Emily Sears is a model and social media sensation, born in Australia and living in Los Angeles.
Birthday: 1st January 1985
Born: Melbourne, Australia
Famous for: Model
Emily Sears grew up in a family of very practical and resilient Australian women. Her great Aunt was Australian model of the year in 1956 who was discovered by Helmut Newton and moved to Los Angeles. Emily’s parents were art publishers and she grew up surrounded by photography and art.
Emily started modelling in mens magazine Zoo Weekly in Australia and appeared on 14 covers. She has appeared in a number of other magazines such as GQ, FHM, Maxim, and Kandy. She has represented brands such Esquire, Ciroc, Naven and swimwear and clothing campaigns.
Emily Sears regularly shares snaps of her photo shoots and selfies on social media, which has built her a large following of fans. She has hit the headline in her efforts to fight back against media trolls and those who send her obscene images.
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PCS: People say things on social media that they would likely never say in real life. It seems we’ve fallen into an “anything goes” territory without any sort of reasonable line of separation… What do you think this says about people’s relationship with social media?
Emily: I think this speaks to a bigger issue of disconnect in society. It’s indicative of the state of our culture. People love to blame social media and reality TV, but there is a disconnect in homes, there is a lack of resources for youth, there is a lack of consideration and empathy towards people suffering from prescription addictions, from homelessness, from PTSD, from domestic violence, from systematic racism. These things are all entangled and interweaved. If you find disturbing things expressed on social media, I think it’s unfair to blame social media. IG is the modern day community pin board, amplified. By definition social media is the public bulletin board of society. This is what’s going on. Black lives matter, bullying and harassment is real, eating disorders are real. Shaming, victim blaming and rape culture are real. Anything goes is commentary, because anything goes in our society. There’s real suffering and people are disenfranchised. People are frustrated. Social media is an outlet for everything, you have to take a look at the source and the source is the people and their struggles and their place in society. The expectations and pressures upon them, their disappointment in a lack of support or consideration. This is reflected in people’s motives to unleash anonymous abuse to others.
PCS: Do you find yourself biting your tongue when people say nasty comments on Twitter, Instagram, and other platforms, or are you able to easily brush them off?
Emily: It depends on my mood, I’m Australian, I was raised to stand up for myself that is in my blood. Sometimes I feel more frustrated by people telling me how I should react to my own attacks. It can be just as suffocating to be told I shouldn’t defend myself as it is suffocating to receive misguided anger based upon a photo of my physical body. I can say that the “not all men” line gets tiresome. Yes, not all men are sexual harassers, but “yes all women” experience sexual harassment in their lifetime. How they respond should be listened to rather than silenced.
PCS: I asked the previous question because some people believe responding to haters is the equivalent of feeding the beast. The problem is if no one tells these people how ignorant they are, they won’t change, but at the same time, they don’t listen to outside logic. So is it possible for this problem to be solved or is it truly a lost cause?
Emily: I’ve elaborated on this as much as possible in my previous answer, I will just reiterate that there is no right or wrong way to be a human being and defend yourself, I think it is down to the individual to decide what response is best for their own sanity. For me it changes on the day to day mood.
PCS: What would your advice be to up and coming models about the negatives that come with having an internet platform?
Emily: I’m not sure I am qualified to give advice on this because I’m not sure that I have mastered the art of dealing with it myself. I want to make it clear that I am not complaining on my position. As much as I receive abuse I also receive a lot of support and a lot of praise for what I do, so I try to focus upon that. Just stay true to who you are.
PCS: Have you had conversations with other models or celebrities about the darker side of social media, and if so, what have their experiences been like?
Emily: We all go through similar things, it can be scary. I wouldn’t divulge what others have confided in me which other than to say on some level we all deal with it, the self doubt, the safety concerns, the confusion, all of it.
PCS: In fairness to your followers, I’m sure you have numerous loyal fans and positive influences floating around on the web. What is your message to those who use social media appropriately and don’t cross any harmful lines?Emily: Keep engaging! It is appreciated, if you like a picture say so, the positive response means a lot, I can see things like people saying they want more of a certain type of post such as girls asking for makeup and outfit posts or fitness posts and I will make a point to deliver that.