A French model and reality TV star, Oceane El Himer, 27, uploaded a picture of herself on Instagram proudly posing in an Emirates Business Class cabin. Moments later, however, a fan snapped a picture of her in-flight…seated in the economy class cabin. Ah, the life of an Instagrammer…
Instagram Model Pretends To Fly Emirates Business Class
Himer was traveling from Dubai to France on Emirates and posted the picture above to her Instagram account, which has generated over 100,000 likes.
But in-flight, a fan captured her…seated in economy class (sans mask). The Twitter post led to a flurry of comments on Instagram, many critical, which Himer blocked.
Himer, who has appeared on French reality TV with her twin sister, is hardly unique in showcasing a life of luxury that is not always what it seems.
I write about this incident not to heap scorn on Himer (after all, her caption simply stated “Next Stop – Monaco Je fly toute la night,” [I fly all night] – she did not actually claim she was flying in business class), but rather to heap scorn upon our collective obsession in showing decadence and sharing not just the best versions of ourselves online, but sometimes a false version of ourselves.
Look, I am not immune from my own judgment. I too put my “best foot forward” on social media too. We all do, if we’re honest. So perhaps more than anything else, this story is a reminder that there is a certain liberation in being genuine and not putting on masks, especially to win the approval of others.
After all the outcry, Himer posted a follow-up picture, which I have partially blurred because both sisters have their middle fingers raised:
It had the caption, “Cette fois ci promis j’ai payé 😉🥂,” which means “This time I promised I paid!”
Here’s my encouragement to you: count your blessings, but be yourself. Don’t put on a mask or mislead others. If that’s the only way you are able to gain the admiration of others, you sell yourself short and will find yourself ultimately unsatisfied.