Fake it until you make it! Couple who pretended to be famous and posted paparazzi-style photos reveal they now have THOUSANDS of fans after their tongue-and-cheek idea took off

  • Italian couple who use monkier ‘Samsara’ fake their own paparazzi shots online 
  • Sara Morsillo, 21, and Samuel Batista, 22, post ‘off-guard’ glamorous photos
  • Milan-based pair have over 25k followers and post of their travels around globe
  • Online fans constantly comment, asking who they are and who takes the photos 

An Italian couple who fake their own paparazzi shots on Instagram say they’re so good at it, they’re becoming famous for pretending to be famous.  

Sara Morsillo, 21, and Samuel Batista, 22, who go only by the moniker ‘Samsara‘ and boast over 25,000 Instagram followers, share pictures from their travels around the globe as if they were A-list superstars – except nobody has a clue who they are. 

The couple, originally from Milan but studying in Rome, are both fashion students and have been snapped on their travels in Spain, Russia and Paris.  

Eat your heart out Mr and Mrs Carter: Sara Morsillo, 21, and Samuel Batista,22, from Rome, fake their own paparazzi shots on Instagram

Eat your heart out Mr and Mrs Carter: Sara Morsillo, 21, and Samuel Batista,22, from Rome, fake their own paparazzi shots on Instagram 

The couple have got the practice of being papped - by themselves - down to a fine art

The couple have got the practice of being papped – by themselves – down to a fine art  

The couple go only by the monkier 'Samsara' and boast over 25,000 Instagram followers under their handle '@zoomthash*t'

The couple go only by the monkier ‘Samsara’ and boast over 25,000 Instagram followers under their handle ‘@zoomthash*t’

Often seen chowing down on food as they walk, the pair have been spotted snacking on giant multicolored lollipops and colourful donuts. 

Samsara have revealed that although their account started off as a joke, their follower numbers have exploded in recent months – and they would love to be full-time paparazzi stars.

They told FEMAIL: ‘@zoomthash*t started as a play and then at some point our followers grew more and more, it was amazing! 

‘On the page we put all our personal inclinations: we love fashion, food and music and movies. 

‘We manage everything ourselves: we are stylists, make-up artists, photographers and our own managers.’  

The Milan-based couple are both fashion students and have been snapped in Spain, Russia and Paris in recent months - although it's unclear who actually takes the images

The Milan-based couple are both fashion students and have been snapped in Spain, Russia and Paris in recent months – although it’s unclear who actually takes the images

The pair have revealed that although their account started off as a joke, their followers grew more and more over time - and they're now hopeful they can earn a living with the photos

The pair have revealed that although their account started off as a joke, their followers grew more and more over time – and they’re now hopeful they can earn a living with the photos

The couple, who both study fashion at La Sapienza University in Rome, say their account works so well because they do everything together.

They said: ‘We do everything together in complete symbiosis, everything works because we complete each other and we share the tasks.’ 

As for their style, the pair describe it as ‘totally free’ and go on to explain their long-term goal is to continue ‘spreading precious energy’ with their account. 

‘Our style is a street-style, comfy, oversize, not gendered, fast and cheap but cool…it’s totally free. 

As for their style, the pair describe it as 'totally free' and say their long-term goal is to continue 'spreading precious energies' to their fans

As for their style, the pair describe it as ‘totally free’ and say their long-term goal is to continue ‘spreading precious energies’ to their fans

‘Without a doubt our goal for the future is to be able to dedicate all our time to this passion. 

They say their dream is escape jobs where the only reason for doing working is to get ‘an economic response’. 

The pair insist that their account is a means of expression and they’ve urged fans not to worry about ‘haters’. 

Don't judge us: The couple insist that their account is a means of expression and urged fans not to worry about 'haters'

Don’t judge us: The couple insist that their account is a means of expression and urged fans not to worry about ‘haters’

Say Samsara: ‘Fashion for us is the means of expression and the mantra of our profile is “BE YOURSELF”. 

‘Don’t be afraid to dare or wear something you like that makes you feel good and is consistent with your personality – just because the society in which we live in does not understand! 

‘We are often subjected to bad, annoying, empty and superficial judgments that hurt people… let the haters speak and go to your own street!’

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