Image: Kayla Itstines/Instagram.
Essena O’Neill, 18, had accrued almost 600,000 Instagram followers and 250,000 Youtube subscribers who were drawn to the breezy, beautiful, carefree-yet-glamorous lifestyle she depicted. However, this morning she quit social media altogether.
O'Neill's Instagram username has been changed to 'Social Media Is Not Real Life', and she's updated all her existing captions to reflect exactly what was happening in each of her styled-to-perfection photos — with fairly brutal honesty.
"I had acne here ... I was smiling because I thought I looked good. Happiness based on aesthetics will suffocate your potential here on earth," she captions the above image. (Post continues after video.)