what we can learn about the cult of insta-influencers from lil miquela

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Miquela always has cute hair, two little pushed-up buns, and just the right amount of adorable freckles. Miquela is always hanging out in LA, wearing designer clothes, posting cute pics with her cute friends to her 1m followers on Instagram. She's just been to Coachella and had a great time watching Beyoncé. She took over Prada's Instagram for their autumn/winter 18 show in Milan. Miquela is very caring and loving.


CGI 'Influencers' LIke Lil Miquela Are About to Flood Your Feed

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It doesn't get more 2018 than this: In mid-April, a Trump-supporting Instagram influencer named Bermuda hacked the account of fellow influencer Lil Miquela, who has over a million followers. Wait, no, there's more: Bermuda refused to return the account unless Miquela promised to "tell the world the truth"--the truth being that Miquela is not a human being. And in case you haven't caught on yet, neither is Bermuda. Instagram Announces You'll Soon See "Newer" Posts In Your Feed Lil Miquela has been a source of fascination for many on Instagram since not long after her account launched in April 2016, but for her first two years of existence, no one could definitively say who or what was behind the operation. The Bermuda hack-slash-PR-stunt solved at least part of the mystery, linking Miquela to Brud, a Los Angeles-based startup that specializes in "robotics, artificial intelligence and their applications to media businesses"--but the entire saga remains a master class in postmodern performance art, with Miquela announcing that she was "no longer working with [her] managers at Brud." (For those who are curious about the nitty-gritty, The Cut has a good tick-tock of exactly how the hack and subsequent "reveals" played out.)


CGI 'Influencers' Like Lil Miquela Are About to Flood Your Feeds

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It doesn't get more 2018 than this: In mid-April, a Trump-supporting Instagram influencer named Bermuda hacked the account of fellow influencer Lil Miquela, who has over a million followers. Wait, no, there's more: Bermuda refused to return the account unless Miquela promised to "tell the world the truth"--the truth being that Miquela is not a human being. And in case you haven't caught on yet, neither is Bermuda. Instagram Announces You'll Soon See "Newer" Posts In Your Feed Lil Miquela has been a source of fascination for many on Instagram since not long after her account launched in April 2016, but for her first two years of existence, no one could definitively say who or what was behind the operation. The Bermuda hack-slash-PR-stunt solved at least part of the mystery, linking Miquela to Brud, a Los Angeles-based startup that specializes in "robotics, artificial intelligence and their applications to media businesses"--but the entire saga remains a master class in postmodern performance art, with Miquela announcing that she was "no longer working with [her] managers at Brud." (For those who are curious about the nitty-gritty, The Cut has a good tick-tock of exactly how the hack and subsequent "reveals" played out.)


@lilmiquela Is a Social Media Superstar With a Brand New Single--She's Also a Digital Simulation

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Well, that's it from me--what've you got planned right after this interview?I'm so ready for dinner! Probably hit up the pupuseria near my apartment and live my best life.


Instagram star isn't what she seems. But brands are buying in

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She wears clothes from companies like Proenza Schouler, Coach and Balenciaga, and recommends hair products from OUAI for "keeping my strands silky smooth." She has more than 1 million followers -- most of whom are Millennials and Gen Zers. Miquela also voices support for social causes like Black Lives Matter and has partnered with Prada on a campaign for Milan Fashion Week. She's even released a few songs on Spotify (SPOT). Since launching her Instagram account in 2016, the 19-year-old model from Downey, California, has become increasingly recognizable on social media.