A woman recreates Instagram influencer's photos to show what life is really like — and the side-by-side photos are hilarious

  • Geraldine West shows what life is really like behind those flawless Instagram photos.
  • Her snaps poke fun at the calculated way Instagram influencers craft their posts to make their lives seem perfect.
  • In less than a year, her relatable photos have garnered over 40,000 followers on Instagram.

Who doesn’t secretly wish their life was more like the flawless ones seen in Instagram photos? But what you see on Instagram is seldom real life, and that’s what Geraldine West set out to prove.

The 33-year-old Instagrammer from Germany pokes fun at those perfectly curated photos, putting her own self-deprecating spin on pictures that influencers upload.

Her hilarious side-by-sides have already garnered her over 40,000 followers in less than a year. Keep scrolling to see why.

West was born in Frankfurt and now lives in Cologne.

geraldinewest_/Instagram‘How to be an influencer when you’re single.’

“As a child I loved to make people smile and laugh. It still makes me very happy,” West told INSIDER.

She got the idea for her posts after a frustrating day in which she saw dozens of Instagrams showing blonde women peering through doughnuts.

geraldinewest_/Instagram‘Happy birthday.’

If you’ve spent some time on Instagram, you’ve probably had a lot of déjà vu.

West noticed that Instagram influencers’ followers would take their photos and reconstruct them for their own accounts.

geraldinewest_/Instagram‘Back to Cologne.’

“I just want to make people laugh about this chase for perfection by making fun of myself,” she said.

Instead of doing that, she decided to put her own self-deprecating spin on photos.

geraldinewest_/Instagram‘Influencer vs. Mrs. Monster.’

Her relatability shows in the thousands of likes her photos receive on Instagram.

The results are hilarious side-by-sides that we can all relate to.

geraldinewest_/Instagram‘The perfect Insta pic?’

Most people’s lives aren’t as put together as Instagram will have us think.

“The main idea is to entertain people by pointing out that life isn’t always as perfect and ‘rose gold’ as many pictures of influencers on Instagram make us believe,” West said.

geraldinewest_/Instagram‘Sport is murder.’

She also hopes to counter the anxiety many of us feel when posting an Instagram photo.

She hopes her pictures “take away a little pressure,” which she says she feels too when uploading photos to Instagram.

geraldinewest_/Instagram‘It’s time to wash.’

That said, West points out that she also doesn’t want to feel “superior to someone” or “condemn anyone.”

“The best compliment is when someone writes to me and tells me that he or she just had a terrible day and that I made them laugh anyway,” she said.


West hopes her photos will show people that it’s ok to be imperfect.

Life isn’t picture-perfect, and West’s pictures show us that that’s totally ok.

geraldinewest_/Instagram‘Who are those people that go to bed without the New York Times, donuts and fairy lights? How can they sleep at all?’

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