This Is The Most Famous Girl You’ve Never Heard Of..
There is a certain class of internet celebrity that you recognize, but you can’t put a name to their faces. You see them in ads, in blogs and just kind of ambiently floating around the internet. This girl is one of those kinds of people. Her name is Claire Abbott. Chances are, you’ve probably seen a picture of her before. Chances are, you never knew her name until now. The story of how she became internet famous is an interesting one. She set the stage for many Instagram celebs that followed.
Claire became internet famous almost completely by accident. She posted some photos of herself in a bikini to her Facebook profile, and the rest is pretty much history. Abbott was only fifteen years old when she first posted the bikini photos. They leapt from her Facebook onto the internet at large and spread like wildfire. She was an overnight sensation online. Abbott decided to run with it.
When Claire became aware of how popular her photos were online, she went with it. In response, she started multiple social media profiles. She was on YouTube, Twitter and, most importantly, Instagram. Claire, who wanted to be a singer, hoped the attention would fuel her music career. Abbott started racking up followers immediately. Her star was only rising.
Claire’s social media accounts were hits. Especially with a certain demographic. The comments sections were awash in compliments. Her numbers were growing daily. Her photos also kept spreading around the internet. She was featured on many blogs and reposted on many forums.
Claire posted all sorts of things online. Along with photos of herself, she also posted lifestyle stuff and fashion advice. She noticed, however, that there was a direct relationship between how many photos of herself she posted and how many new followers she got. She leaned into it. Abbott started posting a ton of shots of herself. Pretty soon, her Instagram was up to 300,000 followers.
Claire’s internet fame started taking her places. It opened up a world of possibility for her. She wrote on a fashion blog, “In terms of social media, I have a fashion, fitness and lifestyle based Instagram that has really exploded recently. I started showing 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!” The more visible she became, the more famous she got. There appeared to be no limit on her celebrity.
Claire was one of the first people to become famous just on the strength of their social media. Many, many girls have followed suit. But Claire was a bit of a pioneer. There was something about her that just captivated her fans. Some of them were head over heels. Claire received multiple marriage proposals from complete strangers. She didn’t accept.
In an interview with The Idle Man, Claire recommended that aspiring Instagram celebrities should just be true to themselves. “Post pictures that are authentic to you.” It’s a bit of a platitude but actually does make a point. Claire’s fame was largely based off the vague feeling conveyed in her photos that she was somehow accessible to the common guy. She had a “girl next door” look and friendly face that was different than the prevailing aesthetic of somewhat grim perfection you typically see with models.
Claire was, at least for a time, an opposite character study to Allison Stokke. Stokke, another teenage girl who had internet fame thrust upon her when one of her photos leaked to the wrong part of the internet, fought her celebrity tooth and nail. Abbott, however, appeared to love it. The young Canadian seemed to take to fame like a fish to water. There was (and is) an entire SubReddit dedicated just to her pics. Seemingly everywhere you looked online, there was a photo or two of Claire floating around.
Claire partied with Dan Bilzerian in 2015. She posted a couple photos of her with Dan to her Instagram but quickly deleted them. Rumors circulated that the two were a thing. At least a temporary one. The rumors were never confirmed.
Dan Bilzerian is a poker player who is mostly famous for his playboy lifestyle. He dates models. Lots and lots of models. His social media is pretty much nothing but pics and videos of boats, women on boats, etc. It still isn’t known if he and Claire ever had a relationship.
In June of 2016, Maxim Magazine posted about Claire. They referred to her YouTube channel and “scorching Instagram feed.” The post was shared four thousand times. A whole new crop of admirers was delivered to her. One commenter remarked that she had a “nice pair of… Eyes…”
The fact that Claire was a fashion commentator tended to be overshadowed by the photos she posted of herself. But she did have some advice for men. “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.”
In her Idle Man interview, Claire was asked what she would tell herself if she could go back in time. her answer was interesting. “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.” Who’s throwing parties and not inviting Claire Abbott?
Claire is opinionated about men’s clothing. She had a few things to say about what not to wear. She hates turtlenecks on men. She also thinks that Ryan Gosling and Austin Butler are the best-dressed male celebrities. Right, so if you want to date Claire Abbott, here’s your gameplan: be Ryan Gosling.
During an interview, Claire remarked that she’s “addicted” to ice cream. She says she could eat it every day. She also said that her favorite song is “Unaware” by Allen Stone. It surely served as inspiration for her own songwriting. Despite the bubbly social media presence, all was not completely well with Claire. Fame was taking its toll.
If you look up Claire Abbott, as you may have done already, you will find that all of her official social media accounts are now dead. The only one not deactivated is her Facebook fan page, which hasn’t been updated since December of 2016. Nobody knew where Claire went or why she had taken down her accounts. Even her YouTube channel, dedicated mostly to her music, was bereft of videos. Claire had apparently had enough of being famous. We don’t know if she’ll ever return to public life.
When Claire abdicated her throne as social media queen, tons of impostor accounts popped up to try to capture her search traffic. They were obviously fake. The accounts merely reposted her old photos, that had been making the rounds online for months or years. Claire was gone. Her fans were upset.
Some people speculated that she dipped out of her social media accounts because nude photos that were allegedly hers had surfaced. However, Claire says she quit because she wanted to get serious about her music. She wanted to pursue her dream of being a singer-songwriter. And she was tired of only getting attention for her looks. Being ogled by millions of strangers around the world must take a real mental toll.
Claire is most known for her covers of popular songs. However, she also writes original music. Some of her music can still be found on YouTube. Just not on her official page. Her 2012 original song Fighter got over 300,000 views.
Claire’s life appeared to be close to perfect. She was young, gorgeous and rubbing elbows with Dan Bilzerian. But reality was darker. She posted a photo of herself in a hospital. It was accompanied by a confession that she had been struggling with multiple mental health conditions for years, including anxiety disorder, severe depression and borderline bipolar disorder.
Claire wasn’t the first girl to become famous on the strength of her looks. But she was one of the first to do it using only her own social media as promotional tools. She served as a model, both literally and figuratively, for lots of girls after her. The world of Instagram modeling has taken off in the past few years. It’s grown into its own cottage industry. Nowadays, it seems like anyone with good looks and a phone has taken a crack at it.
There’s more to be gained from being a popular Instagram model than just attention. There’s some serious money at play. Instagram models can win sponsorship deals and lots of free merch. Top YouTubers can support themselves full-time just off of their views. It’s easy to see why so many people would try to follow in Claire’s footsteps. Even if they led away from fame, ultimately.
It makes sense why advertisers are recruiting Instagram models to help them promote. As people develop “ad blindness,” the industry term for the general population getting tired of being marketed to in certain mediums and contexts, marketers have to scramble to cope. Instagram models provide marketers with built-in audiences led by spokespeople they already trust. Paying them to showcase your products in their photos makes strategic sense. It certainly makes more sense than buying ad space on television. Marketing continues to change as our media habits do.
If you want to become Instagram famous, a good first place to start is looking like Claire Abbott. After you have that covered, think about what categories you want to target. The most popular Instagram accounts are typically related to fitness, travel, food, fashion and other lifestyle stuff.Keep in mind that people who do get famous tend to go slightly crazy. Whether they become known through social media or in more traditional ways, fame is not a comfortable garment to wear every minute of your life.
Claire has been completely silent for many months. It is completely unknown what she will end up doing, or if we’ll ever hear about it. For now, her old photos still have lives of their own. You’ve seen her before, and you will probably see her again. Hopefully she gets what she wants and comes to be known for something other than just her good looks.