With Instagram selfies literally defining a celebrity's status, the pressure to look picture perfect is bigger than ever. Hollywood stars will go to any extreme to look 100% flawless in their pics, and a little digital help is often welcome. Problem is, we can spot the Photoshop and when we do, it gets embarrassing. Given that celebs are often naturally beautiful or glamorous, there's even more confusion about why they're editing their pics in the first place. Are they that desperate to shop out every last blemish and shave a quarter of an inch off their waist? Apparently so.
Celebrities have made major headlines with their editing scandals. Since you don't need to be an expert to spot a weirdly curved wall or an abnormally narrow arm, the slamming can start seconds after they've posted the shot. Big red circles point out impossible body proportions or shadows that make no sense, and the result can be anything from an apology to being completely ignored. Every Kardashian around has been accused of editing their pics–and the rest. These celebs can be photographed in the street looking like they've just crawled out of a garbage can, and yet when we see their social media, they're dripping in crystals and airbrushed glam. With the reality versus the fake, here are 15 celebs who are clearly editing their pics. They can call #haters all they like, but the comparisons say it all. Ladies and gentlemen of celeb land, good luck defending yourselves...
15 KIM K HAS THIS SHOT TO ANSWER TO
Kim Kardashian may have invented selfie mania, but she sure isn't afraid to dress up the finishing touches. The "famous for being famous" mom of three has made millions from her Instagram account, and her sponsored posts can rake in up to $500,000 each. Between her KKW Beauty line, family shots, and allowing us to tag along on her world travels, there isn't a day we don't get a Kim K shot, and she always looks perfect.
Looking a little less perfect here with visible dark eyes and blotchy skin, the real Kim is a far cry from the uber-polished "Instagram Kim." Everything from her skin tone, brightness, hair, and contouring seem to have been airbrushed here, and it's making us wonder. How can you be a reality star when you won't even face up to reality in your selfies? Your #vibes aren't getting past anyone, Kim.
14 CHRISTINA AGUILERA NEEDS TO ACCEPT THAT "BEAUTIFUL" CAN BE NATURAL
Christina Aguilera has a lot of leverage. Powerful vocals and a whistle register have earned this star the status she deserves, and there's no denying this pint-sized lady comes with a huge voice. Unfortunately though, the singer and reality judge also comes with a huge obsession- her 1940s, pin-up girl looks. Bleach blonde curls, heavy makeup, and glittering gowns are Christina's signature style, but it looks like she's pretty liberal when it comes to applying the magic Photoshop wand.
The promo pics she posts on Instagram for her fragrances couldn't look more artificial. Even if candy cane pink and a burlesque finish are what she's going for, they're a million miles from the real Christina. Honestly, we think she looks way more beautiful without the fakery.
13 BELLA THORNE HAS US QUESTIONING HER PHOTOS
Bella Thorne didn't get famous because her first name means "beautiful" in Italian, although it did help. The actress is known for her rebel image, but she's equally considered beautiful and talented. Her risqué Instagram snaps often challenge global issues like gender equality and freedom of speech, but a fair few of her shots seem to have their own equality and freedom issues.
The suspiciously different nose and super flawless complexion we see on Instagram seem a little too perfect given how she looks in this photo, and there's definitely more at play here than a thin layer of concealer. Bella is a role model to millions of women and young girls, so it's sad to see that she's ranking so highly on this list. FYI, that does not mean she's ranking highly in our books. She looks great without all the editing, and certainly doesn't need it.
12 BRITNEY SPEARS IS DESPERATELY COVERING UP THE TRUTH
Britney Spears may still be a music mogul, but her attempts to hold onto her sweetheart image are getting more fake by the minute. Britney has definitely nailed the "cute and innocent" look on Instagram, where she posts several photos of herself looking flawless.
Britney may be pretty fit on account of her energetic dance routines, but it all starts to change when you glance at this photo. A notably different (but still beautiful) figure is the first thing we notice, although she really has nothing to be ashamed of. The messy hair, pasty complexion, and "forgot to remove last night's makeup" are more questionable, though. Britney has repeatedly been accused of editing her Instagram and Twitter pics, and with these two snaps as evidence, it doesn't look like she's got much defence. She should show the world her natural beauty.
11 KHLOE KARDASHIAN HAS BEEN ACCUSED OVER AND OVER
Mom-to-be Khloe Kardashian may have bigger things on her mind, but this reality star isn't immune from the #Photoshop backlash. To be fair, you only get the backlash if you appear to be editing your images, and Khloe's had too many of these to count. Khloe has re-defined her status as a fitness guru, but her #waistgang pics and rock-hard abs have been slammed for being fake and encouraging a negative body image. Kardashian curves have made women around the world proud of their shape, so we're not quite sure why Khloe felt it necessary to go to this extreme to perfect her look.
Looking a lot more "real," this pic pretty much says it all. Khloe is set to have her first baby any day now. While the media might forget the old "edits," Khloe will probably start all over again as she fights to get back in shape after giving birth.
10 LESS THAN MODEL BEHAVIOUR FROM CARA DELEVINGNE
Cara Delevingne may be climbing the supermodel ranks, but this is just one more celeb who's throwing us question marks. The British model and actress fell under fire after her Suicide Squad image appeared to have been Photoshopped, and it made major headlines in The Daily Mail. It was then a similar story for her modeling campaigns. Her 2014 La Perla campaign showed a suspiciously slimmed down Cara, and let's face it, this girl is already slender.
The face of power brands like Dolce & Gabbana and Chanel has taken to her social media saying she's "sick" of it all, but we're not the ones standing there with weird proportions. Her lingerie ads additionally seemed to have received some "curve enhancement," and things just don't add up. Can't a model just be a model these days? Even beautiful women like Cara feel pressured to edit their images.
9 EMINEM HAS US WONDERING WHO'S THE REAL SLIM SHADY
Eminem may not make headlines for his social media, but the rap superstar has made news on account of his appearance, which certainly looks a little different than usual. Eminem made more money in the 2000s than any other music artist, but time has taken its toll on his formerly good looks–you only need to glance up to see what we mean.
Not much about Eminem is fake–in fact, that's a large part of why he's adored. Eminem is in it for the raw passion, and he won't even put his face to a brand for cash. There's definitely a difference between his Instagram posts and the real-life Eminem, though, so like it or not, Eminem is on this list. The dude looks a little bit older in real life, that's all we're saying.
8 PARIS HILTON SEEMS TO BE AIRBRUSHING EVERYTHING FROM HER FACE TO HER WAIST
Paris Hilton may be set to inherit a fortune, but she's got a lot to answer to when it comes to her pics. This socialite was young and cute, but a few too many late nights have let the beauty looking a little more tired and disheveled, and this pic is living proof. Nevertheless, Paris is determined to keep her look young and fresh, but something about the photos she posts just seems to indicate she is trying too hard.
Paris has successful fragrances, and her business mind is clearly telling her that she has to look her best when promoting them. Flawless skin and impeccable hair just aren't cool anymore, and this 37-year-old clearly didn't get the memo. Hey, Paris! It is okay to have one tiny blemish and you know, look like yourself...
7 KENDALL JENNER's $18 MILLION PAYCHECK (POSSIBLY SPONSORED BY PHOTOSHOP?)
Oh look–another supermodel. Kendall Jenner may be an "it" girl on account of her Kardashian-Jenner status, but she's proved her worth as a supermodel. Kendall was the highest-paid model of 2017, and with contracts like Adidas and Calvin Klein under her belt, this lady is earning big bucks. Being part of the Kardashian-Jenner clan means selfies are in the job description, but even supermodel Kendall is feeling the pressure.
Kendall's swimwear selfies have had fans questioning curvy walls and windows, while the model herself appeared to have a way-too-perfect waistline. Kendall has also battled common skin conditions. Having flare-ups is not to be laughed at, but with Kendall flying the flag for #realwomen, should she really be projecting such a flawless image? Her fans would probably love to see that the beauty has some minor flaws of her own, and still looks great. The clue's in the word when you're a "reality" star, Kendall.
6 MARIAH CAREY NEEDS TO WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE
Powerful vocals and a whistle register may mean Mariah Carey is still up there with the singing angels, but her social media is a million miles from reality. Mariah is approaching 50, yet everything from her clothes, body, and skin here suggest she isn't a day over 25. Of course, you're looking at a picture from her Twitter account. If you glance up, though, you can see the difference for yourself.
Looking a lot less glam and with a different figure, the real Mariah looks stressed and completely ridiculous in her teetering heels and tight clothes. We'll assume she paid an editing expert a lot of money to make her look different. We're equally wondering how much she'll have to pay her PR team once the fans start calling Photoshop. She doesn't need to edit her photos, as the real her looks great.
5 SARAH JESSICA PARKER IS TRYING TO HIDE HER NATURAL AGEING
Sarah Jessica Parker owned the 90s with her "single and fabulous" status on HBO's Sex And The City. Her character, Carrie Bradshaw was beautiful, witty, and proud to be an unconventional beauty. Millions of us watched this New York City writer battle her love life in the Big Apple, and with the 90s solidly back, so is SJP. The actress may have played a 30-something then, but now 53, she's officially middle-aged.
Being 50 in Hollywood is nothing to be ashamed of (and if you're Jennifer Aniston, you can prove 50 is the new 40). SJP has been looking a little tired, though, but her social media has managed to delete 15 years off her age. With successful fragrance and shoe lines, the actress is desperate to hang onto her old looks, but she isn't fooling anyone. Her fragrance may be called "Lovely," but when you fiddle with your pics, "lovely" isn't the vibe you're sending out to your fans who want to accept their own natural beauty.
4 KYLIE JENNER IS ONE GIANT PHOTOSHOP
The fourth Kardashian on this list, Kylie Jenner may be winning the race when it comes to followers, but she isn't playing by the rules. Kylie made even more headlines in 2018 following the surprise announcement of her baby girl, Stormi Webster, but the youngest Kardashian was raising eyebrows long before she was pregnant. First, there were her suspiciously large lips. Then came the endless selfies that either had a ridiculously small waist, or disproportionate curves.
Fans have accused Kylie of slimming down and curving up more times than we can count, and this pic points it out in red ink. Instead of apologizing for causing any offence, Kylie has hit back at the haters. In Kylie's world, curved walls become curtains, and that's the final statement. Considering she's now a mom, maybe it's time to grow up and be a role model?
3 LINDSAY LOHAN IS CLEARLY PAYING SOMEONE A LOT OF MONEY TO CHANGE HER PHOTOS
Lindsay Lohan is more famous for having a difficult time than anything else, although a few of you may remember her as an actress. The Mean Girls star seems to find trouble wherever she goes, and the paparazzi are quick to photograph her looking less-than-perfect. When it comes to her Instagram, we've seen Lindsay flaunt a drastically flattened stomach and some questionably curvy proportions. Bathroom selfies are fine if they're real stuff, but Lindsay is playing a dangerous game, and fans are asking her to face up. Considering she barely looks awake in this pic, we'll assume she's not hearing us. Lindsay should embrace her natural looks, because when she does, she looks great.
2 JOHN MAYER REALLY PUSHES THE BOUNDARIES HERE
Okay, so this pic probably didn't set out with "real" as its agenda, but John Mayer sure is living up to his player reputation here. The singer is posing here with the founder of CollegeHumor.com, so it's definitely poking fun at the whole editing thing. Still, if you're editing your pics, you get stuck on this list, and John is no exception.
John actually has his own wax figure (so is probably used to all the fakery), but this video game look is kind of giving us weird feelings. John may be a super-talented music artist, but he's broken a fair few hearts (including Jen Aniston's), so we're not letting him off the hook entirely.
1 JESSICA BIEL DOES NOT NEED TO EDIT ANYTHING
Why, oh why do beautiful women like Jessica Biel continue to turn their backs on natural beauty? Jessica's good looks have found her fame, fortune, plus a certain Justin Timberlake as a husband. Sure, she isn't looking her best in the street here, but the photos she posts on Instagram look a little too "done." We see the chiseled cheekbones, sculpted abs, and blemish-free face, and it is not necessary. Jessica is desperately trying to portray the fit mom she is, but is any of this really necessary? She is already beautiful.
If you've ever felt pressure to look perfect from your friends or the celeb world, you'll agree that the editing of social media pics needs to stop. It's making teens go out of their minds with insecurity, and it's really bad for body image. These celebs are supposed to be role models–not examples of negativity. It's time the world saw these pics.
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