Education in America has not been the same since the college admissions scandal broke, even more now that the documentary was released on Netflix. Privileged families were cheating and bribing the school system to secure a spot for their children at top universities they don’t necessarily deserve to be at.
Who is Olivia Jade?
Before the scandal, most people knew Olivia Jade as a lifestyle and beauty YouTuber, but her internet career has taken a huge hit in recent years. After graduating from high school, Olivia was accepted into the University of Southern California, where she used her student experience to make money. She worked with big brands such as Amazon, Smile Direct Club and even partnered with Sephora for her own makeup line.
How are her parents involved?
Olivia’s parents, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli were just two of dozens of parents that were arrested as part of the largest college admissions scam. The pair had allegedly paid $500,000 in bribes to get Olivia and her sister, Isabella, into their first-choice colleges.
Her families involvement in the scandal, alongside her own internet fame, meant that Olivia was subjected to a lot of public shaming. The brands that had been working with her no longer wanted anything to do with her, and Sephora even discontinued her make up line.
What has she said about the scandal?
There is a lot of scepticism and confusion around how much Olivia knew about the scandal and if she knew about it before the scandal became national news.
An Insider told Us Weekly: “Olivia fully knew what her parents did to get her into USC but didn’t think there was anything wrong with it.” and that “she didn’t get into any other California schools.”
One of the charging documents from the investigation showed that Olvia had to pose with an indoor rowing machine, which also suggests that she knew what was happening. Moreover, it was also said that Olivia had been copied in on emails between her parents and the mastermind behind the scandal, Rick Singer.
In December 2020, Olivia appeared on Red Table Talk, where she publicly spoke about the scandal for the first time, as well as how both of her parents were put in prison.
She told the table that she has not spoken to either of her parents since they were arrested, with her dad serving 5 months in prison and paying a $250,000 fine before having to carry out 250 hours of community service. Meanwhile, Lori was sentenced to two months in prison, 100 hours of community service, and she also had to pay a $150,000 fine.
Olivia said she first found out about what her parents had done in March 2019 over spring break, and that she did not return to university because she felt so embarrassed, and that she should have never been there in the first place. Olivia also said that she felt so ashamed, and just went home and hid herself for three or four months.”