The Accidental Influencer - How My Need to Get Likes Nearly Ruined My Life
Author(s): Bella Younger
'I've never laughed so hard.' DAISY BUCHANAN
'Brilliantly funny and bloody brave.' DAWN O'PORTER
I thought I could have lots of followers, without needing followers.
I thought I could monetise my account without selling out.
I thought that I was different, that I wasn't like other girls.
But I was, and that's why I had to stop.
When Bella Younger spawned Deliciously Stella - her hilarious and daring social media alter ego - she wanted to prove once and for all that Instagram does not equal reality. Within weeks, she'd gone viral and begun her very own #influencerlife. Shoot. Post. Repeat.
In 2016, Bella gained 75,000 followers overnight, and hundreds of likes a minute. Soon she was being paid thousands of pounds to beat up a cake for the 'gram, attend ludicrously lavish influencer gifting events and was dropping emoji-bombs left, right and centre. But even as the constant rush of notifications fuelled her endorphins, life among the Instafamous began to take a toll. As Bella's carefree presence flourished online, her health began to spiral offline, culminating in a stint at The Priory for social media addiction.
Should she have undertaken a month-long run of stand-up comedy immediately after she was discharged? Probably not, but the pressure to be 'on' and online was all-consuming - and she had followers to please after all...
Funny, frank and fearless, The Accidental Influencer is a relatable story of the precarious balancing act between our online and offline selves - and the truth behind the staged shots, spon-con, and the coveted but ever-elusive blue tick.
- : 9780008402495
- : HarperCollins Publishers Limited
- : Harper Element
- : May 2021
- : 2.7 Centimeters X 14.1 Centimeters X 22.2 Centimeters
- : books
- : 272
- : Hardback
- : Bella Younger