Beauty influencer Mikayla Nogueira faced intense backlash for an almost two-year-old clip that resurfaced on TikTok in late September. In the video, she responded to another TikToker’s comment telling her to “report to a 9-5” job.
Nogueira replied “I literally just finished working, it’s 5:19. Try being an influencer for a day, try it … It is not for everybody. In fact, it’s for a very small handful of people who can actually do this job because it’s absolutely fucking insane. You do not want to have this job.” When the video resurfaced, Nogueira faced intense criticism.
On September 30, Nogueira posted a nine-minute video to TikTok in which she expressed gratitude for her job, which “comes with an extreme amount of fucking privilege, and blessings and gratitude,” addressed the backlash, and told viewers she’d be taking a social media break unrelated to the controversy.
“Unfortunately, I was having a shit day and I made a video that I absolutely should not make,” she told viewers. “I regret making it,” explaining that her “emotions were running high,” and that the video was then “taken out of context.”
“People made it seem like I think I work harder than everybody else, and that’s an absolute bullshit lie,” Nogueira said.
“I don’t want to lose myself completely, you know?” she told viewers. “So, I’m going to go away for a while. I’m gonna get treatment. I’m gonna get help because my depression is just not good.” She promised viewers she would be back, adding, “I just want to be the best Mikayla I can be and, right now, I’m not a very good version of myself.”
Noguiera has since returned to posting on social media.
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