The claws look good in the land of influencers.
The "star" of the US social media Caroline Calloway, who at the beginning of this year had to repay hundreds of dollars to budding influencers who paid for her "creativity laboratory", had her success online questioned in a piece by his former friend and ghostwriter Natalie Beach, in a long essay published in Cutting.
The long-awaited exhibition raises the reality behind the world of Instagram's celebrity and social media influencers, and how much her friend's online life has been compared to reality.
Calloway's fall began at the beginning of this year when it was heavily criticized after holding sessions promising its followers for $ US165 ($ A240) a ticket, teaching participants how to build their social brand mean while venturing on an "emotional and spiritual" art – gaining experience.
But after the complaints the people did not get their money's worth in the Washington DC and New York sessions, the 26-year-old canceled the remaining dates and issued repayments, blaming her "total inexperience" and inadequate preparation.
Now, after days of build-up on Twitter, including Calloway's emotional posts on Instagram that lead his followers to read the essay, his former friend, ghostwriter and self-proclaimed mind behind the social brand Caroline Calloway has published a long, talk all wise up Cutting detailing their fractured friendship and ascent and the fall of the couple's employment relationship.
Beach claims to have been Calloway's ghostwriter for her posts on Instagram and a book that has never been published. But we'll talk about it later.
The couple formed a friendship after meeting 20 years and collaborated on posts and captions on social media to launch the bubbly blonde in social media celebrity.
In his essay, however, Beach describes in detail how their friendship is derailed, the reality behind Calloway's online character and how it all went wrong during a weekend visit to Cambridge University.
"Caroline was the safest girl I've ever met," Beach wrote in her essay, entitled "I was Caroline Calloway".
"When we met, we were both 20-year-old New York University students. He made personal essays on heartbreak and college, had silk eyelashes and wore cashmere sweaters without a bra.
"Caroline first became interested in me after writing an essay on how to grow up in New Haven. Yale (University) was his obsession; it had been rejected and never passed. Being a Yale citizen gave me an invitation to her apartment in the West Village. "
Beach said Calloway was someone he knew he could write because "his life was a cycle of minor adventures and crises".
"A year after Caroline and I met, the world was presented to Caroline Calloway, the influencer," says Beach, writing about a trip the couple made together in Sicily.
"Apparently, he had published a macaron color wheel that had landed on the" favorite page ", and now he had 50,000 followers, mostly teenage girls who wanted a life like his.
"Caroline has always been obsessive and self-confident, but Instagram has focused those qualities like sunlight through a magnifying glass."
"It doesn't matter where you live or how much money you have. You could be a Nebraska teenager and following me you can feel like you're here," Mrs. Calloway once recalled on her social media account.
"When Caroline was satisfied that we had fired, we would have hurried back to the hotel to connect to Wi-Fi, brainstorming the caption together.
"He was building a second version of himself in front of me, and how could I compete with that? I should have spent the time of my life in heaven, but Caroline had a way of making me feel small, as if I had bent like a travel toothbrush so that she could take me with her on the journey. "
The trip together was when the report took its toxic turn, after a missed flight meant that Beach relied on Calloway's credit cards to bring her home. As payment, he agreed to modify his Instagram feed to repay the hundreds of dollars in debt.
"I was barely keeping my life together," Beach wrote.
"Working with the $ 800 or so I had to pay Caroline was the only plan I had. Also, there was something I liked about being related to her, forced to stay in her life through our agreement.
"For the three months I helped develop #Adventuregrams, Caroline in Northern Italy, I in South Brooklyn. We have increased our families' phone bills but have continued to earn followers.
"Looking at the likes of I, I began to believe that what we were doing was important to my career (for the first time I was paid to write) and to our readers around the world."
Beach repaid her debt but found herself turning to Calloway again for help after her rental situation "deteriorated" and needed a place to stay.
With Calloway's apartment sitting empty in New York (while studying abroad in Cambridge), Beach asked her if she could sublet at a reduced rental rate "in exchange for captioning work."
The plan failed. Instead, Beach worked for Calloway as her cleaner for $ 200 a week.
"He continued to publish posts from Cambridge without my help, increasing his fan base internationally and making new friends," wrote Beach.
"In the spring of 2015, I started getting messages from friends and relatives like" Did you see this story about Caroline? ".
"It was my biggest fear: Caroline was leaving me behind. It had been centuries since we last talked and even more since I had written with her ".
Beach has decided to contact Calloway, offering to help with ideas and planning for its next move. It was then that the phone rang and it was Calloway who asked for help writing a book.
"I knew my work had to be present but invisible," he wrote, noting that Calloway would go to publication meetings with pages that Beach had actually written.
"It still hurts to hear second-hand high-potential meetings, the gaudy pages I've written halfway."
Eventually a publisher offered to pay $ 375,000 for the book, of which Beach says it was agreed that it would receive a "substantial percentage".
But after making a trip to Cambridge to meet Calloway and finishing the last few pages, Beach discovered that the origin of his friend's online fame was not what it seemed.
"In fact, she hadn't become famous from a photo of macarons on Instagram's favorite page," said Beach.
"The real story, he told me, is that he took a series of meetings with literary professionals who informed him that no one would buy a book of memoirs from a girl without pretensions of fame and without a fan base. And so Caroline made one online, posting ads designed to look like posts to promote your account and buy tens of thousands of followers. "
Beach said he planned to finish a draft of the book during a scheduled visit, but "the more I was there, the more I saw the gap widening between the story we told and the situation on the ground".
"I had built my whole career around my commitment to his person – making it, taking care of it and doing my best to copy it, wandering the streets of a strange European city as if the world existed to take care of me. But in Cambridge I didn't see anyone I wanted to be but a girl who lived with a fork, without friends and multiple copies of Prozac Nation.
"Now I saw Caroline for what she was: a person who needed help that I didn't know how to give."
In a long and emotional response to the article on Instagram, Calloway told his followers that he would read the essay "for the first time …. with my therapist".
"I don't resent Natalie for revealing that I was suicidal in her essay," Calloway published.
"It's not black or white. Both of these things are true: I wish people hadn't discovered it like that. And Natalie's stories deserve to be told. It must have been so difficult for Natalie to have a friend who cared more than getting high than supporting it and didn't really care to survive!
In addition to promoting the story in her stories on Instagram, Calloway also incorporated a direct link to the essay in her profile.
For the complete essay by Natalie Beach, visit TheCut.com
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