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Do You Prefer Your Millions or Your Instagram? He’s rich, he’s swell, he’s in the money, but no one knew who he was until last summer. Italian entrepreneur Gianluca Vacchi has become fascinated by the power Instagram has, to the point that he has chosen to delegate business decisions and enjoy the fame he’s earned by sharing pictures and videos with his more than five million followers. Vacchi, whose Instagram profile @gianlucavacchi has swept Instagram over, shows us how he dances with his girlfriend on stages full of luxury cards, together with his watches, paradise-like islands, private jets and infinite pools. He doesn’t want to be called an influencer, a life guru or a businessman – he just advocates for a way of life based on optimism, enjoyment and a “sane insanity.” Here are some pieces of advice for youths and Instagram users in general:
“Being on Instagram means being your own editor and making your own rules. Thus, in order to be successful, the first thing you have to do must be ensuring your own independence and work with entire freedom. That is what you transmit to those who see you.”
He’s also in favor of expression: “Young people look for immediateness and fall before the power of images. However, they also need a space where they are able to express their opinion. Instagram, unlike Twitter or Facebook, makes that possible. That’s why it’s the social network of the future.
He also advocates that, in order to be successful on Instagram, you have to show your true self, not an image you have build of you for public exposure: “The way in which you communicate must be surprising and amazing. When I’m on Instagram, I’m not trying to transmit an image, I’m showing people an image which has been created by my way of life. The best to impress others is that they get hooked to your message – not creating polemics or scandals.”
Giving Birth Live on Instagram. Spanish model Malena Costa has recently become a mother, and she’s chosen to share her birthgiving process with the world via Instagram. She and her partner Mario Suárez, who plays for the Watford Football Club, have shown that they are a truly modern couple, and have used Instagram as the medium to inform their fans about their engagement, marriage and, eventually, birth of their first child. If this isn’t using Instagram for a peculiar reason, we don’t know what it is.
As we can see on Mario’s Instagram account (@mariosuarez4), the process wasn’t strerring at all. However, during birth Malena was naturally busy – of course! That’s why her partner got in charge of broadcasting the process from the beginning – from pictures of them en route to the clinic where the birth finally happened, to the moment immediately previous to Malena’s entrance in the operation room. There are some, of course, who question whether this is going to be far regarding social exposure and social media – but if they have made something clear, it’s that they don’t care at all.
The end of the process. To see it entirely, visit @mariosuarez4 on Instagram
From them walking out of their home, Malena carrying their dog, both of them kissing and asking if everything’s ready (they were in a little rush, given the situation), and Mario even urges her to hurry up with a “¡Vamos, Male!” (“Let’s go, Male!”) full of love.
What we see next is the paring at the clinic hall, presumably immediately after their arrival. Even at this point, they both are cheerful and playful. “She’s thinking that she’s going to stay here to live,” comments Mario while recording Malena’s four bags and one suitcase.
Finally, after some more pictures, once all the process had finished, they unveiled the name of their new child, who happened to be a girl. Perpetually millennial, Spanish media have underlined, they have chosen a name that evokes those cheerful nineties people around 25 remember with such nostalgia – the baby’s name? Matilda. The first child born almost on Instagram.
When the German chancellor Angela Merkel and the Italian politician Silvio Berlusconi created their personal Instagram accounts, they set a trend for politicians, who are progressively feeling encouraged to do so themselves. We’ve seen a lot of current and former world leaders succumb to the charm of Instagram. Now, it’s the turn for the leader of the smallest country in the world, who, however, has authority over 1.2 billion people in the world. That’s right, the Pope has an Instagram account.
Pope Francis may have met some problems in his career, but communicating with people is not one of them. Three years after being elected, after showing the world that he was a poor Church, for the poor, he has set up @franciscus, which is not currently active but will be as the day goes on.
Today is the third anniversary of the first mass he officiated as a pope, so it is a very significant date. When his predecessor Benedict XVI created a Twitter acount (@pontifex), he wanted to approach people in a way adapted to the 21st century. Francis kept using that account to make his message reach more people.
Francis has recognized that social media have a critical role in people’s lives. They help them to be informed, they serve as political barometers, they can tell you how devastating a catastrophe has been (based on tweets per user per hour).
However, we may not see him taking selfies. As he himself has stated, when a journalist asked him how he felt about them,”it’s a different culture. I feel like an old man. A policeman, about 40 years old, told me that he was going to take a selfie today. I told him: ‘You’re a teenager.’ It’s definitely a different culture. But I respect it.”
The Creepy Alive-Looking Dolls of Instagram. Instagram is a place for artists, for creators, for those who want the world to see what they are capable of making. Given that it is the most visual-centered social network in the run nowadays. It is normal that artists, who work with images as a primary material, like being there to stay connected and promote their work online. Today we’re going to talk about one of those artists – a man who makes dolls.
Michail Zaykov is a Russian artist
This young creator has specialized in creating dolls, but there’s something special about them. His dolls are not some that a common little girl would like to have – or maybe she would. Zaykov’s (@Michael_Zajkov) dolls are hyper-realist creations, dolls that look more like petrified young ladies than real dolls. Their expression, their features, their eyes, their clothing… Everything makes them look not like dolls, but more like enchanted human women.
After graduating from college in 2009, Zaykov spent three years of his life working at a puppet theater, where he learnt how to create this kind of creepy dolls. He got well-known in 2013 in Moscow, where is exhibition Art Dolls was a total success. He creates them using clay, but he also adds hand-painted eye globes, brought from Germany, and French angora, which he uses to create the dolls’ hair.
Zaykov has recently passed the milestone of 100K followers (a few days ago he had “only” 85K) and we are not amazed by that. In his Instagram, you can see him handling his dolls’ heads, painting them, sculpting them, polishing their nails, painting their lips and carving their ears. A truly impressive work, now at the reach of everybody thanks to Instagram.
What do you think about Zaykov’s work? Do his dolls creep you out or do you want to purchase one?