by Megan Tambio
Last week, model Essena O’Neil posted a 15-minute video dismantling her own seemingly picture- perfect life on Instagram. The 19-year-old, a social media star with thousands of followers, admitted that the seemingly normal pictures she posted were often paid product placements that took hours to shoot. She tearfully spoke about how she was an insecure kid who always thought if she could look ‘perfect’, she’d be happy, and how her career didn’t make her feel any better.
The overwhelming Internet response was predictable: What is she complaining about? Yes, this may seem like very First World problems, but that’s missing the point.