Some people’s faces are just ubiquitous. You see them in your news feed, in online ads, viral videos… basically everywhere you look. Such is the case of this young woman, who has enjoyed great popularity in the last few years, certainly becoming one of the most familiar faces on the Internet.
She started out innocently enough, by posting pictures of herself on Facebook, often poolside in a bikini. Her girl-next-door looks and friendly disposition soon made her popular enough that she set up an Instagram account to document her life. She posted about her fitness routine, style and fashion tips, and other small moments where she showed her fans what her daily life was like. But this was only the beginning for her.
In addition to her Instagram, she also started a YouTube channel in which she posted videos of herself singing covers of hit pop songs. Aside from a gifted singer, she was also a songwriter, and showcased this skill with a video of her original song ‘Fighter’, which garnered 300,000 views and catapulted her channel to over 13,000 subscribers. It was clear that fans were loving her content, but she would soon discover a somewhat darker side of fame.
As her Instagram reached 300,000 followers and her other channels continued growing, she began to notice that her most popular posts were those where she showed off her body, like bikini shots or fitness photos. She received a lot of comments from male fans, many of them sending messages of love and even marriage proposals. It was only a matter of time before someone took it to the next level…
Soon there were online communities devoted to talking about her, like several forums and even an entire Subreddit. With such dedication from her followers, it is no wonder why an adult movie site decided to use her face for advertising. While it was later revealed the images were Photoshopped and eventually taken down, it was nevertheless a sign that she had reached peak Internet fame. And yet, she was about to get even bigger.
Her popularity surged once more in 2015, when she was photographed hanging out with none other than Dan Bilzerian, known to some as the “King of Instagram”. She even shared a picture on her own Instagram, getting up close and personal with the renowned ladies man. Though she deleted it later, it did not stop the speculation and many wondered if the two were dating. And it wasn’t just fans who where paying attention to the social media star…
Her Internet popularity was such that established publications started noticing her. In June 2016, she was featured in a MAXIM Magazine post that mentioned her “scorching Instagram feed”. She was also interviewed by The Idle Man, where she was asked what piece of advice she’d give to her younger self. “I would tell her that it’s so important to keep things in perspective”, she answered. Perhaps this was a hint of what was to come.
Then in 2017 a strange thing happened. Her Instagram and Twitter accounts disappeared, and many of her YouTube videos were deleted. All that was left was her Facebook, which hadn’t been updated in months. Fans, left at the mercy of conspiracy theorists and impersonators with fake accounts, began to wonder if something had happened to her. Where was she?
Before her online disappearance, she had posted a picture of herself at the hospital. When fans asked why she was there, she revealed she had been suffering from depression, anxiety disorder and borderline Bipolar Disorder throughout her lifetime. She chose to share her story so other people with the same afflictions would know there was help out there. While this was commendable, perhaps it had to do with her sudden absence?
Finally, a few months later, the truth unfolded. Sick of being famous for having a pretty face and a hot body, she decided she wanted to focus on her singer/songwriter career. She knew she had talent and was determined to make it on her own terms. Though she hasn’t posted new material in nearly two years, we’d like to think she’s busy building up her comeback. So… who is she?
Her name is Claire Abbott, born in Canada in 1998. Her first forays into social media started in 2012, and she’s been in the spotlight since she was 15. So it makes sense she would want to take a break! Perhaps she’s not as mysterious as people might think, as she has shared things about herself throughout the years so her fans could get to know her better. For instance, the secret to her success.
In the interview with The Idle Man, Claire was asked on tips and suggestions for other people who might want to increase their social media followers. “Post pictures that are authentic to you,” she responded. This is clearly good advice, as evidenced by her massive following. But it wasn’t just about authentic photos. Claire had good style and the tips that she gave could be very helpful for an aspiring Instagram star.
“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.” Claire’s fashion advice didn’t stop there, as she has also shared her thoughts on men’s style.
For Claire, turtlenecks on men are a big no-no, and she thinks this trend should have died out long ago. For fashion inspiration, she recommends men look at stars like Ryan Gosling and Austin Butler. Maybe those devoted fans could follow these tips to win her heart. They could also learn about her likes and dislikes, such as one particular obsession she has which many may find surprising.
Claire claims to be addicted to ice cream. She says it started as a guilty pleasure, which slowly evolved into an obsession and now she wants to eat it all day long. To fight this compulsion, she turns to music. Claire has made covers of great songs throughout the years and she’s not afraid to challenge herself. So she set out to cover two of the greatest singers of this generation.
Among the many covers that Claire has made on her YouTube channel, two songs stand out: “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse and “Skyfall” by Adele, her favorite singer. The covers are beautiful and soulful. With such his talent, we hope Claire comes back to the scene soon and regains her stardom, because she surely has what it takes to make it big.