We're just now picking up our jaws off the floor after watching Netflix's FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened. If you're anything like us, you want to know more (MORE, I SAY) about the failed music festival and its scammy mastermind, Billy McFarland. McFarland is a just a few months into his six-year prison sentence for defrauding investors and ticket holders for the 2017 Fyre Festival. Even though he's behind bars, McFarland is still in a relationship with Russian model Anastasia Eremenko.
Personally, we think Billy McFarland is the biggest scam artist of all time. But, I suppose there's someone for everyone! So, who is this woman that ~*loves*~ possibly the most hated man on Netflix (and that's saying something with the release of the Ted Bundy docu-series)? Here's everything we know about Anastasia Eremenko.
She's got beauty and brains.
Hulu's documentary about the festival (yes, there are TWO) features an interview with Billy himself. It's in that interview we learned McFarland is dating Eremenko. She was born in a Rostov-on-Don, Russia, in 1990 and moved to the United States at the age of 17. Eremenko settled in Delaware and earned an M.B.A. from Goldey-Beacom College. After graduation, Eremenko signed with a modeling agency. She's been a part of some pretty big campaigns including Guess and Balmain.
She didn't meet Billy until after the Fyre Festival disaster.
In the Hulu doc, Eremenko said she didn't meet McFarland until after alllll the Fyre shit went down. "When I met Billy, it was destiny. It was love. I don't know how to explain it," she said. Well, we can explain it! With her 34k Instagram followers and supermodel pals, Eremenko is exactly the kind of ~*influencer*~ Billy so clearly covets. In the Netflix doc, several of the Fyre Festival employees interviewed commented on Billy's desire to "belong." At whatever cost, he wanted to not just be but LOOK rich and famous. Maybe they're really in love. Maybe Eremenko just fits that image.
People think Eremenko might be getting conned.
In Fyre Fraud, the New Yorker's Maria Konnikova said it shouldn't be surprising that a smart woman like Eremenko (remember that M.B.A.??) fell for McFarland. "Con artists like Billy are personable and fun," she said in an interview for the documentary. "They have extraordinary charm. These are people who get people to trust them." A psychologist, Konnikova literally wrote the book on con artists (The Confidence Game), so TRUST, she knows what she's talking about. Billy wooed Eremenko during the summer they spent at a house in the Hamptons, which he rented using cash. Eremenko must have gotten tired of people telling her McFarland is a POS because she set her Instagram to private.
There was a lot to take away from the Netflix and Hulu Fyre Festival documentaries. One of the central overarching themes of both was that Billy McFarland is a terrible TERRIBLE person. It breaks my heart thinking about all those unpaid workers in the Bahamas. And, I guess it's also sad for the festival goers who didn't get their party of a lifetime or whatever. So, I'm glad Billy Mcfarland is locked up. If Anastasia Eremenko wants to write him letters in jail, then—well—do you, girl.