Nailea Devora is an American social media star who gained fame for posting entertaining YouTube videos. Devora’s upbeat personality and creative edits have attracted 1.74 million subscribers to her self-titled channel. Nailea entertains her 1.4 million followers on Instagram with a wide variety of modeling photos.
Like most influencers, Nailea’s TikTok following has grown exponentially during the quarantine period. Devora will soon hit two million followers on the dancing and lip-syncing app. The rapid growth can be attributed to her creativity and recent collaborations with established stars such as Larray.
This piece will look at Nailea’s move to California and her experience with stalkers.
Nailea moved to California because all of her childhood friends left and she wanted to study in Santa Barbara
Nailea was born on 20th January 2002 in the United States to Mexican parents. Early on in high school, she set her mind on moving to Santa Barbara, California, for college. Nailea’s friends made the move to California easier because they all moved out before her. Nailea revealed in a 26th September 2020 video that she no longer had friends in her hometown:
“As much as love my house, I used to live in a small ass town, and all of my friends have left. And plus the fucking guy that I liked in high school, the guy that I low-key had a crush on, he fucking left too. I am not even going to be living in the city itself, I’m going to be outside. I will be pretty close because everything in California is kind off close, but I’m not going to be in the city. Anyway, who gives a shit?”
Most influencers move to California to live in the same area with other content creators and potentially collaborate with them to gain followers. Nailea didn’t move to California for social media, but she has reaped the benefits of having other influencers next door. She has created a strong bond with social media star Larray, who has featured in her TikTok and YouTube videos.
Devora had a couple of online stalkers in her hometown, but the stalkers turned out to be real once she moved to California
Nailea’s experience with stalkers started when a person emailed her a photo of her house. That stalker turned out to be an internet user from Indonesia who took a google photo of her house and sent it to her. Devora then received a different photo of her house from another user. She was a bit alarmed, but she calmed down when she realized that the photo was readily available on the internet. Devora stated in a 13th November 2020 video:
“And then, I get another email, which isn’t stalker number one, or stalker number two – it’s a completely different fucking email, and it’s the exact same picture that stalker number two had sent me. So anyway, it ended up being like a trolling thing where I guess people saw my video so they looked up my house and started sending me pictures of it… Obviously, no one had actually taken it.”
Devora’s move to California was partly inspired by her desire to move away from her insistent stalkers. Unfortunately, the stalking situation got worse when she moved, and she is partly to blame for the situation. Nailea gave her phone number to a stranger in a car, which she thought might have been following her.
Nailea blocked the stranger, but he called with a hidden ID using another phone. He also sent creepy texts that made Devora uncomfortable. To make matters worse, he seems to have shared her number with another person who is now started texting Nailea. Devora stated in her video that she is quite traumatized:
“So then I’m like, I’m going to die. I’m like, ‘Okay mommy. Thank you so much. I’m going to go shit myself because I am so scared. Thank you for letting me know how much of an idiot I am. I already know that.’ So I hang up, go to my room, lay in my bed and cry for a good like 40 minutes because I am just scared shitless.”
It’s been a tough learning experience for Nailea as she now knows the drawbacks of giving your number to strangers. She is taking all the safety precautions necessary to ensure that she doesn’t get harmed. It’s unlikely that we will get another update on the stalker situation as Nailea stated that she didn’t enjoy making the video.