You have seen this girl’s face somewhere on the web, you know you have. You just can’t place your finger where and when. And you most certainly can’t figure out who she is. Is she some celebrity whose name you’ve forgotten? A child star all grown up? The possibilities are endless when it comes to one of the most famous faces on the web. Who is she? That’s what we set to find out.
The mystery girl is not some famous celebrity; she isn’t friends with George Clooney and Angelina Jolie. (Okay, she might be friends with them but the possibility is slim). She isn’t cashing millions of dollars in the bank. Although the amount of money she’s made over the years is probably impressive, we can only speculate to that of course. Her name isn’t a household name either. People just want to know who is this famous face? The mystery girl you keep seeing all over the web is an ordinary girl from Canada, Miss Claire Abbott. We did tell you that the name wouldn’t ring any bells. So again, we have to ask, who is she?
Claire became famous thanks to her status on Instagram, she’s joined the ranks of the elite, the Insta-famous. From Kylie Jenner to Kendall Jenner to Gigi Hadid to Cara Delevingne – these are just some of the more famous names of the Insta-famous stars. Bare in mind there are plenty more names that can be added to this list, and they’re just ordinary Joe’s and Jane’s. Such as The Fat Jewish, Sophie Hannah Richardson, Iskra, and Kayla Itsines. Those are the names of the people who are dominating the world of Instagram, and they’re no more average than you and me. It’s people like this who have found a niche they thrive in, such as fitness, travel, fashion, etc, and have joined hands with various franchises to promote their product(s). The Insta-famous can boast of thousands, if not millions, of followers. And that’s why certain companies are paying to enter into partnerships with the Insta-famous so that when they upload a picture featuring that company’s product, they’ll reach a much larger audience. Oh, and that Insta-famous star is making some serious change for just one picture.
That is precisely how Claire Abbott gained her popularity on the web. That is why we keep seeing her face everywhere. However recently, she has disappeared from the web. Her social media accounts are gone as well. This just begs the question, why did the most famous Instagram model disappear? And just where has she gone to? The answer might surprise you.
The question we’ve all been asking is, who is this mystery girl? Surely she must be some famous celebrity whose name we have somehow forgotten, it’s on the tip of our tongue, right? Well, not so fast. Our mystery girl didn’t start off as a famous star, nope, she was just an average Jane before the frenzy kicked off. Everyone, meet the Canadian born Claire Abbott! No doubt the name doesn’t ring a bell, well like we said, she isn’t famous in the way you think. And just why were so many people drawn to Claire Abbott?
At just age 15, Claire Abbott was plunged into a life unlike anything she’d ever experienced. How? It’s simple. Claire became an internet sensation all because she posted photos of herself to her Facebook account and later to Instagram. Through social media, she documented virtually every moment of her life, like fitness, fashion, and food. It didn’t take long for others to take notice, she quickly drew in followers and became one of the most easily recognizable stars. All thanks to her sensational social media photos, we’re sure her face will be on the world wide web for some time. Or will it?
Much of Claire’s social media account was littered with positive comments and support from folks worldwide, folks that Claire didn’t know and had never met. A fan of hers wrote once, “Fame is undoubtedly in your future.” They had no idea just how right they were. Claire’s girl next door look, positive energy, and intense musical ability is the perfect concoction for success. Although not many fans saw it this way, many were far more focused on her “girl next door look” and nothing else, just take a look at the comments to see for yourself.
Naturally, thanks to the social media crazed world, there are just as many “trolls” online as there are saints. Claire was quickly becoming used to negative comments being left on all her social media accounts, not just Facebook and Instagram but also her YouTube channel. Just as there were positive comments, there were plenty negative ones to scroll through. However she brushed it off and carried on living her life, no way would she let some negative comments dictate her life. Claire was better than that.
On The Rise
At first, Claire mainly focused on her YouTube and Facebook accounts, but when she set her sights on Instagram almost excluesively, the follower count skyrocketed. Claire quickly reached over 300,000 followers on Instagram and about 20,000 on Facebook. Moreover she noticed a trend, most of her followers were interested in her bikini and fitness posts rather than just generic ones. She now had an audience she could cater to, if she chose. And choose she did.
Naturally Claire was stunned by all the attention she was receiving. Especially at how the number of followers was jumping up and up each day, she never even imagined this was all possible. In an interview with an online fashion blog a few years back, she said, “In terms of social media, I have a fashion, fitness and lifestyle based Instagram that has really exploded recently.” When you’ve got 300K followers, that statement couldn’t be more true.
Her popularity just continued to grow, and at a rocket rate. “I started sharing pictures of myself on Instagram a couple of years ago and it’s transformed from a hobby into a really exciting part-time job that has opened up a ton of great opportunities for me!” Claire could have never imagined that some simple photos could have blossomed into a career, she considered herself lucky.
Let’s focus a little bit on all the comments that Claire Abbott was receiving on her social media accounts. Many of them were left behind by men, some were flattering and others, well, not so much. Heck, she even received some marriage proposals! On a daily basis, many would leave the comments “you’re beautiful” and “I love you”. The attention was overwhelming.
All of the attention she was receiving, especially from men, didn’t phase her. She didn’t act on any of the marriage proposals or comments about her beauty, she just let the comments and likes roll in. Claire knew that if she replied to anyone, the attention would be too much, she wouldn’t be able to escape it. Besides she didn’t want to encourage anything or send the wrong message to someone. She was cautious.
Girl Next Door
What made Claire Abbott stand out? Just what was about her that had people, namely men, going all “ga-ga”. Most speculate that it all boils down to her girl next door vibes. Claire doesn’t cake on the makeup or spend ridiculous amounts of money on plastic surgery, she’s all natural. When she was asded about the best way to grow an Instragram account, Claire told The Idle Man to “post pictures that are authentic to you.” We can assume that most of Claire’s attention was due to her authenticity, she was relateable and that’s what drew people in most.
As Claire Abbott’s popularity grew, so did many fan based accounts. Yup, random individuals were actually creating accounts in her honor. In fact, there is a SubReddit account that is exclusively dedicated to Claire. No matter where you turned, people were talking about Claire Abbott and just about everywhere one looked, there was a photo of her too. It was official, Claire Abbott was dominating the web.
A Different Approach
Claire Abbott was really happy to have so many followers and to attract thousands of likes and comments on all of her posts and videos. However, there are not many who feel the same way. Some, such as Allison Stokke (a pole vaulter), were incredibly unhappy when their photos were leaked and they became a sensation online. Claire, instead, chose to embrace it, and as a result, her fame has only rapidly increased. As we mentioned, entire subreddits and fan pages have been dedicated to her.
Hey Dan Bilzerian
Back in 2015, Claire was spotted at a party in Club Cabana in Toronto, Canada with the famous Dan Bilzerian. Most of the shots of the duo appeared quite intimate, although Claire would later delete the shtos from her personal accounts. Bilzerian is known to be a ladies man and many were speculating that it was possible the two were an item – however that never materialized. Both Bilzerian and Abbott were overwhelmed with comments that the two could possibily be dating. Regardless though, they ignored the attention and continued to have a good time.
Who’s The Hunk?
As we have already mentioned, Dan Bilzerian is a ladies man who leads a very wild life. How did he get to be so famous? He’s a well known poker player, and yes, he’s a good one too. He likes to spend his time hanging out with models, riding jet skis, and showing off his possessions and adventures on his Instagram and Snapchat accounts
In past times, the mainstream media and magazines solely focused on famous actresses and models, which is understand. However thanks to Claire’s popularity, everything changed. Magazines like Maxim even had to take notice. It looked like Claire had really big time, and she wasn’t wrong.
The attention continued to flood in and in 2016, Claire Abbott got a call from MAXIM magazine! They wanted to write a short piece on her and her social media fame. Claire was flattered and immediately accepted the offer. MAXIM mentioned her succeesful YouTube channel and that her “scorching Instagram feed” featured 4,000 shares at a quick rate. The magazine claimed that Claire’s Instagram account was the “best around.” Oh and before we forget, MAXIM also mentioned that she had a… “nice pair of… Eyes…”.
Undoubtedly you noticed that Claire has amazing style, her love for fashion is something she brags about almost daily. She isn’t shy about sharing fashion tips either, “The fit of clothing is so important! Whether you’re wearing a tailored suit or jeans, if it fits well, it will look expensive and stylish. Have all your measurements taken accurately and remember that different brands fit differently, so you may need to go up or down a size depending on the brand. Also, don’t be afraid to try new trends and styles, and no matter what clothing you’re wearing, rock it with confidence.” Duly noted, Claire!
A Helping Hand
Going off that last fact, Claire wasn’t shy about offering fashion advice to men! Some of them, well, they really need it. And who better than the gorgeous Claire Abbott to dish it out? She said in an interview once that men, whether they’re wearing a suit or jeans, should note that a proper fit is crucial. Moreover she added that men shouldn’t be scared to try out new trends and styles.
When Claire Abbott interviewed with The Idle Man, she was asked a pretty great question – just what advice would she offer her younger self right now? No one could have anticipated her reply. Claire said, “I would tell her that it’s so important to keep things in perspective… Not getting invited to that big party is not the end of the world.”
Sticking with The Idle Man interview for a minute, Claire also said something we can all relate to. Especially now. “It is easy to get swept up in the fame and excitement of having such a social presence, but you have to remember that it could disappear at any second.” Those words couldn’t be more true.
What Do You Say?
Just what does Claire Abbott look for in a man? Great fashion sense of course! She cannot stand it when men wear turtlenecks either, sorry fellas. Her favorite male celebrities include the likes of Ryan Gosling and Austin Butler.
Err, this might be upsetting for some but Claire doesn’t like it when men asked her out online. She finds the whole thing totally off-putting. It’s not attractive nor is that how she wants to meet someone. Claire wants to meet someone “organically,” someone who wants to know more about the girl behind the posts.
Claire doesn’t just have girl next door looks, she is very relatable and down to earth. In a few interviews, Claire revealed that she is obsessed with ice cream. I mean, who isn’t?! She claims that she could eat ice cream on a daily basis and that is a challenge I would happily accept.
Sing A Song
If her YouTube channel hasn’t given it away yet, Claire Abbott is more than just a pretty face. She is a singer and songwriter, and a talented one at that. Be sure to check out her Instagram for all the proof that you need that Claire has some seriuos pipes. Recently she uncovered an old song “Unaware” by Allen Stone, and that’s currently one of her favorites that she has on repeat.
A shocking moment for fans came when Claire posted a photo of herself in a hospital bed. Fans quickly sent in their well wishes and hoped she was okay. Later, Claire revealed the meaning behind the post. She wanted to show everyone that life is not always picture perfect and she openly admitted that she suffers from severe depression, anxiety disorder, and borderline Bipolar Disorder. “I have chosen to share my unfiltered story,” Claire wrote, “because I feel an immense responsibility as someone who has experienced the recovery process to share with those who are struggling that there IS help.”
The moment Claire chose to speak up about her mental issues, she became a role model. So many people, especially those under the spotlight, would have chosen to remain quiet. That’s just how its always been. However Claire used her fame as a platform to project light onto a sensitive topic, one that most shy away from. She was truly ahead of her time.
Talented She Is
Going back to Claire’s YouTube channel, she isn’t one to just post covers of other famous artists, she is also a songwriter by nature. Releasing her own songs gives her a rush and she’s excited that her music is reaching a large audience. Thanks to her large fan base, Claire’s music has a solid platform to work with. One of her original songs, ‘Fighter,’ reached over 300,000 views on YouTube!
Social Media Blackout
However in early 2017, things got weird. How so? Claire’s Instagram account, which was at 300,000 followers, just disappaeared. As did her Twitter account and much of her videos on her YouTube channel had been removed. Fans could only reach an “error” page when looking at her accounts. Only her Facebook account remained but she hadn’t updated it since December 2016. Things just weren’t adding up. No one could understand why Claire had just vanished from the internet at the drop of a hat.
Fake Accounts Rising
As a result of Claire Abbott’s social media “blackout,” it didn’t take long for fans to create fake social media accounts in her name. Although these fake accounts just recycled photos she had shared before. Fans also desperately wanted to know why Claire had left, where did she go? Was there a sinister reason for her disappearance? People wanted answers.
While there were plenty of wild conspiracy theories floating around, Claire would eventually offer an answer. She wanted to focus her attention on being a singer and songwriter, a dream of hers since she was a little girl. However she didn’t want to get there because of her Insta-famous status, she wanted people to look past her sensual photos and focus on her talent.
When it comes to the Insta-famous, Claire wasn’t the first nor the last to earn her fame this way. In fact, it’s a rising trend that is turning “ordinary people” into “celebrities.” Some of the Insta-famous even choose to embark a career in the Instagram world. All they have to do is post photos of their life. But how does it work? You’ll be surprised at just how easy it really is.
Thanks to the obsession with social media in this 21st Century, many big name brands and companies are finding it easier to target their audiences. And thanks to the Insta-famous, it’s even easier. Companies will reach out to the Insta-famous, even the minor ones, to help them promote their brand. Basically the company sends the Instagrammer their product, the Instagrammer posts a photo with it, and the company pays them. It’s that easy. Plus, the more followers you have, the more you get paid.
Not The Same
If we think about all the free merchandising that Insta-famous models get now, that’s not something that Claire experienced. Although we’re sure she could have earned tons more if that kind of exchange was available when she was still online. Especially as most YouTube personalities can earn big bucks if they play advertisements before their videos, that’s something she can look into.
Behind The Scenes
This is actually a smart business decision for companies. Traditionally companies have used radio, magazines, and television to promote their brand, but the world has changed. All of these “old” tricks won’t reach all of your target audiencce. Just by promoting on Instagram, or other social media channels, you can reach millions more just like that. This is something that Claire was able to do rather effecitively.
Just how do you become Insta-famous? Claire already said to post authentic pictures, so that’s a brilliant starting point. The most popular accounts will focus on fitness, travel, food, and fashion. And if you combine some of the ideas, bingo, you’ll reach an even bigger audience.
Since Claire Abbott made the decision to delete her social media accounts so she could pursue her career as a musician, not much has been heard of the Insta-famous star. Her Facebook page wasn’t updated regularly, both her Twitter and Instagram accounts had been shut down, and her YouTube channel hadn’t seen an update in two years. There was a lot of speculation that she was working on new music before she kicked her singing career in full gear. When would we hear from Claire? Would we ever?
Claire’s YouTube Channel
Many of Claire’s original fans were following her on her YouTube channel, but she wanted to reach a larger audience. From May 2012, she has been posting live videos so that she may gain an even bigger fan base, but one more directed to music. One of her first videos featured a rendition of Adele’s hit single ‘Turning Tables’.
Those who are thinking of “replacing” Claire can learn tons from her success. They need to showcase posts that are more than just pretty photos of themselves, food, fashion, fitness, and lifestyle in general. Moreover you can’t forget that fame isn’t something that you can ignore when you want, there is no off switch. Social media can turn overwhelming when you have thousands or even millions of followers.
As Claire Abbott has gone dark now, who will fill her shoes? Granted, the internet is loaded with women just like Claire who would love to become Insta-famous. It’s not clear who will pick up where Claire left off, we are sure of one thing – we’ll be seeing her face littered all over the web soon enough.
This is one potential replacement for Claire, Sally Mustang. With 300,000+ followers, she has a set following on Instagram. Mustang calls herself an artist, a yogi, and a regular wanderer. Her followers love the passion she expresses for all three. Her posts are risque and risky, but are beyond gorgeous. Moreover Mustang makes good money to promote products.
Sophie Hannah Richardson
Are rainbows and unicorns your thing? Begin following Sophie Hannah Richardson immediately. With over 335,000+ followers, Richardson posts feature beauty and fashion, all-be-it in her own quirky style. As she’s part of the Insta-famous world, she promotes bikinis, clothes, towels, and more. Plus, she gets to travel the world and that’s pretty cool.
Ahem, Iskra is more a well known Insta-famous star. No really. Iskra has 4 million followers on Instagram! And yes, that number is not an exaggeration. Her Instagram is filled with photoshoots, fashion, and fitness. Could it be her girl next door vibe, just like Claire? Possibly. We’ll let you be the judge of that.
Yes, really. The likes of Kylie Jenner is indeed an Insta-famous star. It’s not because of her family, but because of the huge social media following that she has. That’s what caught the eye of modeling agencies. Oh, and she has 107 million followers on Instagram alone, so we understand why various companies would want to partner with her. Moreover Kylie isn’t just Insta-famous, she is also what’s known as an “Insta-model”.
How many Instagram followers is too many? Psssh, there is no limit. And Jen Selter boasts of 12 million followers! She pretty much lunged and squatted her way to the limelight, and even holds the title for the claim of having the most famous backside on Instagram.
Meet the Australian fitness model, Tammy Hembrow. The now mom of two has 8.2 million Instagram followers and has her own website dedicated to fitness. Her Instagram is seriously motivational.
Australian Vlogger, beauty guru, singer, and YouTuber Jess Conte is a viable choice to step into Claire’s footsteps. With 1.8 million followers, her daily adventures in LA are a sight to see.