Perfect people. Wearing perfect clothes. Having the time of their lives on perfect holidays. That’s mostly what you see when you scroll through Instagram. Especially if you follow any major Instagram influencers. However, we forget that these stunning pictures are usually staged and don’t reflect reality.

Amsterdam-based social media influencer and vlogger Rianne Meijer decided to have some fun with this concept and uploaded a series of photos showing side-by-side comparisons of ‘perfect’ Instagram shots coupled with what reality is like. And they are hi-la-ri-ous.

“When I make Instagram photos I always take between 200 and 400 pictures. Which is insane and I wouldn't use 90% of them,” Rianne told Bored Panda. “It always amazes me to see how different I looked in every picture. So at one point I was laying in bed and I figured, why not post the pictures next to each other in an expectations vs. reality post.” Scroll down for the rest of our interview with Rianne.

We bring you some of Rianne’s funniest comparison photos. So scroll down, upvote your fave pics and let us know in the comments what you think of Rianne’s project. Remember to share this list with anyone who might be just a tad too serious about their social media profile. And be sure to check out our previous article about Rianne’s Instagram vs. reality pics right here.

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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1 year ago

I think this girl has been on bp before. I recall that..look..she has on the right.

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Bathsheba
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1 year ago

This schtick is old now. I'm even less interested in the photos showing yourself off as oh-so-relatable than the oh-so-perfect ones.

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Journe Wright
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1 year ago

Aww, now this is way cuter and better to relate too, whoever -2 points can eat some dog- nvm. Props for you ma'am! Your beautiful!

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“First of all, the not-so-pretty pictures made me laugh so hard and I hoped it would make others laugh as well. And second, it could give a really nice and honest message to my followers. It kind of felt like only posting the perfect Instagram pictures was basically lying, so for me to post the other ones next to it made it more real. That’s why I posted the Instagram vs. reality pictures. And it turned out to be a good call. I love that now I stand for something online.”

She added: “I’m not just a pretty face.”

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Naomi Baker
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1 year ago

second one best!

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tina
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1 year ago

She wearing two different jackets whats the point

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Dorothy Parker
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1 year ago

Stunning fashion.

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We wanted to hear Rianne’s opinion about how she thinks people are affected by seeing ‘perfect’ pictures on Instagram all the time.

“I think it can affect you in a huge way. We spend more and more time online on social media, which makes social media more and more a part of our reality. So if we see a lot of perfect pictures online, at one point that becomes our reality. Which is a really hard reality to live up to. Especially for younger people who have a hard time looking ‘beyond’ the perfect images.”

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Tabitha L
Community Member
1 year ago

Those women are stunning. The bathing suits are....not. They look like toddler suits. Very odd.

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Logan Harris
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1 year ago

In the second one she's just like, "WTF did I just do?"

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Colleen Coughlin
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I have to disagree with you here. From a woman that has this exact hairstyle. The volumes off, tge length is off, and unless you reblowdry your hair, you can't go from thst one style to the other. Even untucked from her ear, it would never look like that

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Bored Panda was also to hear the influencer’s thoughts about why she believes most people want to look ‘perfect’ on social media.

“I think for generations we tried to look in someway ‘perfect.’ For example, saying hello to someone on the streets and them asking: ‘Hey, how are you?’ And your response would probably be: ‘I’m fine! How are you?’ But in reality we might actually not feel fine at all.”

“I feel like the same goes for social media. I think in the end we care quite a lot about what other people think of us, probably even more than we like to realize, and we want that image to be as good as possible. And that’s probably a big part of why most of us try to look as perfect as possible online, and only share the really good stuff.”

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Person2638
Community Member
1 year ago

pupper is the only candid one...

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Stranger things have happened
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1 year ago

I can tell, and I'm pretty sure others can too, that she's doing a double chin on purpose

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Myra Groenewegen
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1 year ago

Here I see no issues with either snap. One is more posed. Is that all?

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However, Rianne thinks that there are some things that we can do about it. “What can be done about this is first of all realizing that you only share the perfect pictures online. I think a lot of us don’t even notice they do it.”

“So just take an honest look at your online profile and see if there’s a little more you want to share with the world. If what you’re sharing feels like a legit image of yourself then that’s great! If not, then maybe try to post something a little less perfect once in a while. It might surprise you how cool the response will be. The power of not being perfect all the time is huge and I think more people should use it.”

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 year ago

I like the dress.

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Person2638
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1 year ago

Oh look I'm so relatable I made a double chin!!1!11!

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 year ago

That's a cute look.

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Some members of the younger generation are abandoning the “Instagram look” and are opting for a more natural (not to mention hilarious) take on their personalities. For instance, college student Sonia Uppal told The Atlantic that people from her generation are “trying to seem candid. People post a lot of mirror selfies and photos of them lounging around.”

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Louisiana Lover
Community Member
1 year ago

how does her body do the first pose???????

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Deniz Vitvitskiji
Community Member
1 year ago

This is getting boring now

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˜”*°•.˜”*°• 反社会的 •°*”˜.•°*”˜
1 year ago

.... both of these look fine??

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While influencer Reese Blutstein explained why she doesn’t over-stage her photos: “I’m not afraid to over-post. I don’t think, Oh, will this mess up how my feed looks. I don’t think too much about it. If I like an image, I just post it.”

She also added that “For my generation, people are more willing to be who they are and not make up a fake identity. We are trying to show a real person doing cool things as a real person, not trying to create a persona that isn’t actually you.”

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I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
Community Member
1 year ago

she has no chin

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Kate
Community Member
1 year ago

Wait you're telling me influencers really aren't impervious to the cold? And I was thinking they had superpowers this whole time. /s

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Mama Panda
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1 year ago

Now if she was falling backwards off of that ledge, that would be the better picture!

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So there’s hope yet that the trend to post honest (well, slightly more honest) photos might just become something that defines social media in the future. However, in the meantime, we’ll still have to deal with looking at perfect photos that make us think that we totally should be working from a beachside cafe somewhere in Bali.

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India Frost
Community Member
1 year ago

Give me your clothessssss!

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I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
Community Member
1 year ago

OMG ANOTHER ONE OF THESE BORING INFLUENCER ARTICLES , COME ON MAN

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Logan Harris
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1 year ago

I'm confused now. The photographer, not the man, completely botched the picture.

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Journe Wright
Community Member
1 year ago

Stop doing the flipping double chin! I know your trying to make it funny but STOP.. just stop.

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Maisha Mir
Community Member
1 year ago

Aww the pupper smiling in the first pic!! 😂

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MsBungle
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1 year ago

This is one of the most boring articles on BP ever.

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Don Golosso
Community Member
1 year ago

Is it even the same girl? Different bikini top + bottom, different hairstyle, smaller nose on the left...

N’Baro Atksteel X377
Community Member
1 year ago

Also, all you can see from the side is how far it protrudes from her face, not the width, and in the second, you can clearly tell by the shadow that her nose is wide, but overall flat. Also, for the first picture she is clearly posing. It would be logical to conclude that she moved the spaghetti straps closer to her neck to emphasize her neck and chest, and after, she was relaxing and they drifted towards her shoulders. I use racerback bras, but I see the issue quite often.

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Shannon Curtis
Community Member
1 year ago

That’s her friend on the left. You see her in some of the other pics. She’s just showing us a “pretty” pic and a less pretty pic.

Anja Kuckartz
Community Member
1 year ago

All this stuff is faked "non-fake" :-O just annoying AF.

Jan Fonti
Community Member
1 year ago

not even the same person... this is dumb...

Pretty Slime
Community Member
1 year ago

a lie in broad daylight

Hugo J Bohorquez
Community Member
1 year ago

This two pictures reveal the heavy edition used. She missed that part of her work: take hundreds of pics, edit a few, and post the best of them. It is a typical photographer's workflow.

Lee Jacobson
Community Member
1 year ago

Definitely some type of photo shopping on the first photo.

Myra Groenewegen
Community Member
1 year ago

Unless these are two completely different photoshoots at different times in her life, these have to be different people. her body has changed in the other one--her legs are just too different. The suit isn't the same one and her lips are red from sunburn or lipstick in one, but not the other.

Gina Bina
Community Member
1 year ago

so she photoshops herself?

Hugo J Bohorquez
Community Member
1 year ago

Of course. Which influencer does't?

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Wife Towne
Community Member
1 year ago

Did you even read the article? Let me help... it's about how she takes 100 pics to get the best one- then shows you the best one. The other - was one of the throw aways.... Jesus Christmas.

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 year ago

But most of them she's wearing the same clothes in both pics

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Person2638
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1 year ago

wtf why

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ANDREA SERRANO MORALES
Community Member
1 year ago

its just annoying at this point, STOP WITH THE DOUBLE-CHIN IK UR TRYNA MAKE IT FUNNY BUT PLS STOP ITS RLY OFFENSIVE TO PPL WHO ACTUALLY HAVE ONE AND ARE TRYNA GET RID OF IT

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