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Travel influencer Tupi Saravia–known as tupisaravia on Instagram–is being called out for Photoshopping clouds into her photos.
Matt Navarra pointed out on Twitter how Saravia “spookily has the same clouds in every photo” and included some of Saravia’s photos to illustrate. Sure enough, Saravia does have the same exact cloud pattern in her photos, implying she Photoshops them in.
This travel ‘influencer’ spookily has the same clouds in every photo. 😲🤔😆 pic.twitter.com/uYzXhTiRJp— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) August 28, 2019
And here too... pic.twitter.com/LqBdgZgeu7— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) August 28, 2019
Even though altering photos with the help of Facetune and Photoshop is looked down upon, it is a common practice and somewhat normalized. Celebrities are caught in Facetune blunders all the time; the Kardashian-Jenner clan alone are frequently called out after fans notice missing limbs and bent walls in their photos.
Influencers typically alter their photos to make themselves appear slimmer, curvier, tanner, or any other physical alteration you can think of. Photoshopping clouds is a new one, though.
“To be serious for a sec, isn’t this kinda strange behaviour? It goes to prove that the digital world and the real world really are night and day. I’m becoming more and more cynical (getting old!!) towards online ‘influencers’ – I think it’s a bubble, that will eventually go pop,” Twitter user Simon Murdoch wrote.
To be serious for a sec, isn't this kinda strange behaviour? It goes to prove that the digital world and the real world really are night and day. I'm becoming more and more cynical (getting old!!) towards online 'influencers' - I think it's a bubble, that will eventually go pop— Simon Murdoch 📻📱 (@Simon_Murdoch) August 28, 2019
Now was obviously the time for anyone sitting on their cloud-influencer jokes to whip them out.
“Those clouds are loyal followers,” Alexis Coste quipped.
Those clouds are loyal followers ☺️— Alexis Coste (@LeSocialoMedia) August 28, 2019
It's actually the cloud's IG account— Agustin Serrate (@AguSerrate) August 28, 2019
Maybe the clouds paid for endorsement? ☁️☁️💵— Chris Williams (@ChrisDWilliams) August 28, 2019
Travel preparations— Peacefully Political (@samgupt) August 28, 2019
- Passport ✅
- Ticket ✅
- Forex ✅
- Clouds ✅ ✅ ✅
I swear I'm on vacation [Part II]. pic.twitter.com/AZ6DV0ci1Y— 🚀 Maybe: Mish Matheus (@MishMatheus) August 28, 2019
After the Photoshopped clouds allegations, Saravia made her Instagram account private. She did, however, seem to be taking the whole thing in stride. Scott Buscemi posted on Twitter that Saravia poked fun at herself by Photoshopping lightening and memes of herself into the sky.
She posted this on her story hahahah pic.twitter.com/gHk5fYRt4g— Scott Buscemi (@scottbuscemi) August 28, 2019
Eilish O'Sullivan is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism and government at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle and the Daily Texan.