Actress Lucy Hale could not pick me out of a line-up if her life depended on it, yet I could tell you more about her daily routine, thoughts and feelings than I could about my own sisters.
If pressed, I could easily tell you that her dog’s nickname is Elvie, she enjoys a Starbucks treat post gym visit and she currently has a very unfortunate scorpion infestation in her backyard that is in dire need of professional attention.
I don’t know these things because I choose to spend my Friday nights crouched in the bushes outside her bedroom window (frankly, that sounds uncomfortable and a waste of prime Netflix viewing time) or because I’m a super fan who has images of her placed atop a secret alter in my home.
All these facts have simply etched themselves into my brain because I, along with more than 21.5 million other people, follow Lucy on Instagram .She is a master of using the platform to tell her own stories, a prime example of how social media has given us more access to the the lives of celebrities than any paparazzi ever could.
Even if it is through a curated lens.
Opening up her daily life up to a legion of viewers has made the 29-year-old former Pretty Little Liars star one of the most beloved names on social media. However, there is a drastic downside to profiling yourself online and no one recognises that more than Lucy herself.
Nothing says sisterly bonding more than permanently tattooing your body. After years of wanting our grandmothers writing, we did it ! Our Grammy was our favorite person & now she’s even more a part of us. Also, my sister is a badass who raises two kids, teaches combat classes AND goes on tattoo runs with her baby sister ???????? Also, ouch. This one hurt.