Zilla grew up in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, a city that has spawned its own fair share of envy-inducing tourist photo opportunities. And when she was just 16, she entered the world of modelling, where she grew fascinated with the techniques that editors would use to modify her appearance.
As a young woman, Zilla began to carve out a career for herself in the creative industries, beginning a course in graphic design at the Art Academy of Utrecht in the Netherlands. But like many people her age, the 25-year-old was also drawn to the idea of travel. So, that year, she informed her family and friends that she’d decided to take a five-week sojourn around South-East Asia.
In April 2014 Zilla arrived at the airport and waved goodbye to her family. Then, she posted a photograph on Facebook showing her weighed down with heavy bags, about to set off on the adventure of a lifetime. And soon, her page was filled with friends praising her for living the dream.