The ‘Game of Thrones’ star is not here for influencers who profit from toxic diet culture
Sansa Stark is not here to play when it comes to influencers who use their platform to profit from peddling toxic diet products. Sophie Turner took to her own Instagram stories to lightly mock the hashtag “influencer life” and the video is a must-see.
“Hey you guys, just kind of going for my influencer look today,” Turner says in a spot-on, fake American accent. In the video, she dons a beanie, scarf, and puffy jacket, and thanks to the magic of a filter or possibly makeup skills, her cheeks are extra rosy and her lips would give Kylie Jenner a run for her money.
SOPHIE TURNER HAS NO MERCY ON ANYONE. 100% BITCH™ pic.twitter.com/86v2IJ76BI
— spooky chiara (@lovelysophiet) October 8, 2019
“Today I just wanted to promote this new powdered stuff that you put in your tea, and basically it makes you shit your brains out and is totally really really bad for me to be promoting to young women and young people everywhere but I don’t really care because I’m getting paid money for it,” Turner said, adding in a fake laugh and throwing up the peace sign.
“Influencer life,” she adds at the end of the video. The video is a direct nod to all the diet powders, teas, drinks, and other ingestible products that promise vulnerable consumers everything from a “flat tummy” to losing pounds in an unreasonable amount of time.
Many celebrities have fallen into the so-called “influencer life,” like the Kardashians, who peddle the diet teas and products as well. Actress and activist (and fellow Brit) Jameela Jamil has famously called them out directly for contributing to harmful diet culture and tapping into the insecurities (and wallets) of young women everywhere.
Thanks to Jamil’s activism, which has been tireless and passionate, Instagram very recently agreed to ban any content that promotes and makes false claims about a diet or weight loss product and Instagram users under 18 years old will be prohibited from viewing said posts entirely.
As for Turner, she’s spoken out about how social media has affected her life while essentially growing up on Game of Thrones in front of the whole world. She called it a “catalyst” for her depression.
“I think it was a combination of social media on the rise at that time, and also my friends were going to university, and I wasn’t going to university,” Turner said on Dr. Phil’s podcast back in April.
“I would say, ‘Yeah, I am spotty. I am fat. I am a bad actress,’” she says. “I would just believe it … I just got very, very self-conscious. I had no motivation to do anything or go out. Even with my best friends, I wouldn’t want to see them… I would cry and cry and cry. Just having to change and put on clothes, I said, “I can’t do this. I can’t go outside. I have nothing that I want to do.”
Thanks to the candid honesty, activism, and yes — humorous Instagram portrayals — of actresses like Jamil and Turner, social media is one step closer to being a better place for everyone.