Whether it’s Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, we all from time to time find our own cool people to look up to. They’re the Gala Darlings and the Kendall Jenners of the online world. Every snapshot perfectly composed, filtered, curated for mass consumption. Theirs is the seemingly perfect life. We’ve allowed them to take up space in our heads, and how we wish we could be even just a tenth of the kind of person we dream them up to be.
And then there are the exceptions. There are people like Essena O’Neill who have chosen to break free of the image-building and pretension that an active social media life can put on a person. there are also people like Stina Sanders who choose to reveal the more realistic, authentic, and even heartbreakingly honest parts about her life.
And then there are people like Kim Kardashian who just seem to thrive on the 24/7 attention — whether positive or negative, any kind of attention is 100% good.
So are the people we look up to online really leading the perfect lives we think they do? Are they truly showing their most authentic selves on their choice of social media? Are they really as cool as we believe them to be? Milo of Buzzfeed’s webseries “BROKE” finds out for herself that there’s more than meets the eye to finely curated online life, whether it’s for better or worse.
Milo is hopped up on Tumblr personality Leela White, and is doubly stoked to have a chance to finally meet the model in person. She’s elated with the thought of befriending such a cool person, but to her surprise, there’s more than meets the online eye to this model.
Watch Milo’s eye-opening experience below: