Susan L. Trollinger, Ph.D.
Instagram has skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years, catapulting some of its users into a new type of fame--"Instafame." Female users who achieve "Instafame" do so in large measure by carefully constructing an identity that articulates a popular ideal of the female body. Many commentators see this presentation of self as a new means of empowerment. But others argue that these "Instafamous" women are pressured to objectify themselves in order to accumulate thousands of “likes” to create and sustain their celebrity status. In this presentation, I analyze the images on some popular fitness Instagram accounts using the feminist works of Kate Millett and Sut Jhally.
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Arts and Humanities
Spech, Sarah, "“Instafamous” Women and the Question of Empowerment: Feminist Reading of Popular Constructions of Female Bodies on Instagram" (2016). Honors Theses. 134.