A prolific travel blogger has been accused of posting doctored photos of herself in beauty spots around the world. Amelia Liana was caught out when she shared a photo of herself in New York on Instagram. Her followers spotted there was something amiss, her photo was purportedly taken at the top of the Rockerfeller Center in Manhattan, but the 4 years old Freedom Tower was nowhere to be seen.
One wrote ‘Cute! That’s pre-World Trade Center though…the skyline is very, very different now.’ And another said ‘Why is this skyline completely photoshopped? The buildings are different now.’ A further comment on the photo said ‘Thats not what NYC looks like…and your reflection in the mirror isnt reversed…its just copy and pasted on top…’
Alongside the photo, posted on May 25 this year, Liana wrote ‘What a welcome to NYC #TopOfTheRock.’ Experts from The Times picture desk confirmed that an photo of the blogger had been superimposed over an old photo of New York.
Another photo that raised questions was an image of Liana in front of the Taj Mahal in India. Noticeable by their absence were crowds of tourists usually seen at the tourist attraction. Also missing, eagle eyed viewers spotted, was scaffolding at 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 photo, one commenter said ‘It’s actually ridiculous how much you photoshop your content. The fact that you’ve EDITED IN these birds.’ Another wrote ‘This is hilarious. Do (sic) badly edited.’ The 26 years 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.
Photos 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 photo 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”‘
In a statement 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.’ Her biography on agency Storm’s website states ‘Style and beauty influencer Amelia stormed onto the YouTube scene in 2013 with her channel and blog amelialiana and has quickly developed a cherished and open relationship with her growing audience. Her relaxed style and charm has led to Amelia becoming a trusted confidante to her followers, enabling her to deliver invaluable advice and guidance on more delicate topics beyond traditional beauty and fashion.’
She is based between London and NY, where a number of her Instagram photos are posted from. The blogger was yesterday spotted in crowd watching tennis at Wimbledon. After being alerted by fans to fact she had appeared on television, Liana wrote ‘Apparently am on TV at Wimbledon! Did anyone get a picture? Haha!! I wanna see!’ One photo posted on Instagram by the blogger appears to show her walking into oncoming traffic in NY, prompting some users to warn about her safety.