INSTAGRAM STAR WAKES UP: I Quit Social Media Because Of My 12 Year Old Self

Instagram star and Australian teen Essena O’Neill started off her journey as a young 12 year old girl spending hours watching perfect girls online, wishing she was them. Now, she is one of them. She has become the “perfect internet girl” she has always dreamed of being and is getting all the “likes”, praise and the so-called “good life” that comes with it. And guess what? She is now calling B.S. on the industry that made her famous.

“I had everything I ever wanted. Now I’m here and I see how contrived, fake and forced consistently proving to the world ‘how amazing my life/body/self is”. I spent everyday looking at a screen, viewing and comparing myself to others. It’s easier to look at shiny and pretty things that appear happy, than stopping and just getting real with yourself.”

She has now rewritten every caption of her old “perfect” and “happy” Instagram pictures, divulging the real intention behind them and the “not so happy” state of being she was actually in. Talk about an act of vulnerability!

Essena, who is now 19 years old, hopes that this will inspire others to live an authentic life that is true to themselves as opposed to sink in the illusion that more “likes” and “followers” means you are happier and more worthy. In fact, she encourages all “followers” to step off the follower train with this beautiful statement:

“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.”

Watch Essena pour her heart out in this video in which she shares her struggle of upholding an image of “perfection” for the world to admire, and how free she feels to finally let it go:


Shout out to all the brave souls who, despite having “gained the world”, are choosing not to lose their souls in the process. Thank you for helping break this illusion by speaking out and sharing your humaneness with all of us. This is what our children need to hear; that is it PERFECT to be imperfect. That is is PERFECT to be human, to feel sad at times, and most of all, that it is PERFECT to be yourself.

It seems more and more celebrities are speaking out about the illusion of celebrityism and the idea that wealth, fame and being “valued” by the world will make you happy. Cara Delevingne and Lady Gaga being two of the latest celebs admitting to it and expressing their desire to break free. Imagine what it must feel like to build your entire sense of self based on a mask you wear, and be “loved” not for you, but for a false image you have created of yourself. This is the lonely throne that many who have reached the so-called “top” find themselves in. And this is what the mass media and entertainment industry tell you and your kids to strive for in order to be “happy”…

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