You shouldn’t always believe what you see on social media. Instagram especially is full of users who carefully curate their feeds with doctored images and “highlight reels” that don’t necessarily reflect their real lives. Because of this, it’s not surprising to hear that a popular Instagram influencer had to admit editing her pics, but it is still weirdly disappointing.
Travel blogger Tupi Saravia of Buenos Aires, who has over 280,000 followers, was called out this week after her fans noticed something weird about many of her vacation snaps: many of them had the exact same cloud formation regardless of where she was and what time of day the photo was taken.
This travel ‘influencer’ spookily has the same clouds in every photo. ??? pic.twitter.com/uYzXhTiRJp
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) August 28, 2019
Saravia admitted that she does indeed edit her photos with an app called Quickshot, which allows her to superimpose cloud formations into her pics at will. While that seems pretty weird, she’s a bit flummoxed by all the attention the issue is getting and told Buzzfeed News that she only uses it to “help the composition of the photograph when the sky is burned or overexposed.”
She also revealed that while Quickshot offers several different cloud formations via its Sky Control feature, Saravia regularly uses the same one simply because she likes it. However, she insists that none of this was a secret and she’s quite open about editing her pics.
“[My followers] were always aware about this because I never hide it. I always tell [them] the apps I use,” she said via email. “Actually I’m the first one to tell the joke [that] the clouds are following me around the world.”
As for the negative feedback she’s received from social media users who have questioned her integrity and accused her of “faking” her posts, Saravia isn’t budging. “I really don’t see the big deal [here], I never lied about it,” she said. “I haven’t done anything wrong, and it was never my intention.”
This really bums me out. There’s so many people who want what she has: a fabricated online reality ?
— Mark Ventura ?? (@ItsMarkVentura) August 28, 2019
Either way, one thing is clear: pretty much everything you see on an Instagram influencer’s account is fake, and that’s probably not going to change anytime soon.