Social Media Star Faces DUI Charges in Sydney Crash

An 18-year-old social media influencer and Only Fans model, Paris Ow-Yang, faces charges for high-range drunk driving following an incident involving her vehicle and a van in Sydney’s affluent Point Piper area. The accident, which occurred last Wednesday on the prestigious Wolseley Road, reportedly drew a significant crowd of onlookers from the neighborhood. According to reports, Ow-Yang’s blood alcohol concentration was four times the legal limit at the time of the crash, which activated her car’s airbags.

Scheduled to appear in Downing Centre Local Court on November 10, Ow-Yang’s case has garnered attention due to her online fame and controversial lifestyle. She boasts a substantial social media following, with 120,000 Instagram followers and 50,000 paid subscribers on Only Fans. Ow-Yang is an alumna of The Frensham School, a renowned private girls’ boarding school, emphasizing the stark contrast between her education and current media headlines.

Further underlining her rapid ascent in social media, Ow-Yang shared in a recent podcast that her earnings from Only Fans allowed her to purchase a house within just two months. Her career decisions, including leaving university due to her lucrative online income, have painted a picture of a young woman whose life is far from the conventional paths followed by many of her peers. “I’m just having lunches, chilling, making content,” she described her current lifestyle in her own words.

Ow-Yang’s personal life has also been in the spotlight. She previously dated Julian Tobias, a nightclub entrepreneur and owner of The Island, who notably is only two years younger than her father. The relationship has since ended.

The implications of the high-range drunk driving charge are serious. If convicted, Ow-Yang faces the possibility of an 18-month jail sentence. This incident raises broader questions about the impacts of sudden fame and wealth on young individuals, and the responsibilities accompanying public figures’ influence, especially those catering to a youthful, impressionable audience.