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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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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Kosh1k
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, there's overzealous use of filters and photoshop (Eerily bright teeth and skin). But you can tell it's the same guy, and it doesn't slip too far into "uncanney valley" territory.

Wendillon
Community Member
2 months ago

He looks younger....but he still looks like a human at least

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Rebekah
Community Member
2 months ago

You know in the Santa Claus II, and the Santa comes out of the replication machine? Same.

Paizleypie
Community Member
2 months ago

He looks better without all the touch ups! Why, people, just why?

over it already
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah, I disagree. He looks entirely different. The "real" pic looks like someone I would actually talk to if met in public. The shopped version looks completely douchy - would cross the street to avoid.

Marky Mark
Community Member
2 months ago

He needs to ease up on the '80's George Michael' filter.

Biljana Malesevic
Community Member
2 months ago

On the left we see the painting of the man on the right of how he sees himself.

Louchebert
Community Member
2 months ago

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

Kitty_Deku
Community Member
2 months ago

he didn't need it, he's perfect the way he is.

Jeremy Porter
Community Member
2 months ago

Cartoon yourself.

Cadmar Orion
Community Member
2 months ago

I thought he looked good without editing

bored_angel
Community Member
2 months ago

hi there, ken.

BeazleBug
Community Member
2 months ago

So much douchebaggery here I thought this was a feminine hygiene advert.

Jette Olesen
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks somehow like a Disney version....

Nicole Tomme
Community Member
2 months ago

Ken doll creepy

Aamna Shah
Community Member
1 month ago

He looks like a logo on the left, not a real human being.

Kimberley Thomas
Community Member
2 months ago

at least the blue eyes are true

Amaranthim Talon
Community Member
2 months ago

he's like 20 yeas younger- he has a full dark beard and several lbs lighter. Total fake-out

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
2 months ago

Cartoon character?

Ashley Wright
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Looks like father and “son” Pssst, you went waaay overboard with those glacier-white teeth and puffed-up forearms

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
2 months ago

He’s even added tattoos.

Tamela Stoeckel
Community Member
2 months ago

false advertising

Clearly sunny
Community Member
2 months ago

Some girl or guy will be disappointed.

Powercat
Community Member
2 months ago

Je looks like a sim 😂

Clever Dog
Community Member
2 months ago

how to drop 25 years in a click of a mouse.....but also look like creepy as hell.

Lillukka79
Community Member
2 months ago

Ken grew a beard.

GeneralZod
Community Member
2 months ago

This is also looks like a photo taken with a cell phone vs a professional headshot. Certainly some manipulation but at least he doesn't look like he belongs in a cage at area 51 like some of the others

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
2 months ago

Right, so that makes this more insidious since you can’t tell right away that it’s fake.

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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
Community Member
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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