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 modelsalong with Elsa Hosk, Emily Ratajkowski, Lais Ribeiro, and Hailey Baldwinwho 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-goersmany 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!
Packing to leave my home in Los Angeles to head back east to my home and my @wilhelminamodels family in NYC for 24 hours before heading to FYRE festival in the Bahamas for the weekend. Los Angeles will always be my home and this is probably the hardest it’s ever been to leave but I’ll be back soon (hopefully) Until next time LA xo #LifeOfAmandaRiley
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:
“Im staying out of it because Im kind of complete with it. My friends and family are safe. And I didnt pay for anything. So I just dont want anything to do with that company anymore or deal with these people.”
Unlike Hadid, she doesn’t even apologize for shilling for Fyre Festivalalthough, 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.