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When you post hundreds of photos for millions of followers, you’re sure to make a mistake and share something NO ONE wants to see. These are good celebrities who had really bad Instagram ideas.
For The Young Yogis, Cardio Killers And CrossFit Queens: Black Female Fitness Gurus To Follow On Instagram
I find that following fitness gurus on Instagram has greatly motivated me in ways I didn’t think possible. When I’m on the couch and planning to spend my night watching Netflix and eating junk food, I look on Instagram and see one of my faves going hard in the gym. That makes me think to myself: “I think I’ll do a workout video real quick.” Watching other people on their fitness journeys keeps me on track with my own. And while any woman killing it on the health and wellness tip is worth following, I prefer to follow women who look like me: Black and curvy. So in case you’re looking for motivation as you try to shed some pounds and get both physically and mentally fit, these are the Black female fitness gurus you need to follow.
Lana Ector: @lanagem
Lana and her mother Ellen Ector, the brains and beauties behind the “Black Girls Workout Too” DVD, have been motivating people for years. Lana is a certified trainer and nutritionist who believes that every woman should and can have killer abs and glutes. She works her clients to the bone and makes us want to get it right and keep it tight.
What happened to the days when women aspired to be more than just Instagram models, the side pieces of ballplayers, and strippers with fake assets? A world where everything, including your meals, wasn’t a photo opp? A time when Instagram followers and likes didn’t mean a damn thing? When we weren’t seeking attention and validation of our looks and opinions on social media?
Ah, yes. That time has long passed. Instead, we’re stuck watching people make careers out of taking scandalous pictures (and promoting waist trainers on the side).
At the beginning of the year, I was invited to a private listening party in preparation for the release of Jazmine Sullivan’s album, Reality Show. Contrary to the title, Sullivan’s reality turned out to be empowering, refreshing and thought-provoking. In particular, her song “Mascara” caught my attention. It called out the hidden truths of many of today’s modern women and a lot of societal baggage that no one wants to claim.
But I’m calling it how I see it. Being raised in the home of the best strip clubs and the thickest chicks in America, I always had a different outlook on society’s current obsession with ass and showing it off. It wasn’t a commodity or a meal ticket (for most at least) where I was from. It was the norm. In Atlanta, a back side that looked like Kim Kardashian’s enhanced derrière was genetic and/or the result of hard work on the StairMaster at LA Fitness. It wasn’t the consequence of a mixture of caulk and other ungodly and toxic ingredients some seek out in basements and back alleys. I didn’t see the need for a waist trainer to crush my organs either just to have a banging midsection. And Instagram wasn’t a full-time job for me. It was a social outlet where I shared personal and creative photos with friends, family, and like-minded individuals. It wasn’t where I used my body as a sexual object and snapped promiscuous selfies because I was thirst-trapping for likes and competing with the next chick.
But what damage could a silly social media app really do? We all have our vices, but Instagram can be an ugly addiction. How many times a day do you pick up your phone to snap a seductive selfie or check how many likes your photo has received? And God forbid the number of likes isn’t to your liking (no pun intended), then the photo might be deleted or reposted during “peak” hours. Somehow, the app has turned into a place where people seek approval from their peers and strangers alike. I’ve seen my own friends get trapped into that destructive world firsthand. One day you post a photo in a slightly snug dress, the next you’re trying to find the right angle to play up your assets, and it instantly attracts plenty more likes than any of your other photos. In that instance, you somehow feel validated and better about yourself as your phone becomes flooded with “oohs” and “ahhs” and a bunch of thirsty dudes hopping in your direct messages. As childish as living your life out on social media for the approval of others sounds, we all know someone who subscribes to such foolery. It may even be you.
By all means, I’m not looking to offend or shame anyone because everyone is free to live their lives according to how they see fit. I just personally refuse to seek out validation in an Instagram like. I have other plans for my life than living out my every move on the ‘gram for the viewing pleasure of others. Ultimately, social media has become a conflicting confidence booster. But I’m a smart, well-spoken woman, and highly capable of wooing any man without showing T&A to millions of strangers. However, it seems some of us have yet to unlock our worth sans Instagram.
If you haven’t seen these hilarious West Indian Instagram stars, you’re in for a treat. #DWL (aka, “dead wid laugh”)
In order to cast her henchwomen for her acclaimed “BBHMM” video, Rihanna took to Instagram to find the perfect accomplices to work alongside her.
Three months ago she was wowed by a selfie taken by Sanam better known under her @TrustMeDaddy Instagram alias. Rih began to follow the Indian beauty and sent her a direct message saying, “Hey, I have this idea I want to run by you. I think you’re so f*cking rare. Let me know if you’re interested.”
Afterward, the production company who produced the BBHMM video contacted Sanam to confirm casting. Before she knew it, Sanam was flown out to Los Angeles to star in Rihanna’s first co-directed music video.
In an interview with VICE, Sanam shared what it was like working on set and how she plans to use the exposure she received from the video to help with her art career.
VICE: You posted an Instagram snapshot of Rihanna following your account a few months ago. What happened between Rihanna following you on Instagram three months ago, to Rihanna casting you as her co-star in her new video?
Sanam: I went to work, and I got a DM from her on Instagram. She was like, “Hey, I have this idea I want to run by you. I think you’re so fucking rare. Let me know if you’re interested.” I had no idea what she was talking about. I was just freaking out, because Rihanna is messaging me on Instagram, telling me that she thinks I’m cool. Then I got another message from someone who works for the production company that made the video, and they were like, “We want to put you in Rihanna’s video! Send us an email or give us a call.” At first, I was just like, This can’t be real. This is really weird. I don’t know about this. But I ended up getting in touch with the guy who messaged me and it was all legit. I spent my entire day at work going back and forth talking to them. At the end of the day, they were like, “We just got the confirmation from Rih: We want to cast you, and we want to fly you out tomorrow.” And I flew down there the next day. She followed me on Instagram on a Wednesday night, and then I was in LA on Friday morning. It was crazy.
VICE: It’s already a pretty iconic video. How did they describe the concept to you?
Sanam: For the first few days, I had a general idea of what was going to happen. We’re going to be kidnapping this person and you guys are going to be her henchmen and you just have to be really tough. I think the term they used was “bad b*tch.” When they told me more about the video, I was like, Holy shit. Knowing Rih, I knew this shit was going to be super controversial.
VICE: What was she like in person?
Sanam: She’s so sweet. She was showering us with compliments. She is so fucking real and down-to-earth, which is the corniest thing to say about a famous person, but she really is. When we were down there, the first day I met her, I was like, “How did you find me?” She was like, “I saw you on my Explore page.” She saw that picture of me where I was wearing my nath and my tika. She was like, “I just thought you were so cool, and I was like, I don’t know if I should message her or not. I don’t know if she’s going to be down.” I’m just sitting there, like, “Are you crazy? How could you be nervous to message me?”
To read Sanam’s entire interview, click here.
Further proof that a good IG account can get you a job.
Is it just me, or are the celebrities who can be a bit too much the best ones to follow on Instagram? From nude photos to sharing sext messages accidentally, these celebrities have scandalized Instagram (all while keeping their followers entertained).
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Hear the words “Instagram model” and it’s tempting to roll your eyes. But you might be surprised at just how many users make serious money with the help of social media. Just how much? Enough to kiss a day job goodbye.