Well it’s not been hard to miss, well at least not for me, seeing the way that Instagram sensation Essena O’Neil has completely and utterly rejected her internet fame.
She shot to fame at 15 and has been endorsed by lots of noteable brands only now to turn around and say that the whole thing has been a lie…that she was somewhat moulded by idea of being the perfect Instagram sensation.
Probably the most interesting part of the entire de-shedding of her Instagram persona is the way she’s gone through her entire account (with nearly half a million followers) and rebranded all her pictures, telling people the truth behind her ‘candid’ shots (theres no such thing apparently). She even outs the way that brands wanted to work with her, that they gave her point by point instructions the way she should wear, hold or even use a certain product. She definitely wants to point put the laxk of control she had.
So why did she do it? The final straw seemed to come with the realisation that she was striving to be this person which lots of people wanted to be except for her. She explained all her reasons in this video, https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe1Qyks8QEM.
And to be honest it seems fair, she was 15, when she first got started. Only to be utterly and completely consumed by the idea of being queen Instagram.
And it really has made me wonder if perhaps we do start a little young with Social media. Instagram, in many ways is a wonderful way of staying in contact with people but maybe at some point it gets a bit tricky to seperate having phone and taking pictures to starting to want this whole online presence which results in money and fame.
Do you think there should be more guidelines or instruction when it comes to social media? Or is it just part of the game?