Not all of us can afford to travel all that often, or go on a mini trip to Disneyland. But when you're on Instagram and have 189,000 followers, you have to figure out a way to keep things interesting. But if you go through your albums and you can't find anything interesting to post, you can just get creative and fool your followers, like British blogger Carolyn Stritch. She posted a photo of herself walking to Sleeping Beauty's castle, but there was more to this photo than meets the eyes, and her fans were completely fooled until she decided to reveal her fabulous, but naughty little secret.
Stritch is the writer behind the blog, "The Slow Traveler," and her Instagram page, which boasts the same name, offers all sorts of insights on fabulous travel locations, as well as some impressive photos that have bumped up her social media following.
She loves taking selfies, like this one, which shows her reading on the floor at home. But she admits that sometimes she feels as though she's looking at a stranger when she looks back at the posts she uploads.
She claimed that she was turning 22 and that she was "treating myself" to a trip to Disneyland in California. Her intention was to take an amazing photo in front of Sleeping Beauty's Castle. So naturally, her fans were excited for her.
She posted a photo and no one had any reason to doubt her sincerity. Even her family members thought she had indulged in this trip fit for a princess. With her inspirational quotes like "life is what you make it," everyone was happy for Stritch. But not everything on social media is what it seems.
It can take a while, but this app is doing wonders to get rid of things like bed hair, blemishes, and wrinkles. In the end, Stritch knows that she'll be a brand-new digitized woman once the process is complete.
Stritch admits that she doesn't recognize the woman looking back at her. It's still the same clothes and the same position, but her lines are gone, her dark circles have vanished, and lips are plumped, her cheekbones are higher, and her nose is thinner.
She also confessed to using digital apps like FaceTune and FaceApp to alter her appearance, so what we've been seeing is really a digital version of Stritch who is 10 years younger than she really is. She manipulated images, came up with a fake story, and fed it to us as the real thing.
She added that in school she learned that we should always "question everything." So when she got home, she decided to question her life on Instagram by creating a fictional narrative. But she does warn that while Instagram is a good venue, there's a line that you risk crossing when you do this.
She admits that she doesn't always pretend like she's been to other places, but she doesn't mind either because she feels that to digitally slim down and lead a seemingly perfect, extroverted lie on social media can be positive too.