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  • Why are Gen Y women turning to Insta for money advice?
  • Why are Gen Y women turning to Insta for money advice?
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How ‘finfluencers’ are disrupting debt shame

Feelings of shame around debt and a lack of engagement from traditional institutions have long hindered financial discussions among women. Gen Y ‘finfluencers’ are changing this status quo, using their social media savvy and relatability to improve their followers’ relationships with money.

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In March 2019, Clare Seal set up her ‘finsta’. At the start, it was because she wanted a space where her identity was a secret. But she was also leaning heavily on the ‘fin’ part of the ‘fake Instagram’ portmanteau – and in her first post, she revealed the gory details of her personal finances. The image showed a spreadsheet of her credit card debt, which came in at a total of £25,438.11, costing £950 per month to pay off. [1] Fast-forward just over a year and Seal had revealed her identity, signed a book deal, and had ...



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