Social Media Isn’t Real?!
Essena was once a social media queen who has thousands of followers mainly on her Instagram and YouTube. Her tiny figure, pretty face and blonde hair meant she was the ‘goals’ that young women supposedly look up to.
But recently something changed. This young woman realised that her social media was a lie and the things people were complimenting on and aspiring towards wasn’t real. It turned out almost all of her candid shots on Instagram were manufactured and she would take one picture over 50 times just to make sure it was perfect.
Instead of just carrying on with it and being unhappy she decided to do something about it and used her social media accounts to tell people the truth – a move I find incredibly courageous. In some of these pictures the outfit she wears was bought for her to show off on her social media, something most people call an Ad. She said she’d often get about 2000 dollars for one image on her Instagram is she wore a piece of clothing a company had sent her.
The reason this girl has caused controversy in a way that may not be positive is I’ve noticed a lot of people, mainly on Twitter, bashing her and saying she’s doing this for more views. Yes, she may be doing this but, it takes a lot of courage to tell your viewers, the people that look up to you and aspire to be like you, that the last 3 or 4 years of your life has been a lie. Yes she may and probably will get a lot more views from this ‘publicity stunt’ as some people call it but what happens when that dies down? She’s ultimately trashed her reputation to reveal the truth and that is an incredibly brave thing to do. May be she’ll stop receiving all these fancy dresses and compliments but in the end as long as she is happy in herself isn’t that enough?
I personally think this girl is incredibly inspiring. I know I follow a lot of fitness Instagrams and I don’t think maybe that picture was manipulated or what they say isn’t really the whole story. I think it’s pretty easy to tell if a post is an ad because it doesn’t seem as truthful and the words used in the caption are often robotic but how am I supposed to know that the person who says they eat a smoothie bowl and an apple for breakfast is really binging on twenty Jaffa cakes?
On social media people only show you what they want you to see. No one is ever completely honest even if they seem to be. That clean cut youtuber you follow may actually swear like a sailor but their management makes them stop because of their audience. That fitness model you follow on Instagram may not really look like that, the way she looks is all down to angles and the way she stands. It’s not that hard to fake a thigh gap.
I’m not saying that people should start being more honest on social media, it’s your social media after all. You do you and and enjoy it. But when you’re looking at other peoples accounts and you see them there with their tiny waist and promoting the newest Boo Tea take it with a pinch of salt. Don’t try to aspire to be like these models. If you want to get healthy or whatever then yeah great go on and do it but don’t make someone else’s body ‘goals’ you should be happy in your own skin.
What do you think of this? Do you think she did the right thing or is it just a stunt to gain more views?
Until next time.