Influencer stages fake trip to Bali with a photoshoot in IkeaFebruary 23, 2020
When Natalia Taylor posted pictures of her trip to Bali on Instagram, her followers loved it.
‘Our Bali princess,’ one said.
But Natalia wasn’t actually in Bali – instead, she was posting pictures from a photoshoot in Ikea, posed to look like she was in Indonesia instead.
The influencer, who has over 316,000 followers on Instagram, revealed the whole thing to her followers last week, just a few days after her ‘return’ from Bali.
On 6 February, she posted three sets of pictures that she claimed were from her holiday – posing with a phone and at a dressing table, dressed up in an apartment and in a garden and finally a shoot in a bathtub, complete with bath robe and towel wrapped around her head.
She geotagged each one with the Bali location to make her followers think that’s where she was.
She said that she thought Bali was ‘ perfect place to totally fake an Instagram vacation and totally lie to all of my followers’.
Even some of her close friends believed the posts.
To make it a little more obvious, she asked the photographer Ally Amodeo to leave some of the Ikea tags in the pictures, to see if any of her followers were ‘a little too smart for this challenge.’
Some did spot that something was a little off with one person commenting on her second set of photos: ‘ Y does the 1st photo look like it was shot in ikea.’
In her video ‘ i FAKED a vacation at IKEA’, she promised that she wasn’t being sponsored by the Swedish furniture store but she wanted to show her followers how easy it is to stage something for social media.
She said: ‘Don’t trust everything you see on the internet. Sometimes, people wanna lie about who they are as a person and it’s not hard to do apparently.’
She’s not the first influencer to fake a trip on social media like this.
Casey Sosnowski was called out by her sister when she told followers she was going on a hike but it was all posed in their garden.