Beauty designer Mikayla Nogueira has returned to social media after a swirling TikTok scandal.
On September 30, the 24-year-old addressed the recent controversy over the disconnected comments she made in a TikTok video last year.
ICYMI, a clip resurfaced recently on TikTok of Mikayla complaining about being an influencer to her millions of followers.
In the video, which was posted in 2021, Mikayla said, “I feel like an asshole today so I’m going to hit back at people because I’m tired.”
“Every day I wake up at 6am. I spend about 5-6 hours shooting video content ranging from 3-4 videos, and then I spent a few hours editing that video content,” he said. she clapped, “Then I have to work on my other social media profiles, whatever they are.”
Mikayla went on to say that she was then in a meeting from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., claiming that she “literally just finished working” at 5:19 p.m. that day.
“Try being an influencer for a day, try it. Because people who say it’s easy are so crazy. Try it for a day,” she challenged.
Although the video received backlash when first posted last year, it was reportedly reposted (and has since been deleted) by a third-party account after Mikayla was rumored to charge between $55,000 and $85,000 for a Sponsored TikTok.
The clip went viral last week, with thousands of people sharing their work schedule to the sound of Mikayla saying, “I literally just finished working, it’s 5:19. Try being an influencer for a day, give it a try.
This led netizens to dig up old comments Mikayla had written on YouTube beauty designer Jaclyn Hill’s Instagram posts.
“Must be nice being rich and all you do is shoot videos for YouTube,” Mikayla allegedly wrote in a video Jaclyn shared from her bedroom in 2018.
In a photo of Jaclyn and her now-fiancé, Jordan Farnum, Mikayla reportedly commented, “I’m not a fan of that man bun,” referring to Jordan’s hairstyle.
On several other posts, she apparently got stuck with a single “Yikes.”
In her response video, Mikayla begins by shedding some light on the situation, joking that she can’t film if it’s after 5:19 p.m.
She goes on to thank her fans for showing her love and support during this time.
On the resurfaced video, Mikayla explains that she did it in response to a hateful comment at a time when she was new to influencing, “emotions were running high” and she was “having a shitty day”.
“I made a video that I absolutely shouldn’t have made and I regret making it. And there’s a reason a year and a half ago I deleted that video and I I apologized because I was wrong, but everyone has bad fucking days.
Mikayla continues, saying it broke her heart that the audio was taken out of context to make it sound like she believes she works harder than others. She admits being an influencer comes with “privileges and blessings” and says anyone who looks at her every day knows she loves her job.
She then addresses comments she made on Jaclyn Hill’s Instagram posts when she was around 19, saying the situation is a “fantastic example of karma”.
“I grew up a very jealous person,” she says. “And I would make comments like that about Jaclyn[‘s posts], or the one I idolized because I was extremely jealous. Jealously ruined my life for a long time.
Mikayla claims she told Jaclyn about the comments “months ago” and apologized to her personally.
“We support redemption. We believe in redemption on this page,” she continues. “Cancel culture doesn’t fly on my page. We support growth, we support redemption, we support sorry people. We support each other with kindness.
Mikayla ends by saying that she will be stepping away from creating content to seek treatment for her depression, which she has struggled with for months. She insists this is unrelated to her recent controversy.
For a full breakdown of Mikayla’s cancellation and why TikTok has gone anti-influencer in recent weeks, listen to our latest episode of Renegade with Lauren & Jordyn here.