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Travel blogger caught out

A prolific travel blogger has been accused of posting doctored pictures of herself in beauty spots around the world.

Amelia Liana was caught out when she shared a picture of herself in New York on Instagram.

Her followers spotted there was something amiss – her image was purportedly taken at the top of the Rockerfeller Center in Manhattan, but the four-year-old Freedom Tower was nowhere to be seen, reports Daily Mail.

Amelia Liama

One wrote: “Cute! That’s pre-World Trade Center (the new one) though…the skyline is very, very different now.”

And another wrote: “Why is this skyline completely photoshopped? The buildings are different now.”

A further comment on the image said: “Thats not what NYC looks like…and your reflection in the mirror isnt reversed…its just copy and pasted on top…”

Alongside the image, posted on May 25 this year, Liana wrote: “What a welcome to NYC #TopOfTheRock”

Experts from The Times picture desk confirmed that an image of the blogger had been superimposed over an old image of New York.

Another picture that raised questions was an image of Liana in front of the Taj Mahal in India.

Noticeable by their absence were the crowds of tourists usually seen at the tourist attraction.

Also missing, eagle-eyed viewers spotted, was scaffolding at the side of the landmark, and her shadow stopped at the side of the water, suggesting a picture of her had been superimposed.

Referring to a flock of birds in the image, one commenter wrote: “It’s actually ridiculous how much you photoshop your content. The fact that you’ve EDITED IN these birds.”

Another posted: “This is hilarious. Do (sic) badly edited.”

The 26-year-old Londoner, who frequently posts pictures of beauty products and merchandise such as Gucci handbags on her Instagram account – which has nearly 450,000 followers – has been contacted for a comment.

Pictures of Liana holding ice cream seemed to particularly ire followers.

On an Instagram post showing an ice cream being held up in Florence, Italy, one Instagram user wrote: “No problem with editing your instagrams, but when u edit them as much as you do you’re straight up lying to your followers ?? Jus shows that some people are far too obsessed with having an “instagrammable” lifestyle…”

And next to a picture of an unmelted ice cream being held in New York, a commenter wrote: “How is this possible?! That ice cream place is no where near were you ‘took the pic'”

And next to a picture of an unmelted ice cream being held in New York, a commenter wrote:

In a statement to The Times she said: “I have lots of loyal followers that I consider my friends and I would never cheat on them by putting myself in a picture where I wasn’t in a natural location.

“I do strive to present my photographs in the best possible way but always remain faithful to my followers by taking my pictures in real locations.”

The blogger was yesterday spotted in the crowd watching tennis at Wimbledon.

After being alerted by fans to the fact she had appeared on television, Liana wrote:

“Apparently am on TV at Wimbledon! Did anyone get a picture? Haha!! I wanna see!”

One image posted on Instagram by the blogger appears to show her walking into oncoming traffic in New York, prompting some users to warn about her safety. Photo / Instagram

One image posted on Instagram by the blogger appears to show her walking into oncoming traffic in New York, prompting some users to warn about her safety.

 

 

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

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