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Influencers Reveal How They Look In Real Life Vs. On Instagram, Go Viral
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Influencers Reveal How They Look In Real Life Vs. On Instagram, Go Viral

It’s no surprise that social media is full of photoshopped and heavily edited photos. However, we tend to forget that when we’re scrolling through Instagram or any other platform and we’re bombarded with pictures of beautiful-looking people with perfect bodies doing amazing things.

But the truth is, a lot of these ‘perfect’ photos are all an illusion: they’re heavily altered to make us think that the models and influencers are living the dream while their real lives might be completely different. A set of photos taken by 2 supposedly Chinese social media stars and posted online showed their fans just how powerful Photoshop is. And just how much it can hoodwink us without us being aware of what’s going on.

The influencers showed how photo editing software can make them look radically different. Both the social media stars made themselves look skinnier and altered their faces.

2 influencers showed their fans what they look like when they don’t edit their photos

Image credits: Ex Treme

Image credits: Ex Treme

Here’s what the 2 influencers look after they edited their photos…

Image credits: coeyyyy

…and here’s what they look like in real life

Image credits: Ex Treme

The difference is striking

Image credits: coeyyyy

Image credits: Ex Treme

Here’s a couple more comparison pics to show you the power of photo editing software

Image credits: coeyyyy

This is how Coeyyyy’s followers are used to seeing her

Image credits: coeyyyy

Image credits: coeyyyy

Image credits: coeyyyy

The photos went viral not just in China but all over the world after Facebook user Jevin Cheng, aka Ex Treme, posted them on his page. His post got more than 5.6k likes and more than 18k shares. But the most important thing is that his post got people talking: there are over 11k comments beneath his repost of the pics.

According to World of Buzz, the caption on the models’ social media post reads: “After being secretly photographed, I haven’t been in the best of moods. That’s why these photos never made it online after I weighed my options.”

The pics shocked a lot of people. Some said that this is the reason you shouldn’t trust any photo that looks too good to be true online. While others pointed out that this is a whole other level of catfishing (for those of you who don’t what it is, it’s when somebody lures you into a relationship using a fake online persona).

Still, there were some people who doubted that the social media stars’ post was real. They think that photos can’t be photoshopped that cleanly and believe that the pics simply feature similar-looking but different women wearing the same clothes.

What do you think about the photos and about the photoshopping culture in the age of social media, Dear Pandas? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

Here’s how people reacted when they saw the unedited photos

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Martha Meyer
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

With those photoshopping skills they really have no need to be influencers. Those are some seriously marketable job skills!

similarly
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've heard though that a lot of them don't actually have any skills: there are apparently phone-filters that will do all of that: make you older, make you younger, change your gender, make you a cat ... or give you anime eyes and skin.

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Untitled_Goose_Man
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I find this sort of sad. Just be the way you are. And they even look miserable in the photos.

N G
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why bother to smile when you can photoshop it

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Kateryna
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How is it even possible to edit photos THAT much?

Aria Whitaker
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dont forget we have entire movies now that only have about 30% real people and places...the rest are shopped, edited and CGI'd....we have come a LONNNG way in photo processing tech!

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

With those photoshopping skills they really have no need to be influencers. Those are some seriously marketable job skills!

similarly
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've heard though that a lot of them don't actually have any skills: there are apparently phone-filters that will do all of that: make you older, make you younger, change your gender, make you a cat ... or give you anime eyes and skin.

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Untitled_Goose_Man
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I find this sort of sad. Just be the way you are. And they even look miserable in the photos.

N G
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why bother to smile when you can photoshop it

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Kateryna
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How is it even possible to edit photos THAT much?

Aria Whitaker
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dont forget we have entire movies now that only have about 30% real people and places...the rest are shopped, edited and CGI'd....we have come a LONNNG way in photo processing tech!

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