This Instagram star is deleting thousands of photos to prove ‘nothing you see is real’

For anyone who ever peered at the sun-kissed photo of some Instagram “star” and thought, “This just can’t be real life,” this should be validating: Essena O’Neill, one of Instagram’s bright, beautiful stars, has decided to quit social media — and, in the process, expose how what we see isn’t always what it seems.

O’Neill, 18, an Australian who had built up a massive social following, announced last week that she’s leaving it all behind, stating in an Instagram post, “Social media, especially how I used it, isn’t real.”

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Image – essenaoneill/Instagram