Back in April, Julia Stakhiva, a 23-year-old Londoner with a sizable Instagram following, gave an interview explaining she lives her best life by letting her parents pay for hundreds of thousands of dollars of cosmetic surgery and thriving off Insta-troll hate ("I would rather die than have people not talk about me"). That may be the case, but according to Guardian columnist Marina Hyde, Stakhiva had been, until only a few weeks ago, renting out and living in one room in Hyde's mother-in-law's apartment.
According to her Instagram, Stakhiva is a TV presenter, blogger, model, and jet setter. She also appears on British TV show Rich Kids of Instagram where she's described as a "billionaire's daughter." Hyde notes Stakhiva found her mother-in-law's apartment "via that classic billionaire accommodation hook-up, spareroom.co.uk."
Hyde also says when her mother-in-law took a vacation, Stakhiva invited film crews and photographers into the apartment—apparently claiming it was her own. Footage from the shoots made it into the show: "It is hard to pick a standout [TV moment]," Hyde writes, "but for me it's probably edged by the snap of her reclining on my mother-in-law's bed, stroking the latter's cat in a casually proprietorial fashion." After speaking with the show's network though, they re-edited the footage so that any scenes featuring Hyde's mother-in-law's place were removed.
Stakhiva hasn't commented on how this rental, and the seemingly sneaky way it was presented on TV, fits in with her "extraordinary" lifestyle since The Guardian article was published, but here is a timeless thing she said in April to hold you over until then: "Some people are not brave enough to have surgery. They think it's better to sit at home, eat pizza and judge me. But I just think well, you eat pizza and I look pretty." Mmm.