While Hélène Boudreau set out on a year-long trip around the world for a year at the end of September 2021, the Quebecer indicated in an Instagram story this January 2 that she was cancelling her trip to return to Montreal this January 13, 2022.
"I'm taking a break, I'm going back this summer and a trip in March [is planned], I just couldn't have fun anymore, because I'm tired so I'm just going to come home and work on my stuff like my triplexes, my clothing company and my website, managing all of that while constantly travelling and constantly moving countries is very demanding and exhausting," Boudreau explained to Narcity.
She also told Narcity that she wants to go back to school.
"Except that I need to get back to my little things, then I'm really looking forward to coming back to Montreal even if there's a curfew, even if I'm not going to be able to go out after 10 p.m.," continued the former UQAM student.
She also wants to save money — her trip was far from cheap.
Iconic "UQAM girl," artist/art shop owner and OnlyFans content creator Hélène Boudreau is currently on a year-long trip around the world. Naturally, she's documenting the whole thing on Instagram — which, over the past few days, has meant posts about taking a forbidden hike in Hawaii, getting lost in the woods and facing a criminal record.
In a series of stories posted to Instagram on December 23 and December 24, Boudreau shared the details of her misadventure, which included a large fine, a run-in with a wild boar and possible jail time.
"I'm gross [...] I got lost in the woods for six hours, there were security guards chasing me. There was a parked tank looking at me, I crawled in the mud, I hid under a rock, all my pants are torn [...] There is a wild boar with a baby that came to attack me and I risk a $1,000 fine and jail," Boudreau posted, while attempting to access the illegal 3,922-step "Stairway to Heaven" hike in Oahu.
"And this is alone in the world."
A few hours later, Boudreau returned to Instagram with new stories, stating that she was indeed fined.
"Well, the police came, I have a ticket and maybe a criminal record, but I'm really happy to make it out alive so I'm thinking, 'Well if I have a criminal record, my dream of living in the United States is dead.' But other than that, it is what it is. [...] I'm just happy to be alive, gang, even if I have a ticket, a $1,000 ticket and I'm going to court in January," said Boudreau.
Boudreau added that she "clearly" won't be at her January court date since the court is in Hawaii, which she believes means she's going to wind up with a criminal record.
She went on to explain that she'll be releasing a video on YouTube with more information. She concluded by explaining the reason she was fined and why she must appear in court:
"Everyone wants to know why I got fined ($1,000 USD) and have to go to court, it's because the hike I did is totally illegal. It's been illegal since the 1980s, but on Instagram, it's trendy and cool to do it [...] It's really hard to just go to the entrance of the stairs because of the many barriers and security guards. The legal part of this hike is one of the ten most difficult in the world."
According to a New York Times article published in September, this hike may be on its last legs as "the mayor of Honolulu ordered the stairs' removal, following a recommendation by the City Council, because of concerns over safety, trespassing and the environment."
Aside from the possible criminal record, torn clothing and all the rest of it, Boudreau told her followers that she made it back to her hotel safely that evening.
We all know that universities are money-making machines. Well, at least for some people. So naturally, we can't help but wonder if the people working in them are making some serious cash.
With this in mind, we took a peek at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)'s "Rapports présentés au ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur (MES), en vertu de la Loi sur les établissements d’enseignement de niveau universitaire" document from October 2021 to see how much the school's top executives make in a year.
Spoiler alert: the 16 top dogs, which consist of deans, vice presidents and the general secretary, all made over at least $170,000 yearly as their base salary during the fiscal year of 2020-2021.
Collectively, UQAM executives make $2,951,488 in base salaries alone. But, as you can see from the graph above, each individual also gets additional salary elements, some that go as high as an extra $164,170 added to their salary.
The person who makes the most money out of these 16 UQAM executives is Catherine Mounier, Vice President of Research, Creation and Outreach, who makes a yearly total of $359,747.
This lucky lady rakes in a base salary of $478,901. And according to a document submitted to Quebec's Ministry of Higher Education on November 30, 2021, Big Suze gets additional "taxable elements" that equal $382,070 in value. These numbers all add up to a whopping yearly salary of $860,971.
And if we're thinking of UQAM salaries, let's not forget the iconic "UQAM girl," Hélène Boudreau, who became an internet sensation thanks to her cheeky graduation photo. On Tout le monde en parle, Boudreau said she would be making seven figures in 2021 solely from her OnlyFans account, all while being a student at UQAM. Guess that beats being an executive for the university, eh?
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Hélène Boudreau's 152K Instagram followers are used to seeing her post about nights on the town, tattoos, art and OnlyFans. But earlier this week, the Quebec content creator used her platform to talk about something out of the ordinary: her mental health, including her borderline personality disorder diagnosis.
She said she wanted to raise awareness because "it's important to talk about mental illness, to support people who are suffering."
In a series of Instagram stories on September 21, Boudreau opened up about her mental health after posting a photo of a $24,000 cheque she wrote to Fondation Casse-Tête.
"A lot of people ask me what this foundation is, it's a foundation for mental illnesses that helps people who are suffering, and I've been diagnosed as [having] borderline [personality disorder] since 2017. I think it's important to talk about mental health openly and support those that are affected," Boudreau said.
"Unfortunately, even in 2021, it's not well recognized. People suffering from borderline, bipolar, anxiety and depression are still being judged, still being singled out."
According to Quebec.ca, people with borderline personality disorder "have an intense fear of losing loved ones" and "feel easily rejected or abandoned by others, which creates conflicts in their social relationships."
This disorder, therefore, affects the way a person acts, thinks and behaves as well as their emotions and self-image.
Boudreau, the new owner of two Montreal triplexes, finished by emphasizing that it's important for people to have a better understanding of this subject in order to support those who juggle mental health disorders on a daily basis, without judging them.
"I still remember when I was diagnosed in 2017 as if it was shameful to be borderline and have a mental illness. I swore to myself that I wouldn't talk about it to anyone as if it were a curse. You can never get over it but you can learn to live with it. Today I live in harmony with my borderline personality disorder and I am 0% ashamed to talk about it because it's normal," she said.
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Boudreau recently told Narcity Québec that sex work comes with getting "bashed" and "ridiculed," which is "hard on morale." But a new Instagram post throws shade at her haters, as she documents her journey from sleeping on a mattress on the floor to becoming a millionaire who owns two triplexes — all in the span of one year.
"First they laughed at me, but now they ask how i did this? " wrote Boudreau in the post. She also included photos of both versions of herself — one from a year ago and herself today.
"This one single picture I have in my hands changed my life drastically," Boudreau said, referencing her UQAM grad photo.
"Here's why: never in my existence I would've believed you if you had told me 1 year ago that I would be a millionaire before my 30th. [...] Exactly ONE YEAR AGO I was living in a colocation with my friend. I had just one mattress and a few boxes of clothes."
Boudreau went on to say she is now the "proud owner" of three triplexes — six units — valued at $3 million. She shared photos of the properties with the post.
"Believe me… in just one year your life can change for the very best. I believe in hard work but what's better than working hard, you may ask? Working smarter. That's the key to success," she said.
"Believe in yourself & you're halfway there. So cheesy but so goddamn true. Special thank you at my university and to all my clients you are the real mvp."