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  • - Pretend like you're breathing out like,

  • (breathing out) but with your teeth touching.

  • - Should I bite my lip?

  • - Yeah (laughing)

  • (upbeat music)

  • - Hi there, I'm Aria and I've always been baffled

  • by the idea of an Instagram model.

  • You know, the concept of combining your looks

  • and harnessing the power of social media

  • to create a new and very lucrative profession

  • is a bit astounding to me.

  • Especially as someone who, if you look at my Instagram page,

  • let's just say the word, sexy may not come to mind.

  • But that's why we're here, we're here to learn

  • more about this unique profession

  • and perhaps some tips and tricks

  • along the way by spending the day with an Instagram model.

  • A car is coming by, heyoo.

  • I'm meeting with Abigail Ratchford,

  • a former paralegal turned model

  • whose pictures began blowing up online

  • a few years ago and who can now easily charge upwards

  • of several thousand dollars per sponsored post.

  • - So, I feel like now social media

  • is kind of just the currency of things.

  • So, as where maybe five years ago, a company would pay for a

  • billboard on Sunset Boulevard that gets 10 million views

  • they're gonna pay a girl with 10 million followers

  • to post an ad, so it's kinda just like the more

  • followers you have, the more money you can request.

  • - What are the keys to a great selfie?

  • - Good lighting for sure, know your angles, and eye contact.

  • You like look down, then look up.

  • One, two, three, now look up (laughing).

  • - How many followers do you currently have?

  • - Instagram, I think is like, 8.3 million

  • or 8.2 million, I'm not sure.

  • - Good God.

  • - I mean to be completely blunt, I think it's, you know,

  • the whole sex appeal thing that got me here,

  • but then for me, at least, I've kinda just used

  • my social media following

  • as a launching pad for bigger things.

  • - [Aria] And one of those bigger things is

  • Instagive, an online campaign Abigail has launched

  • where she finds people in need,

  • helping them with anything from a makeover

  • to paying their medical bills.

  • And today Diana, a high school senior,

  • is being given one of those makeovers for her prom tonight.

  • - [Abigail] Is there somebody named Diana here?

  • I heard you are the lucky prom winner.

  • Here we have some flowers.

  • - Instagive basically is kinda just my way of giving back

  • to people because I feel like I come from a small town,

  • I'm the fifth of seven kids, and I've just been so lucky

  • and so blessed to be where I am in this amount of time.

  • So, I was just like, I need some kind of way to use

  • my platform and use my spotlight for good.

  • Oh my God, you look amazing.

  • You do (laughing).

  • - [Aria] While Diana finishes up her transformation,

  • Abigail decides to assess my Instagram.

  • - I mean, your stuff's kind of all over the place.

  • Like, this isn't you, your postings

  • of other people, other content.

  • - The atrium right now, I told her

  • she seems to be doing very well--

  • This looks pretty interesting.

  • - Yeah, that was, I spent the day at a porn company.

  • Nicole Aniston, are you familiar with her work?

  • - No, I'm not.

  • I would give your Instagram, on a scale of one to 10,

  • like, a 5.8 maybe. - 5.8?

  • - It looks good, I like it, I like it.

  • - You clearly don't, 5.8, I mean.

  • Abigail then takes me outside for a quick crash course.

  • - So, this is, like, called the baby face filter.

  • - The baby face filter, okay. - Yeah.

  • You look down and then as soon as you look up, you snap.

  • - So look down. - So, like, one, two, three.

  • - Whoa, whoa, that's not a good photo.

  • - (laughing) Do it again, that was not good.

  • - [Aria] After giving up on my poor selfie technique,

  • - Could you get one of those flowers?

  • - [Aria] Abigail decides

  • to just get behind the camera herself.

  • - Hold it a little bit closer to you,

  • like you're smelling it

  • and then, yeah, just put your eyes up to me.

  • One, two, go.

  • I love it, this is gonna go viral.

  • Maybe just bite your hand.

  • - Is this gonna move my Instagram up from a 5.8?

  • - [Abigail] Yes, yes, nailed it.

  • - [Aria] Diana's makeover is now complete

  • to Abigail's delight.

  • - Oh my God, you look amazing.

  • - Wow, this is so stunning on you, oh my gosh.

  • I wish I looked this good at my prom, damn.

  • - Well you look amazing. - Thank you so much.

  • - What person are you bring tonight to...

  • - He's one of my close friends.

  • - Oh, great, he's a good guy?

  • - Yes he is.

  • - Have you put in the right amount

  • of money for a background check?

  • - For a background check? (laughing)

  • - I know a good PI.

  • - I think I chose him.

  • - Good, good, good, but if he gives you any trouble,

  • I recently took up kickboxing.

  • - Oh, okay.

  • Honestly, this whole experience feels so, like, magical.

  • Like, I never thought that I would

  • experience something like this.

  • It just doesn't feel real, I feel like a Disney princess.

  • - I always say Instagram is not real life,

  • even though I try to share as much of my true life as I can.

  • Every image that you see has been perfected, altered.

  • Most girls in my position want their photos to look

  • the best possible way they can before they put them

  • in front of eight million people to see.

  • So, young girls looking at girls like me, just know that,

  • love yourself, embrace your flaws,

  • know who are, and just own it.

  • - [Aria] Taking Abigail's words to heart,

  • despite feeling uncertain about it,

  • I decided to try posting my first sincere attempt

  • at a serious photo later that day,

  • and as it turns out, in less than a week,

  • it's already become my most liked photo ever.

  • While I don't know if this means I'll eventually have

  • as many followers as Abigail, I've definitely come

  • outta this with a lot more respect for what she does.

  • She's aware of the fact that, as she says,

  • "Instagram is not real life."

  • And I do think that we have to realize

  • that while having followers and likes

  • may give us a fleeting sense of satisfaction,

  • we ultimately shouldn't allow it

  • to determine our self worth because it doesn't.

  • Although, it would be nice to maybe have

  • as many followers as Michael Buble someday,

  • just so we have something to talk about.

  • (bells chiming)

  • If the guy gives you any trouble,

  • you take him like this, alright?

  • And that's, you're gonna, it'll knock him out.

  • You put enough pressure, he's done.

- Pretend like you're breathing out like,

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I Spent The Day With An Instagram Model

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    Samuel posted on 2018/06/02
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