It’s well known that our social media profiles are essentially just highlights reels of the best times of our life. The behind-the-scenes footage is often left out, because photos of us slogging away in the office, washing our bed sheets and taking out the rubbish aren’t exactly going to make our peers green with envy, are they?
Bella Hadid is happy to admit that her Instagram is by no means an accurate reflection of her life. It might seem that she spends all her time flying on private planes, cruising on jet skis with her celebrity pals, topping up her tan on a paradise island and waltzing down red carpets but in fact, she’s a “real intense” workaholic who only takes two days off a fortnight.
“It’s crazy because it looks like I have a lot of downtime and vacations, especially when people look at my pictures online,” the 20-year-old told Compelo. “But the thing is that I don’t post every day when I’m working, but I will post old pictures from previous trips and things which makes it look like I’m on vacation a lot of the time, when actually I’m at work.”
Chances are, those glamourous photos you’re feeling blue over have actually been taken over the space of just 48 hours (a 48 hours most of us can only dream of experiencing, admittedly, but still).
“People think that in between I have so much time off but I only ever take two days off every two weeks, at the maximum,” she said. “I’m a workaholic. I will go somewhere so that I can breathe and really take a break and get my thoughts back together before I have to go back to everything.”
Hadid knows that her 12.9 million Instagram followers are fascinated by her A-list life, something she finds “very scary” at times.
“I want to be the best influencer I can be and the best role model I can be. I do love it but sometimes I just want to be a kid and do things that normal kids would do,” she said. “I look up to a lot of the kids that look up to me because there are so many kids in the world going through so much. They are looking up to me but it’s really me looking up to them because they’re the strongest ones in the world.”
Scrolling through endless envy-inducing pictures is all well and good, so long as we remember that comparing our day to day reality with what we see online is silly, because social media is full of illusions. Not even supermodels spend their every waking moment on a yacht, and they have vulnerabilities too.