Kiera Please on Change

Kiera Please is a widely known social media icon characterized by her incredible makeup looks and sweet persona. With an amassed following exceeding 130,000 (@kieraplease on Instagram), she seeks to raise self-esteem and positivity in fellow adolescents online. Editor Olivia Ferrucci provided Kiera with a series of questions regarding the changes she has seen in herself and the effects of social media.
Lithium: You are such an influential person on social media, particularly within Tumblr, Instagram, and Youtube. Do you feel this has changed who you are as a person? If so, has it been for the better?

Kiera: I think social media has changed what I choose to put online- knowing I may have a small influence makes me want to use it to help and uplift others. However, I don’t think it’s changed who I am as a person.

Lithium: Many adolescents struggle with changing for someone else- what would you recommend they do to become comfortable with who they are?

Kiera: I’d say learn about more about themselves and spend time with themselves, like good quality time immersed in your own mind and body. I believe becoming comfortable with someone or something is to get familiar with the said person or thing. Treat yourself like a friend and understand what you need, what you like, and what you don’t like. Listen to yourself. Spend time with you. It takes patience, and it’s an ongoing process.

Lithium: Would you say that the ideal of youth changing themselves to fit with social media trends generally has a more harmful or beneficial impact? Have you personally experienced this?

Kiera: I’d say it’s not necessarily harmful if you have a clear idea of who you are. Try new things, but at the end of the day, still love the original you.
 I have a clear line between my life and social media. Yes, I post and share things online- but for me, social media is just a small peek into my life and is a mere profile. It doesn’t completely dictate who I am, what I do, nor what I believe in.

Lithium: What do you predict the progress in social justice and Internet culture will be by the end of 2016?

Kiera: I don’t really predict anything. I just hope people continue to share and educate others who otherwise would not be exposed to different perspectives and lives, and also connect with those who share similar views to create awareness on different issues.

Lithium: You certainly possess a very positive and inspiring persona online. Have you found that you are any different online from real life? Have you noticed this in others?

Kiera: I don’t like assuming what someone’s personality is like because of their online profiles. It feels strange. People are much more complex than a Tweet or Facebook post. They may share many parts of their lives, but many parts are also hidden. I’d rather just meet people without preconceived notions about who they are. As for me, I’m not sure. I don’t really think about it. I Just hope I leave a good impression!

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