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19-Year-Old Fakes Living A Luxurious Life For An Instagram Experiment, Is Surprised With How Easy It Is
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19-Year-Old Fakes Living A Luxurious Life For An Instagram Experiment, Is Surprised With How Easy It Is

Designer clothing, flights on a private jet, and glamorous parties – all yours for the price of photo editing apps. Byron Denton, a London-based vlogger, began posting photos of himself in late January living life as an uber-rich Instagram influencer, but without the actual luxury goods. The 19-year-old wanted to conduct a social experiment to see how easy it would be to fake a luxurious life to his followers and how they would respond. It turns out social media is one intoxicating drug, not only were people convinced the engagement on his page skyrocketed and all it took was some editing.

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Known to his Youtube followers as ‘tbhbyron‘ the content creator told Insider he was inspired by fellow YouTuber George Mason, who had faked going on vacation for a week at the beginning of the year. “I saw a lot of people Faking it and stuff, but I thought it would be cool to take a different approach,” Denton told them.

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He was curious to explore the lust people held for these high-profile figures saying, “I’d always wondered if the reason people are so obsessed with celebrities was due to the fact they can afford to live a life not everyone can.”

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And according to the results, the answer might be yes. This photo of Denton “lounging in a private jet,” received 1,000 likes in only seven seconds. Talk about the power of clout. But the influencer frenzy was not just limited to high-class experiences but expensive fashion as well.

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In his YouTube video reveal he said, “I did this to try and compare whether wearing designer items would actually encourage people to like your photos or not, so if we go back to a photo I posted on 1 December, wearing a semi-cute outfit, kinda basic but still kinda cute, this actually ended up getting 2,234 likes, 44 comments, and 113 profile visits,” but then compare that to his new “designer” lifestyle?

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“Me wearing a designer top or designer shoes, the likes I got on those photos even though it’s still an outfit of a day though, just of me wearing a certain outfit, just doesn’t contain any designer, to then be pulling 12,000 likes, so that’s like 10,000 more people clicking the like button of me wearing designer, just because I’m wearing designer.”

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To the untrained eye, these edited photos look pretty convincing, and the vlogger said most people bought it. In his interview, he said he got only about five messages questioning the new influencer life. Even his own family members were shocked at his new lavish choices and commented about his suddenly attained wealth.

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“I had a lot of messages from my friends asking how I was affording all the designer stuff and a lot of comments from my followers asking if I’d won the lottery or something,” said Denton.

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Throughout the week, his comments, likes, and followers all continued to grow at an astonishing rate. He said he thinks part of the intrigue was a curiosity more than anything else, “I’m pretty open with my audience about everything in my life, so to them, it was unusual.”

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Faking it is the currency of the social media world, it’s even how influencers get their start. Sure these brand advertisers can earn well into the six-figure mark but getting there is no easy feat. Many brand influencers when they are just starting out will fake ads or sponsored posts just to get on the map.

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An example of “sponcon” is Taylor Evans who faked the purpose of a trip to Miami. The influencer was there on vacation but spun the captions to make it look as though she was on an all-expenses-paid press trip. This type of fake clout can make actually companies want you to represent them.

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So how did he pull all of this off? The answer is a mixture of several different photo-editing apps: FaceTune, PicsArt, and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for the finishing touches. Denton explained he would superimpose two images together using FaceTune and PicsArt. The average time for each fake shoot was around 45 minutes from shooting to editing.

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Denton strikes a pose outside of the Louis Vuitton store for the perfect glam shot

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Who on Instagram doesn’t love a good boomerang shot? It’s the little touches that really sell it.

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The last step, let the likes and comments come flooding in, after all you’re a model now.

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The whole experiment was not only entertaining but a lesson in social media power, “[The experiment has] made me question everyone’s moves on social media,” the vlogger said. “Do a lot of the high-profile bloggers these days actually make their way to the top by being honest or do they fake some of it?”

Watch Denton explain how he did it on his channel

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Stcejbo Era Nemow
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3 years ago

Gotta be honest. This whole post was crappy to read. Could have been interesting, but it isn't.

tuzdayschild
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3 years ago

Gotta agree

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leeroy jenkins
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3 years ago

this is what angers me about modern day media. the people on youtube that have spent countless hours to make quality content, the people who spend more countless hours to give viewers something to enjoy, the work gets washed away by some person on the internet that is either rich, or has a chest (if a know what i mean). im not complaining to this guy, props to him for exposing the people that only like if its got money labeled in it, but it just goes to show that the only 2 ways to get a community together is either being "rich" or spending many years to achieve it. its getting harder and harder for people such as myself to start a channel or page for views if we dont have the essentials of what modern media wants. we can still try with hard labor but its also sad when hard labor gets beat by someone with a camera picturing how there life is better than yours.

Reggie Kraken
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3 years ago

Leeeerooooooy Jennnkinnnns

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Wil Vanderheijden
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3 years ago

If you really believe all these Youtubers "living the dream" than I've got the original London Tower Bridge for sale, just for you. Also for sale: Solid proof that the earth is flat, Original pictures debunking the moon landing and the Latest pictures of Elvis Presley playing golf in a secret resort.

leeroy jenkins
Community Member
3 years ago

i never said they are living the dream. im saying they worked hard to be where they are to provide entertainment to people while all these rich kids have to do is either show their money or show their tits. i would give all my money to someone who works for it rather than beg for it by acting like prostitutes.

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Stcejbo Era Nemow
Community Member
3 years ago

Gotta be honest. This whole post was crappy to read. Could have been interesting, but it isn't.

tuzdayschild
Community Member
3 years ago

Gotta agree

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leeroy jenkins
Community Member
3 years ago

this is what angers me about modern day media. the people on youtube that have spent countless hours to make quality content, the people who spend more countless hours to give viewers something to enjoy, the work gets washed away by some person on the internet that is either rich, or has a chest (if a know what i mean). im not complaining to this guy, props to him for exposing the people that only like if its got money labeled in it, but it just goes to show that the only 2 ways to get a community together is either being "rich" or spending many years to achieve it. its getting harder and harder for people such as myself to start a channel or page for views if we dont have the essentials of what modern media wants. we can still try with hard labor but its also sad when hard labor gets beat by someone with a camera picturing how there life is better than yours.

Reggie Kraken
Community Member
3 years ago

Leeeerooooooy Jennnkinnnns

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Wil Vanderheijden
Community Member
3 years ago

If you really believe all these Youtubers "living the dream" than I've got the original London Tower Bridge for sale, just for you. Also for sale: Solid proof that the earth is flat, Original pictures debunking the moon landing and the Latest pictures of Elvis Presley playing golf in a secret resort.

leeroy jenkins
Community Member
3 years ago

i never said they are living the dream. im saying they worked hard to be where they are to provide entertainment to people while all these rich kids have to do is either show their money or show their tits. i would give all my money to someone who works for it rather than beg for it by acting like prostitutes.

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