The smoke and mirrors game of social media can be absolutely disgusting. I know countless people who invest hours of their week attempting to showcase themselves and their lives to the world in a dramatic and fraudulent fashion. With the use of lighting, angles and filters you can produce some incredibly brilliant shots of yourself with your camera phone, some shots might even rival those of models in the magazines, but there is nothing real about it.
One young lady named Essena O’Neil decided that enough was enough and began to outline her own battles with the lows of social media on her Instagram. Before closing the account indefinitely, she declared an all out war against social media and the negative impact it has on our lives. Although this may be considered tactic to get attention with the press the message is still powerful.
Here is a shot of Essena on a typical day. Clearly she is a very beautiful girl, but it is a far stretch from the images she portrayed to the world on social media.
And below are some of her more glamorous shots she posted to not only attract the admiration of her followers, but also major companies who sneakily used her pictures to sell their products.
The moral of the of the story is captured very clearly in the distraught voice of this young girl explaining the need to escape from social media and invest into ourselves into a more positive and real situation.