Zilla van den Born, a 25-year-old from The Netherlands, decided to trick her friends and family into thinking that she was on a five-week vacation in South-East Asia, when, in reality, she was at home in Amsterdam the whole time, uploading what appeared to be authentic holiday photographs onto Facebook. This was all for a University project in which she wanted to show how social media messages and photographs are not accurate indicators of real life. "I did this to show people that we filter and manipulate what we show on social media. Thereby we create an online ideal world which reality can no longer meet. My goal was to prove how common and easy it is to distort reality," says Born. Continue reading for videos showing her fake trip and a reaction video.
Oddity Central reports, "In the five weeks that Zilla was supposed to be ‘journeying’ through Asia, she made people believe that she'd really been to Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. Her family came to see her off at the airport, but she later took a train back to her apartment in Amsterdam. For the next 42 days, she stayed indoors while cleverly photoshopping herself into photographs of tropical resorts and beautiful beaches. She was able to portray herself doing exciting things like diving and snorkeling (actually shot in her own swimming pool and photoshopped to make them look more exotic), or traveling in traditional tuk-tuks."