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Laura Anderson has said being an influencer is “hard” after she received backlash for jetting off to Dubai.
Love Island star Laura, 31, explained she wants fans to see “realities” of being an influencer as she defended her trip to Dubai, after being branded as “selfish“ and “distasteful” earlier this month.
In an Instagram Story post, Laura said it was “hard“ being an influencer as spoke to her 1.4million followers from sun soaked Dubai.
Speaking in the video, Laura said: “I was thinking, you know the whole thing about everyone hating influencers, right?
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“I do have to do a bit more of an insight of the reality of being an influencer because I feel a lot of young people think they might wanna do it but, maybe it's not that great when you realise the reality of it.
“I saw someone on my comments today being like: 'Always being on holiday' but when you're working, no matter where you are, you're not on holiday.”
“On holiday doesn’t just mean in the sun, it means you’re not working because people, who live in America and Australia are in the sun all the time so…”
She continued to explain how she feels fans have always looked down on influencers before the pandemic and their recent backlash over jetting to Dubai and other holiday destinations.
Laura, who recently showed off her graphic surgery scars to warn fans off surgery, explained how she felt Molly-Mae Hague received backlash as she was introduced on Love Island as an influencer.
She said: “I don’t know, I just want people to understand and maybe they won’t get as annoyed. And this isn’t to do with right now this is all the time because I remember even with Molly-Mae, when she went into the villa, because people were like ‘oh my god she’s an influencer’ like it was this big negative thing.”
Laura then ended her video with: “So maybe it would be a good idea to give an insight of what it’s really like so people don't hate it as much and realise how hard it is.”
It comes after the star was branded “selfish and distasteful” as she shared photos of her Dubai trip on her Instagram page.
Laura received floods of backlash as the brunette posted a photo showing off her abs in a blue bikini and revealing she missed the gym in the caption.
Laura wrote: “I never thought I’d say this but I just want to go to the gym…
“It took last year to make me (and I’m sure a few of you) eventually realise how important it is to keep our bodies moving!
“I’m very new to any sort of training so I can’t even begin to imagine how all consistent gym goers feel without their normal endorphin release yet again. I know a lot of men out there in particular are struggling.
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“Hopefully we can all try something new and pull through the now for our minds sake more than anything!”
One critic wrote: “Your very lucky that's all your worried about I haven't seen my kids and grandkids in weeks. People losing their loved ones. Be grateful for what you have and think of others at this hard time.”
Another follower added: “For our mids sake? You’re moaning that you miss the gym while youre sat in a bikini in Dubai with no idea what the current lockdown is like in the UK. So distasteful”. [sic]
And a third said: “How about stop being selfie when people are dying. Do the right thing & stay at home”.
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