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As part of the promotion for the Fyre Festival Instagram-famous models took a vacation to the Bahamas and documented themselves frolicking on the beaches to promote “the next Coachella.” Bella Hadid, who tweeted an apology after the event failed. The gist of her message: Hadid is sorry about everything that happened, and she really wants us to know that she had nothing to do with it. IMG Models, Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber and more have reached a settlement over a $1.7 million fee they received for promoting the disastrous Fyre Festival in 2017.

Jenner advertised the festival on her Instagram, offering followers a promotion code that would supposedly get them access to an afterparty. Kendall Jenner has agreed to pay a $90,000 settlement for her involvement in promoting Fyre Festival on social media, according to a bankruptcy court filing. We know (per Netflix's documentary) that Kendall Jenner was reportedly given $250,000 for a single Instagram post about the festival (which has since been deleted).

Rapper, Ja Rule — born Jeffrey Bruce Atkins — was the co-creator and essentially the face of the Fyre Festival. He promoted the festival on his social media platforms, but then attempted to distance himself from his partner McFarland after seeing how the festival actually turned out. He took to Twitter to defend himself on April 28, 2017, saying the event was “NOT A SCAM” and “this is NOT MY FAULT.” Still, Ja Rule has had multiple lawsuits filed against him for his involvement with the festival.

Despite shooting an ad and posing for multiple photos to help market the festival, Emily Ratajkowski and the other models involved did not actually attend the event and witness the failed fest in person. Ratajkowski has scrubbed all mention of the Fyre Festival from her Instagram and has not publicly addressed the incident.

What popular influencer or model wasn’t somehow connected to the Fyre Festival? Hailey Bieber (previously Baldwin) posted a picture on her Instagram with other models, including Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski, and tagged Fyre Festival, which raised awareness of the event for potential attendees. While refusing to divulge the exact figure, Hailey replied: ‘I’m not going to share [the exact $] but it made for a very generous donation to charity.’

Alessandra Ambrosio is a frequent attendee of Coachella, so it is no surprise that she was drawn to the Fyre Festival, which was supposed to be a similar outdoor concert in the Bahamas. Promotional material showed Ambrosio posing for pictures on a glamorous, remote beach and in the water. When concertgoers arrived at the actual festival, they learned that the luxurious “beach” was really a large patch of deserted land covered in sand and gravel.

Rounding out the many models who traveled to the Bahamian Island of Great Exuma for promo videos, but didn’t return for the chaotic festival, is Chanel Iman. Iman was also used to advertise the opportunity to swim with pigs during the two-weekend Fyre Festival getaway. There were no swimming pigs when the attendees arrived, as the adorable creatures actually live at Pig Beach, which is located on a totally separate Bahamian island.

Blink 182, one of the headliners for the Fyre Festival, announced that they were were cancelling its appearance after attendees had already arrived on the island. They tweeted, “We’re not confident that we would have what we need to give you the quality of performances we always give our fans.” Considering the stages weren’t completely built by the time attendees arrived, this was definitely a smart decision.

Along with Kendall Jenner’s Instagram post about G.O.O.D. Music, the Fyre Festival’s YouTube account, which is still active, uploaded a video announcing the act as part of the lineup. However, it was never clear who exactly from the collective was going to perform. Some of the artists in the group are Big Sean, Pusha T, Teyana Taylor, Desiigner, and, of course, Kanye — none of whom actually performed at Fyre, of course.

The same video that announced G.O.O.D. Music also announced Major Lazer as a co-headliner. The electronic dance music trio, which features Diplo, did not mention the controversy publicly until the Netflix documentary, in which Jillionaire appears.

Another act billed as a headliner was Disclosure. The English electronic music duo was supposed to play a DJ set. Like Major Lazer, Disclosure has not spoken about the Fyre Festival.

Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff — also known as Migos — were also named as performers at Fyre Festival. The group didn’t appear to face any backlash for being associated with the festival and went on to have a very successful year after the release of their second album Culture.

Like Migos, Lil Yachty was allegedly scheduled to perform at the Fyre Festival and still had a breakout year despite initially being named in the failed festival lineup. Lil Yachty has luckily escaped being criticized for his connection to the festival compared to the other celebrities on this list.

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Galore X Magnises Fashion Week Valentines Day Dinner

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Billy McFarland (L) and Liam McMullan attends Galore X Magnises Fashion Week Valentines Day Dinner at Magnises Townhouse on February 14, 2015 in New York City.


Billy McFarland leaves Manhattan Federal Court on July 1, 2017, in New York. (Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

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