"The queen has arrived," he wrote in the caption. Location: Bali, Indonesia.
But in a video he later posted on YouTube, he revealed that the photos were taken on an Ikea.
Instagram photos were fantastic. And that, Taylor said, was the point.
"Sometimes, people want to lie about who they are," he said in a YouTube video. "It's not hard to do."
Taylor and photographer Ally Amodeo photographed in various parts of nearby Ikea.
The first set of photos featured a flower mirror – it definitely looked like a fancy hotel room. The baby blue wall phone only helped to set the scene. Subsequent shootings showed Taylor posing on a sunbed and a bathtub, dressed in a white robe with a towel wrapped around her head.
At the same time, she also posted videos from Bali in her Instagram story. Some are sent by friends who have visited. Others found on the internet.
Her followers, of which there are more than 300,000, put it.
"She's really out there living her best life," we observed. "The Princess of Bali," said another.
There was someone who noticed something silly – an Ikea price tag on a chair in the mirror reflection. It didn't matter. The photos received tens of thousands.
Bali, Taylor explained, was "the perfect place to lie down on vacations of influence and lies to all my fans."
But he didn't try to hit them and make it. He wanted to do something.
"Today it's easier than ever to do whoever you want, that's great, but with great power comes great responsibility," he told CNN. "As we all know, not everyone is transparent online."
"We could all use a fun reminder to take social media less seriously," he added. "And don't believe everything you see online."
So be warned – that the influence you vigorously travel around the world may not tell you every bit of the story. There is a possibility that they did not go away at all.