25-year-old Russian artist Ellen Sheidlin, known as Sheidlina, invites us to her creative, weird, and whimsical fantasy world that is her Instagram feed. Her photos are not your regular perfect shots we are used to seeing; she takes her craft to another level by combining photography, digital art, fashion, and makeup. Her bizarre ideas and compositions can be uncomfortable but utterly impressive at the same time, causing strong reactions and interpretations—and for this reason, her work is never monotonous or dull. Behind her delicate figure and often vibrant colors, her surreal artwork has themes of social commentary and a deeper message.

Thanks to her edgy social media presence, this model, photographer, blogger, and painter has become a true Instagram sensation with 4.5 million followers.

We've made a list of her most eye-catching pics and it will help you understand why she's extremely popular.

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MsM
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1 month ago

I think that's really cool.

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Rather than following social media trends, Sheidlin creates her own surreal and vivid world thanks to which she has become an internet phenomenon at such a young age. She experiments with different photography and editing techniques combined with imaginative outfits and makeup looks to create otherworldly images that are odd, but aesthetically appealing at the same time. She is brave enough to be different from millions of people on Instagram and that eccentricity is one of the key factors of her success.

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MsM
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1 month ago

Well now, that took a turn

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Monika Soffronow
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1 month ago

"like - for chronic low self esteem"

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Mina Tason
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1 month ago

Out of body experience?

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Sheidlin's feed is a colorful playground at first glance, but when you take a second look, you can actually notice that her work is often conceptual and multi-layered. With the surreal images, she uses her influence to express her opinion on socially important topics such as mental health, social media critique, millennial culture, and gender roles or to raise awareness about global issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic or the devastating Siberian wildfires of 2019.

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Mina Tason
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1 month ago

Love this.

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Zoe's Mom
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1 month ago

It took me a millisecond to figure out what the black mass was and then I thought 'Clever'.

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Why?
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1 month ago

I'll have to reflect on this one.

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The Instagram star told KALTBLUT magazine in 2017 that she discovered the internet in her teenage years, but had never imagined it would turn out to be her creative outlet and source of income.

"I discovered the internet when I was only thirteen, while in my friend’s house. Back then, I didn’t even think it would change my life so much. So when I was a lonely teenager with a lot of insecurities, I created an account on a Russian social network Vkontakte, where I could fulfill my potential in drawing and photography. So my insecurities disappeared and I found more than a million friends! I’m thankful to my life, that I was born in this age of the internet—it’s the best invention of mankind."

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beja flor
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1 month ago

Fantastic!!

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MsM
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1 month ago

I love the hair!

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Anya Miller
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1 month ago

It's a snail... Maid?

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She's inspired by "ideas, pure ideas or metaphors" and always tries to visualize everything that she hears or reads. Her artsy mind doesn't only reflect in her creative photography projects—Sheidlin also is a talented painter with a very unique style. She's worked with major world-class brands such as Nike, BMW, PayPal, and L’Oréal.

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Truth Monster
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1 month ago

Online persona vs real person

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J-Yogi-Temp-Mom
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1 month ago

really like this one, great shadow work as well.

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bossy
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1 month ago

so cool

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Sheidlin is a model in most of her photos, which is a clever way to partake in her ideas and create a brand for herself.

"I realized that the main interest for my fans to follow me was my face. My selfies collected the greatest number of likes and comments and then I decided that the best way to preserve and multiply interest in me is to add myself to my idea. Today, normal selfies are the most unvalued photos, the public always waits for something unusual, they are absolutely not satisfied with just a photo. Everything sooner or later goes out of fashion: style, colors, even memes, but an idea will never become mainstream, it is eternal."

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Anya Miller
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1 month ago

Next time, when you ask someone for something and they tell you "when pigs fly", just show them this picture

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CodingGirl04
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1 month ago

Slughorn anyone?

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beja flor
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1 month ago

☁️ ☁️ ☁️ It's beautiful. She's so talented and creative!

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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1 month ago

I love her walls!

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beja flor
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1 month ago

That's amazing!!

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Artlover
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1 month ago

How to hide a body

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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1 month ago

You are your own strait jacket, holding yourself back and trapping yourself..?

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Why?
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1 month ago

Let's see a show of hands!

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Mello
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1 month ago

Dreamy and surreal.......

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pusheen buttercup
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1 month ago

I would hang this on my wall.

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TheHerplover
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1 month ago

Ech. Vegans these days am I right

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 month ago

Untaimed energy.

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 month ago

We need to talk.

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Jocelin Juarez Alvarez
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1 month ago

Rainbow kids!

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Reagan Besteman
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1 month ago

There was actually someone who was almost murdered and stuffed in a suitcase. Gruesome but true.

Layla Corman
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1 month ago

There have been MANY people that were murdered and stuffed in a suitcase. Very sick and sad!

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Laura Rudgers
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1 month ago

This makes me think of sex trafficking...

Gale Christensen
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1 month ago

Un-intentionally disturbing image of kidnapping, child porn and human trafficking.

Laura Rudgers
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1 month ago

Or... Intentional...

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Lulu Zeldis
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1 month ago

woman are still objects in some parts of the world. its so sad.

anything think
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1 month ago

Introvert i think

Addison Chung
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1 month ago

She is so flexible

Peter Chee
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1 month ago

Stowaway

Denitsa Arnaudova
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1 month ago

This could be about how some men treat women like possessions. I don't really know, I guess everyone sees something different in her works.

Rey Villa
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1 month ago

Trapped and controlled but can have colourful dreams.....nobody can control your mind and imagination.

O Jackson
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1 month ago

Take me on the vacation too!!!!🛫

Dominika Melnik
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1 month ago

google Ekatarina Karaglanova

Elaine Mattingly
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1 month ago

More room than some cars.

Monika Soffronow
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1 month ago

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No. There are too many bodies of women that have been found in suitcases. She did not think this one through.

Vinniegret
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1 month ago

Maybe she did, indeed. She's an artist. I see this as a serious commentary.

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Midnight_Waterlily
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1 month ago

This is kinda sad...

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david kohn
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1 month ago

T-1000 RUN!!

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Jim Price
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1 month ago

People are like tea bags... you never know how strong they are till they're in hot water.

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Theresa Poffenberger
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1 month ago

The Anti-Corona Device!

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Layla Corman
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1 month ago

A simple snap of a (dead) girl and her (evil) dolly. Pretty awesome!

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tuzdayschild
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1 month ago

She is ridiculously talented.

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Jocelin Juarez Alvarez
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1 month ago

Pika pika floor

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