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
Community Member
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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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

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#4

Pores You Say?

Pores You Say?

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varwenea
Community Member
2 months ago

So, so fake. While they're at it, should have changed her teeth and gave the other one a real Chanel pendant. Why not do it all?

Erin Kavik
Community Member
2 months ago

The girl on the right's teeth are either edited or capped. The spike teeth is yaeba, it's fashionable.

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Momma Dubb
Community Member
2 months ago

They look like Dollar Store Bratz Dolls.

JenJen
Community Member
2 months ago

But, who falls for the sh*t?, I mean, it’s this is all so obvious

serenagun
Community Member
2 months ago

it's scary

Serial pacifist
Community Member
2 months ago

They look like bumblebees.

Noel Benavente
Community Member
2 months ago

"let's ruin our picture to look awful!"

Natalia
Community Member
2 months ago

Bahahahha, I can't stop laughing! 😂😂

LagrangePoint
Community Member
2 months ago

Whoa, who said there're no alien hybrids!

Anton Kider
Community Member
2 months ago

Hahahahaha... ET's among us...!!

Red rockin lobster
Community Member
2 months ago

She left the unperfect teeth so nobody can suspect

Erin Kavik
Community Member
2 months ago

The imperfect teeth is yaeba, it's fashionable. It either been purposely edited in or her teeth are capped.

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NaggerSwoosh69
Community Member
2 months ago

They have landed...

Jayvee Valente
Community Member
2 months ago

They look like aliens 👽

Bill Taylor
Community Member
2 months ago

Should have Photoshopped her teeth.

Ember
Community Member
2 months ago

They look like aliens

Karen Dyer
Community Member
2 months ago

Both look sooo plastic

Jeremy Porter
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow, upvote x1000. This has to go higher it's so shite!

Emily Geels
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't know if this is just me, but I can like see something is wrong, but I can't exactly place my finger on it.

Debbie Lavender
Community Member
2 months ago

i hope they did this for fun.

StrawberryParfait
Community Member
2 months ago

Do they honestly think this looks good?

E. Rangel
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like she has fangs

Petros Vrasivanopoulos
Community Member
2 months ago

this what nightmares are made of

Panda with Heart
Community Member
2 months ago

If I saw them coming ..I would run far far away

WWE Fan
Community Member
2 months ago

Their eyes!

tangy chip
Community Member
2 months ago

dafuq are pores?

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm honestly scared

cheezydinosaur
Community Member
1 month ago

Those eyes and teeth

Isabel Care
Community Member
2 months ago

Aliens

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
2 months ago

This would scare you on a dark night.

Ford MasterofDestruction
Community Member
2 months ago

Barbie IRL

Mushroom Garden
Community Member
2 months ago

This is sure to give me nightmares for the rest of my life, thank you.

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
2 months ago

Half way Barbies

Christel Nellemann
Community Member
2 months ago

Bad simfigurines

Steven Meyer
Community Member
2 months ago

Aliens from outer space!

kjorn
Community Member
2 months ago

mangaka became really good at drawing

Ashley Wright
Community Member
2 months ago

Yuck

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
2 months ago

Aliens

Bev Vee
Community Member
2 months ago

The aliens REALLY have landed!!!!!

Bev Vee
Community Member
2 months ago

The aliens REALLY are here!!!!

Cj Howard
Community Member
2 months ago

no comment

Łukasz Wydra
Community Member
2 months ago

Take us to your leaders!

Seabeast
Community Member
2 months ago

Ewww

BOT
Community Member
2 months ago

WTF

Clearly sunny
Community Member
2 months ago

Are they that daft they think we're that gullible!!!!?

Elias
Community Member
2 months ago

the one on the left do be looking like ghandi from clone high😳

Powercat
Community Member
2 months ago

Yikes!!

Toast Of Saint Louis
Community Member
2 months ago

Vampires!

Queen fhk
Community Member
2 months ago

Real Life anime, they look so fake

Mark Fischbach
Community Member
2 months ago

anime in real life be like

Jjjane20
Community Member
2 months ago

It's not even funny 🤦‍♀️

Lillian Jimenez
Community Member
2 months ago

They kind of look like mice

AlexG
Community Member
2 months ago

🤣🤣🤣

i0ana
Community Member
2 months ago

...but the teeths!

Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
2 months ago

Creeeeeepy

GFSTaylor
Community Member
2 months ago

These girls must be so disappointed when they look in a mirror and remember they don't actually look like the fake versions of themselves. And that disappointment can turn to self-hate and dissatisfaction with their real selves. So damaging.

KLo
Community Member
2 months ago

The one on the right forgot to photoshop her teeth

KLo
Community Member
2 months ago

WTF, really!?!

Hamilton Lover
Community Member
2 months ago

Ummm

BabaBizzle
Community Member
2 months ago

This is a joke right? Like two guys are pretending to be photoshopped dolls? Those teeth. I mean you’re going to fake the rest of it, why not give yourself some decent choppers?

Spittnimage
Community Member
2 months ago

Yikes!

Gin Marie
Community Member
2 months ago

ACK!

Douglas Turner
Community Member
2 months ago

This button goes to eleven... that's one more.

Jaime
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh god, they look terrifying

Spill Da Tea
Community Member
2 months ago

😱😱😱

Tzippora Gold
Community Member
2 months ago

i am- conserned

Marina
Community Member
2 months ago

Pores, what's that?

A Random Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

Lord.

Joseph OReilly
Community Member
2 months ago

What. The. Blue. F**k.

Dreamwolf
Community Member
2 months ago

If anime came to the real world...

Marky Mark
Community Member
2 months ago

TAKE US TO YOU LEADER HUMAN!

CatWoman312
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow I can’t get my eyes off girl twos teeth.

Me He
Community Member
2 months ago

Good creepy pasta thumbnail

Cip IESAN
Community Member
2 months ago

Voldemort nose?

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
2 months ago

Sad part is that they actually think that they look pretty in this picture.

Louchebert
Community Member
2 months ago

Wut??!??! Have the aliens finally landed and contacted the humans... or is this their 'beware of the dog' sign?

Phil Seiden
Community Member
2 months ago

Uncanny Valley.

Jude Ponting
Community Member
2 months ago

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

Candace Fitzpatrick
Community Member
2 months ago

That’s actually considered cute in Korea, people choose to make their teeth that way.

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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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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