Instagram model Essena O’Neill recently decided to take a stand against the false life that she has been presenting to everyone on her Instagram account for years. The posts look effortless and beautiful, but she wants people to know the truth behind them.
She reveals things like how much makeup she was wearing, how terrible she was feeling that day, and how many pictures she had to take in order to get one that looked just right. She’s also very candid about when she was getting paid to promote certain products. The end result is an Instagram feed that reveals so much about the way we present our lives online.
She wants the world to know that basing your happiness on how you look won’t get you anywhere.
Was paid $400 to post a dress. That's when I had maybe 150k followers, with half a million followers, I know of many online brands (with big budgets) that pay up to $2000 per post. Nothing is wrong with accepting brand deals. I just think it should be known. This photo had no substance, it was not of ethical manufacturing (I was uneducated at the time). SOCIAL MEDIA IS NOT REAL is my point. Be aware what people promote, ask yourself, what's their intention behind the photo?
Her captions also reveal how false our lives have become. What do we get by trying to prove our happiness and success on social media?
Maybe I should cover up my blemishes so people will like my appearance. Maybe I should straighten and redye my hair so I'll get more likes. Maybe I should stuff my bra so I appear more sexualized. Maybe I should pay more attention to my clothes so they appeal to mass media… Maybe I should spend hours and dollars on perfecting myself so you will like me.. Yes maybe that's what life's about (Not directed at any individual, actually that's directed to myself… Why do we do the things we? Edit: Fear and delusion. Our youth is obsessed with a 2D world. It's consuming us.
Another thing that she wants us to be wary of is advertising on Instagram. People are paid to promote products, whether they really like them or not.
Edit real caption: This is what I like to call a perfectly contrived candid shot. Nothing is candid about this. While yes going for a morning jog and ocean swim before school was fun, I felt the strong desire to pose with my thighs just apart #thighgap boobs pushed up #vsdoublepaddingtop and face away because obviously my body is my most likeable asset. Like this photo for my efforts to convince you that I'm really really hot #celebrityconstruct
EDIT REAL CAPTION: paid for this photo. If you find yourself looking at "Instagram girls" and wishing your life was there's… Realise you only see what they want. If they tag a company 99% of the time it's paid. Nothing is wrong with supporting brands you love (for example I proudly would promote Eco sheets or a vegan meal in exchange for money as its business for a purpose to me). BUT this ^^^ this has no purpose. No purpose in a forced smile, tiny clothes and being paid to look pretty. We are a generation told to consume and consume, with no thought of where it all comes from and where it all goes.
Not real life. Only reason we went to the beach this morning was to shoot these bikinis because the company paid me and also I looked good to society's current standards. I was born and won the genetic lottery. Why else would I have uploaded this photo? Read between the lines, or ask yourself "why does someone post a photo… What is the outcome for them? To make a change? Look hot? Sell something? I thought I was helping young girls get fit and healthy. But I only realised at 19 that placing any amount of self worth on your physical form is so limiting! I could have been writing, exploring, playing, anything beautiful and real… Not trying to validate my worth through a bikini shot with no substance #celebrityconstruct
O’Niell is also deeply concerned about the ways in which social media negatively affects body positivity.
Paid promotion of a tanning product. Only wore workout wear for the photo. What does this inspire? To have to be tiny to be healthy? To have to be born into a genetically small frame and win the genetic lottery? To have to paint your body and face to look better for a photo, for the “real world”. If our world is so real, why do we feel the need to change our outward appearances? Social expectations and social approval. There is more to the human race than looking “hot”.
Shopping complete! – because needing the latest trends is essential to human happiness. Looking good to impress others is just part of being social media famous. I had no idea how lost I was in material objects, the need to always have more and more, the waste it caused… The effect on the environment from manufacturing…Not to mention the child labour, unfair working conditions due to majority of clothes made in periphery counties… It's such a sad reality. It's actually hard having to shop consciously at recycled places or making sure it's Eco fabric… I fought against it for a while. Now I've let the social status ideologies of my life go (nearly aha) it's made wanting to shop at thrift stores so much more empowering and fun!
This is a great peek behind the curtain into what it’s really like to be an Instagram model. Essena O’Neill obviously has bigger goals than being pretty, and through this project, she’s shown that she’s intelligent, insightful, and critical of the status quo. In a sea of posed photos and fraudulent images, that’s really refreshing.
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