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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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

Her long lost sister!

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#2

Yikes

Yikes

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

Consider orthopaedic treatment.

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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

Rachel Hamrick
Community Member
1 year ago

That's what the photoshopped picture is...

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Allen Dela Cruz
Community Member
1 year ago

Slender man's lady.

Ed Souza
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Hey, it's slenderwoman. 05-slender...8a1d7a.jpg 05-slender-manw700h700-5ddec3b8a1d7a.jpg

Nofar Cohen
Community Member
1 year ago

That's what happens when you mess with Wonka's stuff

Amanda Starratt
Community Member
1 year ago

It must be difficult for her to find pants.

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
1 year ago

And sleeves long enough.

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Sergio Serg
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, this one is the most honest one. It shows her tiny pea head and brains because you can't be even remotely intelligent and post this as an honest pic of yourself

Lilli
Community Member
1 year ago

flat stanley who?

Why not
Community Member
1 year ago

They tried to put me on the cover of vogue, but my legs were too long

Bettina Jansen
Community Member
1 year ago

slendergirl ?

FreakOfArt
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't know why women photoshop to make them look taller. Like, it's not attractive. I would rather date a short little ball of personality by my side then somebody I have to crane my neck to see.

Donna Leske
Community Member
1 year ago

My Dad called women like this whippoorwills. And he laughed.

ej wey
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Forced perspective

louis porter
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow, the 2D woman

it's me again
Community Member
1 year ago

When Mars attacks

Jo Browne
Community Member
1 year ago

Twiggy lives!!!

tuzdayschild
Community Member
1 year ago

You have to be careful when you visit the Wonka Factory

Jace
Community Member
1 year ago

How the fuck is this even optically possible? The background is full people looking like they were top-to-bottom squashed, yet the stick insect woman in the center is stretched in the same direction. ????

Paizleypie
Community Member
1 year ago

Tiny head.

Connie Martin
Community Member
1 year ago

Hahahahaha!

DeviLish
Community Member
1 year ago

In Germany we'd say "ein Strich in der Landschaft" which means there's a single line in a landscape...

Chris DiFonso
Community Member
1 year ago

Is she related to Mister Fantastic of Fantastic Four?

Aubrey Baird
Community Member
3 months ago

Ah yes, don't you just love encountering the pink Once-ler on Instagram?

PotterAvatarDoctorWho
Community Member
9 months ago

whatchu tinknin' gurl

𝓴𝓪𝔀𝓪𝓲𝓲_𝓐𝓾𝓭𝓻𝓮𝔂 💖
11 months ago

Stick figures be like

Tammy Ralph
Community Member
11 months ago

Her mother told her not to be long.

Narfy T. Barfy
Community Member
1 year ago

STRECHY BOI

Alexandria joy Kelly-Kane
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1 year ago

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Carol Roeder
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh, too funny!

Guinevere
Community Member
1 year ago

The newest trend amongst giraffes is obviously to dress up like human beings...

Joyce Brazel
Community Member
1 year ago

You mean she is thinner than that!!!!

HorrorWeirdo
Community Member
1 year ago

I fear no man. But that THING... It scares me.

Kai Wendorf
Community Member
1 year ago

looks like roblox lol

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 year ago

With a teeny tiny head.

Lindy Mac
Community Member
1 year ago

She must be 9 feet tall!

Lily Dennard
Community Member
1 year ago

It's the slenderman! Run!

Insanity 11
Community Member
1 year ago

Someone pinch your head too hard, honey?

Sharon Kapon
Community Member
1 year ago

The wife of Ralph Dibney!

Martine
Community Member
1 year ago

Omg this looks ridiculous

OTTER
Community Member
1 year ago

Giraffe Lady!! A pink one!

Belinda Crum
Community Member
1 year ago

Its Stretch Armstrongs Sister.

Sandy Kavanaugh
Community Member
1 year ago

Tiny head, no calves!!!!!

Laf
Community Member
1 year ago

When you edited the photo you should've known that it isn't right

Curious Cat
Community Member
1 year ago

high school photo shop job.

Kim Lorton
Community Member
1 year ago

A weird new race of females!

Kim L
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow and she thought it looked normal? Lol

Evripidou Maria
Community Member
1 year ago

slenderwoman

Bernice Wittwer
Community Member
1 year ago

This is the horrific outcome of a Barbie an Stretch Armstrong one night stand.

Sue Blakeley
Community Member
1 year ago

Sister of Mike TV from Willy Wonka lol

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
1 year ago

Her weekend pass-time, the rack!!!!

Vyvyan Tan
Community Member
1 year ago

Reminded me of Beetle juice with shrunken head 🤷‍♀️

George Hudacko
Community Member
1 year ago

Gumbey girl!!!

Kathi Keegan Chang
Community Member
1 year ago

She's really 4' tall.... teehee....

Elly Clifton
Community Member
1 year ago

Pin head

Kathi Keegan Chang
Community Member
1 year ago

Of course, we ALL know this is photoshoped to death! Like an anorexic Barbie doll. Sad... very sad....

Vickie Browning
Community Member
1 year ago

Watch out! She's gonna SNAP!

Patrick O'Brien
Community Member
1 year ago

Somebody really messed up on this one. The very least they could have done is make her head a little longer and fuller.

Judy Rofe
Community Member
1 year ago

One gruesome aspect of being stretched too far on the rack is the loud popping noises made by snapping cartilage, ligaments or bones. Maybe she didn't hear those noises.

Alex C. Whitley
Community Member
1 year ago

Noodle girl. a new superhero. What would her power be?

Liana Cavalcanti
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Her legs are close, but her mind is so far from here...

Jennifer Sacrison
Community Member
1 year ago

Strech Amy Strong!!! 😂😂

Kjersti Valberg
Community Member
1 year ago

Looool

Arian Uddin
Community Member
1 year ago

Reminds me of female One Piece character designs

Lady Marmalade
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like a stick bug

grapesizzle
Community Member
1 year ago

her head is so small

Layla
Community Member
1 year ago

" S i s , d o y o u e v e n s t r e t c h ? "

Christina Sersif
Community Member
1 year ago

Almost looks like it’s coming off the page

Matthew Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

head doesn't match the body.

Rench
Community Member
1 year ago

She visited Willy Wonka's factory....

Not what you think.
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

And they told me Slenderman is not real.

Jacob/Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 year ago

Pink gumby

Anon Yymi
Community Member
1 year ago

Slendermans sister

Native Engine
Community Member
1 year ago

It looks like an honest mistake instead of a bad attempt at photo-manipulation.

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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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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

Creepy!

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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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A B C
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm genuinely scared.

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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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Ed Souza
Community Member
1 year ago

What's the point??? this is just sad.

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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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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 year ago

Does she not realize how freakish she looks?

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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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Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

She has her own sky buddies as travelling companions. ♥

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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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Carrie de Luka
Community Member
1 year ago

The length of her left leg in the photo on the left!

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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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OLIVIA WESTON
Community Member
1 year ago

no legs?

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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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Karin Gibson
Community Member
1 year ago

She is 100% more attractive in the before picture.

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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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Incognito
Community Member
1 year ago

is this the same guy who filtered his girlfriend?

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#29

Serving Ginger Realness

Serving Ginger Realness

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Fumps
Community Member
1 year ago

Why?..... Just why?

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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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Samantha Pines
Community Member
1 year ago

She looks so much better without it. Many people here are prettier before all the Photoshop.

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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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booHguy
Community Member
1 year ago

What is real ? The road behind her...

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#38

Completely Changed Her Face Structure

Completely Changed Her Face Structure

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Clare Sutton
Community Member
1 year ago

What's the deal with her septum? Too much bingo up the nozzle that

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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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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

Everyone knows James Charles is digitally altering his photos and making his makeup look better than it is, which isn't good when you're supposed to be a makeup artist....

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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
Community Member
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.

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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
Community Member
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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