20 People observed these Instagram users who portray an exaggerated image of themselves and chose to reveal their true selves online.


Despite the apparent beauty and ‘perfection’ showcased in your Instagram feed, not all the photos are genuine. Some undergo heavy photoshop, editing, and alterations to the point where it becomes almost absurd. It might sound unbelievable, but some people deceive online by presenting a false image.

The Instagram Reality subreddit plays a crucial role here. It’s a community dedicated to discovering and exposing the most excessively edited Instagram photos. Take a look at their latest posts below and upvote the ones that astonish you the most. Continue reading for Bored Panda’s interview with one of the moderators at r/InstagramReality, the redditor known as Cluelessnumber7.

Once you’ve finished scrolling down in disbelief, you might want to explore Bored Panda’s previous posts delving into the peculiar realm of Instagram versus Reality photos. Check them out here, here, and here.

1 The iPhone box’s shadow was overlooked in the Photoshop process.

2 The car melted due to the extreme heat.

3 At 50 years old, she uses Photoshop to appear as if she’s in her late 20s. Women, it’s completely okay to embrace your age; you’re not obligated to maintain a look of a 20-year-old forever.

Moderator Cluelessnumber7, in an explanation to Bored Panda, highlighted the two primary adverse effects of extensively photoshopping images. “The first? The unrealistic expectations influencers convey to their susceptible followers. This includes incredibly smooth skin, frequently altered almond-shaped eyes, enhanced lips, defined jawlines, slim hourglass figures, and more,” they stated.

The redditor pointed out a danger of influencers heavily altering their appearance, stating, “What’s being lost by just posting that photo for the masses is the time it took to pick the outfit, hunt down the right lighting, pick which hand to take the selfies with (yes, seriously), and that’s all before smoothing, refining, and resizing in Facetune. Without disclosing that, there is now a countless amount of people comparing themselves (and perhaps spending money to look like) a person who doesn’t exist.”

4 Even craters are not spared from excessive filtering.

5 I was unaware that there was a wax statue in Milan.

6 A head that appears smaller than usual.

The second negative effect, often overlooked, involves the insecurities of individuals who feel compelled to edit their photos. Editing has become a habitual practice, and admitting to it could mean losing validation from followers, losing followers themselves, and potentially jeopardizing sponsorships if they were to be honest. Consequently, they may choose to bask in the false fame rather than risking its loss for the sake of integrity.

In addressing the issue of excessive photo-editing online, Cluelessnumber7 expressed a desire to take steps to reduce such practices. They suggested a potential solution, stating, “This is a very complicated question, but one step that we should fight for is to get rid of all filters that alter the shape, size, or proportions of anything to do with someone’s body.”

“They said, “Filters have become a crutch for so many people on Instagram that they now edit their still photos to look like their filtered Snapchat videos; adjusting their noses, tone of their skin, smoothing all blemishes, adding lashes in post. These filters, while fun, are surprisingly insidious. You don’t realize that you expect to look like the filtered version of yourself, until you attempt to take a photo without them.”

7 Discovered on a thinspiration (thinspo) account. Seeking assistance.

8 Claiming “No Filter,” but Instagram indicates otherwise at the top.

9 I assumed people would be more discerning than to believe this is genuine, but she appeared on my feed because my friends shared images like this as “goals.”

There’s nothing wrong with applying an artistic filter to a photo for slight color changes, but it’s easy to go overboard. A few alterations can quickly turn into dozens, then hundreds, until you’ve airbrushed yourself so much that you can’t even recognize your own image anymore.

According to Brooke Erin Duffy, an assistant professor at Cornell University who studies self-presentation on Instagram, “Nobody wants to be called fake.” Therefore, deciding how much to edit photos becomes a significant dilemma for influencers.

“Influencers very much feel they need to present themselves authentically while getting the best image possible,” she told The Guardian.

10 The mirror consistently reveals the truth about these individuals.

11 The gym sessions were fantastic.

12 I can’t believe she thinks that’s acceptable.

Meanwhile, the moderators of the Instagram Reality community also shared their thoughts on photoshopping pictures in a previous interview with Us.

According to them, Instagram users prefer influencers to post natural photos of themselves, not something that has been “edited to hell” and back. The moderators are hopeful that influencers will eventually recognize this, especially with part of the global population still constrained at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

13 The original version has finally been revealed.

14 I am truly speechless…

15 A blend of blessed and cursed: the rich man in an unusual or ironic situation.

The motivations behind people wanting to photoshop themselves into ‘perfect’ human beings often stem from “insecurity, envy, and money,” as well as a desire to avoid embarrassment due to perceived hang-ups about certain parts of their body or face.

On the other hand, natural photos carry a lot of charm because they are authentic, honest, and more people can relate to them.

16 Skin? Never heard of it.

17 Angles can alter one’s appearance.

18 Avoid comparing yourself to photoshopped individuals.

19 Ribs? Only for dinner.

20 Got That Sims 1 Graphics Look

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