People Post "Fake Transformation" Photos to Demonstrate the Power of Deception

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Sometimes, you see a selfie of someone you know and it looks NOTHING like them. You convince yourself that they've somehow become a Photoshop guru and you're not sure if you hate them for it or want to get in on the action.

Turns out, not all 'too good to be true' photos can be attributed to Photoshop. Australian fitness instructor Mel V started by posting "Before and After" pics of herself that were taken within 15 minutes of each other.

In the photo caption, she revealed her "secret," which essentially came down to posture, a more flattering hairstyle, better-fitting clothes and...a filter. "Cause filters make everything awesome," she wrote.

"What's my point? Don't be deceived by what you see in magazines & on Instagram.. You never see the dozens of other pics they took that wernt [sic] as flattering," she continued. Basically, these fitness transformations we're constantly bombarded with on Instagram aren't always miraculous as they appear to be.

Soon, others started to follow suit and we're shocked at the results of their "fake transformations." The takeaway? Stand tall and be proud of how you look...and that confidence alone will make you look even better than you already do.

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