Influencer life seems a lot easy when you see them on your screens, but what seems to be easy on the other side of your screens, might not be that easy and breezy. But it isn’t that easy, there are a lot of things that are unseen , unheard and invisible. Below is an excerpt from the autobiography of a social media influencer named Nidhi, who has a good amount of followers ,that is, one million, on Instagram, she has expressed her woes.
“It has been one heck of a ride for me, from being a skinny girl to being called a hanger to being called an influencer, it has been a tipsy topsy ride. I never imagined that I will write an autobiography but I guess it’s better to tell the tale from the hourse’s mouth. So, starting from my college days, I was always a skinny girl, my batch mates and even my friends used to body shame me which took a toll on my mental health, I started to hate myself, I started eating anything and everything I could lay my hands on to gain some weight, but to no avail. Eventually down the line, I somehow caught the idea that I have to love myself the way I am, not the way people would like me to be and in this self discovery journey, my parents backed me up, they are the biggest pillars of strength for me and I guess my persona would not have been possible without them.”
” I always knew that I have a love for fashion and no one could deny the fact that I was always ahead of my batch mates and my friends in college. So after finishing my degree in Commerce, I decided to pursue fashion and so I did, from here I started my journey of becoming an influencer, I firstly joined a startup company which made short videos for social media on various topics, I acted and styled those videos and shortly after, these videos went viral on social media and I became the face of the startup, I started gaining a lot of popularity and people knew me by my name, many people made my fan accounts, it was so overwhelming.”
” I then decided to leave the startup to launch my career solo which was full of hurdles, my sense of style was trolled, questioned and made fun of. My body frame was a source of amusement for people and yet again, it affected my mental health, but this time my parents came to my rescue and they motivated to go on. I eventually got strong and started what I knew best, fashion with a difference and now, the world knows me.”
“This influencer life is not easy though, posing for hours at an end for a two minute video is really frustrating sometimes and there are times that I invest days in a project but it doesn’t work out how I planned it to be. Then come the hate comments and the trollers, I have to give them an earful once in a while. Moreover, there is the added pressure of being called moral- less because of the ‘short’ clothes I wear but as long as my parents are happy with what I do, I just do not care what people say anymore. Then people expect that I will put something different, funny, spicy ,interesting things all at the same time and that too, everyday. I need to take a social media intoxication once in a while to keep myself sane.I usually take a break by playing FIFA and yes I know the coin generation part is a pain so I use free fifa coins.”
” Also, people who send me free stuff pressurize me to promote their brands even if I don’t like their stuff and most importantly, the pressure of saying and doing the right things and conveying what I think in a correct manner is very pressurizing because I am influencing the youth of my nation, I need to put my best foot forward every time.”
” I know it is a little staggering but towards the end of the day, despite of everything, whatever love I get makes it all worth it.”