23 Celebs Who Shared Their Raw And Unedited Photos On Instagram

Kasia Mikolajczak
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There is a lot of pressure on celebrities to show the best part of themselves. Many times even photos taken during a photoshoot get retouched. But some stars are very open and honest about how they look, stretch marks and all. And, I think it's really wonderful to see.

So I thought it would be cool to share a few of such candid photos celebs have shared online. Take a look at them and be reminded that we are all beautiful in our own ways.

Rachel Bloom

If you happen to break out when you're overtired and overworked, you're not the only one. As it turns out, celebrities are people, too. And they can break out just like the rest of us. We just don't happen to see it that often. But Rachel Bloom isn't afraid to share this candid shot.

Lucy Hale

Lucy Hale in an Instagram story showing her with zit cream on her face
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Speaking of breakouts, you don't see this every day. Oh, yeah! What do you know, Lucy Hale uses zit cream too, ha, ha. Well, you've got to do what you've got to do. Am I right? It's cool to see that she has a great sense of humor and shares such candid shots with her Instagram audience, huh?

Brooklyn Decker

And even beauties like Brooklyn Decker aren't immune to a little breakout here and there. How do you combat it? A little zit treatment never hurt anyone. We all have been through this, and celebrities are just like the rest of us. This is proof.

Ashley Graham

"I workout. I do my best to eat well. I love the skin I'm in. And I'm not ashamed of a few lumps, bumps or cellulite.. and you shouldn't be either."

Amen, sister! You can always count on Ashley Graham to be honest with her audience, and I, for one, love her for that.

Kandee Johnson

Even beauty influencers don't shy away from showing their audience the truth. Check out this video Kandee Johnson posted of herself before and after her makeup application. That's quite the difference, huh? I love this whole vibe here.

Sarah Hyland

Sarah Hyland in an Instagram story about her health issues
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Even though Sarah Hyland has a successful acting career, that doesn't mean she never struggles. In fact, he has been candid with her audience, talking about her chronic kidney condition.

Hyland has kidney dysplasia, a condition that occurs before birth in which fluid-filled cysts develop instead of normal kidney tissue, and she had two kidney transplants.

Iskra Lawrence

Yes, you can be a model and still have cellulite. Iskra Lawrence proudly displayed her bum in this Instagram photo and celebrated all these little imperfections by saying "95% of female bodies have #celluLIT. It's natural and our skin is beautiful just the way it’s meant to be."

Right on!

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen is more than happy to give us a glimpse into her non-glamorous life. She often shares candid shots of herself looking makeup free. Here she showed a little cute before and after, and I think that's so nice to see, huh?

Kim Kardashian

What happens when your sister posts an unflattering picture of you on her Instagram? In the case of Kim Kardashian, who got made fun of by her sister Khloe, it's A-Okay, ha, ha! It looks like somebody fell asleep with those oversized sunglasses, huh? Remember to take them off next time.

Jameela Jamil

"Boob stretch marks are a normal, beautiful thing. I have stretch marks all over my body and I hereby rename them all Babe Marks. They are a sign my body dared to take up extra space in a society that demands our eternal thinness. They are my badge of honour for resisting society’s weaponizing of the female form."

You tell them, alright.

Barbie Ferreira

As women, our bodies go through lots of changes throughout the years. And you know what? That's totally okay. Here Barbie Ferreira celebrates her "lil stripes" and isn't ashamed to show them off to the world. I say kudos to her for that.

Bekah Martinez

After a woman has a baby, her body changes. So, you can choose to get upset about it or let society's pressures to snap back into shape get to you, or you can just embrace it. This former Bachelor contestant celebrates all mom bods, including her own. Bravo!

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato on Instagram stories showing her body imperfections
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Demi Lovato went super candid when she shared a series of selfies on her Instagram stories. In those shots, she talked about having no thigh gap, stretch marks, and showing her cellulite. But no matter what, she still loves herself. Aww, isn't that amazing or what?

Mindy Kaling

How do celebrities get those perfectly straight smiles? Well, it could be that mouthguard, ha, ha. Here Mindy Kaling shared her little secret with the rest of us, and I think that's so awesome. She'll have that smile fixed in no time.

Priyanka Chopra

Newsflash, women grow hair on the inside of their armpits too, hee-hee. It's not just men. But society has pressured us to shave it all off. But Priyanka Chopra doesn't care if you see a little armpit hair. And I say, good for her.


Get this — women have hair on their legs. Oh, yeah! That's right. So if you happen to see a lady who hasn't shaved hers, don't worry about it. It's totally normal. Even Rihanna lets her leg hair go wild once in a while, ha, ha. Here the countdown to summer is on.


Zendaya was shocked to find out that a photo taken of her that ended up on the cover of Modeliste Magazine got heavily retouched. She posted this comparison photo on Instagram. Shortly after, the magazine took the images down and fixed the issue using the original photo instead. Way to go, Zendaya!

Hilary Duff

When Hilary Duff became a mother, all she wanted was to enjoy her time with her baby. But paparazzi are always out there looking to snap an unflattering picture of you. So here she beat them to the punch and celebrated her backside stretchmarks and all. I don't know about you, but I love her for it.

Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer has been open with fans about her struggle with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. The condition affects women and one of its side effects can be visible acne. Keke shared their unedited photos with fans to let them know they aren't alone in their struggle with acne and to see a doctor to find the cause of their condition.

Helen Mirren

We're used to seeing Helen Mirren glammed up on the red carpet but the Oscar-winning actress wanted to remind us that she wakes up without makeup in the morning just like everyone else. Honestly, she still looks like a million bucks to me.

Olivia Munn

Olivia Munn proudly showed off her cellulite even after some rude people online tried to shame her for it. Olivia's message is clear and simple: Cellulite is natural and if you've got it, flaunt it!

Katy Perry

Katy Perry in postpartum underwear and a nursing bra.
instagram | @katyperry

Katy Perry snapped this selfie shortly after giving birth to her daughter. While it's not her most glamorous photo, it does speak to the reality of being a new mom. Most women who have given birth know the aftermath usually involves lots of disposable underwear and a good nursing bra or two.

Lili Reinhart

Lili Reinhart with acne cream on her face.
instagram | @lilireinhart

The Riverdale actress has struggled with acne throughout her life. She shared this photo with fans featuring acne cream on some of her breakout spots to remind them that everyone deals with skin issues from time to time.

Isn't it cool to see celebrities embrace their imperfections?

Liza from Younger saying "I couldn't agree more."
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I say go for it. We need to see more candid photos and stories like these. After all, those who are in the spotlight are role models for young people out there. So the more they show us who they really are, the more kids out there will accept their flaws. Do you agree with me?