OG Bachelor Australia villain Keira Maguire has exposed some of the dodgy tricks that influencers supposedly pull on Instagram.
The 35-year-old, who appeared on Richie Strahan‘s season of The Bachelor in 2016, reckons her fellow influencers intentionally make themselves look “worse” online. Uhhh, WTF?
Chatting to the After 20 podcast in January, Keira confessed she sees these sly edits “a lot” on Instagram.
“Even those accounts that have the cellulite and stuff like that, they’ve edited those photos to make them look worse,” she claimed.
According to the Bachie franchise alum, social media influencers “don’t really care” about how these photos put a damper on body positivity. Unsurprisingly, they’re all just in it for the likes.
Keira continued: “That person is only doing that for the likes and the engagement because they know it works,”
Unfortunately, this is behaviour all too common when it comes to influencer culture.
“There are a lot of attention seekers [on social media] and I see that behaviour a lot,” she said. “That’s probably the only thing that annoys me on social media.”
Acknowledging that editing your flaws to appear worse “isn’t healthy”, Keira urged people not to take what they see online as gospel.
“What I’m trying to say is, don’t believe everything you see. Whether it’s good or bad. Instagram is not real at all,” she said. PREACH IT!
Keira Maguire On The Link Between Narcissism And Social Media
In 2021, SBS program Insight unpacked what it means to be a narcissist and its inherent link to social media.
Appearing on the program off the back of her Bachelor career, Keira discussed why she believes she has been tainted with the label in the past.
“On [The Bachelor], I was a very strong and confident character, and that is who I am, I’m not going to deny that,” she explained. “I speak with a lot of conviction and I back myself but a lot of people tend to see that as a narcissistic trait.”
With 144,000 followers on Instagram and a subsequent skincare business, Skyn Collective, the reality star has finessed her social media presence into a full-time job.
But does she really have the makings of a narcissist?
“Yeah of course I do,” Keira confessed at the time. “You need to have some sort of narcissistic traits: you need to have an ego to be in this industry … you actually need an ego to survive in today’s day and age.”
“I don’t think that I have a ‘narcissistic disorder’, but I definitely feel like I have traits of it.”
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