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
2 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
2 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
Community Member
2 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
2 months ago

milk, please.

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#5

This Is A Psa

This Is A Psa

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Hans
Community Member
2 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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로희
Community Member
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

I'm not sure he's an influencer.

Sian Edwards
Community Member
2 months ago

But he is an idiot, so not much difference between the two.

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varwenea
Community Member
2 months ago

I was hoping the second photo was him flying in the air.

Paige Box
Community Member
2 months ago

Me too!!

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A M
Community Member
2 months ago

He got one hell of a photo for sure! Maybe he wins some wild life photo awards later. I'm pretty sure half of the award winning photos have a back story that's not so glamorous.

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
2 months ago

Not as good a photo as made from 3x the distance with a half-decent camera, tho. He's not even holding it level let alone stabilize with both hands.

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Tracey Tait
Community Member
2 months ago

I recently treated a woman in the ED cuz she wanted a closer picture of 2 bull elks facing off, she lucky she got off with bruises, a couple broken ribs and a fine for harassing wild life.

Jon Varley
Community Member
2 months ago

Nah, he's not doing it selfie-style - not an influencer, just a prat with a camera and no sense of safe distance

SirPatTheCat
Community Member
2 months ago

Once my dad took a picture of a bull elk through binoculars so it looked like he was standing 2 feet away and he sent it to my mom to freak her out. It successfully freaked her out lmao

Hans
Community Member
2 months ago

Darwin Award again.

Oof Me
Community Member
2 months ago

use the zoom feature, really helps getting attacked by angry elk(or moose)

Charles Long
Community Member
2 months ago

Again, nature is not impressed!!!

Amy Grant
Community Member
2 months ago

the saddest part, if that dude was hurt it would be animal's fault. Idiot!

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 months ago

Chaaaaaarge!!!

Donald Holder
Community Member
2 months ago

Impaled through the heart for a life ending close-up?

Cheryl Fontaine
Community Member
2 months ago

May be looking for a Darwin award....

Marty Sunderland
Community Member
2 months ago

Probably not an influencer but just as self absorbed

elfin
Community Member
2 months ago

I was driving down the coast from Oregon once and saw a man holding a small child right up to a moose's face. People can be really dumb, but they should try to avoid it when holding children.

Carolyn Legg
Community Member
2 months ago

Take that!

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
2 months ago

Ha ha, i'd like to have witnessed that.

Wyndmere
Community Member
2 months ago

Camera man is about to meet his maker.

JD Lee
Community Member
2 months ago

Why wasn’t the person who took this photo yelling at him to get away, rather than just waiting with a camera for something horrible to happen?

sebastian nye
Community Member
2 months ago

ahh, the limits of cell phone cameras...

Flavia Slag
Community Member
2 months ago

Many people think the rules about the wild life (or anything else) applies to them.

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
2 months ago

Yep: he’s zooming out of there.

Nicole Cabrera
Community Member
2 months ago

That's just deadly.

Eagle Girl
Community Member
2 months ago

Nature finally wins one

Santino Marazzo
Community Member
2 months ago

Stupid, stupid man.

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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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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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shemeowsalot
Community Member
2 months ago

again, not an influencer doing stupid thing for a IG pic...just a dude taking a pic in a mermaid costume, idk what's so wrong about it

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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
2 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
2 months ago

Quite disgusting.

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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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

darwin award

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