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Rihanna Used Instagram To Cast Her Accomplices In “BBHMM” Video

July 7th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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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.

Celebrity Instagram Scandals That Will Make You A Follower

July 6th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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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).

15 Celebrities Whose Yoga Skills Will Inspire You To Hit The Mat

June 25th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Did you know these stars were way into flexibility? These celebrity yoga poses just might knock your socks of — and inspire you to hit the mat.

Celebrity Thirst Traps That Will Make You Grab A Glass of Water

June 23rd, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Celebrity thirst traps have been filling up Instagram feeds for the past few months, and we are far from mad about it. Check out what’s been trending on shirtless Instagram as the stars get their bodies right and tight.

15 Reasons To Follow Drake’s Dad On Instagram

June 9th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Did you know that Drake’s dad is on Instagram? Dennis Graham’s 84K followers certainly do. He’s quickly becoming everyone’s favorite celebrity parent, and he uses his IG just like your everyday dad. And it’s adorably hilarious.

How To Turn Your Social Media Addiction Into Your Career

June 9th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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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.

Double Tap That! 15 Celebs You Should Follow on Instagram

June 2nd, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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We are in the midst of the age of Instagram. With more than 150 million users, people do the absolute most for the ‘gram and celebrities are no exception. Candid moments, epic clapbacks, apologies, and plenty of s*xy pics can be found from Hollywood’s elite on IG. Here are 15 celeb Instagram accounts that you will be sure to double tap on. Go ahead and follow!

Food On Fleek! Chili’s Revamps Its Dishes To Look Better On Instagram

May 19th, 2015 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Many of us just love snapping pictures of food, and of course, putting it on Instagram. And if it doesn’t look appetizing, who would bother going to the restaurant that made it? That’s why Chili’s Grill & Bar is giving its food a good ol’ makeover, BloombergBusiness reports. The goal is to make sure the presentation of their dishes is — like the kids say — “on fleek.”

“Food is the second most photographed thing, after yourself,” Wyman Roberts, chief executive officer of Chili’s parent company Brinker International Inc, told BloombergBusiness. “Selfies of people eating food is the sweet spot.”

Chili’s now places its fries in stainless steel containers, props its burgers higher on the plate, and uses more aesthetically-pleasing buns.

“Customers frequently like to take pictures of their food and share the results, putting pressure on the company to refine its aesthetics,” BloombergBusiness added.

According to Business2Community, 23 percent of Instagram users take pictures of their food for a cuisine-focused diary or food photoblog. Another 22 percent document their culinary adventures and 16 percent photograph their main courses on special occasions. On top of this, 32 percent of social media users are on their mobile phones during meals.

These are the types of consumers that Chili’s is targeting — a class of people the chain calls “new school.” Not necessarily millennials, but “forward thinking” social media enthusiasts who love sharing their dining experience with their friends.

This whole food makeover scheme is all part of Chili’s pivot toward the tech-savvy generation. Last year, the food chain accomplished its plan to equip each table with tablets. Customers no longer need to flag down a waiter to get an additional drink or to pay the bill — just use the Ziosk digital devices. Chili’s is relying on technology to outdo its competitors.

Chili’s currently has its own Instagram, attracting 250,000 followers.

Why Did Instagram Shut Down The Shade Room?

May 12th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Yesterday, much to our dismay, our source of all things scandalous, The Shade Room, was shut down on Instagram. As prayer groups formed near and far to get the hit entertainment site/social media platform re-launched, many wondered what happened?

In a statement to Buzzfeed News, Instagram noted:

“We wrongly removed an account in this case and worked to fix the error as soon as we learned of it. We apologize for the mistake.” The social media company did not further explain what caused their error.

Allegedly, The Shade Room’s account was shut down because of The Bad Girls Club alum Natalie Nunn reported the account for publishing a photo of her and another man, who was not her husband. The photo was also submitted via user claim, stating Nunn was committing infidelity.

It has not been confirmed if these screenshots are legitimate. But Buzzfeed has social media posts of that seem to be from Nunn, celebrating the fact that the page had been shut down.

Generally, the social media entertainment site works because it has created a standard that celebrities are amenable to. The New York Times reports that ” The Shade Room works because the stars tacitly approve: It is not uncommon for celebrities themselves to chime in and interact with Angie’s (the creator) readers. Angie told me she prohibits her writers from making meanspirited comments about someone’s looks, weight or family. In this way, she keeps her hands relatively clean — the commenters might get nasty, but typically the tone of the posts does not. So Angie’s relationship to the stars remains symbiotic, not antagonistic.”


Were you missing The Shade Room while it was gone?

15 Instagram Don’ts We’re All Guilty Of

April 29th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Ever complain about Instagram don’ts as you scroll down your timeline, only to forget that you have done a few of those same things? These Instagram trends may be annoying, but we’re all guilty of them.