Dutch graphic design student, Zilla van den Born is a sneaky little so and so. She recently conducted an experiment on the power of phoney and misleading photos on social media.

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For five weeks, Zilla tricked her family and friends into believing that she was on a long and exciting holiday through South East Asia. The truth is that she never set foot outside of her home city of Amsterdam.

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When she did have to leave the house, she had a disguise so that nobody would recognise her. 

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To achieve her project, Zilla spent 42-days hidden away in her house editing pictures of her traveling around doing tons of fun stuff. The two pics below reveal her Photoshop skill and technique.

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Zilla mentions that she was inspired to combine two passions together: photo manipulation and traveling, AND she wanted to prove “how easily reality gets distorted.”

We’d say she definitely did that…

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Plotting her elaborate ploy, Zilla thought of adventures you’d typically expect see a tourist do, waved her Photoshop wand and then shared them on Facebook.

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After pulling their legs for over a month she sent her friends and family a video revealing what she’s been up to. 

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“If I had the chance to do it again, I don’t think I would do it again,” she told Buzzfeed “I really underestimated the impact of the project on myself and the people around me!”

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