Officially, this was part of a university project. She had help from a photographer and a post-production specialist, but Zilla is a graphic designer by trade and did much of the work herself. She wanted to explore the nature of reality through the lens of social media:
"My goal was to prove how common and easy it is to distort reality. I did this to show people that we filter and manipulate what we show on social media."
Now she's published her photos into a book called "Sjezus zeg, Zilla." You can use an augmented reality app to see what they looked like before and after:
How would you react if one of your family members did this to you? Do you ever tweak your online photos? Let me know in the comments below!
Also, you don't need an expensive program to pull off a hoax like this. You can edit your photos just like Photoshop using this free program.