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Shay Mitchell Responded After Being Called Out for Some of Her Travel Instagrams

Shay Mitchell Responded After Being Called Out for Some of Her Travel Instagrams

Last week, Shay Mitchell was accused of taking a handful of photos from other blogs and passing them off as her own #Shaycation travel Instas from her recent trip to China. The evidence, gathered by StyleCaster, includes a shot she recently posted on her Instagram Story of Hong Kong’s Monster Building that seems to have first appeared on camera brand Canon’s own Hong Kong travel blog — and included a computer cursor in the bottom left corner when Shay posted it. Another of Shay’s posts, uploaded in late March and depicting the Jing’an Temple in Shanghai, was actually originally posted by the account @shanghainowandthen in 2016, as proven by the identical positioning of the tourists in the two photos.

Still another of the Pretty Little Liars star’s “borrowed” posts, depicting a block of pastel-colored buildings, appears to have been taken by photographer Jan Vranovsky in Tokyo in 2014; per StyleCaster, Shay included “#ShaycationHongKong” in her caption when she posted the photo in early April, presumably implying that she had taken it during her 2018 trip to Hong Kong, which is in a completely different country than Tokyo. Additionally, two more shots from Shay’s time in China — one of the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an and another of a circular door in Shanghai — look very similar to ones posted on travel blog My Little Adventure and tourism site Isango, respectively.

Shay, for her part, seems to have taken the accusations of using others’ photos without giving credit in stride. She recently updated the captions of a few of the borrowed shots to reflect the fact that she wasn’t the photographer: The caption of the photo of the Terracotta Army now includes “via tumblr”; the shot of the round door is now credited to “PINTEREST”; and the caption on the photo of the pastel buildings in Tokyo no longer includes the “#ShaycationHongKong” tag. (Teen Vogue‘s request to Shay for comment had gone unanswered by time of publish.)

The 30-year-old went even further, poking fun at the claims in the captions of her more recent posts. Alongside a shot of Shanghai’s Yu Garden that she posted late last week, Shay was sure to note that it was “taken by me.” She also posted a photo of her standing in front of the city’s The Bund waterfront area, writing, “View so nice it almost looks… fake.” Then, on Sunday, she reposted a photo originally uploaded by the official account of the sky100 observation deck in Hong Kong, joking, “Can you spot me?” (and properly crediting the tourist attraction’s account). To cap it all off, on Monday, Shay posed in front of the Monster Building — the site of the Insta Story shot that launched the whole investigation — and captioned it, “I was here.”

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