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Aussie Teen Reveals The Stunning Truth Behind Social Media Fame

Aussie Teen Reveals The Stunning Truth Behind Social Media Fame

It's no secret that we tend to carefully curate our social media profiles, post only the most flattering pictures, and sometimes fudge certain details in our favor. But have you ever wondered what really goes on behind the scenes when it comes to social media celebrities? How many of their posts are completely contrived? What do they actually do in the day-to-day?

In a bold move, Aussie model and Instafamous celebrity Essena O'Neill recently came out with the real story behind her photos. Her honest account of each photo is stunningly different from what you might expect. Reading her new captions for old photos is an eye-opening experience.

I found myself drowning in the illusion. Social media isn't real. It's purely contrived images and edited clips ranked against each other.... and it consumed me.

According to O'Neill, all her "candid" shots were contrived, typically taking at least 30 minutes of continuous shooting just to get the right angle. She would often not eat during the day to make sure her stomach looked small enough for photos of her outings, carefully chose the right pushup bra for each occasion, and would yell at her little sister until the perfect shot was achieved.

She spent around 50 hours per week curating her social media image and was paid to include products in her shots. She was addicted to watching the "progress" of her photos and it wasn't unheard of to go to sleepover parties where girls would post a photo and follow it's "progress" throughout the night.

Since coming out with her story, O'Neill went back through her Instagram account and posted real captions that tell the true story behind the photos. And in the last few days, she's deleted all her social media accounts all together. If you're interested in hearing more of her story, take a look at her latest project called Let's Be Game Changers.

Posting on Instagram consumed me. I can't tell you how beautiful life is without a phone, without social media, without comparing, or likes or followers. We are not followers, we are beings of individuality and love. I have never felt so free.

Via NY Mag

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