Welcome to the world of filters where looks are everything, and everything else is nothing. While there are many exceptions, social media is still notorious for breeding and celebrating vanity, from boosting your ego to making others (and yourself included) feel miserable.

But sometimes it’s too much even for Instagram. You see, some people airbrush and edit their pictures beyond the acceptable norm and the result is, well, reality-bending. The subreddit “Instagram Reality” is calling out those instances by sharing pictures of influencers taking editing a step, or rather a mile, too far.

Below we selected some of the most recent posts from the community, so pull your seat closer. And after you’re done, be sure to check out our previous features on Instagram vs reality here, here and here.

#1

I Love This

I Love This

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Flops
Community Member
1 month ago

the honesty...love this

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#2

Why Would Someone Do This? The Original Is Stunning Already

Why Would Someone Do This? The Original Is Stunning Already

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Bill Dolman
Community Member
1 month ago

Self esteem issues

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#3

Not Even Judas Was As Treacherous As That Mirror….

Not Even Judas Was As Treacherous As That Mirror….

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June’s Very Own
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1 month ago

If your gonna edit a pic at least do it right

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In order to understand social media, and the influencers that go above and beyond to stand out, build their audience and establish their brand, we have to look at the other culture that paved the way to influencers as we know them today. And it’s celebrity culture. Both share the insatiable hunger for an idealized image, but also the need to deliver substance and make it interesting for the viewers.

So Bored Panda reached out to Claire Sisco King, the Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Vanderbilt University who happily shared some very interesting insights into the over-the-top world of celebrities and influencers.

#4

I Forgot What She Really Looked Like

I Forgot What She Really Looked Like

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heidi hunt
Community Member
1 month ago

You're old now. Embrace it. You've earned it.

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#5

Found On A Dating App

Found On A Dating App

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KJ
Community Member
1 month ago

Internal organs? Never heard of them!

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#6

She’s The Best. These Are All Photos She Posted Herself Either On Her Story Or Ig Feed! She’s Beautiful, Confident And Silly

She’s The Best. These Are All Photos She Posted Herself Either On Her Story Or Ig Feed! She’s Beautiful, Confident And Silly

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June’s Very Own
Community Member
1 month ago

I fricken love Doja cat so much. She’s so gorgeous and witty and talented

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“Celebrity culture has been a significant part of popular media in the United States since the early 20th century. Its origins can be traced in large part to the Hollywood star system,” King told us. “By the 1920s, film studios had developed a system for crafting star images—from the stars’ names to how they dressed to the types of film roles they played. Studios relied on their own promotional departments as well as fan magazines to create these images and make them familiar to audiences, promoting fan attachment to the stars,” she explained.

#7

Don’t Be Afraid To Age Folks

Don’t Be Afraid To Age Folks

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
1 month ago

Growing old gracefully is underrated. Madonna should try it.

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#8

The Power Of Filters - It Doesn’t Always Have To Be That Noticeable

The Power Of Filters - It Doesn’t Always Have To Be That Noticeable

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LuckyL
Community Member
1 month ago

Ohh wow!! I would have believed #2 and #3 to also be the real picture.

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#9

Flexxing On Some Totally Real Muscles

Flexxing On Some Totally Real Muscles

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troufaki13
Community Member
1 month ago

I have no words...

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It turns out that for decades, “most of this publicity remained largely positive because it was heavily controlled by the film studios, offering highly calculated views of celebrities’ personalities and private lives.”

But all changed with the advent of tabloids by the mid-twentieth century, including radio shows and magazines, King said. That’s when the attention to gossip and the more salacious aspects of celebrities’ personal lives increased. “Often this coverage was out of celebrity control; but, at the same time, celebrity has become dependent on the gossip industry because it drives audience interest and fascination,” the professor said.

#10

Another One

Another One

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
1 month ago

Breasts are bigger than her head.

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#11

Shame On The News Outlet Who Photoshopped The Left Picture

Shame On The News Outlet Who Photoshopped The Left Picture

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charli
Community Member
1 month ago

come on, the marks from the goggles are the best part though. you know they worked hard

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#12

Found This One While Browsing A Dating App

Found This One While Browsing A Dating App

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KJ
Community Member
1 month ago

Your head doesn't fit buddy.

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Thanks to reality television and the internet, in the beginning of the early 2000s, expectations about access to celebrities dramatically increased. King explained: “Reality television fostered the idea that anyone could become famous by ‘playing themselves,’ and there was the corollary expectation that celebrities should engage with the genre to give audiences an idea of who they ‘really are.’”

#13

His Jawline Is Definitely 100% Real, No Editing

His Jawline Is Definitely 100% Real, No Editing

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MissPrideGirl
Community Member
1 month ago

He looks really nice in the second picture compared to the first.

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#14

Imagine Your Surprise When You See Her For The First Time Without All That Makeup, Filters And Editing

Imagine Your Surprise When You See Her For The First Time Without All That Makeup, Filters And Editing

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troufaki13
Community Member
1 month ago

But she's so much more beautiful without all the editing!!

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#15

She Claims To Not Edit Her Photos

She Claims To Not Edit Her Photos

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Antoilene du Toit
Community Member
1 month ago

They dont even look like relatives

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Meanwhile, “the development of digital media and the internet meant that there were endless opportunities for audiences to seek information about celebrities, which meant that media companies also felt obligations to generate more and more content about them.” King argues that the era saw the proliferation of websites and blogs devoted to celebrity fandom and/or gossip.

#16

At First The Terrifying Bird Feet Got Me But The Longer You Stare...the Worse It Gets

At First The Terrifying Bird Feet Got Me But The Longer You Stare...the Worse It Gets

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Antoilene du Toit
Community Member
1 month ago

Bird feet. Lol. More like kangaroo feet

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#17

Her Poor Friend

Her Poor Friend

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Antoilene du Toit
Community Member
1 month ago

Making your friend bigger so you look slimmer..

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#18

How Is This Even Legal?

How Is This Even Legal?

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LeighAnne Brown-Pedersen
Community Member
1 month ago

Applies to all of them, but… is this what they want us to see or what they want to see?

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The development of social media really amplified all of these expectations about access to and intimacy with celebrities. “Platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat give audiences the sense that they can see into celebrities’ private lives and get 'behind the scenes' access to them. Even though the glimpses audiences see are highly curated and carefully crafted, they suggest that fans can get an 'authentic' idea of who celebrities are,” King explained.

#19

Same Day. Insta vs. Pap Picture

Same Day. Insta vs. Pap Picture

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dee dee
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

In all seriousness, do people really think those lips are pretty? Or desirable? I find them disgusting and I really, really wouldn't want to kiss her or anyone with lips like that, even if they were the god of orgasmic kissing or whatever. Or the last person on earth. EDIT: i was referring to filler lips, not natural lips. Natural lips are sexy. Filler lips, when you can clearly see that they do not belong on a face, are not. Sorry if anyone felt offended, I was referring strictly to the lips in the picture, filler lips.

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#20

At Least She's Self Aware...?

At Least She's Self Aware...?

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Iris
Community Member
1 month ago

Trying to understand what's going on with her ankle/foot..

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#21

When You Have A Friend Who Edits The Whole Group

When You Have A Friend Who Edits The Whole Group

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Anyone-for-tea?
Community Member
1 month ago

Did he just use Ctrl+C for them all?

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#22

Is It Just Me Or Does His Head Look Way Too Small?

Is It Just Me Or Does His Head Look Way Too Small?

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Andy-Pandy Broomfield
Community Member
1 month ago

I think she deflated his left arm 🤔

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#23

She Got Called Out For Using Heavy Filters And Her Response Was Interesting

She Got Called Out For Using Heavy Filters And Her Response Was Interesting

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Tigerpacingthecage
Community Member
1 month ago

I agree with her. And it's a trend going on showing how you look with filters vs without.

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#24

She Adamantly Denies Filtering Her Pics On Every Post

She Adamantly Denies Filtering Her Pics On Every Post

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BoredBirb
Community Member
1 month ago

I feel sorry for people like this :(

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#25

She Uses The Teen Filter So Much, She Has Convinced Herself That She Looks Like This

She Uses The Teen Filter So Much, She Has Convinced Herself That She Looks Like This

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Antoilene du Toit
Community Member
1 month ago

Worst part is that she's actually pretty

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#26

Found This One! — He Claims To Be 31 Years Old, Flashes Fake Watches And Cars He Doesn’t Own

Found This One! — He Claims To Be 31 Years Old, Flashes Fake Watches And Cars He Doesn’t Own

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Rijkærd
Community Member
1 month ago

If he's 31 then I must be 11...damn teenage life crisis approaching..am damned

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#27

Posted As Part Of A Massive Clothing Campaign…how Could Such A Big Label Not Have Enough Money For Decent Editing? She Has Slender Man Fingers!

Posted As Part Of A Massive Clothing Campaign…how Could Such A Big Label Not Have Enough Money For Decent Editing? She Has Slender Man Fingers!

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Antoilene du Toit
Community Member
1 month ago

Why is her head so small?

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#28

She Is 81 Guys ... I Don't Know What To Say

She Is 81 Guys ... I Don't Know What To Say

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troufaki13
Community Member
1 month ago

It will take 50-75 years for her to decompose...

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#29

Found In The Wild - When You Forget To Edit Your Husband

Found In The Wild - When You Forget To Edit Your Husband

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Tiki Stanford
Community Member
1 month ago

I think her right boob might be helium.

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#30

Rip Her Poor Hips..must Have Fallen Off In Her Tagged Photo

Rip Her Poor Hips..must Have Fallen Off In Her Tagged Photo

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Antisocial potato 🥔
Community Member
1 month ago

The caption 😂😂

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#31

I Mean

I Mean

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BigOrangeTractor
Community Member
1 month ago

Why do people keep having plastic surgery when it just seems to make you look SO. MUCH. WORSE. ?

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#32

Instagram vs. Public Video

Instagram vs. Public Video

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Ann Pattinson
Community Member
1 month ago

Real one, again personality is shown. Fake one is just bland.

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#33

A Local Club Owner.

A Local Club Owner.

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Antisocial potato 🥔
Community Member
1 month ago

This is so sad

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#34

Feed vs. Press Photo

Feed vs. Press Photo

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troufaki13
Community Member
1 month ago

So... it's not olive oil??

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#35

Spent Too Much Time On The Faces, Forgot About The Rest

Spent Too Much Time On The Faces, Forgot About The Rest

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Issey
Community Member
1 month ago

What's going on with the middle arm? Is that a skin condition or a self-tan accident? I don't want to sound mean, I am just confused

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#36

Claims She Doesn’t Want Women To Feel Bad About Their Postpartum Bodies If They Haven’t ‘Bounced Back’ Like Her

Claims She Doesn’t Want Women To Feel Bad About Their Postpartum Bodies If They Haven’t ‘Bounced Back’ Like Her

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Liam F.
Community Member
1 month ago

Why though? Her body looks normal in the second picture, even if it wasn't a postpartum body.

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#37

Both Are Instagram Posts

Both Are Instagram Posts

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RezFidel
Community Member
1 month ago

This is all so much nightmare fuel.. thx BP.. still cant stop scrolling.. help

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#38

A Woman From The Danish Equivalent To Teen Mom, She's Not A Teen Anymore

A Woman From The Danish Equivalent To Teen Mom, She's Not A Teen Anymore

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ElenaK
Community Member
1 month ago

Does she know?

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#39

She’s Already Petite But They Shrank Her Even More While Forgetting Her Forearms

She’s Already Petite But They Shrank Her Even More While Forgetting Her Forearms

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pink_panda
Community Member
1 month ago

Is that her face palming the editing on her own body? They made her look like a child!

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#40

When You Can't Control The Photoshop

When You Can't Control The Photoshop

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Antisocial potato 🥔
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh look,I am so surprised to see her on this list🙄

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#41

This Gal Is Acting As If We Don’t Know What She Actually Looks Like

This Gal Is Acting As If We Don’t Know What She Actually Looks Like

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The Red Snapper
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't understand the shadow behind her in the second picture?

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#42

Posts vs. Tagged

Posts vs. Tagged

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AnnaBanananna
Community Member
1 month ago

Not same person surely

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#43

Maternity Photoshoot vs. Youtube Video 4 Weeks Later

Maternity Photoshoot vs. Youtube Video 4 Weeks Later

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Helderder
Community Member
1 month ago

This so common. Plus in 4 weeks especially when the pregnicay is almost due most women hold much more water and the baby grows alot

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#44

They’re Not Even Trying To Hide It Anymore. She Blurred Her Unedited Reflection

They’re Not Even Trying To Hide It Anymore. She Blurred Her Unedited Reflection

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Narwhal Blast
Community Member
1 month ago

Too much time editing the reflection as well lol

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#45

What She Posts On Ig vs. What The Paparazzi Took

What She Posts On Ig vs. What The Paparazzi Took

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K. Lange
Community Member
1 month ago

The swimsuit in the right foto is horrible

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#46

How To Recognize Body Filters In Videos

How To Recognize Body Filters In Videos

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Chucky Cheezburger
Community Member
1 month ago

Her fingers are like tenticles...

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#47

Completely Unrecognizable!

Completely Unrecognizable!

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Tigerpacingthecage
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't think left pic is supposed to be her? If it is it's bad editing. Anyway she looks fine to the right.

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#48

Her Caption Says: ‘I Actually Don’t Have Foundation On, Only Concealer And Everything Else’ But Am I Wrong If I Only See A Heavily Filtered Pic?

Her Caption Says: ‘I Actually Don’t Have Foundation On, Only Concealer And Everything Else’ But Am I Wrong If I Only See A Heavily Filtered Pic?

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Antoilene du Toit
Community Member
1 month ago

She looks animated

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#49

Instagram vs. Tagged Photos

Instagram vs. Tagged Photos

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Pryjmaty
Community Member
1 month ago

Her natural picture is so much prettier.

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#50

Some Unfiltered/Unedited Photos From The Met Gala Versus Their Ig Equivalents Or Most Recently Posted Photos

Some Unfiltered/Unedited Photos From The Met Gala Versus Their Ig Equivalents Or Most Recently Posted Photos

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Ben Dover
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't think the woman in the 2nd row photoshopped the picture? I might be being dumb, but it just seems like better lighting to me?

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