair On Ig

She Even Adds Length To Her Hair On Ig

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Pretty Pangolin 3 months ago

To be fair, that's a very unflattering pic on the right - just one second before or after would probably be better.

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#54

When Instagram Famous Gonna Youtube

When Instagram Famous Gonna Youtube

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Katinka Min 3 months ago

Fair enough. It's allowed to pick flattering angels and wear make-up

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#55

Video vs. Instagram Picture

Video vs. Instagram Picture

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BusLady 3 months ago

A lot of these are like: What I wish I looked like. It's sad that people base their self esteem on how they look.

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#56

Claims To Naturally Look Like The Picture On The Left. Picture On The Right Is From A Tagged Video

Claims To Naturally Look Like The Picture On The Left. Picture On The Right Is From A Tagged Video

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Restless 3 months ago

OMG, you have SPIDERS on your eyes dammit!!

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#57

Instagram “Model” Steals Photo Of Queen And Photoshops Herself In

Instagram “Model” Steals Photo Of Queen And Photoshops Herself In

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Kaisu 3 months ago

Why would you steal someone's picture like this and assume they won't find out?

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#58

Since Tattoos Are Being Shared, Let's Talk About Colored Hair. Hair Account vs. Others Accounts (0 And 2 Days After Dying)

Since Tattoos Are Being Shared, Let's Talk About Colored Hair. Hair Account vs. Others Accounts (0 And 2 Days After Dying)

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Troux 3 months ago

I think this is more about fading than faking.

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#59

Instagram vs. Youtube

Instagram vs. Youtube

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alin kinan 3 months ago

Nikkie actually admitted that years ago she actually didnt care about how her makeup looks and depended on facetune too much

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#60

Do I Really Need To Say Something??

Do I Really Need To Say Something??

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RaroaRaroa 3 months ago

She looks nice enough in the tagged one. Why would she do this?

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#61

This Gorgeous Instagram Model Took To The Runway Recently - Angles And Camera Awareness Really Change A Photo

This Gorgeous Instagram Model Took To The Runway Recently - Angles And Camera Awareness Really Change A Photo

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Isabella kratosisy 3 months ago

She does not look that different IMHO.

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#62

This Girl’s Message On Ig Is That She’s “Holistic” But That Door Isn’t Fooling Anyone

This Girl’s Message On Ig Is That She’s “Holistic” But That Door Isn’t Fooling Anyone

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Geoffrey Holland 2 months ago

Is she a vocal coach?

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