YouTuber faked trip to Bali by taking photos in IKEA – and no one had a clue

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Many of us would love to pack up and jet off on holiday to Bali, but very few have the luxury of actually being able to do so.

We are often bombarded with photos of social media stars living their best lives on fabulous trips to places such as these – but can we really believe everything we see on the internet?

One YouTuber has recently reminded us not to get too worked up over other people’s Instagram, after she proved how easy it was to trick her followers into thinking she was on the vacation of a lifetime.

Natalia Taylor shared images with her 314,000 followers, claiming to be having a wonderful time in Bali – but in reality, she was just down the road from her house at IKEA.

Yep, Natalia went into an IKEA store along with a photographer named Ally Amodeo and posed with the furniture displays, to make it look like she was in a fancy hotel.

The vlogger got all dressed up and took photos in a bath tub, sitting at a dressing table in front of an ornate mirror and with a colourful telephone on a wall.

She edited the photos before uploading them, leaving in one or two giveaways such as IKEA price tags, that showed all wasn’t quite as it seemed.

Her first fake Bali post was captioned: “The queen has arrived #Bali.”

Thousands liked the picture and commented to share their thoughts, with many falling for the prank.

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“She really out here living her best life,” wrote one person.

Another replied: “Our Bali Princess.”

“Bali won’t know what hit ’em,” added a third.

Speaking in a video on YouTube, where she revealed exactly how she faked the trip, Natalia said she was shocked by how nice all of the comments on her pictures had been.

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She said: “All of the comments are nice, they’re complimenting me on my dress and my make-up.

“No one even knew. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, I got away with it. Yes, officially fooled all of you into thinking I actually travelled to a different country altogether, when really I just went down the road to my favourite Swedish furniture store.

“I don’t know what I was expecting, to feel like a good person after all of this?”

She added: “I think this video has a lesson, don’t trust everything you see on the internet. Sometimes people want to lie about who they are as a person and it’s not hard to do apparently.”


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