“You don’t have to be fake on social media.”
Instagram ‘influencer’ Essena O’Neill swore off social media in a dramatic YouTube clip earlier this week, saying it was “not real life” and allowed her to profit from deluding her followers.
The Sunshine Coast teen’s decision made international headlines.
But now, other ‘Insta-stars’ have hit back at the 19-year-old’s claims, saying their online lives are not faked.
Fellow Queensland model Gabrielle Epstein, 21, said of course Instagram was not real life, the Daily Mail reports. “Everyone, myself included, choose the highlight reel of their life to present on social media – we all know that and it is all our choice to be apart of it,” she said in a blog post. “However, that doesn’t mean I have ever pretended to be someone that I am not on Instagram.” Epstein, who has more than 885,000 followers on Instagram alone, said she didn’t assess her self-worth on the number of comments of likes her posts received.