24 hours offline with the VIPs of NYC TikTok

Audrey Peters and the VIP List girls are infamous for documenting their fabulous lives in Manhattan. But they’re in on the joke.

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A day in the life of 24-year-old Audrey Peters, according to her TikTok, is a world free of pain. In the mornings, she makes coffee at her West Village studio apartment but will probably buy an $8 iced version later. She might have a business meeting and then dine at a trendy lunch spot like Mercer Kitchen, where the lamb costs $49, after which she may get a cosmetic procedure (Botox, filler, lip injections) or a lymphatic drainage massage. She will, at some point, take what she calls a “hot girl walk,” because in her world, Uber should only be used while drunk. After dinner (expensive), she’ll head to one or several of the great many events that publicists hope she will attend – and, of course, feature on her TikTok.

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I am inside said West Village apartment, where it is decorated in the stylish avant-basic aesthetic and where she tells me most of those “day in the life” videos are lies. Well, not lies, exactly, but she films most of them over the course of several days. Nevertheless, this sort of shameless, semi-ironic grandeur, alongside videos like “What I assume about you based on your favorite Manhattan neighborhood” and “Places in NYC that are cheugy” has gained Audrey a following of 400,000 and the role of ur-example of a particularly maligned archetype on the internet right now: the privileged-and-not-exactly-shy-about-it NYC-based TikToker.

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Over the past year, mostly in the six months that New York City has begun to fully reopen its bars and restaurants, the citizens of TikTok have come together to make fun of this villainous character. What “NYU girls” were to the city back when I was one of them nearly a decade ago, NYC TikTokers are now – seen as gentrifiers and transplants, but worse than that, annoying.

An example: Last year, Jezebel published a story about Peters entitled “Who Is Audrey Peters, TikTok’s Wannabe Carrie Bradshaw, and Why On Earth Do We Care?” It was during a time when she’d gotten some media backlash for attempting to hire https://www.datingreviewer.net/women-seeking-women/ an unpaid intern to act as her assistant and is the first link that surfaces when you Google her.

When I ask her now what her reaction to the article was, she pauses. “You know what?” she says. “I loved it. I was like, these two 50-year-old women care so much about me that they’re willing to write all this? They may think I’m cheesy or stupid, but I’m doing something right.”

Peters is no stranger to people disliking her. While at the boarding school she attended in New Jersey, she experimented with a fashion blog, inspired by early outfit bloggers like Chiara Ferragni. “Of course I got so bullied,” she says. When she started seriously posting on TikTok at the beginning of the pandemic, a few of her friends questioned it on the grounds of, well, how would she explain that to a guy she was dating? “I immediately became so infuriated,” she says. “I was like, ‘Not only do you not think I can do it, but you think it would be embarrassing to have something I’m passionate about?”