Influencers uncensored: with love kyra
We have said goodbye to our popular Bloggers Uncensored series to make room for the new and improved Influencers Uncensored! You're probably wondering what the difference between the two is outside of changing the name slightly and how it's "new and improved". Well, in this new series we've expanded it beyond just the blogging community to involve all social media influencers and youtubers! We'll also be diving deeper into the life of an influencer, racism, mental health, feminism, LGBTQ+ and so much more! Have you ever wondered what your favourite influencers really think about the topics that matter? Well now you'll find out in this raw and uncensored interview series!
Intrigued? Good, because it's time to introduce you to Kyra!
Kyra, the beauty behind LoveKyra, has been blogging for almost 2 years now and is still loving every single moment of it! Kyra is an aspiring doctor currently in uni studying human biology with the hope of studying medicine after that (how cool is that!). I personally love reading Kyra's blog for the relatable yet informative content - two of my recent faves are; How to make a digital bullet journal and Complete guide to at-home workouts for beginners. I hope you all enjoy reading Kyra's interview, she gives some incredibly insightful answers!
Life of an Influencer...
What initially made you get into blogging?
I saw blogs all over social media and it really intrigued me! I'd done blogging in the past but as an online diary. I didn't ever think it was basically a website!My passion of beauty and all things girly urged me towards it and after much love and design, it's become the pretty pink corner of the internet that it is today!
What is your experience of societies perception about pursuing blogging as a career path?
I've never really had my mind set on blogging becoming a career but as I've began earning more money from it, I have been thinking about it more. My mum loves the fact that I earn money from it though and my social bubble would be nothing but supportive.
What are the pros and cons to being an influencer in 2020?
The pros of being an influencer is that you can make lots of friends, learn more about the workings of social media and sharing your content to people around the world!
The downside is that it can be very time consuming, you can get caught in a trap of obsessing over views and there are times of complete loss of motivation.
Overall, I really enjoy blogging though and would recommend it to anyone!
What difficulties have you faced during your time as a blogger?
Some difficulties is feeling disheartened if a post doesn't lift off or the quietness after a viral pin. The drop in views can really affect you. It does make me strive to create another viral pin though!
The Influencer community is huge, who are your favourites to follow right now?
It is huge! I love following Emily Dyson on Twitter as she has great advice on Pinterest! Kayleigh Zara has one of my favourite blogs to read and as for YouTubers, I like Elle Darby and Gemma Louise Miles.
Let's get deep...
Recently the Black Lives Matter movement got the world's attention. Racism is finally being talked about openly, and white privilege is being acknowledged. What is your opinion on the BLM movement?
The BLM movement is so significant and important! However, I do feel everyone is moving on too quick! Some people did see it as a trend and didn't do anything beside the Instagram black out. This isn't a trend, this is people's lives and they need to be taken seriously. The attention it did receive was the first step in a positive direction.
Although the protests have mostly stopped for the time being, what can we do to make sure the movement and black lives continue to be supported?
To continue to support you can sign petitions and spread awareness through social media posts. You can also educate yourself privately on the matter and purchase from black-owned businesses!
What does the word "Feminist" mean to you?
A feminist is someone who wants to be treated equally to men by being empowered rather than dragging men down to feel better.
In 2020, how important do you think the feminist movement is?
I think it's incredibly important, women are filling "typically male" jobs and men are filling "typically female" jobs. If we can do the job just as well or even better, why is pay different? Why should women be objectified when walking down a street. Not to say that men don't too but you particularly hear about it with women and it's not fair.
There has always been such a stigma surrounding mental health, how do you feel mental illness is being portrayed in today's society?
Mental health is being spoken about more and it's brilliant but there's still those few who think negatively upon it. People need to research more about it as it can lead to devastating effects. Thankfully due to influencers and word of mouth, more people are seeking help and managing it better.
What can we, the government and society do to progress mental health services and end the stigma surrounding it?
I think it needs to be taught in school. So many children think they're different and weird for having these emotions but it may be something much more deeper and worrying. I also think there should be more therapists to support these individuals as many do find it helpful to talk it through with a stranger.
As an influencer you have to spend a lot of time on social media. Do you get affected by online trolling; whether it be directly or indirectly?
Luckily I haven't been affected by online trolling and that's all I can really say for that one!
Do you think social networks are doing enough to combat online trolling? If not, what can they do?
I think more words need to be flagged on social media and should be examined each time it's used. Hateful language really hurts people and it needs to be eradicated. I'd say most platforms experience such a high quantity of activity that it can be hard to track down.
Do you believe we are all individually responsible in stopping online trolls? What can we as the users do to help stop them and protect others?
I feel we are responsible to some extent. We can report and block but what if they make a new account? As an influencer, it's damaging to have your profile on private. If they keep making new accounts just to troll, it should be the platforms responsibility to put an end to it.
How much acceptance do the LGBTQ+ community receive in your country?
Our country is definitely more accepting of LGBTQ+. Obviously we have pride but because of how normalised it's becoming, more people in England are now, thankfully, accepting it.
Are we, as a society, making enough progress?
I feel more progress could be made, although we have come a very long way and it is more widely accepted than frowned upon.
In your opinion, why in 2020 do you think some people, cultures and countries still have a strong dislike or disdain towards the community?
Some people may have this view because it's been drilled in them for so long that it's wrong. However love is love and they're no less of a person than anyone else! Religion also plays a part for those who are strongly religious. The bible says that it's wrong however I'm religious and I know that Jesus would be accepting of any people who walked the Earth! In my opinion, they're just outdated views.
In your opinion, what is the biggest issue we as a world are facing?
Right now, it's the pandemic. The UK (excluding Scotland) is experiencing high cases as is the US which means many people are losing their lives to something that can be controlled to an extent. See Germany for example...
What does freedom mean to you?
Freedom means being able to have a voice and the ability to do what you feel. Everyone has the right to voice their opinion however you must also be aware that you may face a lot of backlash. You've had your freedom but it may not be what people agree with!
What else do you feel passionate about?
I feel passionate about making a difference in the world. It's one of the reasons as to why I want to be a doctor. I'll be able to increase the quality of life of some people. Obviously it unfortunately won't be possible every time but I'd try my hardest!
Let's end this with some fun 'This or That' questions...
Tea or coffee?
Coffee in the morning, tea at night!
Text or call?
Summer or winter?
Love or money?
Book or movie?
Sex or pizza?
Sex - I hate pizza!
Meat or veggies?
Tiktok or Youtube?
Fame or quiet life?
Fame but a quiet fame if you get me?
Night in or night out?
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