'Influencer' says sorry for defacing Durdle Door cliffs with graffiti of her Instagram account

Andy Wells
·Freelance Writer
·1-min read
Alexandra Milam scrawled her Instagram handle into the white cliffs of Durdle Door. (Instagram/alexandra.milam)
Alexandra Milam scrawled her Instagram handle into the white cliffs of Durdle Door. (Instagram/alexandra.milam)

An Instagram “influencer” has apologised for scrawling details of her social media account on to cliffs at a World Heritage Site.

Alexandra Milam, 24, defaced the white cliffs at Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast near Lulworth, Dorset, with her Instagram handle when she visited last week.

After a team of volunteers cleaned up the beauty spot, visited by thousands during the recent heatwave, Milam was forced to apologise.

She told the Dorset Echo: "I feel awful because of this horrific event in my life and I wish to express my deep regret for the damage by my name written on the Jurassic Coast.

People relax on the beach of Durdle Door beach, as the public are being reminded to practice social distancing following the relaxation of coronavirus lockdown restrictions, near Lulworth in Dorset, England, Saturday May 30, 2020.  (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)
People relax on Durdle Door beach after social distancing measures were introduced. (AP)
The eroded limestone rock formation known as Durdle Door, a UNESCO World Heritage site on the Jurassic Coast. Lulworth, Dorset, England, UK.
The eroded limestone rock formation known as Durdle Door, a UNESCO World Heritage site on the Jurassic Coast. (Getty)

"I have learned a huge lesson, one which will forever mark me.”

Milam has also set up a monthly payment of £30 to a fundraising campaign for the British Divers Marine Life Rescue charity.

Durdle Door is a natural limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast, and has featured as a backdrop in several films.

Alexandra Milam defaced the white cliffs while she visited Durdle Door in Dorset. (Instagram/alexandra.milam)
Alexandra Milam defaced the white cliffs while she visited Durdle Door in Dorset. (Instagram/alexandra.milam)

Milam said her charity donation was intended to help “spread the awareness to everyone who doesn't understand the beauty and importance” of Durdle Door.

She added: “I don't want anyone else making the same mistake."

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