“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

Lisa loves cats
Community Member
3 months ago

Th- the hair peaking out at the side

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TheDivineMs.M
Community Member
3 months ago

I don't understand how people see this about themselves and think "yeah, that looks good. People will believe that!"

boredpanDaman
Community Member
3 months ago

i am thinking they target drunk men so kinda makes sense

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Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago

Did the filter try to make teeth?

J Rob
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3 months ago

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
3 months ago

Sometimes things can get sad real quick.

zims
Community Member
3 months ago

How can someone look at this and think "Great! Totally believable! I'll post this online for everyone to see!"

Ida Frøslev Pedersen
Community Member
3 months ago

She looks like she is foaming at the mouth like she has rabies. WTF

CzechPanda
Community Member
3 months ago

why?

Panda with Heart
Community Member
3 months ago

Hello and welcome to my nightmares 😁

Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
3 months ago

That actually scared me as I was scrolling down.

Peter Chee
Community Member
3 months ago

ee-yup

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Al Jones
Community Member
3 months ago

This has to have been done as a joke or a prank, right?

Wreathy
Community Member
3 months ago

Sadly...it won't have been

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Leigh C.
Community Member
3 months ago

She's a Barbie Girl in a Barbie world

Elizabeth Rolando
Community Member
3 months ago

Life in plastic, it's fantastic!

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Michelle Line
Community Member
3 months ago

And she liked that photo enough to post it???

Lilac Poet
Community Member
3 months ago

Grandma Barbie, let's go party!

Nadine
Community Member
3 months ago

Poor soul. I am sure there is some psychological issue here.

Filipe Vieira
Community Member
3 months ago

That car in the background seems real

SweetCee
Community Member
3 months ago

Holy God....

DforDorothy
Community Member
3 months ago

Lady, you have some toothpaste on your lips. (Let's hope it's just toothpaste. 🤨)

Young Minami Kotaro
Community Member
3 months ago

oh c'mon grandmaaaa...

GamerX
Community Member
3 months ago

I’m gonna be sick

Ilya Ditkovskiy
Community Member
3 months ago

I am re-watching Full Metal Alchemist at the moment and I am pretty sure this is what comes out if you try to do transmutation on a human body

Rred2
Community Member
3 months ago

I wondered what happened to The Muppets, Miss Piggy.

Carmen Honacker
Community Member
3 months ago

I don't even know what to say. I mean, what does she see that makes her think this is awesome and post it for the world to see??

CapnJackSB
Community Member
3 months ago

One more puff and she'll be fully inflated.

Fred Bigox
Community Member
3 months ago

Wtf ???? And they think this looks good? Should have gone to specsavers.

Osprey
Community Member
3 months ago

she needs to have her eyesight checked.

Barbara Stewart
Community Member
3 months ago

YIKES!!!!!!!

Your Mother
Community Member
3 months ago

#nofilters

Vanta Black
Community Member
3 months ago

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

Izuna Kazuki
Community Member
3 months ago

Ok, enough internet for today

Anthony Boner
Community Member
3 months ago

Kill it with fire! 🤢

SashaAlexandra
Community Member
3 months ago

so bad it`s good! Looks pretty much like a Mighty Boosh creature!

Layla Corman
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah...no one can tell. Not at all. 😒 -The most delicious person ever.

Pusfarm
Community Member
3 months ago

Kellyanne, is that you? You can't hide.

Suzanne Clark
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like something that would arrive in the mail, in a plain brown wrapper.

Efi Karafotia
Community Member
3 months ago

I don't see any filters here >)

Missy Barton
Community Member
3 months ago

She looks so natural...

Jo Choto
Community Member
3 months ago

I've got a feeling meeting her in person would be terrifying with or without the photoshopping.

Bob Marino
Community Member
3 months ago

Kill it with fire!

Jane Thorne-Gutierrez
Community Member
3 months ago

It's Donald Trump in drag!!

Community Member
3 months ago

This is... nightmare fuel

ZombieGirl
Community Member
3 months ago

She might have BDD

ZombieGirl
Community Member
3 months ago

Actually most of these people might have it...I haven't scrolled down yet though lol

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Alex T
Community Member
1 week ago

my sleep paralysis demon

DC
Community Member
3 weeks ago

If they modeled a Barbie after her, the Barbie would have to be modified so it doesn't look that natural.......

Fred and George Weasley
Community Member
4 weeks ago

god its my sleep paralysis demon *slowly backs away into a 150ft deep cupboard to hide in the centre of the earth for all eternity*

Suzanne Dunne
Community Member
2 months ago

Scary

Lillukka79
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks more like MS paint than filters.

Henry Cheves
Community Member
2 months ago

Miss Piggie!

Monday Fuss
Community Member
3 months ago

oh my lord jesus

Faith Nicole
Community Member
3 months ago

That is so terrible its funny 🤣

Lydia Reaves
Community Member
3 months ago

This is GHASTLY! My hangover pictures look better than this!

Dan Pieniak
Community Member
3 months ago

That is one gross photo :-(

Donna Lawrence
Community Member
3 months ago

SCARY

Mihiteruarewa Rangitaawa
Community Member
3 months ago

🤮🤮🤮

Tracy Wood
Community Member
3 months ago

Whoa,friggin scary

Lauren Elise
Community Member
3 months ago

Holy shi-

Jaybird3939
Community Member
3 months ago

If she ever gets lost in the dark, all she has to do is smile, right?

Debbie Pugsley
Community Member
3 months ago

That's just a shame.

Geordie Insomniac
Community Member
3 months ago

What the very frick?? She thought she looked good? Really??

CincyReds
Community Member
3 months ago

For the love of God! What is wrong with this person!

NWB
Community Member
3 months ago

I dont even know how you do that to yourself hahahaha

RoseTheMad
Community Member
3 months ago

This is about to feature in my nightmares.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
3 months ago

This has got to be a joke.

Cathy Cee
Community Member
3 months ago

I know, right? How can that possibly be more attractive than she was?

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Angela Till
Community Member
3 months ago

😶

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
3 months ago

OMG!! She looks like something out of the chainsaw massacres...

Julia Hammyy
Community Member
3 months ago

I- how does this even happen?

Mare Freed
Community Member
3 months ago

Gross.

Julia Hammyy
Community Member
3 months ago

I-

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
3 months ago

But why though?

Sandra Llewelyn
Community Member
3 months ago

How can this person think this makes them look better? Or is it a spoof?

Peter Kovak
Community Member
3 months ago

She's coming out of a nightmare or a horror movie.

Carole Hamilton
Community Member
3 months ago

scary

Martti Laurson
Community Member
3 months ago

so two long teeth or semi white lips?

JuJu
Community Member
3 months ago

Salt and iron might help

Peter Chee
Community Member
3 months ago

The background through her car window looks like a video game

Peter Chee
Community Member
3 months ago

This will give me nightmares.

Bethany Schaefer
Community Member
3 months ago

Yawn.......

Lyra Sis
Community Member
3 months ago

I don't know what I'm looking.

Aneese
Community Member
3 months ago

I know a 6 yr old who can do better photoshopping than this BUT NEVER WOULD.

SF Angel
Community Member
3 months ago

My eyes! My eyes!!!

Christine Packard Didier
Community Member
3 months ago

I'll have nightmares after seeing this.

Diana Dodd
Community Member
3 months ago

What was her ultimate goal?

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
3 months ago

She's smeared her teeth over her lips.

Fulllength
Community Member
3 months ago

Sometimes people do this probably because they think it will pass as real, but because they try to edit aspects that they think might look good on them

Cathy Cee
Community Member
3 months ago

that's not even Barbie, more like Chuckie

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Aileen Cann
Community Member
3 months ago

Did she put Barbies head in place of her own? JUST WRONG

Jenifer Halpern
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh geez! I think I'm going to have a nightmare tonight!

Anamaria Mazer de Toledo
Community Member
3 months ago

Terrifying

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
3 months ago

Trying to look like Barbie? Fail.

James Naron
Community Member
3 months ago

Thank GOD this is fake. I would not be able to sleep if this was something that exists in the world.

Linda Brown
Community Member
3 months ago

So fake

spharoe
Community Member
3 months ago

WHY?????

Faith Livengood
Community Member
3 months ago

Nononono! I could say no forever

Jahnabi
Community Member
3 months ago

Maybe this is how a Walking or driving nightmare looks like

Mia Tucker
Community Member
3 months ago

WHAT THE... I don't even l non ow what to say

Sophie Foster
Community Member
3 months ago

GOD HELP US

Nadine Khazaka
Community Member
3 months ago

This picture will feature heavily in my nightmares.

Leo H
Community Member
3 months ago

This is why i hate social media

Bacony
Community Member
3 months ago

This is why we bred bacteria to eat plastic.

Orionpax75
Community Member
3 months ago

I mean she's just f'n retarded at this point!!

Elia Marcano
Community Member
3 months ago

she's still beautiful though

Locd_doc93
Community Member
3 months ago

Looking at this picture makes my eyes water, not from sadness but that thing that just makes your eyes water because it's not...right?

Naomi N'soni
Community Member
3 months ago

Why ??

Narwhal Blast
Community Member
3 months ago

What filters do you apply for such a thing?!?!

Linda HS
Community Member
3 months ago

It looks so “real” to me...🤦‍♀️

Ally Kaye
Community Member
3 months ago

THIS WILL HAUNT MY NIGHTMARES!!!!

Oline Clausen
Community Member
3 months ago

Now this is ART

Cip IESAN
Community Member
3 months ago

She needs one more opaque filter...

Ember
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

I can't bear to look at this...WHAT... A... MESS...

Laura Jones
Community Member
3 months ago

looks like one those horrific dolls from a cheapie shop

Matthew Smith
Community Member
3 months ago

EEK!

Ami Temi
Community Member
3 months ago

Ah, the superior blonde, blue-eyed bombshell cliche. Good heavens!

Hannah M
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

That is literally the eyes nose, and hair, cut out of a Barbie doll and stuck on her face, right?

Debster
Community Member
3 months ago

Ha ha ha ha ha ha

kaci
Community Member
3 months ago

my eyes

Shelby McClain
Community Member
3 months ago

But... why?...

Fbomb
Community Member
3 months ago

Horrifying

Zophra
Community Member
3 months ago

It's... ALIVE! (muhhahaha.)

-mar
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like she just polished off a powdered donut.

-mar
Community Member
3 months ago

She looks like she just polished off a box of powdered donuts.

Rob Chapman
Community Member
3 months ago

Why???

Pam Olson
Community Member
3 months ago

AUGH! The year 2020 summed up in a picture!

Mimi777
Community Member
3 months ago

I’m scared. Do the people who do this sort of thing genuinely think people won’t notice or what. I would like to understand their thoughts behind it and why they photoshop to this extreme.

RedRabiit
Community Member
3 months ago

NIGHTMARES FOR LIFE

Community Member
3 months ago

this bitch needs Jesus!

Bacony
Community Member
3 months ago

Jesus: Homer-5ee5...43a6f6.gif Homer-5ee5f9443a6f6.gif

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Tardis42
Community Member
3 months ago

She looks like a Muppet!

Malicity D'Obscuro
Community Member
3 months ago

Absolutely terrifying. Is she trying to look like the fetish Living Dolls?

Christophe Beunens
Community Member
3 months ago

she clearly overlooked to photoshop "the rash" on her breasts.

Damon Gates
Community Member
3 months ago

It reminds me how the audience traditionally screams in fear when Columbia appears leaning over Janet at the end of the song "Toucha-Toucha Touch Me" in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show".

Robin DJW
Community Member
3 months ago

Totally grotesque.

glowworm2
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like somebody took a zoomed in photo of their Barbie doll.

Geoffrey Holland
Community Member
3 months ago

Oompa loompa!

deanna woods
Community Member
3 months ago

Are some of these people trying to scare others with their Instagram profiles?

Weishaar Jamie
Community Member
3 months ago

Was she only looking at the breasts?

Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Jesus Christ - this is frightening! No, it doesn't look fake at all.

J-Yogi-Temp-Mom
Community Member
3 months ago

Im scared.

Catlady6000
Community Member
3 months ago

Please tell me this was a joke? And I hope she has that sun damage looked at by a dermatologist

Cathy Cee
Community Member
3 months ago

by her chest, it's too late

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Mark Serbian
Community Member
3 months ago

... terrifying ...

Jude Bennett
Community Member
3 months ago

omg what the hell is that

FF Bougnat
Community Member
3 months ago

Does she has a brain?

Dolevaal
Community Member
3 months ago

Her teeths look kike they would melt away in her mouth... so painfull :-(

😸Marik😺
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like the monster in my closet o.O

Curious Cat
Community Member
3 months ago

looks fine to me.

Bebe
Community Member
3 months ago

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Michelle C
Community Member
3 months ago

Ellie Mae Clampett done had herself a hell of a midlife crisis

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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....

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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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