Molly-Mae Hague, 22, is one of the UK’s most popular influencers — she rose to fame after appearing on the 2019 season of Love Island and has 6.2 million followers on Instagram.
In December, she spoke about her success on the Diary of a CEO podcast, with comments she made about poverty and how “everyone has the same 24 hours” making headlines this week after they were widely circulated on social media.
“You’re given one life and it’s down to you what you do with it,” Ms Hague said, according to Sky News.
‘If you want something enough, then you can achieve it’
A UK influencer has been forced to defend herself after making “tone deaf” comments about her success.
Last year she was appointed Pretty Little Thing’s creative director, with her deal with the fast fashion brand said to pay her a salary of $946,405.
“When I’ve spoken about that in the past, I have been slammed a little bit, with people saying, ‘It’s easy for you to say that, you’ve not grown up in poverty, you’ve not grown up with major money struggles, so for you to sit there and say that we all have the same 24 hours in a day, it’s not correct.’”
Ms Hague acknowledged that while “we all have different backgrounds and we’re all raised in different ways and we do have different financial situation” she believes that “if you want something enough, you can achieve it”.
“It just depends to what lengths you want to go to get where you want to be in the future,” she said. “And I’ll go to any lengths. I’ve worked my absolute a*** off to get where I am now.”
‘Tone deaf’: Fans savage Molly’s success claim On Twitter people have slammed Ms Hague’s comments, likening it to telling homeless people to “just buy a house”.
Ms Hague’s Wikipedia entry was even briefly edited to change her name to Molly-Mae Thatcher, in reference to conservative UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The entry said she was famous for “having worked harder than anyone less successful than her”.
“If you listen to the full conversation and interview Molly was asked about how the nature of her potential grows and how she believes in herself,” a spokesperson for the influencer told The Sun. “This part of the interview was discussing time efficiency relating to success. Molly refers to a quote which says, ‘We all have the same 24 hours in a day as Beyonce.’ She was discussing her own experience and how she can resonate with this specific quote.”
In response to the controversy Ms Hague has claimed her words were taken out of context and she is now having fake quotes attributed to her. ‘These are absolutely not Molly’s words’