ASHLAND, Ore. — Jessica Wilde’s new Rogue Press memoir, “Going Wilde: How I Became the Woman I Was Meant to Be by Creating a Woman I’m Not,” was released today.
A rep described the book as “brutally honest and intriguing.”
“Few of us are who we portray on Facebook, Instagram or even LinkedIn. Social media is, in fact, carefully calibrated to undermine raw honesty. Instead, it spawns enticing illusions and addictive engagement,” the rep said. “Wilde has made a handsome living off that dark reality, but she’s also a victim of the digital funhouse mirror. Wilde’s namesake online persona is an idealized sex goddess who bears little resemblance to her creator. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to confuse the two identities — even for the flesh-and-blood Wilde.”
“It would be understandable to mistake Wilde’s story for a simple rags-to-riches tale. After all, she went from a youth marred by poverty, social isolation, sexual abuse and bad decisions to internet fame that gave her control over her own destiny and provided a comfortable life for her and her daughter,” the rep continued. “Unfortunately, true happiness is never that simple.”
As Wilde’s online fame grew — including serving as host of the first annual XBIZ Cam Awards at the Versace Mansion in 2017 — she “struggled mightily to define the real woman behind the avatar.”
The “remarkably candid” memoir follows her efforts to untangle social media’s “jungle of destructive illusions and embrace her own authentic identity,” noted the rep. “Along the way, it serves as a cautionary tale for anyone creating a digital facade. Wilde only found a healthy sense of self and deep, lasting happiness after realizing those things can’t be found in the next post or through a ‘like’ button.”