“All that is gold does not glitter,”—J.R.R.Tolkien wrote in The Lord of the Rings. The opposite is also true: not everything that shines is gold. And it’s something that we should keep in mind in our modern world which is dominated by the internet and social media.

We’re constantly bombarded by seemingly ‘perfect’ photos of people on Instagram but a lot of the images are heavily photoshopped. The Instagram Reality subreddit is dedicated to collecting the most retouched IG photos and we’ve collected some of the freshest examples of what not to do to your pics. Scroll down, upvote your faves, and read on for our earlier in-depth interviews with the subreddit’s moderators.

When you’re done looking through this list and if you want to see more examples of mindblowing Instagram photoshops, check out Bored Panda's previous articles about the Instagram Reality subreddit right here, here, and here.

#1

I'm So Glad This Greek TV Host Has Her Own Personal Cloud That Follows Her Everywhere She Goes

I'm So Glad This Greek TV Host Has Her Own Personal Cloud That Follows Her Everywhere She Goes

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A M
Community Member
3 months ago

Friend of mine is a photographer, she takes photos of normal pretty skies with normal pretty clouds all the time. Then she can swop the sky when they have to shoot summer theme outdoor shooting in not so summery settings. Clear sky with some white clouds instead of grey ones changes the whole spirit of the images. Could be that a Greek TV host has guidelines that her photos needs to be themed to look like a perfect summer day we foreigner imagine Greek to be.

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#2

Maybe Just One More Filter...

Maybe Just One More Filter...

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Ruby McPherosn
Community Member
3 months ago

OH DEAR GOD

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#3

Damn He's Ripped

Damn He's Ripped

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Ripped all right. Ripped his arm straight out of a magazine page.

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The Instagram Reality moderators previously told Bored Panda that the coronavirus quarantine had slightly increased the subreddit’s membership but the amount of edited and photoshopped photos that people upload hasn’t decreased much during the pandemic.

The mods told Bored Panda that what people want to see are natural photos of influencers and celebrities, not done up and “edited to hell” images. “The influencer is going to realize that, I’m sure," the mods said about how they expected popular IG users to react to being stuck at home during the lockdowns which are now being eased or ended all over the world.

#4

I Don't Even Know

I Don't Even Know

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 months ago

That's creepy

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#5

Half Person Half Cartoon?!

Half Person Half Cartoon?!

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Biljana Malesevic
Community Member
3 months ago

They didn't even try.

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#6

Found One In The Wild. I Bet She’s Never Late With Those Legs

Found One In The Wild. I Bet She’s Never Late With Those Legs

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SweetCee
Community Member
3 months ago

Does she have to sit in the backseat to drive you think?

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According to the Instagram Reality team, “insecurity, envy, and money” are the forces driving some people to photoshop their pictures so heavily before uploading them on social media. That and wanting to avoid embarrassment because of real or imagined imperfections.

What can start out as a few simple edits or adding some minor filters can eventually lead to major photoshopping. And that creates a huge difference between how the person looks in real life and how they present themselves online.

To be fair, most of us try to show the best sides of ourselves to people. But there’s a rather obvious line between that and turning yourself into a completely different individual online.

#7

The Baddest Indeed

The Baddest Indeed

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
3 months ago

Quick, call the emergency doctors!

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#8

Such A Pretty Sunset :)

Such A Pretty Sunset :)

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Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

The sunset doesn't go behind trees. Everyone knows that.

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#9

This Is... A Lot To Take In

This Is... A Lot To Take In

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EA
Community Member
3 months ago

Omg. His hip has a boner. That’s a photoshop first

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#10

I Have No Idea What This Is...

I Have No Idea What This Is...

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DforDorothy
Community Member
3 months ago

Reminds me of some kind of bug.

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#11

Where's The Nose?

Where's The Nose?

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Ruby McPherosn
Community Member
3 months ago

Hey look, it's Voldemo- oh shit, forgot about the taboo

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#12

Well That's Something New

Well That's Something New

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Lynn Donovan
Community Member
3 months ago

I used to admire this lifestyle. Beauty gurus in their big mansions, youtubers turned millionaires, "influencers" with their pretty hair and make-up always on point. And then I realized how tiresome their lives were. All the fakeness of it. I don't want to live a life where it takes me 20mn to post a photo so people I don't know and I don't care about click a button that magically makes me "worthy". The lack of self-esteem, the level of body dismorphia they suffer, the sadness they must feel every morning looking in the mirror and failing to see the true beauty in themselves. I'll pass, thanks. I left this world of consumerism and found myself a new dream: owning a piece of land to grow my own vegetable garden. It was truly a breath of fresh air.

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#13

She Looks Better Without It Though....

She Looks Better Without It Though....

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 months ago

Even the billboard....

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
3 months ago

I found that so funny, because it's an 'ideal' picture (to the general public) which is then improved for the specific instagram crowd.

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
3 months ago

Jeez the poor background guy

Ljdia
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes. They both look starved...

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Darrell M
Community Member
3 months ago

Does nobody know "that guy" on the billboard is Yao Ming, former NBA All-Star?

Orionpax75
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow really thought it was Micheal Jordan wow thanks buddy!

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Shelby McClain
Community Member
3 months ago

Dude in background did not asked to be involved in your shenanigans

zims
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm guessing an app did this if even the billboard got redone

SykesDaMan
Community Member
3 months ago

Poor Yao Ming!! :(

HempFairy
Community Member
3 months ago

hAHahhAHahhAhahhAa!!! This one is funny! It's clearly a joke.

Helena Meykens Rajewski
Community Member
3 months ago

He also looks better without it 😱

earringnut
Community Member
3 months ago

She had to do this on purpose. Hell I'd do that and I don't like being in pictures.

Weishaar Jamie
Community Member
3 months ago

It's really sad that she made herself more white too. She is a beautiful girl, naturally. Sad she can't see that

ruthenium the ruther
Community Member
3 months ago

seriously? why the billboard?

Donald Holder
Community Member
3 months ago

Hey we found pencil neck! He's in Asia!

Al Reilly
Community Member
3 months ago

The face on the billboard is hilarious!!

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
3 months ago

The billboard is the real story here!

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
3 months ago

Poor Yao got the worst of it...LOL!!!!

Warren Eakins
Community Member
3 months ago

Isn't that Yao Ming on the billboard?

Sandra Llewelyn
Community Member
3 months ago

Why the poster? Is that to normalise the face shape somehow?

Peter Chee
Community Member
3 months ago

The billboard looks liike a giant alien pinched it...

AnnieLaurie Burke
Community Member
3 months ago

Are ridiculously tapered lower jaws a thing?

Garth Robinson
Community Member
3 months ago

Asians all wanna be porcelain white, they think they look dirty otherwise. really?

SF Angel
Community Member
3 months ago

The billboard!!

Diana Dodd
Community Member
3 months ago

Better than the others!

Jen Kott
Community Member
3 months ago

Poor Ming Yao!

Michelle MyBell
Community Member
3 months ago

Poor Yao Ming. What did she do to him!? The horror...

Mary Lovill
Community Member
3 months ago

You have to understand that in this culture, they actually lighten their skin because it is preferred...

Arenite
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah, I’ve actually seen ads for Asian salons here in NYC offering “face slimming treatments.”

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Faith Livengood
Community Member
3 months ago

... how

Leo Fragoso
Community Member
3 months ago

I think so too. This is going to far. She looks better (much better) without it.

Pam Olson
Community Member
3 months ago

The billboard creeps me out! Why do people alter their jawlines? The woman looked so much better before. She seemed to alter the billboard to go with her face.

Malicity D'Obscuro
Community Member
3 months ago

Sad thing, really, is that filters are wiping out what makes each of us unique, along with the stories our bodies can tell. SMH.

.gas.
Community Member
3 months ago

Ha! She even changed the guy in the billboard. And took the people out. Lotsa trouble here...

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
3 months ago

Did she edit the billboard too?

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#14

The Face Of A Ps3 Character

The Face Of A Ps3 Character

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
3 months ago

Not even the cat escaped the photoshopping!

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#15

The Queen Of Makeup

The Queen Of Makeup

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varwenea
Community Member
3 months ago

Much cuter in reality

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#16

Turns Out Those Organs Did Exist After All

Turns Out Those Organs Did Exist After All

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0foxgiven
Community Member
3 months ago

how to be beautiful {according to the internet} step one: remove all internal organs step two: get plastic surgery till you look like a barbie doll step three: realize that you are beautiful the way you are without anything added {I added this step in}

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#17

Something Out Of An Indie Horror Game

Something Out Of An Indie Horror Game

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Tomasz Jackowski
Community Member
3 months ago

Slenderwoman

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#18

She Could've Just Said The Truth..

She Could've Just Said The Truth..

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hispanic! at the disco
Community Member
3 months ago

What a pointless lie

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#19

Post vs. Profile Picture.

Post vs. Profile Picture.

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
3 months ago

She looks so much better in reality. Do some people go for the extra large, square forehead look?

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#20

Linkedin Now Too

Linkedin Now Too

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Lucas
Community Member
3 months ago

Clearly from another planet.

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#21

This Fake Influencer Likes To Pretend She’s Rich, Constantly Posting Pictures Like That With Captions Like „short Trip To Clear My Mind“.

This Fake Influencer Likes To Pretend She’s Rich, Constantly Posting Pictures Like That With Captions Like „short Trip To Clear My Mind“.

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DforDorothy
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah, she's trippin for sure! 😏

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#22

This Girl Has A Disney-Themed Account, For Her ‘Travels’... Most Of The Pics Are Like This

This Girl Has A Disney-Themed Account, For Her ‘Travels’... Most Of The Pics Are Like This

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
3 months ago

No shadow.

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#23

A$$ So Phat Even The Car Had To Make Space

A$$ So Phat Even The Car Had To Make Space

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Francis
Community Member
3 months ago

they put the airbags in the wrong place :D

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#24

Why Do Women Want To Look Like This??

Why Do Women Want To Look Like This??

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Lucas
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh my effing hell... Why?!!

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#25

Who Needs Organs Anyway?

Who Needs Organs Anyway?

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Tracey Hirt
Community Member
3 months ago

Why do people do this? Do they think anyone finds a 12-inch waist attractive?

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#26

I Think We've All Wondered What She Really Looks Like

I Think We've All Wondered What She Really Looks Like

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
3 months ago

I have always wondered (I saw this person on another panda thread) she actually has really nice real life proportions it must be so hard for people with body dysmorphia and or low self esteem (I mean my self esteem isn't great as I'm a heavily scarred from various surgeries etc and im not exactly fit, but i can own it)

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#27

Profile Pic On Twitter vs. Still From Interview

Profile Pic On Twitter vs. Still From Interview

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Francis
Community Member
3 months ago

nice chin hiding technique :D

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#28

This "Makeup Artist" Advertising Her Work...

This "Makeup Artist" Advertising Her Work...

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Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago

Yep. Just make up.

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#29

Such A Beautiful Home

Such A Beautiful Home

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Rae Black
Community Member
3 months ago

She looks like a stalker hovering outside someone's house.

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#30

This Can't Be Just "Angles"

This Can't Be Just "Angles"

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EA
Community Member
3 months ago

Her eyes are at different levels! What on earth happened to the original photo

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#31

Literally A Different Person Every Single Photo

Literally A Different Person Every Single Photo

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EA
Community Member
3 months ago

She’s paid all that money on plastic surgery, completely altering her body. And still not happy, otherwise why would you photoshop every picture to oblivion

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#32

Armpit? I Don’t Know Her

Armpit? I Don’t Know Her

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Gilda
Community Member
3 months ago

I didn't know my armpits were a source of shame now they are coming for earlobes next

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#33

I’m Sorry But His Edited Nose On The Left Literally Looks Like It’s Going To Collapse

I’m Sorry But His Edited Nose On The Left Literally Looks Like It’s Going To Collapse

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DforDorothy
Community Member
3 months ago

Sipping the invisible straw.

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#34

I Posted The Left One Yesterday And People Were Not Believing That The Hair Don’t Belongs To Her

I Posted The Left One Yesterday And People Were Not Believing That The Hair Don’t Belongs To Her

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.gas.
Community Member
3 months ago

I were not believing that Bored Panda don't thinks grammar check is important.

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