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First the social media scandal that was Fyre Festival opened our eyes to the reality behind the perfect posts. Now, many ‘wellness influencers’ are being exposed for not being quite what they seem


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This year, a Dallas-based fitness influencer found herself in hot water after followers alleged she’d scammed them out of hundreds of dollars. The Brittany Dawn Fitness Instagram account, made up of the usual combination of bikini and abs pics, had accrued hundreds of thousands of followers and Brittany sold workout and diet plans that promised to bag avid fans a body like hers. Trouble is, she promised too much. The 60-day package was supposed to give personalised nutrition advice and access to Dawn by phone for $250, but people paid up, didn’t hear anything, then got generic packages.

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Ever thought about stripping back your beauty regime? From eco-cosmetics to zero waste routines, we’ve explored all the latest natural beauty innovations in our #NakedBeauty issue. Plus, we investigate the Instagram wellness scammers, question whether the perfect diet exists, and delve into the fitness industry’s issue with inclusivity. Our food sections champions pasta and puds, along with with some seriously tempting ayurvedic recipes, and we learn how to keep our core in good shape in the healthy clinic. Find all this and more in the brand new issue of Healthy!