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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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
Community Member
2 months ago

Why?

nomans land
Community Member
2 months ago

She just didn't know how to use photoshop.

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CatWoman312
Community Member
2 months ago

She looks amazing in the video. Wtf

Wanna-be Vegetarian
Community Member
2 months ago

Her real body is bananas! Why would she do that?!

Gary
Community Member
2 months ago

Quick call a doctor, her ribs have dissolved.

Cip IESAN
Community Member
2 months ago

It's a chess piece!

YosemiteCat
Community Member
2 months ago

She literally looks awesome already but the edited one makes her look bad

Marco Conti
Community Member
2 months ago

Normal human on the right (sorta), alien from planet Bigbutt on the left.

Minecraft Nube
Community Member
2 months ago

that isnt even how a 4 pack looks.... barfs

Cip IESAN
Community Member
2 months ago

Why is p**n forbidden?

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
2 months ago

Weird puritanical admin on this website. Just use an ò or ō or something so you can write it like this: põrn, pørn, porń, etc.

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Brie Sansotta
Community Member
2 months ago

They used to call those "Thunder Thighs"

Jeremy Porter
Community Member
2 months ago

She could crush men to death with those thighs.

YoyoSthlm
Community Member
2 months ago

No thigh gap there.

Nikki Sevven
Community Member
2 months ago

Dr. Frankenstein is at it again!

A Random Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

That is one ugly bikini on the left.

Cip IESAN
Community Member
2 months ago

The p**n word was "p**n"...

cheezydinosaur
Community Member
1 month ago

What

DetongLhamo
Community Member
2 months ago

She looks like a character in an on line game- stupidly unrealistic and unattractive.

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
2 months ago

How can she think anyone expects one to believe she actually looks like this?

Steven Meyer
Community Member
2 months ago

Whoa! Time to round up all that extra ass!

DebJay
Community Member
2 months ago

All these crazy photo's remind me of cartoon characters.

Mickie Shea
Community Member
2 months ago

Crushing

Cadmar Orion
Community Member
2 months ago

her hips are too big

JENAVIVE RIVERA
Community Member
2 months ago

her thighs tho

Mark Fischbach
Community Member
2 months ago

some say that her thighs can crush a skull like a cracker

Clever Dog
Community Member
2 months ago

Im lost for words , who this for her? men? other woman? is the body dysmorphia of young woman is scary, she so pretty to start with.

BoredDragon
Community Member
2 months ago

But the video picture looks absolutely fine. Why would she change that?

BabaBizzle
Community Member
2 months ago

No.

Petros Vrasivanopoulos
Community Member
2 months ago

WHY?! real one is much better and great overall no f*****g need

Katya Myers
Community Member
2 months ago

Her legs look enormous on both pics. Why make them even bigger

googlygoogly
Community Member
2 months ago

Her legs are beautiful. Don’t act jealous.

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2 months ago

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Nicole Tomme
Community Member
2 months ago

All I would correct is the lighting because she is in shadow in the real pic.

Natalia
Community Member
2 months ago

Impressive!

Cip IESAN
Community Member
2 months ago

Photo-p**n-shop!

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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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