Student Amelia Perrin recently wrote a post for The Tab about what it's like to have your face stolen. They didn't actually steal it from her skull and put it on ice. Instead, they copied her Instagram selfies and uploaded them to a phony account for the purpose of catfishing unsuspecting people. Here's the real Amelia:
Here's the phony using Amelia's face:
And the theft wasn't just happening on Instagram. Whoever is using Amelia's photos even tried to get a modeling contract in real life:
I was contacted by a photographer on Facebook. He said he’d met “me” on a modeling website, where people post their pictures in hopes of getting jobs or shoots. The person posing as me had uploaded all of my most-liked pictures from Facebook, and sent the photographer x-rated nudes with the face cropped out as well.
The photographer sent me all the photos he had of “me”, asking if I’d sent these nudes to anyone who might want revenge. Fortunately, the nudes could only have been me if I’d somehow gained about nine stone overnight (I’m not quite sure how he didn’t put two and two together). However, the (clothed) pictures were mine.
The catfish had given him a fake address and made him drive to a location with nothing there and said it was her house, where they would conduct the photoshoot. Not only was she using my photos and pretending her nudes were me, the profile she was using was actually under my name, Amelia Perrin.
Some friends found the beccathompson1996 Instagram account, and they and Amelia started commenting at the user to take the photos down, but got blocked. Only once Amelia direct messaged the user in a threatening manner did he or she finally delete the photos and start using some other lady's face.
All of this sounds traumatic enough, but after writing about the experience for The Tab, things got worse. The Tab seems to attract pretty negative commenters, and this once brought out some of the worst:
You are unbelievably narcissistic. Can't blame you though, you would get your back doors smashed in.
When you so desperately use your appearance to get attention and are so self-infatuated, this sort of thing tends to happen.
And that's not counting all the tweets and comments she's getting on other social media.
Of course, if you really believe taking photos of yourself and putting them on Instagram means you deserve to have them stolen and used to catfish sad dudes, you better go check your account and work that delete button. Amelia says she's not changing a damn thing:
Some people will say I should just stop uploading selfies if I don’t want them to get stolen, but why should I change myself just because there are arseholes out there in the world? That’s like saying if you don’t want to get robbed, don’t own things.
She did decide to start throwing a watermark on there: