This Influencer Faked An Entire Trip To Coachella

If you go to Coachella without taking pictures in front of the ferris wheel, did you really even go? While most Instagrammers flooded feeds with snaps from this year’s Coachella festival, one was faking the whole thing — and she’s admitted to everything. YouTuber Gabbie Hanna successfully fooled her 3.8 million Instagram followers into thinking she’d spent Easter dancing in the California desert in an effort to lift the lid on the nature of social media and how easy it is to trick followers.


Over the weekend, Hanna posted a collection of images claiming to be at the festival. In fact, she simply dressed up in classic “Coachella garments”, posed in an empty field and hired tech experts to help her with some “witchcraft”-worthy photoshop skills.


Judging from Gabbie’s social media activity, her 2019 Coachella trip involved multiple wigs in various bright and pastel colours, several outfits and pairs of sneakers completed with matching sunglasses, face paint, an Instagram boyfriend and a heck of a lot of glitter.

In a video uploaded on her YouTube channel, Gabbie explained exactly how she managed to fake her entire Coachella social media coverage.

"Just don't base your life off of the few posts a week from your favorite influencer living this glamorous, amazing, colorful, saturated, hip, trendy, amazing life," Hanna says, sitting in a desk chair wearing a sweatshirt and reading glasses. "Because the whole time I was living my best life at Coachella, I was really, uh, for the most part, sitting in this editing chair."