In some ways, the endless lockdowns have been freeing. We’re starting to care less about how we look, how we dress, and whether or not we’ve got make-up on. Well… some of us, anyway. Even though we might be spending more of our time at home than ever before, there are plenty of people who are addicted to social media going overboard with photo-editing their pics before posting them on Instagram because they want to feel validated or loved. People who stumble upon the heavily altered pics in their feeds can’t help but call them out by sharing them on the r/Instagramreality subreddit that has a whopping 917k members and even their very own ‘Reptilian Overlord’ (that’s the title that the head moderator goes by).

Upvote the photos that got you to pause with how over-edited they are and let us know your opinion about why people do this in the comments. Want to feel better about using just basic filters or nothing at all on your own photos? You can check out our latest posts about the awesome ‘Instagram Reality’ community right here, here, as well as here. Keep in mind that, however funny some of these photos might look, some of the people behind the selfies might have serious social media addictions.

Read on for Bored Panda's interview with the head moderator of the subreddit. We also wanted to learn more about social media addiction, how the lockdowns are affecting our online activities, and when we should start worrying about the time we spend on the net, so we reached out to the UK Addiction Treatment Group. Nuno Albuquerque, the Head of Treatment for the UK Addiction Treatment Group, told us that social media addiction is a relatively new phenomenon that everyone is still learning about every single day. Read on for their in-depth insights and, if you'd like to know more about the signs and symptoms of a social media or internet-based disorder, you can visit the UKAT website right here.

#1

Aging Really Shouldn’t Be Something We’re Ashamed Of

Aging Really Shouldn’t Be Something We’re Ashamed Of

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Vicky Zar
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6 months ago

Upvote for the title

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#2

One Of Those Whitening Ads Again

One Of Those Whitening Ads Again

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Francisco Scaramanga
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6 months ago

creepy as hell

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#3

Her Entire Profile Is Filled With These!

Her Entire Profile Is Filled With These!

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Sum Guy
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6 months ago

She might be in witness protection and has to alter what she looks like... we don't know

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The head moderator of the r/Instagramreality subreddit, Zaza9000, told Bored Panda that 2020 was "hard on all of us," so they try to keep the community easy to engage with and be a part of. This openness is one of the reasons why the subreddit is so popular. "Last year so many people have shared interesting stories from their personal lives and I really hope we can carry that into 2021."

According to the head moderator, there have been some shifts in how people approach editing their content. Recently, there's been more interest in video editing than photo editing, for instance. "Especially apps like Facetune2 and SNOW that allows you to edit your body and certain Instagram filters that can make your lips appear bigger and make your skin unrealistically perfect. Seeing them glitch in videos has been a really popular topic on the sub," they explained.

"For us non-influencer, regular people of course travel isn't always an option especially if it's just for a vacation away. Unfortunately, there have been a few influencers that don't care, to be blunt. Some of them feel like traveling and being on vacation is necessary and well-deserved even though people in the medical field, teachers, retail workers, etc. don't get to just jump on a jet and get away."

#4

Same Person - Instagram & Screenshot On Television

Same Person - Instagram & Screenshot On Television

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Kanishka Patel
Community Member
6 months ago

Why do people do this when they know they are getting caught?

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#5

Do Male Ig Models Count?

Do Male Ig Models Count?

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ME
Community Member
6 months ago

yes........yes they do

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#6

Her Ig Profile Picture vs. A Screencap Of The TV Show She's On

Her Ig Profile Picture vs. A Screencap Of The TV Show She's On

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Kanishka Patel
Community Member
6 months ago

Seriously, how do they think they aren't getting caught?

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"A person can be addicted to anything, but they are only suffering an addiction if whatever it is they are 'using' has taken over their lives, and that they as individuals have lost the power of choice, i.e. that they cannot, regardless of how much they want to, stop 'using'. This is the effect that addiction has, it robs the individual of the ability to stop. Even if that individual is aware of the negative physical, psychological, or financial consequences, they still cannot stop. It is essential to not use the word 'addiction' flippantly; if a person is addicted, then they are in need of professional help and support," Albuquerque, the Head of Treatment for the UKAT Group, explained to Bored Panda, highlighting that nobody should throw around the term 'addiction' without realizing the weight the word carries.

According to him, it's the Covid-19 lockdowns are making us spend more time on social media because of how much things have changed. It's not all doom and gloom with social media, however, we should be aware of how much its use affects us.

"We would say that it is more than likely that society as a whole spent more time on social media and other internet-based platforms during the Covid-19 lockdowns than before, simply because for many, their normal day to day life was turned upside down, or even stopped altogether, and so a lot of people found they had more spare time on their hands. Some people turned to social media during the lockdown to stay connected with others, which is really important and actually a healthy approach to take. Where it starts to negatively affect a person is when being on social media consumes them completely, and they no longer want to be present in their actual 'offline' day."

#7

When Your Head Is Thrice As Large As Your Thigh...

When Your Head Is Thrice As Large As Your Thigh...

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Ember
Community Member
6 months ago

Why make yourself look like a freak? I just don’t get it

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#8

Photoshop Skills Level Above 1000

Photoshop Skills Level Above 1000

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Kanishka Patel
Community Member
6 months ago

So many people are not happy with their skin color. Its sad

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#9

Yup Nothing To See Here

Yup Nothing To See Here

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Troux
Community Member
6 months ago

Look out dude, there's a ghost in that car!

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Bored Panda was also interested to understand where the line between a regular social media user and somebody who is addicted lies. Albuquerque's take on this is that even though this line is different for each individual, it's important to recognize whether or not the person has lost the power of choice.

"If the person cannot undertake their regular day to day routine without being on social media or needing to get back to being on social media, as in they have potentially developed not only a psychological desire to be online but also physical urges begin as well, then there could well be an addiction there," he went into detail.

"An unhealthy relationship with social media could also be recognized if the individual develops mental health illness from being online, for example, feelings of anxiety or depression arising during or after being on social media. Similarly, for some people we have treated at our UK Addiction Treatment Centres, being on social media is a trigger for them to then misuse drugs or alcohol. During therapy, we address why a person drinks alcohol or misuses drugs, and for some, it is because of their unhealthy relationship with social media," the UKAT Group Head of Treatment revealed how social media can be linked to other addictions.

#10

This Edit Seems Off

This Edit Seems Off

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Kanishka Patel
Community Member
6 months ago

Did she really think that looked good?

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#11

The All New Curved Iphones

The All New Curved Iphones

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로희
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6 months ago (edited)

Available at your nearby pineApple store.

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#12

She Claims Her Body Is “Natural” And All “Genetics”

She Claims Her Body Is “Natural” And All “Genetics”

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Karen Grace
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6 months ago

With that freakishly tiny waist I'm guessing her internal organs got squished down into her butt.

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"The most important piece of advice we can give is to be mindful and aware; check in with yourself during and after time spent on social media, ask yourself how do you feel? Can you now switch off and get on with your day? Any negative feelings or inability to move on from being online should be a red flag," Albuquerque said.

We’re social animals after all, as David Brooks argues in his book. And the desire to be accepted by our peers and our community members is hardwired into us: we’re far more social than our modern culture of individualism gives us credit for. Approval, love, adoration, respect—they’re all things that we want.

However, taken to an extreme, our desire for social approval can grow into desperation. Couple that with social media addiction (we are, some of us, spending more time online than usual and the problem could be getting worse) and you’ve got the perfect breeding ground for folks who want to show the world their best possible side in exchange for attention online. At any cost.

#13

This Guy's Instagram Is A Goldmine

This Guy's Instagram Is A Goldmine

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Marc
Community Member
6 months ago

That's rather sad. This person seems to have a real problem with positive self-perception. Considering how young he is, this will cause really bad problems later on. Unfortunately, many young people suffer from this problem because Instagram and the like give them an image that they can never live up to. That's just sad.

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#14

Croatian Singer. Yes This Is The Same Perosn

Croatian Singer. Yes This Is The Same Perosn

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Shelp
Community Member
6 months ago

This looks like the same perosn 60 years apart

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#15

Rib Removal? Nah, Photoshop

Rib Removal? Nah, Photoshop

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Karen Grace
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6 months ago

She actually has a very nice figure. Much better looking than the photo shopped pic.

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According to ‘UK Rehab,’ overusing social media affects more than just the individual: the community spirit can break down and there’s also a general loss in productivity. What’s more, social media addiction “can also trigger mental health problems” and will continue to lead to even more issues as it’s becoming “even more prevalent than drinking.”

You’d need to see a specialist to determine whether or not you’re actually addicted to social media, but, in general, addiction is something that we continue to do despite it having obvious negative effects on us.

Something else to keep an eye out for that could indicate that we’re addicted to social media is that we hide how much time we spend on social media. What’s more, we fall behind on our responsibilities both at home and at work, we get defensive whenever somebody brings the subject up, and we withdraw from the real world to spend more time online.

#16

The Instagram Pic vs. The Paparazzi Pic

The Instagram Pic vs. The Paparazzi Pic

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
6 months ago

They are beautiful naturally, and can't face who they are.

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#17

Found A Shape Shifter In The Wild

Found A Shape Shifter In The Wild

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Berry Budgie
Community Member
6 months ago

Cant even tell its the same person... though i can hardly say person for the first pic

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#18

Please Don’t Compare Yourself To Instagram. They Don’t Look Like That In Real Life. Skin Texture Is Normal

Please Don’t Compare Yourself To Instagram. They Don’t Look Like That In Real Life. Skin Texture Is Normal

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
6 months ago

She looks just as scary in the real picture

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#19

A Popular Fitness Influencer (1m+ On Instagram) Who Pushes The Idea Of Body Positivity...caught Photoshopping A Thigh Gap

A Popular Fitness Influencer (1m+ On Instagram) Who Pushes The Idea Of Body Positivity...caught Photoshopping A Thigh Gap

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Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
6 months ago

What's so great about a thigh gap?

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#20

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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Troux
Community Member
6 months ago

This looks like one of those face merge jobs that combine both women.

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#21

A Model And TV Host

A Model And TV Host

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Ember
Community Member
6 months ago

Her boob is bigger than her head...ha ha ha

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#22

Jesus What Happened To Her

Jesus What Happened To Her

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Shazz Winchester
Community Member
6 months ago

Blow up doll *clears throat* is this even real?

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#23

Uh

Uh

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ME
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

this is exactly what 6 year old girls think of when you say there gonna grow up big and strong

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#24

This “Influencer” Who Has A New Face Everyday

This “Influencer” Who Has A New Face Everyday

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Josette Bergeron
Community Member
6 months ago

That's really hilarious! She looks like cousins of herself.

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#25

His Instagram Pics Versus Real Life Video Screenshots

His Instagram Pics Versus Real Life Video Screenshots

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Lys Chen
Community Member
6 months ago

Imagine meeting up on a date with him. I wouldn´t recognize him and just think I got stood up..

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#26

4k Up Top 240p Down Bottom

4k Up Top 240p Down Bottom

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Raine Soo
Community Member
6 months ago

Knees and ankles are so last year.

ME
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

knees are so out of style these days

Moo Moo
Community Member
6 months ago

Where are her kneecaps?!

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
6 months ago

I stole them and sold them to the Welsh under the guise of slate. Sorry.

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kjorn
Community Member
6 months ago

she sold her knees for boobs

Jonathan
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

She's gone a little crazy with the kneedless photoshop.

Aimee Walker
Community Member
6 months ago

New SIMs update partially updated?

Spork420
Community Member
6 months ago

Gonna waddle like a penguin without all those joints getting in the way.

Danielle Renee
Community Member
6 months ago

just crop the picture instead of this hot mess

Maddie Star ⭐
Community Member
6 months ago

Even fake painted toes....

JuJu
Community Member
6 months ago

Did she just painted over her trouser legs??

Sergy Yeltsen
Community Member
6 months ago

Do these people not realise that this looks so obviously photoshopped, and that if they really did have a body like this, they would literally be dead?

Anke Dieken
Community Member
6 months ago

This looks like a glitch in SIMS.

ENEDELIA Soto
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

this one doesn't lo- oh

Juririn
Community Member
6 months ago

Knees are out of fashion, apparently 🤔

Lxm
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

No knees or ankles a thing now?

Lisa Tetlow
Community Member
6 months ago

Poor woman. Can't sit or kneel without those knees.

Naomi Cline
Community Member
6 months ago

She is a partially evolved simcity character

Jo Davies
Community Member
6 months ago

I myself have also considered having my knees removed. I was cursed to be born with one on each leg.

Joanna Fugal
Community Member
6 months ago

Compare her toes to the rest...

Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
6 months ago

She has animated legs?

cookie panda
Community Member
2 months ago

hey anyone heard of shirts under jackets

Fanny Lam
Community Member
3 months ago

her legs got replace with a cartoon leg...hahahahhahaha!!!! hope she can bend down with no knees.....

Debbie Burton
Community Member
3 months ago

Where did she leave her knees?

MELISSA TULLOSS-NOLAN - STUDENT
Community Member
5 months ago

this looks like a really bad animation for a game

Evelina Gavrilova
Community Member
5 months ago

anatomy? Scary WOW and these dark toes-like a corpse.

Izora Frisbee
Community Member
6 months ago

Those legs

alf
Community Member
6 months ago

you can tell photo shot

Leesa DeAndrea
Community Member
6 months ago

Her poor legs!

Josey Griffin
Community Member
6 months ago

Lol, she looks like a blow up.

KelBel
Community Member
6 months ago

🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂🤭🤭🤭🤦‍♂️🤦‍♀️🤦

Mumof1
Community Member
6 months ago

Plastic legs.

Thomas Turnbull
Community Member
6 months ago

some surgeon moved her knees to her chest

Sophia Coe
Community Member
6 months ago

That is one slanted floor!

Daniele Ribolla
Community Member
6 months ago

nice that pipe legs!!!

Suzie McDaniel
Community Member
6 months ago

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Kit The Dudess
Community Member
6 months ago

Oh dear 🤣

Pascale Pierloot
Community Member
6 months ago

Still coming up a little short on the legs, dear!

Mari Bryant
Community Member
6 months ago

😳

Steven Meyer
Community Member
6 months ago

She has no knees

TheWeeknd
Community Member
6 months ago

looks like a lil kids drawing and the lil kid forgot about knees

Lyra Sis
Community Member
6 months ago

Where are her knees?

Jo Choto
Community Member
6 months ago

When you have rag doll legs.

chaitu cherry
Community Member
6 months ago

is that inflated balloon ??

Erin S
Community Member
6 months ago

She must walk really funny.

Suze Williams
Community Member
6 months ago

Sims 1 style legs!

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
6 months ago

All men in the RPG party: *normal* The woman:

Esther Evans
Community Member
6 months ago

I've decided my legs aren't so bad, after all....

BabyBooby
Community Member
6 months ago

her feets is on backwards......yes I said feets🤣🤣🤭

•LeXi•
Community Member
6 months ago

Her knees arw gone! What workout does that?

Sue Knerl
Community Member
6 months ago

That is so fake!

Daniele Tigli
Community Member
6 months ago

Buahahahah my gosh

Hannah M
Community Member
6 months ago

This isn't to do with the editing, but can someone please teach her the purpose of buttons?

Jonathan
Community Member
6 months ago

Kneedless photoshopping!

Panda with Heart
Community Member
6 months ago

Wow laughter is the best medicine!!

Jayden Turner
Community Member
6 months ago

heh. sausage legs!

Kemal Nurhussen
Community Member
6 months ago

pls pray for the poor girl her kness are gone

Colin Mochrie At Its Finest
Community Member
6 months ago

Did she also photoshop in the drink?

Piet Puk
Community Member
6 months ago

Is this Patrick?

uber mensch
Community Member
6 months ago

Needs PhotoShop training.

Thomas Biorogue
Community Member
6 months ago

She looks like a character off Nickelodeon.

LoveThePanda
Community Member
6 months ago

😂😬😳🤦‍♀️

Ashley Wright
Community Member
6 months ago

This woman looks so stupid. And I’d say that if she was green.

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#27

Photo She Posted vs. Tagged. Same Woman

Photo She Posted vs. Tagged. Same Woman

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Kate Nelson
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6 months ago

Feel sad for her. The unedited one is beautiful

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#28

Altering Photos To Look Like A Teenager, Disturbing

Altering Photos To Look Like A Teenager, Disturbing

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ME
Community Member
6 months ago

very Disturbing

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#29

Every Single Picture Is Like This

Every Single Picture Is Like This

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Raine Soo
Community Member
6 months ago

Here is proof that aliens live amongst us.

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#30

Her Instagram vs. Her Youtube Channel

Her Instagram vs. Her Youtube Channel

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Kanishka Patel
Community Member
6 months ago

She is so beautiful in real life. She looks like somebody you would want to talk to.

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#31

Found On A Fitness Inspo Page

Found On A Fitness Inspo Page

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Ember
Community Member
6 months ago

No wonder kids struggle with eating disorders and depression trying to reach these unattainable goals. It’s so sad.

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#32

When It’s Hard To Keep Track Of Your Imaginary Measurements

When It’s Hard To Keep Track Of Your Imaginary Measurements

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
6 months ago

The first one id ok-ish....the other two... oh boy

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#33

Girl What's Going On With Your Neck And Chest....apparently This Is For A Magazine Photoshoot Too

Girl What's Going On With Your Neck And Chest....apparently This Is For A Magazine Photoshoot Too

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Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
6 months ago

What's happening? Unspeakable things!

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#34

I Think A Lot Of People Don’t Realise How Much This Girl Edits Her Photos

I Think A Lot Of People Don’t Realise How Much This Girl Edits Her Photos

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LoveThePanda
Community Member
6 months ago

Wow! She's actually nice looking all natural

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#35

She Done Sucked In The Guy Next To Her 🤣

She Done Sucked In The Guy Next To Her 🤣

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Berry Budgie
Community Member
6 months ago

Scissorhands

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#36

Left One Was Tagged " Naturalbeauty"And The Right One Is From A Video Like A Few Days Before And Even That With Heavy Make-Up On

Left One Was Tagged " Naturalbeauty"And The Right One Is From A Video Like A Few Days Before And Even That With Heavy Make-Up On

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Captain Awesome
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6 months ago

Michael Jackson lives!

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#37

Torso The Same Length As Her Thigh

Torso The Same Length As Her Thigh

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Ember
Community Member
6 months ago

This is creepy

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#38

I Guess That Was Nice Shooting In Berlin?

I Guess That Was Nice Shooting In Berlin?

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Cecilia Herrera
Community Member
6 months ago

He looks like the wrong upper and lower parts of the accident victims were sewn together. Please don't show us how the other halves look.

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#39

This Notorious Instagram Bully Hates Photoshop, But Only When Other Girls Are Using It

This Notorious Instagram Bully Hates Photoshop, But Only When Other Girls Are Using It

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Lxm
Community Member
6 months ago

If she's bullying others can't she be banned?

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#40

This Is Getting Out Of Hand. We're Faking Calves Now?

This Is Getting Out Of Hand. We're Faking Calves Now?

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Kanishka Patel
Community Member
6 months ago

But why

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#41

Guys, I Found My First One In The Wild!

Guys, I Found My First One In The Wild!

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Lxm
Community Member
6 months ago

Such curves. .on the door frames

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#42

The Papz Will Get You!

The Papz Will Get You!

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Francisco Scaramanga
Community Member
6 months ago

Eyebrows of doom.

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#43

From 30 To 13

From 30 To 13

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LoveThePanda
Community Member
6 months ago

Why??

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#44

Instagram Profile Picture Of Someone I Know...

Instagram Profile Picture Of Someone I Know...

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Berry Budgie
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Looks like that weird squidward with the butt chin

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#45

All The Comments Are Praising Her. Over Editing On Social Media Is Why Young Girls Have Self Esteem Issues

All The Comments Are Praising Her. Over Editing On Social Media Is Why Young Girls Have Self Esteem Issues

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Raine Soo
Community Member
6 months ago

I think that the real problem here is that pair of dreadful trousers.

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#46

Thanks, Facebook Algorithm

Thanks, Facebook Algorithm

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Cecilia Herrera
Community Member
6 months ago

More Trick or Treat.

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#47

Just... No.

Just... No.

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
6 months ago

Tara?

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#48

Just Found Whole Compilation Of Her Reality vs. Instagram Photos

Just Found Whole Compilation Of Her Reality vs. Instagram Photos

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LoveThePanda
Community Member
6 months ago

Are her boobs lopsided???

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#49

This Guy Is Really Cute And Has A Nice Body, But Edits His Pics So Badly. Instagram Pic vs. Youtube Still

This Guy Is Really Cute And Has A Nice Body, But Edits His Pics So Badly. Instagram Pic vs. Youtube Still

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Gay and trans Ethan
Community Member
6 months ago

omg hes so cute without photoshop i will love him!!!

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#50

These Are 4 Different Women & None Of Them Are Kim Kardashian Or Kardashian Related. #thekardashianeffect

These Are 4 Different Women & None Of Them Are Kim Kardashian Or Kardashian Related. #thekardashianeffect

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Raine Soo
Community Member
6 months ago

This is the Kardashian effect. Please stop it.

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