If a photo on Instagram looks too good to be true, it probably is. Even though the platform can be a wonderful and inspiring place, full of beautiful and artistic images, oftentimes it's misleading, too. Photography "tricks" and post-production dissolves the difference between real and fake. And some people try to make use of it, turning their looks into what they think society desires.

Eventually, it got so bad, a counter-movement emerged on Reddit in 2017. The community is called Instagram Reality, and it is dedicated to "exposing" these personas, trying to stop the spread of unreachable ideals and unrealistic expectations. To do so, it is posting side-by-side pics of how Instagrammers look online and in real life.

Bored Panda has already written about the subreddit (most recent articles here, here, and here), but it continues to dig out more and more... "specimens", so we gotta keep up; the pictures are getting more and more ridiculous.

#1

Found On A Dating App. I Am Genuinely Concerned

Found On A Dating App. I Am Genuinely Concerned

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A Random Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

H- how!

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In 2019, Marika Tiggemann and Isabella Anderberg released a study called "Social media is not real: The effect of 'Instagram vs reality' images on women’s social comparison and body image." The research revealed that such images have the power to limit the impact social media posts have on our mental health.

As part of the study, a group of women were randomly assigned to view one of three sets of images: "Instagram vs reality" images, the 'ideal' side alone, or just the 'real' side. When women viewed either the real or comparison posts, researchers noticed that the identification or complete avoidance of the 'perfect' images as fake could "disrupt the comparison process," reducing the negative impact on body image and actually decreasing body dissatisfaction. 

#2

I Thinks She's So Beautiful Without The Photoshop. Body Dysmorphia Is Real

I Thinks She's So Beautiful Without The Photoshop. Body Dysmorphia Is Real

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Natalia
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2 months ago

Why? She is soooo beautiful, she doesn't need this!

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"Results suggest that the popular quote 'Comparison is the thief of joy'… has some truth to it," Renee Engeln, a professor of psychology at Northwestern University, writes for Psychology Today. "However, it seems to matter who the target of your comparison is. We may have more luck accepting our own bodies if we see more realistic and diverse representations of other bodies in our social media feeds.

"By following users who regularly challenge the frequent phoniness of Instagram posts, we can practice appreciating the diversity of human bodies and perhaps learn to appreciate our own bodies along the way."

#3

You Gotta Be Kidding Me

You Gotta Be Kidding Me

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Cip IESAN
Community Member
2 months ago

Looooooong live Photoshop!

Vic
Community Member
2 months ago

I didn't know slender man had a daughter..

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Monique Gregorio-Skelton
Community Member
2 months ago

Someone call Tim Burton, on of his characters is on the loose

Charley
Community Member
2 months ago

Mrs. Slenderman

Person
Community Member
2 months ago

Slenderman? no. SLENDER GIRL!? yes

Minecraft Nube
Community Member
2 months ago

its what i thought of too LOL

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Ember
Community Member
2 months ago

WTF is wrong with these idiots?

earringnut
Community Member
2 months ago

Body dysmorphic disorder

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RoseTheMad
Community Member
2 months ago

What's on the menu? LEGS.

CatWoman312
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Come on guys her floor isn’t level. She’s clearly trying to just step down onto the unlevel floor that clearly wasn’t photoshopped

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
2 months ago

Go go gadget legs !

Who? Me?
Community Member
2 months ago

Girlie LongLegs

Elijah Kenny
Community Member
2 months ago

Slenderman’s sister

Jayvee Valente
Community Member
2 months ago

Straws

Aamna Shah
Community Member
1 month ago

Toothpicks.

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Owen Purdy
Community Member
2 months ago

yea that's weird. Look at the floor!!

Aiyana Menrige
Community Member
2 months ago

They tried to put me on vouge, ( I can't spell it ), but my legs were to long

Jaime
Community Member
2 months ago

Hah, I recognize that

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Vikram Bedi
Community Member
2 months ago

Praying mantis in the wild...

Lilith_afton/gamergirl
Community Member
2 months ago

daddy long legs

Ashley Wright
Community Member
2 months ago

Spaghetti Woman

Cj Howard
Community Member
2 months ago

Be Nice! She may have been born with something. Maybe?

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
2 months ago

Did they stretch her on the rack!?!?!? Hahaha!!!

Thomas Ewing
Community Member
2 months ago

Psycho!!!!

Jeremy Porter
Community Member
2 months ago

Freaky alien from War of the Worlds.

Kitty Twinkle
Community Member
2 months ago

ummmmmmmmmm

Hollie Newton
Community Member
2 months ago

I saw a Japanese girl on YouTube who was 6'5 and her legs made up 3/4 of her body

Julie Belstene
Community Member
2 months ago

She really stretched that out...

a Minecraft girl
Community Member
14 hours ago

Thighs are so out of style this year!

Another loser
Community Member
1 month ago

Nice legs

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
1 month ago

Daddy Long Legs wants his legs back.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
2 months ago

She could touch her toes and the back of her head with her nose.

Alexandra Mosher
Community Member
2 months ago

they tried to put me on the cover of vogue but my legs were toooooooooo long EvReY dAy Is LeG dAy

DetongLhamo
Community Member
2 months ago

Body dysmorphia.

Laura Roney
Community Member
2 months ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣

Mushroom Garden
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh dear...

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
2 months ago

She has the long leg fetish

Annie
Community Member
2 months ago

Slender Man's mate?

Cadmar Orion
Community Member
2 months ago

her legs are so beautiful (sarcasm)

Ann Mozdzer
Community Member
2 months ago

She is known as Wednesday legs......Wednesday gonna break ...

Hagan Chu
Community Member
2 months ago

Seriously? Why you gotta do that when you know everyone is going to know that its fake?

Ms LaDonna
Community Member
2 months ago

hahahahahahahahahah she looks like a daddy long legs....

Toast Of Saint Louis
Community Member
2 months ago

Slend woman, slender man's wife.

Clever Dog
Community Member
2 months ago

its not only that she feels she needs to manipulate her image its the fact shes SOOOOOO bad it it.

Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
2 months ago

Newborn Giraffe Woman

Disgusting Sehun
Community Member
2 months ago

i-is that tambourine tower?

Elle Malkamäki
Community Member
2 months ago

Slenderman, but make it fashion.

BabaBizzle
Community Member
2 months ago

Did they take her out of the long ass cylinder on the right ?

David R.
Community Member
2 months ago

I like her scratching post.

Gin Marie
Community Member
2 months ago

Slenderman's dream date!

LegendYak
Community Member
2 months ago

Look! Shaq the woman!

Douglas Turner
Community Member
2 months ago

Extra knees?

George Beleff
Community Member
2 months ago

daddy the long legs

LagrangePoint
Community Member
2 months ago

Slender woman!

Anton Kider
Community Member
2 months ago

Some kind of spider woman...

Dodo
Community Member
2 months ago

Anime legs

Noel Benavente
Community Member
2 months ago

What exactly are these kids watching to believe THAT is attractive?

Momma Dubb
Community Member
2 months ago

🤦

OrangeChicken
Community Member
2 months ago

is she a puppet?

Naruto Uzumaki
Community Member
2 months ago

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Juan Perri
Community Member
2 months ago

anime legs

Karen Dyer
Community Member
2 months ago

fake big time. I believe the guy's don't think we are smart enough to see through their falseness, or look them up to see the real them.

Ivana
Community Member
2 months ago

I see this a lot on those Asian online clothing stores. Could be someone trying to sell clothes.

Corey Brown
Community Member
2 months ago

is this slendermans girl?

Amanita Virosa
Community Member
2 months ago

Slenderwoman

(っ◔◡◔)っ im a domestic weeb
Community Member
2 months ago

sanji is that you?

Soap
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm legendary, all legs no dairy~

Marky Mark
Community Member
2 months ago

Inspired by the Maned Wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus)

Nicole Tomme
Community Member
2 months ago

Sailor Moon syndrome

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
2 months ago

And she really posted this on social media for all the world to see?

Red rockin lobster
Community Member
2 months ago

I think that the pipes in the floor have exploded...and she was there. Under the tiles when it happened

Petros Vrasivanopoulos
Community Member
2 months ago

thats f*****g disgusting, seriously

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#4

Pores You Say?

Pores You Say?

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Jude Ponting
Community Member
2 months ago

The teeth!! Surely if you were gonna photoshop something you would start there

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#5

A Beautiful 51 Year Old Woman Who Doesn’t Need The Facetune

A Beautiful 51 Year Old Woman Who Doesn’t Need The Facetune

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ERIKA H.
Community Member
2 months ago

She still looks great

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#6

I'm No Doctor But Her Head Is Small

I'm No Doctor But Her Head Is Small

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Natalia
Community Member
2 months ago

🤣🤣

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#7

Photographer Trying To Claim That The Long Legs Are Only Due To “Angling”

Photographer Trying To Claim That The Long Legs Are Only Due To “Angling”

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Red rockin lobster
Community Member
2 months ago

Apart of the legs, her feet are bigger then the head. And it's not small

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#8

When The Mirror Lets You Down

When The Mirror Lets You Down

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Cip IESAN
Community Member
2 months ago

Go photoshop the reflection too!

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#9

What Is Happening?

What Is Happening?

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Louchebert
Community Member
2 months ago

This is... downright creepy!!

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#10

That Foot Said, “Mr. Stark? Don’t Feel So Good.”

That Foot Said, “Mr. Stark? Don’t Feel So Good.”

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Louchebert
Community Member
2 months ago

That's no foot!! That's a pirates stump!! Foot stumpin' all over the place, what is a boy to do?

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#11

Photoshopped A Lambo Logo On Her Honda, The Blue One In The Back Also Looks Fake

Photoshopped A Lambo Logo On Her Honda, The Blue One In The Back Also Looks Fake

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hogonik
Community Member
2 months ago

lamborghini :))

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#12

It’s A Helluva Drug...

It’s A Helluva Drug...

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A Random Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

Poor woman.

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#13

A German Reality TV Star On Instagram vs. On TV

A German Reality TV Star On Instagram vs. On TV

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Natalia
Community Member
2 months ago

Reality, instagram...both scary...

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#14

What Is Going On Here Honestly

What Is Going On Here Honestly

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Fabrice
Community Member
2 months ago

Picasso girl

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#15

Rtx On

Rtx On

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A Random Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

Ripped.

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#16

Original vs. What She Posted

Original vs. What She Posted

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Cip IESAN
Community Member
2 months ago

For her sake, I hope the original is the left one.

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#17

When Her Legs Are Taller Than You

When Her Legs Are Taller Than You

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Verena Gitterle
Community Member
2 months ago

creepy

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#18

Bro..... Seriously

Bro..... Seriously

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Louchebert
Community Member
2 months ago

He's gotten himself a George Michael'ish look... well, the sand blasted version, that is.

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#19

Delusion

Delusion

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
2 months ago

You just know who edited this image...

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#20

The Only Photos She Posts Anymore Are Pictures Of Models With Her Face Photoshopped In Instead

The Only Photos She Posts Anymore Are Pictures Of Models With Her Face Photoshopped In Instead

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Brain Box
Community Member
2 months ago

She nailed it.. 😂

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#21

Instagram Post vs. Tagged Pic

Instagram Post vs. Tagged Pic

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Evelína Zlá
Community Member
2 months ago

She looks like animated character...

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#22

I Genuinely Don't Understand This. She Does This All The Time. She Doesn't Even Slightly Resemble Herself

I Genuinely Don't Understand This. She Does This All The Time. She Doesn't Even Slightly Resemble Herself

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Louchebert
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2 months ago

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Can't tell which pic is scarier, but if I'd be forced to choose I'd say both of them!!

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#23

2 In 3 Use Photoshop

2 In 3 Use Photoshop

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Louchebert
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah... but which two??? If only someone could shine a light or something...

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#24

Her Upper Body Looks Absolutely Disturbing In Her Edit

Her Upper Body Looks Absolutely Disturbing In Her Edit

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wandile dludlu
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2 months ago

Why?

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#25

I Didn't See It Until The Direct Comparison

I Didn't See It Until The Direct Comparison

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Trying so hard thinking
Community Member
2 months ago

Did she hurt herself scratching her face with fingernails? Did she try gouge his eyes out? So many questions, so few answers....

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#26

Her Billboard vs. A Pic From An Interview

Her Billboard vs. A Pic From An Interview

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WilvanderHeijden
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2 months ago

I'm guessing she's in politics?

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#27

When You Get So Tan That Even Your Eyes Get Darker. (Summer 2018 On Left vs. Summer 2020)

When You Get So Tan That Even Your Eyes Get Darker. (Summer 2018 On Left vs. Summer 2020)

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Louchebert
Community Member
2 months ago

Why would people do this? And even more... post these really horrible results which are nowhere near the (much better!!) reality? Who are they fooling?

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#28

Her Promo Pic On Social Media vs. Photo From Her Promo Event

Her Promo Pic On Social Media vs. Photo From Her Promo Event

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Louchebert
Community Member
2 months ago

Naaahhh... this can't be real. The bottom half of this picture is clearly photoshopped. Badly!!

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#29

She Has 217k Followers On Insta

She Has 217k Followers On Insta

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Mimi777
Community Member
2 months ago

She’s a pretty girl already.

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