The Body Positive Message We Can Learn from the Social Media Star Who Quit Instagram
Not so long ago, teen Instagram celeb Essena O’Neill was at the top of the social media game — half a million followers, over 100,000 YouTube views on her videos and a closely curated social media existence captured in cool smiling candids, picture perfect #OOTDs and carefully posed selfies. Her Internet celebrity scored her major modeling contracts, magazine covers and money from sponsorships — but just shy of her 19th birthday, Essena decided to leave it all behind and strip back the glossy curtain to reveal the truth behind the images.
In a video explaining her decision, she is “quitting social media for her 12-year-old self.” At 12, Essena explains, she looked up to other social media stars, never imagining that in few short years she would be joining their ranks and that the endless pursuit of Internet celebrity would make her deeply unhappy. She urges her followers to “be game changers” in the game of social media and live “truthfully.”
Body image for women has been horribly highjacked by impossible standards set by media (both social media and that produced by Hollywood), but Essena is fighting back. With her decision to be a “game changer,” the former social media star has made it a point to spread a body positive message.
The Australian teen deleted over 2,000 photos from her Instagram account just a week ago and changed the captions on her remaining photos, like this one. She re-wrote: “Real Caption Edit: This is what I like to call a perfectly contrived candid shot. Nothing is candid about this. While yes, going for a morning jog and ocean swim before school was fun, I felt the strong desire to pose with my thighs just apart #thighgap, boobs pushed up #vsdoublepaddingtop and face away, because obviously my body is my most likeable asset. Like this photo for my efforts to convince you that I’m really, really hot #celebrityconstruct”
YAAAAS, girl. We love the honesty.
Let’s all replace the #thighgap with more inclusive hashtags like #thighreading. And every once in a while, don’t forget to remind ourselves even when we’re viewing the seemingly perfect lives of others that we’re all human. What do you say?
Check out Essena’s video explaining her decision below.
What do you think of Essena’s message? Tell us in the comments below!
(Photos via @essenaoneill)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)