On Thursday, October 18, Business Insider released a seemingly innocuous profile of a woman named Melania Edwards — a California-based HSBC executive whose life and daily routine seems like Instagram influencer’s fan-fiction.
The article, titled “A day in the life of an HSBC exec who wakes up at 5:30 a.m. to work out, always eats green, and studies at Stanford in her free time”, chronicled Edwards’ daily routine, which reportedly begins with a 5:30 a.m. meditation session and a 7:30 a.m. game of tennis before she heads off to work.
7. She walks to her office in sneakers. Ok cool. Where does she keep her heels? At the office? Does she have a different pair at her Palo Alto office? What about the portable laptop station? I don’t see her carrying anything. pic.twitter.com/MexRWHMjXM
— Sara Mauskopf (@sm) October 19, 2018
From there, her day consists of meetings, conference calls, lunch, and a train to Palo Alto, where her *second* work location is.
Needless to say, people on social media were blown away by such a lavish and extravagant daily routine and were quick to call bullsh*t:
Other highlights from the piece include Edwards’ pursuit of a certificate in “innovation and entrepreneurship” from Stanford University, how she spends her free time working with an organization in Papua New Guinea to “promote women’s economic empowerment in the country”, and how she and her boyfriend “reflect upon their key wins and challenges” at the end of the day.
However, shockingly enough, Melania does seem to be a real person, as she has her own LinkedIn account.
That said, the LinkedIn account is just as preposterous as her daily routine, as it states that she’s attended the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, MIT, and Stanford.