“I wish I had your confidence!” say fans of the bopo influencer whenever she posts a shot of her plus size self in a bikini or tight revealing clothes.
Granted, many plus-size body positive influencers who regularly post to Instagram don’t have enough followers to generate income.
But a bopo Instagram user who has 100,000 followers may earn thousands of dollars per post if that individual has a partnership with a company or brand.
Imagine what an Instagram star with 1.5 million followers makes per post!
“I wish I had your confidence!”
For what? To pose for a shot that she knows she’ll easily get thousands of dollars for? Who needs confidence for THAT?
It’s a safe bet that if a woman had the skin of an alligator from head to toe and weighed 300 pounds, but knew that she’d get $5,000, let alone $10,000, every time she posted an image of herself in a bikini or tight strapless gown – she’d do it in a heartbeat.
Especially if she has a few young kids to take care of.
What bopo influencer of 280 pounds is thinking, “I really gotta muster up my self-confidence for this photoshoot,” when she knows just three posts will reel in enough money for a new car?
But They Had to Start from Nothing
At some point, Instagram stars with plus size bodies were earning nothing for their posts.
One might argue that at that point, they had to have had a lot of confidence to put up shots of themselves in swimsuits, lingerie and mini skirts.
But the “I wish I had your confidence” comments continue to pour in every time a mega Instagram bopo star puts up an image of herself in a bikini, tight leather mini skirt or some other attire that very large women have been criticized for wearing.
Don’t loyal followers realize that these images of so-called confidence are, to the Instagram star, a gravy train? If you’re a follower, you’re making them rich!
There comes a point where a bopo influencer is raking in so much money on Instagram that the belief that these women need confidence to post more images is just plain madness. Just utter insanity.
The Jealousy Factor
Those who see my point may be labeled as jealous by the Instagram star’s fans.
Hey, who isn’t jealous of anyone who easily makes half a million dollars per year?
BUT…does this mean we’re jealous of their size, fitness level, health and past life circumstances that led to them developing obesity, let alone morbid obesity?
There aren’t too many fitness enthusiasts who’d permanently trade their ability to sprint along a beach or dash up mountain trails for several million dollars.
One particular Instagram bopo influencer appears to be over 300 pounds and does not need an ounce of confidence to post several thousand images that have generated megabucks for her.
Especially since nearly all of her shoots appear to have involved professional stylists from head to toe, plus professional photographers.
There’s the occasional amateur selfie, but she has a naturally beautiful face that’s immune to “bad” selfies.
Which brings me to the next point: Who needs confidence to post on Instagram when you have a gorgeous face? Yet follower after follower posts on her pages, “I wish I had your confidence!”
It would make more sense if they posted, “I wish I had your face!”
No confidence is needed to get paid a ton of money for a photoshoot for a magazine, and then make tons more money after you post those images to Instagram. Please, people, where have your senses gone?