8 Celebrities Who Have Been Called Out For Fake Social Media Photos


Our generation's obsession with social media has gone too far.

Rather than build connections and find comfort with our true selves, we choose to hide behind screens and go to extreme lengths to portray unrealistic aspects of our lives.

Former Instagram model Essena O'Neill recently spoke up about the artificiality behind popular social media accounts. The model took action by re-captioning her old Instagram posts to reveal the lengths she went to make her shots look perfect.

O'Neill's story ignited an outrage over social media platforms that are based on validation in likes and followers. There is so much pressure for young adults today to fit a certain image; we are constantly on the hunt for new ways to perfect our own shots.

It doesn't help many of the celebrities we look up to are obsessively using these platforms to share flawless photos of themselves. And over the years, celebrities have been accused of posting Photoshopped and retouched pictures of themselves on their social media accounts.

From creating thigh gaps to making stomachs look flatter, some celebrities have gone to extreme lengths to share unrealistic portrayals of who they really are.

Below you can find eight celebrities who have been called out for their fake photos.

Perhaps this will be a reminder you can't believe everything you see on social media, and we all should take a step back from our cell phones and think about what truly matters.

1. Beyoncé

Fans called out Beyoncé for Photoshopping a thigh gap in this photo. You can see the jagged edges along her legs, an immediate giveaway.

Fans also pointed out the distortion of her phone and the wine glass in this photo. You can see the lines on the items slightly bending around her thighs, probably the result from using a liquify tool to try to shrink her thigh.


There is evidence that suggests her thighs may have been altered in the image above as well. If you look between her legs, you can see that the lines of the steps are distorted and do not go straight across behind her.

2. Lindsay Lohan

The photo above shows clear signs of editing. You can see how the door curves with her thigh and butt, proving the righthand side of the photo was altered.

3. Kim Kardashian

If you look closely at the door on the left side, you can see it's curved. This could be due to her slimming her waist with Photoshop.

You can see the curvature of the door again here, except it bends slightly differently than the last photo. The bending of the background image shows Kim may have trimmed her stomach and enhanced her assets.

4. Kylie Jenner


The "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star uploaded the photo on the left before immediately deleting it. You can see the pixelation around her legs, and the jaggedness of the edges. She ended up uploading the image on the right instead, where you can see the edges smoothed, but still a clear difference in the before-and-after photos.

5. Miranda Kerr

The Victoria's Secret model has been accused of retouching her images as well. If you look at the lines on the carpet, you can see they bend in slightly toward her waist. This could be from her trimming down her thighs and stomach.

6. Britney Spears

Now, I'm not quite sure what to call this, but fans accused Britney of drawing on fake abs. If you look at her stomach, you can see dark lines that resemble a six pack.

7. John Mayer

Even John Mayer has gotten some criticism for this photo he uploaded. If you look at their faces, you can see their features are blurred and their skin looks extra smooth. This is most likely a result of airbrushing in Photoshop.

8. Lady Gaga

Fans have pointed fingers at this photo of Lady Gaga. The checkered tiles around her stomach region bend a bit differently than the others, which could allude to the fact that there was some retouching done.

In the end, I consider it most upsetting that even celebrities feel the need to alter their physical appearances to fit the media's distorted perception of beauty.

It's time to say goodbye to unrealistic expectations, and hello to self-love and body acceptance. Let's start now.