19-Year-Old Instagram Model Exposes the Ugly Truth Behind Social Media

Posted by on November 4, 2015 in Media & Arts, Social Media with 20 Comments
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Essena O’Neil is a 19-year-old Australian Instagram star and she recently opened up and revealed the truth about her life, and the shots that made her famous on social media.

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She started a blog and a YouTube account and was posting all over social media when she was in high school. It wasn’t long before this completely consumed her life. She became a widely known online sensation garnering over half a million followers on Instagram and over 250,000 YouTube subscribers.

“I fell in love with this idea that I could be of value to other people,” she wrote. “Let’s call this my snowballing addiction to be liked by others.”

essena7It wasn’t too long before she was getting sponsorship opportunities and was able to completely support herself. She was also offered to model in L.A.

Many young girls completely looked up to O’Neil and were even obsessed with her. Little did they know that behind that pretty face, she was totally unhappy.

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“Yeah 16-year-old Essena would have been like ‘WTF girl you have the dream life,’” she wrote. “So why did I feel so lost, lonely and miserable?”

Very recently O’Neil decided that she had completely had enough and realized that she wan’t living an authentic life. She then decided to make a drastic change in her life and announced to her followers that she is quitting social media, and she has already begun editing all of the captions on her photos to tell the truth behind the pictures.

“I was addicted to what others thought of me, simply because it was so readily available,” she wrote. “I was severely addicted. I believed how many likes and followers I had correlated to how many people liked me. I didn’t even see it happening, but social media had become my sole identity. I didn’t even know what I was without it.”

Not only has she deleted her Tumblr account, but she plans to stop posting on YouTube as well. She has also deleted over 2,000 pictures from her Instagram account; she says they served no real purpose other than self-promotion.

She also went as far as to admit that her “hot body” shots were the results of unhealthy habits…

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  1. 10156114237840517@facebook.com' Malcolm Serra says:

    Just ️SMILE happiness will pick up

  2. 846414435380494@facebook.com' Revolution de Mind says:

    Thanks :

  3. 907966955919629@facebook.com' Billy Ingram says:

    A “star” on instagram? What the Hell is that??

  4. 10153805366368938@facebook.com' Audrey Spina says:

    I’m almost disappointed that consciousness life news picked this story up. This girl did not quit social media, she rebranded herself on social media. She has more followers than ever because of it and probably picked up a ton more sponsorships. She is a genius, but personally I think it’s very transparent marketing. Genius but transparent.

  5. 1695992310631661@facebook.com' Nick Hantom says:

    Yeah right!

  6. 1207047949324934@facebook.com' Raquel Cezar says:

    Jessica Barbosa

  7. 927619750650013@facebook.com' Jeanette Fraser says:

    God if she turned sideways you’d miss her.

  8. 10206352537707211@facebook.com' Tracey Tolan says:

    Maria Patriarca

  9. 1645186839087577@facebook.com' M Liam Narod says:

    Good for her! F?ck social media!

  10. 796394153839709@facebook.com' Ghazal Noor says:

    aww shes still sweet

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