More than 2,00,000 people follow the Instagram account of Victoria van Violence from Berlin. They see picture-perfect photos of her on the beach, at festivals or at home with her dog.
But the captions on her photos with the most likes (upwards of 10,000) might surprise you. They don’t seem to fit into the highly-curated, seemingly perfect world of Instagram: “Everyone has a crappy time sometimes, we just don’t talk about it,” she writes on one photo. “Negative feelings, failures, break-ups, job losses, etc. are stigmas in our society. They don’t fit the perfect picture, neither in real life, nor here. But it’s completely normal.”
The Instagram-influencer, whose real name is Victoria Müller, is open about regularly seeing a psychologist and her experience with depression. “A constant high stress level, not being able to switch off, always having to deliver — burnout happens in many professions,” she told DW.