• Olivia Jade, the influencer at the center of the college admissions sca

    From Elizabeth Paige Laurie@21:1/5 to All on Sat Mar 16 23:49:35 2019
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    Fake water polo players, fake SAT scores, and some very real
    allegations of bribery: These are only some of the wild stories
    that have surfaced this week from a massive college admissions
    fraud case, in which wealthy parents were discovered to have
    been allegedly committing fraud to get their kids into elite

    The FBI investigation, dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues,” has
    resulted in the indictment of 50 people, including Lori
    Loughlin, the actress best known for her role as Aunt Becky on
    Full House.

    Loughlin is married to Mossimo Giannulli, the founder of a
    multibillion-dollar fashion company called Mossimo that was a
    popular streetwear brand in the ’90s and used to be sold at
    Target. They have been accused of paying $500,000 to ensure that
    their two daughters were admitted to the University of Southern
    California. Loughlin was taken into custody but has since been
    freed on a $1 million bond.

    One of the figures to emerge at the center of this scandal is
    the couple’s younger daughter, Olivia Jade Giannulli. The 19-
    year-old has been a student at USC since fall 2018 and was
    already well-known in some online circles as a social media

    On her YouTube channel, she vlogs beauty tutorials and shopping
    hauls for her 1.9 million subscribers. On Instagram, she posts
    daily outfits and wanderlust pics from her vacations to places
    like Fiji, and on Twitter, she answers her followers’ questions
    about her life. Like most every other social media star,
    Giannulli also does plenty of sponsored content.

    But now, Giannulli is facing a backlash, particularly on
    platforms that she once used to reign over. Her Instagram is
    filled with angry comments. Sephora, which used to pay her to
    post social media ads and collaborated with her on a makeup
    palette with her, just confirmed to Vox that it will be pulling
    the product.

    Giannulli’s criticism is largely due to the light the scandal
    shines on income inequality, and the unfair advantages wealthy
    families in the US have when it comes to college admissions. As
    Libby Nelson wrote for Vox earlier this week, colleges might say
    they care about grades, references, and extracurricular
    activities, but the children of alumni and major donors get
    preferential treatment, as do athletes. Even without illegal
    intervention, wealthy kids like Giannulli routinely get spots to
    top colleges because they come from families who can afford to
    pay for music lessons, sports tournaments, and tutors.

    There’s also the fact that Giannulli is an influencer (I
    messaged her on Instagram for this story but didn’t get a
    response). An influencer today has the power to drive tons of
    money, to prop up medicines and energy drinks, and even to make
    their babies famous. Millions of kids look up to influencers
    like Giannulli, devouring their beauty tips and shopping hauls,
    so the fact that someone who commands such power is also
    involved in a college scandal only makes Giannulli’s situation
    look worse.

    The Insta-famous life of Olivia Jade Giannulli
    As far as social media influencers go, Giannulli almost seems to
    be algorithmically generated. She’s thin, white, and beautiful
    and comes from a wealthy, famous family.

    On her YouTube channel, she amassed nearly 2 million subscribers
    by sharing her makeup tips, revealing her Christmas presents,
    and showing off her favorite jewelry pieces. Like many Gen Z
    social media stars, Giannulli’s internet personality is casual
    and approachable. She’ll post her morning routine, for example,
    and will bring the camera into her bed before her makeup
    application. And even though she comes from a privileged
    lifestyle, she maintains somewhat of a humble tone, frequently
    telling her audiences how much she loves them and is grateful
    for their views.

    Giannulli has been a social media celebrity since she was 14 —
    or at least, that’s when her YouTube footprint starts. Over more
    recent years, she’s amassed a huge following, and become a paid
    partner of Calvin Klein, Lulus, the Smile Direct Club, Tresemmé,
    Marc Jacobs Beauty, GlassesUSA, and Boohoo, among others. She’s
    been a guest of Chanel at the French luxury house’s fashion
    shows and has posted directly on the Instagram account of People

    Giannulli has also landed a few collaborations of her own. In
    December 2018, she released a fashion line with the Australian e-
    commerce site Polly Princess. (The collaboration appears to have
    been recently taken down. I reached out to Polly Princess for
    comment and did not immediately hear back.) Giannulli also had
    an ongoing partnership with Sephora; she’s previously posted
    sponsored photos to Instagram, and she debuted her own makeup
    palette late last year.

    She’s been pretty open with her followers that school isn’t all
    that important to her; she’s tweeted that YouTube is her main
    passion, rather than sitting in class. When Teen Vogue asked her
    what about her first year excited her most, she responded, “I’m
    most excited to meet new people and change up my content on
    YouTube to do more college-themed videos!”

    Olivia Jade
    YouTube will always be my #1 passion. I promise I’d way rather
    be filming 24/7 than sitting in 6 hours of classes straight but
    an education is also super important to me so thank u for ur
    patience and letting me figure out time management . Ily bbs

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    In another YouTube video from August 2018, she tells viewers: “I
    don’t know how much of school I’m going to attend. But I do want
    the experience of, like, game days, partying. … I don’t really
    care about school.” When followers criticized her in the
    comments at the time, she posted an apology video, telling her
    followers she was sorry for saying “something super ignorant and
    stupid, basically, and it totally came across that I’m not
    grateful for college. I’m going to a really nice school. ... I
    know it’s a privilege, and it’s a blessing, and I’m really

    Just last week, on March 8, however, she went on a radio show
    and said that she was mostly at USC because of her parents’

    “Mostly my parents really wanted me to go because both of them
    didn’t go to college,” she said. “I’m so happy they made me go —
    that sounds so terrible. They didn’t make me! ... I do like it.
    It’s also cool to create content from a whole different side of
    things, like in school.”

    Some of the current criticism has been about how Giannulli
    wasn’t even taking advantage of her spot at USC, instead
    focusing on her influencer career. One Instagram commenter
    lamented about “poor kids that bust their asses to get into
    schools like USC to change their futures only to lose it to
    someone who paid their way in only to experience the parties.”
    Another wrote, “The $500k your folks paid to get you and your
    sister into USC could have provided 15 full scholarships for low-
    income students at a state school. Your shallowness and vapidity
    are an insult to kids who work hard and play by the rules.
    Getting a degree in Kardashian studies?”

    It’s worth noting that being a social media star is a real job.
    It might seem like easy, mindless work, but it takes time,
    effort, and some level of authenticity to become a successful
    influencer. And to her credit, Giannulli seems to be dedicated
    to the craft. She’s clearly put plenty of time into her YouTube
    channel, and she does all the requisite posts on Instagram to
    hold up her obligations with partners while maintaining her
    audience’s engagement. As Giannulli has said in her videos, the
    angry responses she frequently faces from the internet
    undoubtedly get amplified because she’s a celebrity.

    Still, her cavalier attitude about school doesn’t really help
    her in the eyes of critics. According to the Justice Department,
    her parents paid bribes so that “their two daughters designated
    as recruits to the USC crew team — even though they did not
    participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to

    Her father, according to court papers, took an “action photo” of
    Giannulli on an indoor rowing machine, which he then used as a
    profile picture for membership at the LA Marina Club. This was
    submitted to William Rick Singer, the alleged mastermind of the
    scheme who runs the college counseling business at its center,
    Edge College & Career Network. The photo and LA Marina Club
    membership were compiled by Singer, who made the case for Olivia
    Jade to apply to USC as an athlete in November 2017, despite the
    fact that she did not row crew.

    Giannulli now faces backlash from angry fans
    It’s not clear if Giannulli knew she had been accepted into USC
    under allegedly fraudulent circumstances.

    But some of her popularity on social media is — or was —
    connected to her perceived relatability. As one fan commented on
    her video about her college style at the time, “I think it’s so
    cool how she’s in college like a normal teen living with a
    roommate and not acting like she’s too good. Olivia has always
    been so humble that’s why I love her so much.” (The comments
    section for Giannulli’s YouTube account has since been closed).
    In a radio interview, Giannulli said, “It is the coolest thing
    getting DMs from girls, like, ‘I’m applying to college right
    now, what did you do?’”

    All the attention to Giannulli’s YouTube videos is likely
    earning her money from ads. But fans are now lashing out against
    Giannulli, angry that she benefited from her parents’ alleged
    crimes. The comments section of the page selling the Olivia Jade
    x Sephora Collection Bronze & Illuminate Palette, for example,
    is brimming with comments, some mocking the young social media

    “I love to use this product on days when I want to use my
    privilege to suppress and steal from more deserving individuals.
    Totally sweat proof, lasts all through my crew practice that I
    don’t actually attend,” one wrote. “I thought this would give me
    the ‘just-came-from-crew-practice,’ ‘spent-hours-rowing-on-the-
    lake’ glow. Turns out it was all a sham!”

    Others are being less humorous about it.

    “Olivia, your family is a glowing example of what is broken in
    this country. I hope they throw the book at all of you. Shame,”
    one comment reads. “Palette makes you look like a fake cheater
    whose family disses honest kids at other schools. Olivia should
    not be an influencer of anything! Her mother should not be a
    paid actress on Hallmark!” another person wrote.

    Many Sephora shoppers were vowing to boycott the beauty brand
    until it dropped its collab with Giannulli.

    “I pity any person who purchased or will purchase this item and
    further line the pockets of that spoiled entitled little girl.
    Sephora, if you had half a mind you would cut all ties with this
    family and throw these palettes in the discount bin. What an
    embarrassment,” one commenter wrote.

    “I will not be purchasing anything from Sephora until this
    product is removed from the website/shelves. Maybe this girl
    didn’t know what happened, but she seems as entitled as they
    come. Please don’t support someone how doesn’t understand or
    care about the value of hard work and an education,” reads

    Mariam A
    @Sephora drop your partnership with Olivia jade. Why would u
    want an “influencer” who took the rightful place of a deserving
    academic student #wrong I and many others won’t be buying from
    Sephora if you continue to support her! ???????

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    On Thursday, March 14, Sephora told me in an email that “after
    careful review of recent developments, we have made the decision
    to end the Sephora Collection partnership with Olivia Jade,
    effective immediately.” The page on its website has since been
    taken down.

    Giannulli’s Instagram comments section is flooded with angry
    comments too, but some fans are pushing back, saying that even
    though her parents allegedly committed a crime, Giannulli is
    just a teen, and plenty of the comments are unnecessarily cruel.

    “Everyone needs to sllllooowww down,” one Instagrammer wrote.
    “This girl is only 19 years old and while she is legally an
    adult, she is still just a kid. Think back to you being 19 and
    how you might not have wanted to go to college because you just
    got out of school. Plus, how does everyone just know that this
    girl knew what her parents did for her.”

    “Duuuudeeee every picture people are going innnn on her. I feel
    so bad like this is actually bullying,” another sympathizer
    wrote. “I hope she’s strong enough to handle it.”

    As for USC, the college said in a statement that it’s reviewing
    the applications of the students whose parents were involved in
    the scandal and “will make informed, appropriate decisions once
    those reviews have been completed.”

    https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/3/14/18266117/olivia-jade- giannulli-lori-loughlin-daughter-usc-college-scandal

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