Olivia Ponton shared a set of playful bikini photos with her 859,000 Instagram followers on Monday, but they weren’t enthusiastically received by some of the 18-year-old model’s fans. This is because she posed with Darianka Sanchez, another 18-year-old model and TikTok star who recently came under scrutiny for some of her past behavior.
In the caption of her post, Olivia made it clear she’s still good friends with Darianka. She also provided photographic evidence of their bond in the form of four pictures. In the sun-drenched snapshots, the pals rocked floral-print string bikinis.
Olivia wore a blue and white bikini that featured metal hardware connecting the top’s halter ties to its sliding triangle cups. The sides ties of her low-rise bottoms were also embellished with metal accents. Darianka’s bikini seemed to be a similar design. However, it was pink and white and made out of shirred fabric. Unlike Olivia’s two-piece, it didn’t feature any hardware.
Both models accessorized their swimwear with necklaces. Olivia also rocked a pair of small, cherry-shaped dangle earrings. She wore her long blond hair down and straight. Darianka also wore her brunette hair down, but her long locks were wavy and looked slightly damp.
In Olivia’s first photo, she and Darianka were pictured on their knees on an outdoor canopy bed. They were laughing as they clasped hands. Darianka had one knee lifted up and appeared to be slightly off-balance.
In the second snapshot, the two women stood up and held onto the top of the bed’s canopy frame. They both stuck their tongues out at the camera. The third photo provided a closer look at Olivia and Darianka’s bikinis, as well as their trim and taut midsections. The final shot captured the two pals facing each other. They had their eyes closed and were sticking their tongues out again.
Since Olivia uploaded the silly snapshots, they have received over 264,000 likes. However, some of her followers weren’t happy about Darianka’s presence in them.
“Darianka is most definitely not a queen she is a clown,” read one response.
“Olivia run away from her,” another commenter wrote.
The ire directed at Darianka seems to stem from accusations that she bullied former Dance Moms star Kenzie Ziegler. According to Seventeen, there was talk that Darianka would be joining Olivia as a member of The Hype House, but the TikTok collective issued a statement saying this would not be happening after the allegations about her past behavior surfaced. Darianka issued a statement apologizing for her mistakes and promising that she’s a much different person now.
Some of Olivia’s Instagram followers let her know they still support her friendship with Darianka.
“So glad y’all have each other,” wrote one fan.
“Best. Friends. Ever. This friendship is everything,” another comment read.