After the Fyre Festival disaster, maybe don’t trust models like Bella Hadid when they sell you things
Now that the complete disaster that was Fyre Festival is over, it’s time for the very attractive people who promoted the event to apologize.
On Saturday, model Bella Hadid let her fans know she was sorry about what went down.
That’s an apology, sort of. I mean, maybe don’t promote some totally random thing that you’ve never experienced or barely know about next time.
Hadid was one of the models—along with Elsa Hosk, Emily Ratajkowski, Lais Ribeiro, and Hailey Baldwin—who hyped up Fyre Festival on Instagram.
In case you were wondering, Fyre Festival did not look like this. Instead, it was filled with disaster relief tents, gourmet meals consisting of cheese slices on bread, and fleeing festival-goers—many of whom paid thousands of dollars for the privilege.
Hadid and pals weren’t the only models promoting the festival. The organizers also invited less famous models and “influencers” to attend for free if they posted about the event on Instagram.
Amanda Riley told her tragic story to The Hollywood Reporter.
“I was in L.A. about six months ago when I was offered these tickets — everything paid for. The organizers were trying to get a lot of promotion from models. A couple of friends and I were going to go; everything was paid and comped in exchange for a couple of posts to help them with marketing.”
Which she did!
It turns out she got stranded in Miami, so she didn’t get to witness the horror in the Bahamas for herself.
“I got lucky since I didn’t pay upfront for anything,” she wrote. “Worst case, I have to buy one flight back to New York.”
Um, sad? Anyway, she ends her story with this:
“I’m staying out of it because I’m kind of complete with it. My friends and family are safe. And I didn’t pay for anything. So I just don’t want anything to do with that company anymore or deal with these people.”
Unlike Hadid, she doesn’t even apologize for shilling for Fyre Festival—although, to be fair, she didn’t promote it as hard.
The lesson here: Don’t do things just because models tell you to. Because there’s a pretty good chance they’ll keep promoting things they know nothing about for cash and free stuff.