Oxford University, a bastion of academic excellence, recently welcomed former porn star-turned-influencer Mia Khalifa to deliver a speech on the topic of "impostor syndrome". The event took place in a hall filled with students and professors from the esteemed institution, and was greeted with enthusiastic applause from the audience.
An Honor of a Lifetime
In an Instagram post documenting the occasion, Khalifa expressed her gratitude for the invitation to speak, stating, "Truly the biggest honor of my life, thank you so much for inviting me to speak with you." The former adult performer also reposted videos shared by the university's union, adding, "The impostor syndrome was REAL."
Queen of Whitstable
Khalifa's speech at Oxford University follows a recent photo shoot on a British seaside thought to be in Whitstable, Kent.
The 29-year-old, clad in a Louis Vuitton swimsuit, braved the cold weather to pose on one of the town's beaches. In a tongue-in-cheek post on social media, she captioned the images, "British people when the sun comes out for five minutes".
The post was met with widespread approval from her 27 million followers, with one Instagram commenter dubbing her the "queen of Whitstable".
A History of Prestigious Speakers
Oxford University has a rich history of inviting speakers from diverse backgrounds to address its students.
Past speakers have included Ukrainian ambassador to the United Kingdom Vadym Prystaik, American politician Bernie Sanders, and prominent British politician Matt Hancock.
People Were Enraged
"This is an amazing example for our children", "Impressive career to become a world-class celebrity", "Next, I would recommend calling Johnny Sins and then...Putin?", "Why didn't you announce her as a former porn star? ", "Who's next? Someone from OnlyFans", are just some of the comments.
However, not everyone was thrilled about Khalifa's speech. Some people expressed their outrage on social media, with comments ranging from, "This is an amazing example for our children" to "Who's next? Someone from OnlyFans?" Others questioned why the former porn star was not introduced as such, while others applauded her impressive career as a "world-class celebrity".
"Impostor Syndrome" Defined
For those unfamiliar with the term, "impostor syndrome" refers to a person's belief that they are inadequate and incompetent, despite evidence to the contrary. They may believe that their successes and accomplishments are due to luck or other external factors, rather than their own abilities and skills.