Influencer hits back at trolls who branded her 'lazy and privileged'

Influencer criticised for not pulling her weight after joining an Amish farm for a reality show hits back at claims she’s ‘lazy, self centred and privileged’ and insists spending 10 hours on her makeup is ‘hard work’

  • Victoria Clay, 28, is a social media influencer with an Instagram following of 47K
  • In 2017 she appeared on Britain’s Next Top model where she came in tenth place
  • Recently she featured in Channel 4 series The Simpler Life with boyfriend Joseph
  • Show saw city-dwellers give up all the luxuries of modern life to live off the grid 

An influencer who appeared on new documentary series The Simpler Life has slammed trolls who called her ‘lazy, self centred and privileged’ because of her job. 

Victoria Clay, 28, from Liverpool, works a content creator – posting about make-up, anime and gaming to her 47,000 followers – and decided to take part in the Channel 4 show in a bid to connect more with others in real life.  

The programme, which will air its final episode this evening, sees technology-obsessed city-dwellers give up all the luxuries of modern life to live off the grid on a 40-acre farm in Devon with the help of an Amish family.

After tensions rose between Victoria and other members of the community who felt she wasn’t pulling her weight on the farm, many social media users were quick to criticise the influencer and her ‘ridiculous’ job. 

However Victoria took to Twitter to defend herself against critics, writing: ‘It’s so easy to be labelled lazy, self centred or privileged when you’re a content creator because your job revolves around your image’. 

Victoria Clay, 28, from Liverpool, works a content creator – posting about make-up, anime and gaming to her 47K followers and decided to take part in Channel 4 The Simpler Life show in a bid to connect more with others in real life

However Victoria took to Twitter to defend herself against critics who accused her of being lazy because of her job

After tensions rose between Victoria and other members of the community in the last episode of the show, Victoria faced a huge backlash on social media 

‘The job gets no respect. I can easily work 8-10 hours creating a makeup look. Makeup is an art form. And I put my heart into it! #TheSimplerLife’. 

Victoria first rose to fame during an appearance on Britain’s Next Top model, where she came in tenth place before becoming a regular on the London party scene.

She appeared on the programme with boyfriend Joseph, who runs his own PR and management firm, and ahead of the show joked about wanting to make friends despite ‘not doing hard work’. 

‘I don’t have loads of friends, hopefully there’s nice people on the farm,’ said Joseph. 

Victoria, pictured during a photoshoot outside her London home, says she ‘can easily work 8-10 hours creating a makeup look’ 

She appeared on the programme with boyfriend Joseph, who runs his own PR and management firm, and ahead of the show joked about wanting to make friends despite ‘not doing hard work’

Victoria added: ‘I connect with my friends mainly on social media platforms, not in real life.

‘I hope we can fit in with everyone and become a part of it because that’s what I really want to experience, I know you can’t always get along with people. And the hard work, I don’t do hard work or early mornings.’  

The last episode of the series saw some members of the community become frustrated with Victoria, who they felt hadn’t been putting in enough effort around the farm. 

While busy working in the garden as Victoria was looking after the chickens, Maty said: ‘It’s getting to the point that it’s becoming blatantly obvious that noone has ever seen Victoria out here picking, even once.’ 

Victoria first rose to fame during an appearance on Britain’s Next Top model, where she came in tenth place before becoming a regular on the London party scene

Later in the episode, she was seen refusing to help out project manager Fran, who was doing everyone in the community’s washing, because she didn’t have time. 

‘Fran, or as I call her frantic Fran, she loves to be in control of a situation, it’s just a bit awkward isn’t it because she wants me to help out but that doesnt mean I necessarily have time’, said Victoria. 

‘I have to do the housework, the cleaning the dishes make sure the chickens are fed and watered pasteurize the milk, if only there were two of me I could help her.’ 

When Fran asked her directly to help mangling the wet washing, she said: ‘I can’t be doing everyone’s laundry it’s not feasible, I have so much on and I have Joseph to look after’. 

Another moment of conflict came when Fran suggested the group stitch a letter onto a pillow case which read ‘community’ as a leaving gift for their guides Edna and Lloyd 

After offering to demonstrate to Joseph how to cross stitch, Victoria said: ‘I don’t have time to do that, I don’t have time to do anything’

She added: ‘I do want to be there for Fran. I hope she doesn’t think I don’t appreciate her because I do, but if she would just let go of a bit of control then she would be a more hospitable person to be around.’ 

Another moment of conflict came when Edna and Lloyd, the Amish couple who had been guiding the Brits through the farming process, revealed they would be leaving. 

Fran wanted each member of the group to stitch a letter onto a pillow case which read ‘community’ – however Victoria and Joseph refused because their ‘hearts weren’t in it’.  

‘I’ve been thinking about what we can do for them, explained Fran. ‘Conveniently there are nine letters in the word ‘community’ and there’s nine of us left, so I was thinking we could make them a pillow? 

Victoria and Joseph refused because their ‘hearts weren’t in it’ and would rather spend their time with Lloyd and Edna rather than stitching a cushion

Later, they were seen spoiling the surprise to Edna, with Victoria saying: ‘This morning we only had a few hours to spend with you and we’d rather spend it with you than stitching a cushion’

‘I think it would be nice if we stitched a letter each, we are a community it would be nice to look back on at home.’ 

After offering to demonstrate to Joseph how to cross stitch, Victoria said: ‘I don’t have time to do that, I don’t have time to do anything’. 

Later, they were seen spoiling the surprise to Edna, with Victoria saying: ‘This morning we only had a few hours to spend with you and we’d rather spend it with you than stitching a cushion’. 

Joseph added: ‘Edna if you didn’t know some members of the community are stitching out a pillow case that spells out ‘community’ and Fran wants everyone to stitch a letter. But we’ve just decided we’re not going to take part because our hearts aren’t in it.’

‘I’d rather tell you how much you’ve meant to me on this journey’, sad Victoria. 

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