Influencer slammed for staging photoshoot at scene of motorcycle accident

Tiffany Mitchell. (Photo: Instagram/@tifforelie)
Tiffany Mitchell. (Photo: Instagram/@tifforelie)

It seems influencers would do just about anything for a perfect picture.

But one Instagram star took it too far after turning her motorcycle accident into an impromptu photoshoot.

Tiffany Mitchell, from Nashville in the US, took to Instagram to post a now-deleted string of pictures of her lying on the ground after allegedly falling off her motorcycle, Metro reports.

In the caption, the young woman, who has more than 211 000 followers, explained how she was riding her motorcycle in town with a group of friends when the accident occurred.

“I’m resting and healing up my arm and @ianwhitetattoos may need to touch up my wildflowers [tattoo], but I am feeling so much better and guys, I am beyond grateful,” Tiffany wrote in the caption.

In the snaps, taken by her friend Lindsay Grace Whiddon, Tiffany looks visibly hurt. But there’s a strategically-placed bottle of SmartWater next to her – sparking her followers to accuse her of exploiting her accident for profit, Independent reports.

Following the negative comments on her post, the blogger told Buzz Feed that she wouldn’t exploit an accident.

“I’m sad that some people are taking it that way,” Tiffany says.

“I wanted to share that moment with you guys, it’s vulnerability practice,” she later explains in her blog.

“This was a heavy moment for me that was scary and meant a lot and I had this treasure of having these images from it. Nothing about it was staged. Nothing about it was a sponsorship.”

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I’ve been figuring out how to respond to everything that’s unfolded recently regarding the post I shared 3 weeks ago about my moto accident. I won’t get into that post here (see my Moto Accident story highlight for all the details), but I want to talk about the reactions I’ve been getting to the article @buzzfeednews posted sensationalizing what I went through that day, and making a mockery of the post I shared. As a result, I’ve been accused of staging the accident to get attention, using it as a product placement opportunity with a water company, and other things I can’t even wrap my head around. I’ve been sharing real life stories here since I started my account. I’ve opened up about miscarriage, divorce, anxiety, losing my partner in a moto accident 3 years ago, and navigating the grief that followed. I’ve chosen to use Instagram as a tool for healing and connecting with other humans who may be going through similar things so we can do it together. And it’s been beautiful. When I work with brands, they’re ones I personally enjoy, and I disclose every single sponsorship. Accusing someone of faking or exploiting an accident is extremely serious—because what if you’re wrong? It really happened to me, and I was scared. I really was injured and had to recover. I was in shock laying on the side of the road, having flashbacks to when I lost someone very important to me. Friends were by my side, strangers called an ambulance, waited while I was checked out and then gave me a ride home. When I found out my professional photographer friend who I’d been shooting with earlier took photos of everything, I was completely moved. I shared this on my feed with humans who have been on a journey with me for years because I knew they would understand what it meant to me and I understood what it would mean to them. I’m sad that something so true and personal has been treated this way, and disappointed in BuzzFeed for spinning it there. I would just ask that if you’re here because of this, consider that the post I made was something real that happened in my life that resonated deeply with me and those who have chosen to follow me. That’s what it was intended for. ????

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The influencer went on to tell Metro that she decided to post the pictures to raise awareness, especially after her boyfriend, Kappel, died in a motorbike accident.

“The reason this accident was so intense and important to me, and why I’m so grateful that my friend captured photos (which I didn’t find out about until later that evening) is because three years ago my partner Kappel passed away in a motorcycle accident, and anyone who has followed me on Instagram since then knows that I spent the majority of the 2017 walking through intense grief and sharing that journey with people.

“It’s something the people who follow me understand the beauty and depth of, and when this happened and I ended up having photos to share, I wrote about the experience genuinely.”

Sources: Metro, Independent, Buzz Feed

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