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Last Updated : Mar 13, 2018 06:33 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Occupational hazard? Trying to be ‘Instagram famous’, woman ran into thousands of dollars of debt

Though pictures on her account look everything that you can find on a popular Instagram celebrity account, the story behind it was what led her to get real about things.

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With over 12,000 followers currently, 26-year-old Lissette Calveiro, had it all sorted or at least that is what she thought circa 2013.

She aspired to be famous on Instagram but all did not go as planned and now she has come out agreeing to how it was nothing but a financial struggle.

In a report by the New York Post, Calveiro recollects, “I wanted to tell my story about this young millennial living in New York. I was shopping for clothes to take ‘the perfect ’gram.’”



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Though pictures on her account look everything that you can find on a popular Instagram celebrity account, the story behind it was what led her to get real about things.

Calveiro puts it succinctly, “I was living above my means”. Her internship paid for her transportation and the rest was to be taken care of by her. She took up a part-time job but that wasn’t enough.

Every month she would splurge on a designer item as part of her shopping sprees such as a vintage Louis Vuitton bag so that she could show it off to her Instagram followers.

Apart from this travelling every month to a new location like the Bahamas, Las Vegas and Los Angeles was also a part of his struggle to become an Instagram influencer.

Though she did also travel for work but as Calveiro says in the report, “If you break it down, a lot of the travel I was doing in 2016 was strictly for Instagram.”



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The year 2016, was in fact, a reality check for her. Calveiro says, she got another PR job in Manhattan and that is when she realized that has to get her act together or it will be difficult for her to survive.

By then she was already under $10,000 debt.

However, after moving to Manhattan she went through a self-imposed austerity and was able to pay off her debt but definitely not before some good lessons.

 
First Published on Mar 12, 2018 06:30 pm
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