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The High Cost of Instagram Modeling

I found Essena O’Neill’s story to be depressing but unsurprising.

I’ve written before about the high cost of having a high profile on social media and the dangerous addictiveness of having constant attention paid to you—but that attention being superficial “fan” attention that can turn hostile in the blink of an eye. I think her story is likely only the beginning of many online celebrities turning against the toxic side of online fan culture and the way young people in 2015 are encouraged to live their whole lives in public.

But the side of the story I find most interesting is the tawdry, bottom line side of the story—the economics of being “Instagram famous.” I was especially interested by The Daily Mail shaming her for directly appealing to her online fans for donations to support her now that she’s quit Instagram modeling and therefore lost her corporate sponsorships.

Read the full article at The Daily Beast