- An influencer has defended her decision to share a photo shoot of her motorcycle accident on Instagram, insisting she uses the social media platform "as a tool for healing and connecting with other humans."
- Tiffanny, known on Instagram as @tifforelie, has been criticised for turning an accident into an impromptu photo shoot, with many questioning whether there was product placement involved.
Tiffany Mitchell, a lifestyle blogger based in Nashville, is being called out on Instagram for sharing a number of photos of her on the floor, following a motorcycle accident.
The blogger, who says she was left shaken and with minor scrapes from the scene, originally shared a series of 10 photos on Instagram, with a lengthy caption about what happened.
The photos show Tiffany with her white helmet off, being tended to by a man on the side of the road, presumably after the accident. In some photos his motorbike is behind them, while in others bottle of Smartwater and a resusable water bottle are placed by her face.
In the original caption, Tiffany wrote: "I misjudged a curve, took it too fast and my bike went off the road. It slid through the grass and I hit the pavement. I had my helmet on so my head was fine, but I scraped up my left side. I was in absolute shock laying on the side of the road. Scroll through the pics to see how much of it Lindsey captured!"
Many readers in the comments criticised Tiffany's decision to post the photo series, calling her out for insensitivity and inappropriateness. Others questioned whether the post was actually a #ad with Smartwater.
Twitter users, meanwhile, also speculated about whether Tiffany had fallen off her bike at all, due to the fact it could be deemed unsafe to take your helmet off after an accident, and pointing out the lack of road burns.
In response, Tiffany took to Instagram Stories to defend herself. "I got a lot of negative photos questioning why I'd take photos during an accident, and why I was glamourising an accident," she told her 216k followers. "There was no brand work being done at all. My friend Lindsey documents everything... No photos were taken until everyone knew I was OK. I didn't know that Lindsey was taking photos. The water could have been any brand - the water was brought to me because I was laying there."
She went on to insist she "absolutely" had her helmet, motorcycling boots and trousers on, and that the whole experience was a "blur".
"When [Lindsey] showed me the photos, I was so grateful for them. Having a moment that was that intense documented, I appreciate that. And a lot of other people [appreciate them]. That's why I shared them."
Tiffanny insists nothing about the photos were sponsorship, and went on to share another Instagram post to add that "I’m sad that something so true and personal has been treated this way."
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