Monday 21 August 2017

Top Irish blogger Suzanne Jackson on Essena O'Neill's social media storm: 'There's some truth in it'

Essena O'Neill and Suzanne Jackson, aka So Sue Me (inset)
Essena O'Neill and Suzanne Jackson, aka So Sue Me (inset)
Essena O'Neill/Instagram
Suzanne Jackson pictured at the launch of Candlelight Bar at Siam Thai Restaurant, Malahide, Dublin
Picture: Essena O'Neill/Instagram
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

One of Ireland’s most popular bloggers has come out in support of viral sensation Essena O’Neill who has lashed out at the falseness of social media.

Suzanne Jackson echoed remarks made by the Australian teenage model, who announced this week that she was quitting Instagram and Twitter because it was “not real life.”

An emotional O’Neill said how social media had left her “miserable” and admits she used to spend hours getting the perfect shot of herself.

She also re-captioned a number of images with details about endorsements behind them and how much she had been paid to wear free clothes by companies.

Picture: Essena O'Neill/Instagram
Picture: Essena O'Neill/Instagram

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Speaking about the viral post, former model Suzanne (31) said: “I actually had a chat with my friend about this and we all agreed that she was right in some of what she was saying, there was a grain of truth there. We all look at these perfect girls on Instagram and think they have the most perfect lives. I could see there is some truth in it. You’re thinking, ‘There’s no way she just ate that.”

Since the initial post, some critics have labelled it a hoax and said she was only doing it for attention, as she’s now more famous than before.

Suzanne, who has 160,000 Followers in Instagram and 60,000 on Snapchat thanks to her website ‘So Sue Me’, added how she was also sceptical about Essena’s motives.

Suzanne Jackson pictured at the launch of Candlelight Bar at Siam Thai Restaurant, Malahide, Dublin
Suzanne Jackson pictured at the launch of Candlelight Bar at Siam Thai Restaurant, Malahide, Dublin

But she added that she wasn’t going to “condemn or judge her” as there was a large element of truth to what she said.

“I will take my hat off to her for shedding light on her own life,” she continued.

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She added how she herself would take about six selfies before posting one but would never spend more than two minutes setting up a pic.

She added how her own Instagram feed was far from perfect as it had everything from pictures of her dog to herself sitting at home in her dressing grown and reflected a more realistic image.

“I used to be a model so I used to be very image conscious but now I’m in my 30’s, I embrace real life. I wouldn’t be there making myself look perfect but I used to be a model so I just know my angles and lighting,” she continued.

“Straight away, if I see an image, I can tell exactly how it’s been edited.”

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