Yari Vanessaa and the (Dis)Illusion of Internet Fame

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” – Kurt Vonnegut

In his novel, Mother Night, the satirical giant warns his readers against spending too much time in a dream. The dream, these days, is of course the Internet. In the age of Instagram fame, we should all be careful what we wish for, in the metaphorical sense. I am sure that Orange County native Yaritza Hernandez did not wish to lose her life, but she did seek out fame.

She is now famous for hanging lifeless near a parking lot, according to Lt. Steve Gil of the Orange County Sherriff’s Department. Yaritza Hernandez, known to her 126,000 fans on Instagram as Yari Vanessaa, is a model who lives for the spirit of adventure. Or, she was. She died on December 10, 2015 in Newport Beach, California.

She was 22 years old.

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