Scrolling through travel bloggers’s Instagram feeds can give you a serious case of wanderlust, but sometimes the stuff they post seems a little too good to be true. According to some followers, such might the case for 26-year-old travel blogger Amelia Liana, who has been accused of photoshopping her pictures from different destinations all over the world, The Times reports.
In a now-deleted post from Amelia’s account taken at the top of New York City’s Rockefeller Center, some of her more geographically informed followers noticed that the World Trade Center tower was noticeably absent from the Lower Manhattan skyline. The building was completed in 2013, and the image appears to be taken in 2017, so fans noted that something didn’t quite add up.
Upon further investigation, Amelia’s followers found similar omissions and discrepancies throughout her pictures. In a recent photo in front of India’s Taj Mahal, the scaffolding that has been present since 2008 is completely MIA, as are any other tourists. According to News.com.au, a May 28 photo of the Manhattan Bridge has been heavily edited. And in one head-scratch-inducing image, Amelia appears to be lying in bed directly on top of the London skyline.
She doctored photos. According to Bridge, while it is obvious that Liana actually visits the places she blogs about, the photos that she shares on Instagram have obviously been doctored. In a recent photo supposedly showing the graduate of Nottingham University at the top of the 70-story Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, for instance, Liana’s followers noticed that the Freedom Tower was missing, although it had been completed since July 2013!