The modern world has a weird relationship with influencers. Some people love ‘em. Some hate ‘em. Others love to hate them (or hate that they love them). Whichever group you think you’re a part of, there’s little denying that influencers are here to stay in some shape or form for good. But they don’t lead the ‘perfect’ lives they want you to think they do. In fact, seeing how they act in their natural environment might just break every single illusion you ever had about them. That’s where the immensely popular ‘Influencers in the Wild’ Instagram account comes in.

The 3.5-million-follower-strong account is dedicated to collecting the quirky, goofy, and embarrassing side of influencers. Scroll down to see just how ridiculous these ‘perfect’ influencers can be, and upvote your fave pics and videos. You can find Bored Panda’s earlier post about ‘Influencers in the Wild’ right here.

Bored Panda wanted to learn more about the recent changes in the influencer industry, so we reached out to Brooke Erin Duffy, an associate professor at Cornell University who studies the intersection of media, culture, and technology. Read on for her insights!

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#1

Good Morning Sunshines

Good Morning Sunshines

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JuJu
Community Member
8 months ago

Need the bikini brand...looks so durable.

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#2

Hope She Remembered To Make A Wish

Hope She Remembered To Make A Wish

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Adam C
Community Member
8 months ago

sure, we all wash our hair when we see a fountain.

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#3

This Video Was Doomed From The Start

This Video Was Doomed From The Start

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Claire
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8 months ago

I thought she was wearing green flippers!

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Duffy from Cornell University said that the coronavirus pandemic has sparked two interrelated responses in the influencer industry, neither of which is entirely new.

“The first involves ringing the death knell on influencers because of brands' dwindling advertising budgets; the second stems from the belief that aspirational imagery and markers of privilege are less and less relevant in a moment of widespread social and economic upheaval,” she explained.

“The latter response, crucially, seems to be especially gendered. Indeed, while women influencers have long faced backlash for being what audiences deem inauthentic, excessively self-promotional, or ‘fake,’ the critical blowback seems to have intensified in the wake of the pandemic.”

#4

Literally An Influencer In The Wild

Literally An Influencer In The Wild

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Downunderdude
Community Member
8 months ago

milk, please.

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#5

This Is A Psa

This Is A Psa

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Hans
Community Member
8 months ago

Darwin Award contestant.

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#6

It’s A $4 Hamburger Dude

It’s A $4 Hamburger Dude

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8 months ago

I love the caption.

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According to Duffy, most of the influencers she’s interviewed believe that their careers are “profoundly unstable as they are at the whims of audiences, advertisers, and crucially, platforms' algorithms.”

The pandemic has exacerbated these issues and has caused some influencers to branch out and develop “different vestiges of their brand persona, most especially on TikTok.”

Duffy added that wider popular culture appears to be centered around influencers’ claims to authenticity or realness. “Photo manipulation has a long history in the media and advertising industries, but the critiques of influencers' alleged photoshopping is deeply individual and hence personal,” she said.

#7

Babe Just Got Baptized

Babe Just Got Baptized

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Hans
Community Member
8 months ago

"I baptize you on the name of stupid."

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#8

Influencers Are Returning To The Ocean. Nature Is Healing

Influencers Are Returning To The Ocean. Nature Is Healing

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I Just Changed My Name
Community Member
8 months ago

I don't know what's more troubling, the coordinated mermen fins or the fact that they came to a mural consensus that this was a good idea

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#9

Went To The Ocean To Throw Her Dead Mother’s Ashes Into It And They Blew Back In Her Face. If This Ain’t A Metaphor For 2020 Then I Don’t Know What Is

Went To The Ocean To Throw Her Dead Mother’s Ashes Into It And They Blew Back In Her Face. If This Ain’t A Metaphor For 2020 Then I Don’t Know What Is

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Danieletc
Community Member
8 months ago

The Dudette.

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The ‘Influencers in the Wild’ social media project was started on January 10, 2020. By the end of the month, it had already grown to 695k followers. Now, there’s over 3.5 million of them and the community just keeps on growing. Its success could be attributed to the fact that it posts honest, unfiltered content and asks its community to actively participate in what gets shown.

Forbes explains that influencer marketing is very powerful because it lets brands promote themselves directly to the target audience in a post-TV world where social media is more and more widely used. Marketing products through influencers is a question of trust and getting potential consumers to believe the illusion that social media stars actually like the product they’re advertising.

#10

Pole. Glass High Heels. Low Tide. Garbage Truck. Yep, This Is A Perfect Video

Pole. Glass High Heels. Low Tide. Garbage Truck. Yep, This Is A Perfect Video

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I Just Changed My Name
Community Member
8 months ago

So many questions

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#11

Sir This Is What The Zoom Feature Is For

Sir This Is What The Zoom Feature Is For

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Troux
Community Member
8 months ago

I'm not sure he's an influencer.

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#12

Good Bye Hope It Was Worth It

Good Bye Hope It Was Worth It

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Hans
Community Member
8 months ago

Where are the sharks when you need them?

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However, the influencer industry has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, forcing them to adapt. Economic difficulties mean that some brands have less money to advertise through influencers. Meanwhile, events continue to be canceled and travel isn’t as easy as it used to be. Travel and fashion influencers aren’t doing so well anymore.

However, other influencers saw a surge in attention during the pandemic. Categories like at-home fitness, gardening (or rather plantfluencing), and cooking took off as people are spending more time at home and are concerned about their health. Also, more social media stars are foregoing support from brands and marketing their own services. Now those are the kinds of influencers we can get behind. But it’d still be fun to see how they act in the wild, too!

#13

National Geographic Photographer Captures Beached Influencer As People Just Walk Around Like Nothing Is Wrong. So Sad!

National Geographic Photographer Captures Beached Influencer As People Just Walk Around Like Nothing Is Wrong. So Sad!

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Downunderdude
Community Member
8 months ago

Quick! Roll her back in!

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#14

Influencers In The Wind

Influencers In The Wind

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Kisses4Katie
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

She's trying to grab it with her butt cheeks.

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#15

Did Kid Rock And Jack Sparrow Have A Baby?

Did Kid Rock And Jack Sparrow Have A Baby?

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Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
Community Member
8 months ago

Yes they did

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#16

This Had A 0% Chance Of Working Out Okay

This Had A 0% Chance Of Working Out Okay

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Kisses4Katie
Community Member
8 months ago

This is hilarious.

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#17

I’m Not Gonna Lie, When Coachella Got Canceled, I Was Upset. From The Perspective Of Content Only

I’m Not Gonna Lie, When Coachella Got Canceled, I Was Upset. From The Perspective Of Content Only

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postboredom
Community Member
8 months ago

Here's another idea. Freaking stand on your own legs, give a good smile and say cheese. *snaps fingers* Done.

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#18

This Is Totally Appropriate Right?

This Is Totally Appropriate Right?

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troufaki13
Community Member
8 months ago

WTH??? There are children nearby!! ffs...

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#19

This Is Dedication

This Is Dedication

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Scyth
Community Member
8 months ago

The photo sequence is hilarious.

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#20

Dan Bilzerian Wyd Bro It’s Like 3 Degrees Out

Dan Bilzerian Wyd Bro It’s Like 3 Degrees Out

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Kisses4Katie
Community Member
8 months ago

Volcano maaaaan! Volcanic protector mahn!

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#21

Cat Said Enough

Cat Said Enough

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Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
Community Member
8 months ago

Kittie's right

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#22

This Looks Like It Belongs On Failsalad

This Looks Like It Belongs On Failsalad

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Hans
Community Member
8 months ago

The drop was unsatisfactorily unsteep.

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#23

I Literally Demand To See The Final Shot

I Literally Demand To See The Final Shot

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Olivia Agave
Community Member
8 months ago

Not seeing what is wrong here, just a dude in a gradient mertail. More dudes in mertails please.

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#24

Hi Yes, I’d Like To File A Formal Complaint Against Mankind

Hi Yes, I’d Like To File A Formal Complaint Against Mankind

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Stefan Jankovski
Community Member
8 months ago

Picture of Lightning McQueen's parents

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#25

Girl, Don’t Drag Buddha Into This

Girl, Don’t Drag Buddha Into This

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Romenriel
Community Member
8 months ago

Quite disgusting.

Andrew
Community Member
8 months ago

I know that this picture is very disrespectful, but wow, that's a lot of upvotes.

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Ani Archeron
Community Member
8 months ago

This is terribly disrespectful. Buddha is a religious figure, and should NOT be used like this.

Saint Thomas
Community Member
8 months ago

And I would even say that placing such a statue in a bar near a pool is already pretty disrespectful. Those are not "ornaments", and should not be used as such. You see statues of Buddha everywhere, without any religious purpose, from restaurants to nightclubs, from hairdressers to private gardens...

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Randomcthulu
Community Member
8 months ago

Incredibly disrespectful

Kateryna
Community Member
8 months ago

This is so disrespectful. If they don't believe in it, they should at least have respect for Buddhism and other people.

fogharty
Community Member
8 months ago

Later that day they were seen twerking against a large crucifix.

Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
8 months ago

Now imagine if someone dressed in non-european styled clothing was to straddle a statue of jesus, while smiling, to post within their community..... THAT is how offensive this is. :(

miten sasmita
Community Member
8 months ago

WTF this is utterly disrespectful. If you do this in thailand or myanmar you'd be arrested.

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
8 months ago

You'd be arrested in Myanmar just for expressing an opinion.

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Duncan
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

Sums up influencers, totally into themselves and no respect.

postboredom
Community Member
8 months ago

Offending, disgusting and humiliating to see this

Luisa Vasconcelos
Community Member
8 months ago

So disrespectful. Wrong in many ways.

glowworm2
Community Member
8 months ago

Unlike Santa, you should not be sitting on Buddha's lap.

Lucy Duquette
Community Member
8 months ago

those swimsuits are ridiculous, im not an adult and even I think the should have more dignity than to wear those ridiculous scraps they call "bikinis"

Tracey Tait
Community Member
8 months ago

That is so disrespectful!

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
8 months ago

Very disrespectful

Lilith Hollis
Community Member
8 months ago

So very Disrespectful Buddha should never be treated like this would they go to the Vatican and behave like this )0(

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
8 months ago

Unbearably disrespectful!

Tugg Ster
Community Member
8 months ago

Massive display of poor taste. Both using Buddha as a photo prop ... and walking around in a string bikini with a full size leather purse and slides???

Laila Hernandez
Community Member
8 months ago

NASTY!

Oof Me
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

very offensive so, very mad

Kristi Lin
Community Member
8 months ago

Thats just wrong.

Monica Reed
Community Member
8 months ago

I cannot believe this😡

Animal lover❤
Community Member
8 months ago

This is disgusting

Darwinist
Community Member
8 months ago

eww

J W
Community Member
8 months ago

Oh my god, poor, poor Buddah

Yugan Talovich
Community Member
8 months ago

I'm Buddhist. For my next photo shoot, maybe I'll go to the Vatican in my snorkeling gear (including flippers) and pose on one of the altars. Just kidding, of course. I have some respect.

NoodleBear
Community Member
8 months ago

Ughhhh

Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
8 months ago

Not gonna try and crack a joke here.

Alex Harris
Community Member
8 months ago

This is so disrespectful. Who was the genius that put that black square?

Jessica Muñoz
Community Member
8 months ago

Disrespectful

Kisses4Katie
Community Member
8 months ago

I've come back to this article 3 times for some reason- the box on this woman's butt keeps changing 😂

Mari
Community Member
8 months ago

I love how if this was like a cross or a church or anything Christian people wouldn't be calling it disrespectful but just laughing

Katey Thomson
Community Member
8 months ago

I just threw up in my mouth a little bit

WildBerry
Community Member
8 months ago

Did you swallow it?

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DanieLegz
Community Member
8 months ago

She is scum

Caren Johnson
Community Member
8 months ago

I saw that- karma

Terd Fergison
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8 months ago

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Doesn't exist.

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phantom buni
Community Member
7 months ago

Seriously? I mean, I don’t worship Buddha but this is still so disrespectful! Gah, and tacky!

Amaranthim Talon
Community Member
8 months ago

so disrespectful!

Allan Miller
Community Member
8 months ago

It's disrespectful to touch or sit on a Buddha statue.

Laurie Ostergaard-Overbey
Community Member
8 months ago

that's just gross...shame on them both

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
8 months ago

Karma will get you in the end...oh, it did. (Darn censors.)

josiah nicholas
Community Member
8 months ago

If this isn't in Bali...

Jo Ellen Washburn
Community Member
8 months ago

So disrespectful.

Peg Gy
Community Member
8 months ago

Poor Buddha…

Donald Holder
Community Member
8 months ago

Wonder which one got banned on IG. The sitter, or the squatter?

Leisa K
Community Member
8 months ago

No. Just No. Totally disrespectful - and I'm only speaking about that blonde bimbette.

Carolyn Legg
Community Member
8 months ago

Oh Yeah. I am cool!

Rustyn Birch
Community Member
8 months ago

Uugh.

Elise Williams
Community Member
8 months ago

Doubly Disrespectful and Disturbing.

Phillis Rosenthal
Community Member
8 months ago

🤮

Jane Campbell
Community Member
8 months ago

Talk about lack of class!

Gigi Baldez
Community Member
8 months ago

Disrespectful.

Mumof1
Community Member
8 months ago

Not only disgusting but totaly lacking in respect

Langue De Bois
Community Member
8 months ago

and so irrelevent

Clavelle
Community Member
8 months ago

Gross😂

Asper Rated
Community Member
8 months ago

That's really disrespectful. I hope she gets warts.

Maureen Peters
Community Member
8 months ago

I agree with all of you, this is immoral and disrespectful!

Shelley DuVal
Community Member
8 months ago

How disrespectful

jo_shortland
Community Member
8 months ago

Very disrespectful

Tahani
Community Member
8 months ago

Skanky.... and probably illegal

Antonia
Community Member
8 months ago

disrespectful

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
8 months ago

Utterly disrespectful

Georges Piriou
Community Member
8 months ago

They're disgusting and disrespectful

Kim
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

That's just disrespectful. 🤬

Agata Fronia
Community Member
8 months ago

This is so disrespectful! Shocked!

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
8 months ago

Cast them into the sea.

Mary Dellenbusch
Community Member
8 months ago

Nothing but sluts!

Carmen Honacker
Community Member
8 months ago

I literally wanna punch asshats like her. What a disgrace and how disrespectful!

Cj Howard
Community Member
8 months ago

Although sexy and kinda humorous - NOT COOL! GET OFF THE BUDDHA!

Jayda Estrella
Community Member
8 months ago

I thought the girl taking the pic was taking a fat s**t

Ben Smith
Community Member
8 months ago

Dat ass tho

matthew owen
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8 months ago

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Typical white ignorant tourist

Scyth
Community Member
8 months ago

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Why is it censored? Are cheeks that offensive?

Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
8 months ago

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You wanna see that lady's buttcheeks? Creep...

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D SU
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8 months ago

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I wonder how people would react if this was done at St Peters Rome? White people suck

John McIlveen
Community Member
8 months ago

This has nothing to do with their religion or color, and everything to do with their ignorance and lack of class.

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8 months ago

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He's a happy buddha!

WilvanderHeijden
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8 months ago

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Next time try using a mosque...

Full of Giggles
Community Member
8 months ago

Why? All religious statues, monuments, and houses of worship should be respected whether you agree with their beliefs and ideologies or not. Doing something like this in a mosque would be the same as doing it in a Christian church because God and Allah are the same deity.

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#26

Frostbit Buttcheeks (Is A Good Name For A Band)

Frostbit Buttcheeks (Is A Good Name For A Band)

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Romenriel
Community Member
8 months ago

Why?!

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#27

Let’s Take A Break From The Heavy Stuff. Here’s A Good Old Fashioned Wave Smash

Let’s Take A Break From The Heavy Stuff. Here’s A Good Old Fashioned Wave Smash

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Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
Community Member
8 months ago

Actually, I would use the bottom one for my insta. Who else can say they have this one-of-a-kind shot?

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#28

That’s A Big Nope

That’s A Big Nope

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로희
Community Member
8 months ago

Poor child.

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#29

“So A Lot Of You Guys Have Been Asking About My Flight Routine”

“So A Lot Of You Guys Have Been Asking About My Flight Routine”

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Scyth
Community Member
8 months ago

What's that?

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#30

Making Montreal Look Good

Making Montreal Look Good

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Sonja
Community Member
8 months ago

darwin award

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