With the rise of photo editing software and the increasing importance of our image on social media, most of us sometimes get worried about what people think of us. Do I look good enough? Do I dress stylish enough? What do people think of me when they see my picture? Would I get more likes/upvotes/notes/tiny red digital hearts if I did X, Y, and Z?

Unfortunately, some people have these thoughts far too often and take them to extremes: they care about their body image so damn much that they start relying on photo manipulation to extreme levels. This results in people looking radically different online than they do in real life. And when you do a side by side comparison? Wow. The difference is striking, often hilarious, and might make some of us wish you were born before they invented electricity.

We’ve collected some of the best examples of Instagram photos vs. reality from the incredibly popular r/Instagramreality subreddit, so get ready for some shocking comparisons. Scroll down, upvote the pics you enjoyed, and let us know what you think in the comments. After you’re done with this list, be sure to check out Bored Panda’s previous articles showing the vast difference between what some fake people look like in real life and how they present themselves on social media right here, here, and here.

#1

Found On Facebook

Found On Facebook

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Juririn
Community Member
1 year ago

Cool😁

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#2

Yikes

Yikes

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

Couples who photoshop together, stay together?

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#3

When You Preach Body Positivity And Then Shop Your Waist Into Oblivion

When You Preach Body Positivity And Then Shop Your Waist Into Oblivion

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Janine B.
Community Member
1 year ago

Honestly, what's wrong about her real waist? She's a beautiful woman the way she is, not need for PS.

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There are more people who Photoshop their pictures than most of us think. Of course, most of these edits and photo filters aren’t as drastic as the ones shown in this list, but it still raises the question of how widespread this is.

According to one study, two thirds of Australian women believe that it’s wrong for magazines to edit photos before printing them. The irony is that 57 percent of them also admitted to Photoshopping their own pictures before posting them on social media.

#4

Saw This On Instagram

Saw This On Instagram

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

It looks like she got stretched out

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#5

When You Move Too Much And The Filter Comes Off

When You Move Too Much And The Filter Comes Off

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

That filter looks ridiculously fake

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#6

His Page vs. Her Page. I Guess He Had To Bring Her To His Level ?

His Page vs. Her Page. I Guess He Had To Bring Her To His Level ?

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

She is gorgeous and he is a joke

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The desire to receive approval and to create a positive reputation for oneself means that some people take multiple selfies in order to get the ‘perfect’ shot.

Dr. Vivienne Lewis, a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Canberra, told the Daily Mail that more and more women are becoming dissatisfied with how they perceive their bodies and their image, thus resulting in a low self-esteem.

#7

Girl, What Is Up With Your Legs?? She Put The Whole Leg On Backwards In The Second Pic!

Girl, What Is Up With Your Legs?? She Put The Whole Leg On Backwards In The Second Pic!

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Kiarra Gregory
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1 year ago

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There probably isn't any Photoshop here. A lot of people just stand like this. A PE teacher of mine used to do it, and she was perfectly fine.

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#8

Famous Singer From My Country

Famous Singer From My Country

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

Auto-tuned much?

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#9

Floors Look A Bit Bent...

Floors Look A Bit Bent...

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A B C
Community Member
1 year ago

Crash Bandicoot has set wrong body standards! Being male is so hard! 😭

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“The thing is, they're constantly having to meet unrealistic beauty trends and standards,” Dr. Lewis explained. She noted that there is huge pressure for women to look ‘perfect’ in the age of social media. “Women in particular who are very concerned about their bodies can spend hours editing photos.”

#10

What The Tim Burton

What The Tim Burton

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

Great caption

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#11

On The Left, Pictures Someone Posted To Twitter Calling Her The Most Beautiful Woman Alive. On The Right, What She Really Looked Like That Day. I Agree She’s Absolutely Gorgeous, So Why Photoshop Her To Make Her Look Like A Doll?

On The Left, Pictures Someone Posted To Twitter Calling Her The Most Beautiful Woman Alive. On The Right, What She Really Looked Like That Day. I Agree She’s Absolutely Gorgeous, So Why Photoshop Her To Make Her Look Like A Doll?

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hobbitly
Community Member
1 year ago

She definitely doesn't need Photoshop

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#12

This Girl Was Posted In Another Post For Falsely Calling Police On Her Neighbor. They Put Both These Pictures In The Article

This Girl Was Posted In Another Post For Falsely Calling Police On Her Neighbor. They Put Both These Pictures In The Article

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

Seems like a great person overall

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#13

I Cannot Believe She Seriously Posted This

I Cannot Believe She Seriously Posted This

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

Almost.

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#14

This Person Is Running For Mayor Where I Live. Yikes

This Person Is Running For Mayor Where I Live. Yikes

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

What she'll do during public appearances?

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#15

Legs For Days

Legs For Days

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Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

She must be a descendant of slender man.

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#16

Left: Instagram, Right: Youtube

Left: Instagram, Right: Youtube

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Nora Ask
Community Member
1 year ago

Not saying they're not edited, but also with and without very heavy makeup!

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#17

Local Nail Salon Apparently Removes All Wrinkles From Your Hands After Doing Your Nails

Local Nail Salon Apparently Removes All Wrinkles From Your Hands After Doing Your Nails

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June Clavelle
Community Member
1 year ago

Knuckles are so last year

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#18

The Longer You Look At It, The Weirder It Gets

The Longer You Look At It, The Weirder It Gets

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

Finding pants must be a nightmare

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#19

Now That The Clouds Have Been Pointed Out, That’s The First Thing I Look At Now

Now That The Clouds Have Been Pointed Out, That’s The First Thing I Look At Now

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Ivo H
Community Member
1 year ago

Why do people photoshoping CLOUDS? Does the nature, like, doing it wrong, or what? I might understand that people want to photoshop themselves, but this is just absurd!

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#20

Flexible Bones

Flexible Bones

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

The problem is not tge editing. The problem is to assume this to be beautiful and to propose such standards to youngsters.

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#21

Couldn’t Believe My Eyes With This One

Couldn’t Believe My Eyes With This One

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

Seriously?! Who does she think she's fooling?!

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#22

Same Person, Different Angle

Same Person, Different Angle

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Hanneke Legerstee
Community Member
1 year ago

Her leg is as big as her waist!!

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#23

Apparently We Should All Be Ashamed Of Our Knuckles Now

Apparently We Should All Be Ashamed Of Our Knuckles Now

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Juririn
Community Member
1 year ago

This is a new level

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#24

I Normally Don't Notice These Things But Come On....

I Normally Don't Notice These Things But Come On....

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kathryn stretton
Community Member
1 year ago

Created a tsunami.

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#25

Her Instagram Is A Gold Mine For This Stuff. Every Time She Posts, Her Edits Get More Extreme

Her Instagram Is A Gold Mine For This Stuff. Every Time She Posts, Her Edits Get More Extreme

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DemPugs
Community Member
1 year ago

That looks like a painting, not a photo.

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#26

May I Present To You, A Thicc Zombie. He Makes Fake Pages To Follow And Comment On His Own Pictures And Deletes Anyone Else’s Comments That Call Him Out

May I Present To You, A Thicc Zombie. He Makes Fake Pages To Follow And Comment On His Own Pictures And Deletes Anyone Else’s Comments That Call Him Out

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

This is just disturbing...it sounds like there's something seriously wrong with this guy

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#27

This One Is A Lot

This One Is A Lot

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

Interesting bone structure

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#28

The Guy On The Left (Who Doesn't Really Filter On His Own Insta) Got Filtered By The Other Guy A Bunch Too

The Guy On The Left (Who Doesn't Really Filter On His Own Insta) Got Filtered By The Other Guy A Bunch Too

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

He looks more like a doll or mannequin

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#29

Serving Ginger Realness

Serving Ginger Realness

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm convinced

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#30

Saw This Girl On Tiktok...atleast She’s Completely Honest About It Lmao

Saw This Girl On Tiktok...atleast She’s Completely Honest About It Lmao

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TheMsLollidella
Community Member
1 year ago

Saw this too on tiktok! But hey, great makeup skills

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#31

Dude From Tinder Must Think He’s Got Us All Convinced

Dude From Tinder Must Think He’s Got Us All Convinced

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

It makes him look creepy, not sexy!

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#32

Goldmine Ig Account. There So Many To Choose From

Goldmine Ig Account. There So Many To Choose From

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DemPugs
Community Member
1 year ago

The bottom two pictures make her look like Sarah Palin

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#33

Left Was Posted On A Thinspo Insta Page. I Thought They Were Tackling This Issue?

Left Was Posted On A Thinspo Insta Page. I Thought They Were Tackling This Issue?

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Manar Al Thumairi
Community Member
1 year ago

but... WHERE do the organs go???

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#34

I Don’t Even Have To Say Anything

I Don’t Even Have To Say Anything

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hobbitly
Community Member
1 year ago

Who wears orange eye shadow all the way up to their brows?

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#35

Ouch @ Her Dislocated Hip, She Should Go Get That Checked Out

Ouch @ Her Dislocated Hip, She Should Go Get That Checked Out

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Monday
Community Member
1 year ago

Wtf is up with her foot

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#36

Filtered vs. Unfiltered

Filtered vs. Unfiltered

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Vincent Philippart
Community Member
1 year ago

They're both terrifying

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#37

At This Point, What Is Real?

At This Point, What Is Real?

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DemPugs
Community Member
1 year ago

At first I thought this wasn't so bad, but I looked a second time, and...yeah

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#38

Completely Changed Her Face Structure

Completely Changed Her Face Structure

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Biljana Malesevic
Community Member
1 year ago

But heavily edited photos like this just say "I really don't like myself". Beats the purpose.

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#39

Christmas Is Coming. Don’t Forget To Photoshop Yourself With A Nice Tree

Christmas Is Coming. Don’t Forget To Photoshop Yourself With A Nice Tree

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Incognito
Community Member
1 year ago

that's some pretty sick photoshop though.

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#40

I Posted A Girl Who Got Called Out For Photoshopping Her Makeup A While Ago. Now It Seems Even The “Greats” Are Getting Away With It

I Posted A Girl Who Got Called Out For Photoshopping Her Makeup A While Ago. Now It Seems Even The “Greats” Are Getting Away With It

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Sergio Serg
Community Member
1 year ago

Louis Vuitton brand SURELY does not approve

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#41

The Picture She Posted vs. The Original

The Picture She Posted vs. The Original

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Jo Choto
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1 year ago

What on earth was wrong with the original?

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#42

The Photo She Posted vs. The One Her Friend Posted Of Her

The Photo She Posted vs. The One Her Friend Posted Of Her

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Kirsten Kerkhof
Community Member
1 year ago

Compared to the others this is mild indeed.

OLIVIA WESTON
Community Member
1 year ago

agreed

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Native Engine
Community Member
1 year ago

The original is more interesting and fun. Great conversation starter.

Sam
Community Member
1 year ago

Nevermind

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Spikey Bunny
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't see what's wrong with this one other than a slight color adjustment... What am I missing?

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

She just eloooonngated herself.

Insanity 11
Community Member
1 year ago

I like the first one she looks like good weird

Suz-Anne SEUSS
Community Member
1 year ago

This is simple cropping

Rachel Hamrick
Community Member
1 year ago

Her reflection is even bigger in the photoshopped post...

Sam
Community Member
1 year ago

More importantly why the hell is she wearing two different shoes

Juliet Dillon
Community Member
1 year ago

Cropping and some slight contrast/saturation editing is fine. She didn’t change her body/face, just the light levels and tone of the image. Fairly so, as the original was washed out.

Capermom
Community Member
1 year ago

Check out her waist and hips. She definitely changed her body...

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Linda Matheny
Community Member
1 year ago

You can get a matching set of those boots.

Master Markus
Community Member
1 year ago

Jeez lady, you look fine.

Guy MacGregor
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't get this one. This is just a crop

Night Owl
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

The waist (but compared to others here, it's not too bad)

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Sergio Serg
Community Member
1 year ago

I applaud her friend. She's prob tired of the lies

NCC~1701
Community Member
1 year ago

That’s probably true but it would still be unkind if the friend to do that to her. I haven’t taken a picture of myself in years because I hate my body so much and despise the thought of me or others looking at it. If I did something like this it would almost definitely be because I wanted to show something but was too ashamed of myself to do it unedited. If a friend posted a picture of me with my regular horrible body and everyone saw it I’d be crushed.

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#43

He Is Honestly Very Talented But The Editing Is Just So Unrealistic

He Is Honestly Very Talented But The Editing Is Just So Unrealistic

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Kai
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't see anythign bad on this, just a makeup artist!

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#44

At Least She Edited Her Friend Too

At Least She Edited Her Friend Too

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

I don’t see much difference, so this isn’t too bad.

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#45

On Today's Edition Of What I Bought vs. What Arrived

On Today's Edition Of What I Bought vs. What Arrived

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Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

90 Day Fiance fans, holla!

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