THE Queensland model who stop Instagram after tearfully admitting she had deceived her half a million followers has appeared on TV to explain her “rambling mess” of a video, and says she is now broke.
“There were so many things I grew up ardent about, the surroundings, spiritualism … I suppressed (it) because I did not think it was Insta worthy,” Ms O’Neill said of her decision to quit social media and expose her own fakery. “It was a waking up.”
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Ms O’Neill sensationally stop social media while exposing the “black truth” behind Instafame, disclosing how she was paid to promote products online and would commonly “scarcely eat all day” to appear perfect in her catches.
In a video posted online before this week, Ms O’Neill admitted she had done nothing to deserve her recognition and begged her thousands of social media followers to not be “deluded” by what they saw.
In a tearful second video posted on her new site, letsbegamechangers.com, O’Neill confesses that after abandoning her “whole profession built around social media”, she was now struggling to make ends meet.
“What I’m doing scares the absolute f*ck out of me,” she said in the video.
“I do not understand where I’m going, I don’t know what is going to happen next, I ‘ve no idea how I am going to make money.”
Devotees who wanted to support her could go to a support page on her website were afterward proposed by Ms O’Neill.
“I can’t manage lease right now,” she said.
“It’s like I am just embarrassed to confess that I need help … should you want my videos or like some of my posts or you also such as this site, if this is of value to you personally, then yeah, please support me because I can not afford my own real life.”
“It is like I’m embarrassed to express, ‘Hey I Had rather you support what I am doing by you paying everything you believe it is worth to you personally. It is like that’s shameful or wrong, but marketing endless products, getting affordable views on YouTube … or using my appearances for cash, that that’s OK?
But actually merely making a fresh matter … should you think that’s cool, support me.”
Ms O’Neill controlled half a million Instagram followers, more than 250,000 YouTube subscribers and was signed with major brands agency when she modelling and a stop social media.
She shut down her Snapchat, YouTube and Tumblr accounts and changed her Instagram account name to Social Media IsN’t Actual Life.
Ms O’Neill has reworked her Instagram captions to show the facts behind the photographs, admitting in a single photo she “took over 100 (photos) in similar poses striving to generate my belly look great”.
Sporting a more natural, makeup free appearance, Ms O’Neill shouted as she described how her “social media is not actual” message had been spread round the world.
“I feel so thankful that this will be spread, that this is actually getting out there,” she said in the most recent video posted to her site.
“That young people can learn the truth behind the “perfect Instagram life” and how nothing is perfect about spending each and every day making your life seem perfect online.
“That us not actual. It is uninspiring.
The teenager has earned praise for her bold position including from fitness blogger and Instagram celeb Kayla Itsines, who posted a powerful Instagram message yesterday in response to Ms O’Neill.
Ms Itsines, who failed to name Ms O’Neill in the place, called the “Social Media Is Just Not Actual Life” accounts “absolutely fabulous” and urged her followers to “be honest” and “the best person you can be”.
But others have accused Ms O’Neill of striving to get a second bite of the cherry from her Instagram celebrity and cleverly re-marketing herself.
Dr Lauren Rosewarne, a specialist in pop culture and sexuality from Melbourne University, told the ABC: “She (Ms O’Neill) is finding ways to milk a second set of focus from her already-posted pictures by rebranding herself as somehow reformed and body-positive”.
“This doesn’t negate the message but nor does it come across as absolutely spontaneous,” she said.