Kim, Khloé, Kourtney, Kendall, and Kylie are true social media queens, with over 360 million followers between the five sisters on Instagram alone. They’ve shared everything from outfit photos to manicure and makeup shots, but they really rake in the likes when they share body pics and nude selfies (ahem, Kim).
They’re beautiful girls with great bodies, but it’s become apparent that they’ve edited their photos from time to time. Who would be quick to admit that, though? Doesn’t matter. Anyone with a trained eye—or really just anyone, to be honest—could tell that these photos have been a bit altered.
Read on to see the evidence!
12. Break The Internet
Any social media user who doesn’t recognize this 2014 magazine cover must have been living under a rock when it was released. Plenty of people declared that the photos were undoubtedly retouched, but Paper magazine’s Chief Creative Officer told TMZ that “none of the Photoshopping they did was drastic.”
11. Khloé’s Legs
Khloé posted the photo at left to show off her rock hard stomach. Fans quickly pointed out the apparent retouching that had taken place on Khloé’s leg, and she took the photo down to post the original with a comment. she explained that the difference in her leg size was due to reconstructive surgery following a car accident.
“My right leg is an inch and a half thinner than my left because my muscles deteriorated and never recovered,” she said.
10. Kylie’s Pixelated Outline
Back in 2014, Kylie Jenner uploaded the photo at left and quickly deleted it, only to post the photo at right moments later. Followers remarked that something looked strange, as there’s a noticable pixelated outline around her body at left. Kylie denied that she’d retouched the photo, and it appears she could be right—the photo at left may have just been a much lower resolution than the photo at right.
9. Kim’s Missing Arm
Here’s a shot of Kim in France with one of her close friends Jonathan Cheban. Really, what’s going on with her arm? “Ummm where’s my arm lol,” she wrote on the Instagram post. Shouldn’t she know? How does this even happen? So many questions and so few answers.
8. Kendall’s Bikini Selfie
More of those strange warped lines that should be straight in theory. The curvature on the window and sill in this photo hint that there might have been some smudging done in an image editor, but it’s hard to imagine why. Kendall looks like she’s in great shape.
7. A Weirdass Selfie
Kim posted this photo with Blac Chyna in early 2014 showing off their backsides. Look closely in the mirror at the door frame and tile flooring. It’s super skewed—something’s screwy here. It looks like a smudge tool was used to edit the image and take in Kim’s stomach or thighs. Oy.
6. Bye Bye, Flyaways
Here’s a shot of Kim and husband Kanye from Kendall’s 20th birthday party in 2015. The photo at left was posted and the photo at right later made its way around the web with noticeable retouching on Kim’s chin and flyaway hairs. Such minor details, but they seem to have mattered to Kim.
5. Different Shapes?
Gossip bloggers and Kardashian followers remarked that Kim’s selfie in this skirt and top combo looked very different from paparazzi shots. Maybe it’s true, or maybe it’s a matter of angles and lighting. After all, one photo is taken lower than eye level, and the other is taken from above her height.
4. Throwback Fail
In July 2014, Kim shared a throwback photo and a bit of revisionist history. She posted the photo at left and internet users tracked down the original photo on the right. The dress zipper is gone, for starters, and there are little nips and tucks made to many of Kim’s curves.
“She totally photoshopped the shiz out of it!” wrote Perez Hilton.
3. A Weird One
Kim and Kanye’s daughter North is a brown-eyed girl, but when Kim spotted this retouched photo of North, she shared it on her own Instagram, along with another one featuring a pair of blue eyes. They aren’t colored contacts, but it’s a little bit strange, right?
2. From The Front
Here’s the companion piece to the ass shot from slide seven. This front shot of Kim with Blac Chyna shows the same peculiar curvature on the doorframe, suggesting that this photo was retouched. Also, the warping on the doorframe here goes the opposite way of the other photo—something’s definitely off.
Kim acknowledged the press and said, “I’m proud of my body and my curves, and this picture coming out is probably helpful for everyone to see that just because I am on the cover of a magazine doesn’t mean I’m perfect.”
Honestly, in the end, this all adds up to whatever. Plenty of people count celebrity and entertainment news as a guilty pleasure, and there’s no shame in that. It’s just ultimately important to remember that these are people who make their living by looking as perfect as possible at any given moment. That means that the more flawless they look, the more checks they’ll cash and the more deals they’ll sign, so take the “perfect” photos you see with a grain of salt.
As for the Kardashians and Jenners, they’ll continue posting selfies and Snapchats until the day people stop paying attention—and even then, they won’t stop.