Three years after becoming the world’s social-media siren, Lindsey Pelas is flipping the script
The private jet was on fire, and Lindsey Pelas felt certain she was going to die. It was 2015, and she was flying to Los Angeles from Colorado with Dan Bilzerian, the brawny “King of Instagram” who’d helped her go viral the year before. After meeting her at the Playboy Mansion (she’d appeared on our Playboy Plus website in 2014), Bilzerian had produced a slow motion video of Pelas jogging in a drastically undersized tank top. It garnered more than 10 million YouTube views and catapulted her from bartending to cashing in on Instagram, where she now has 7.7 million followers, and eventually led to her own highly rated podcast — but first let’s return to the burning jet.
It was accelerating down the runway when the brakes caught fire.
“The pilot was like, ‘Everybody off the plane!’ ” recalls Pelas. The aircraft screeched to a halt and the passengers made it out unharmed, but the trauma lingered. “It’s the most horrifying thing when you think you might actually die,” she says.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
SARAH E. Evans
This small town Texas fitness model, Sarah e. Evans reveals a little bit of herself to us and leaves us wanting more.
Model @BEYOURWILD | @BEYOURWILDD
Model @ JENSTACEY__
ERIC ANDRE FOR PRESIDENT
Introducing the Cool Party: No Policies, Just Attitude
a very millennial scandal
Sex, nudes and social media took down the woman who represented a moderate future for Democrats. Now she’s ready to stand up again, freer than ever
London's Finest Gem
Feisty bombshell making
sterling for all
The trajectory of Sterling K. Brown has us on the edge of our seat, which is right where he wants us
$1,400 STIMULUS CHECKS HELPED MARCH RETAIL SALES SOAR 9.8%
Newly vaccinated and armed with $1,400 stimulus checks, Americans went on a spending spree last month, buying new clothes and going out to eat again.
BIG-BUSINESS PUSHBACK AGAINST VOTING MEASURES GAINS MOMENTUM
Big business has ratcheted up its objections to proposals that would make it harder to vote, with several hundred companies and executives signing a new statement opposing “any discriminatory legislation.”
THE DISABLED HOPE THEIR OSCAR MOMENT CAN BECOME A MOVEMENT
Right down to its production design, the Oscars have not always felt like the most welcoming place for the disabled.
A $1.2 BILLION LOSS FOR DELTA, BUT RECOVERY IS ON THE RADAR
Delta Air Lines lost $1.2 billion in the first quarter, more than expected, but executives said Thursday that the airline could be profitable by late summer if the budding recovery in air travel continues.
USERS COULD SOON HIDE ‘LIKE' COUNTS ON INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK
The tiny red hearts that appear under Instagram photos of kids, kittens and sandwiches can be a source of stress for many users, an insidious way of measuring self-worth and popularity.
DRIVERS WANTED: RECORD DEMAND AT UBER AS VACCINATIONS RISE
Uber is offering sign-up bonuses and other incentives for drivers as it faces record demand for rides and meal delivery.
US RECOMMENDS ‘PAUSE' FOR J&J SHOTS IN BLOW TO VACCINE DRIVE
The U.S. recommended a “pause” in use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of rare but potentially dangerous blood clots, setting off a chain reaction worldwide and dealing a setback to the global vaccination campaign.
COINBASE SOARS IN MARKET DEBUT, VALUED NEAR $86 BILLION
Coinbase made a rousing debut on Wall Street Wednesday, with shares of the digital currency exchange rising as high as $429, briefly giving it a market value over $100 billion.
GOOGLE EARTH ADDS TIME LAPSE VIDEO TO DEPICT CLIMATE CHANGE
The Google Earth app is adding a new video feature that draws upon nearly four decades of satellite imagery to vividly illustrate how climate change has affected glaciers, beaches, forests and other places around the world.
The Food Fight in Fake Meat
Beyond Meat was an early leader. But rival Impossible Foods and others want to eat its lunch