A popular Hong Kong-based Instagram influencer has been exposed for using stolen photos.
Sadelle Yeung is a self-described freelance "beauty and fashion model." She has more than 90,000 Instagram followers on her personal account and has worked with a number of high-profile clients like Givenchy, Lancôme, and Estée Lauder.
Recently, on Hong Kong forum LIHKG, people began discussing her Instagram photos' similarities to photos on travel websites, Google, and other blogs.
"Stealing photos for selfies? Instagram model Sadelle has been exposed!!! This instagram model is so bad!!! Using Google Images? I didn’t even need to check her IP," says the caption.
The reveal sparked controversy online and prompted the creation of a parody page that continued posting evidence of Yeung's plagiarism.
Michele, a 35-year-old woman from the United States, runs the parody page and asked BuzzFeed News to only use her first name. She said she made the Instagram account after reading the forum posts. She wanted Yeung to be held accountable.
"We will keep reposting stuff until she apologizes," said Michele. "Nowadays companies tend to cooperate with microcelebrities as a marketing tool for their brands, and some of the customers were influenced by the trustworthiness of the influencer."