Mom Slammed For Turning Her 1-Year-Old Into An Instagram Influencer Says: "This Is A Business!"
Ever heard of the term social media influencer? The internet has ushered in the era of a new kind of celebrity — someone who is famous for being famous online.
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What influencers really do
These online creatures called influencers have the power to affect the purchase decisions of others and often control a large following in their specific niches.
For most parents who join the bandwagon by opening Instagram accounts for their kids, their motivations could range from trying to make people laugh to inspiring their followers.
Stacey's 1-year-old is cashing in big time
But for Stacey Woodhams, who lives with her family in Brentwood, her sole aim is to make her 1-year-old son an influencer.
She has reportedly accumulated £10,000 worth of freebies for Ralphie and banned family members from sharing photos of him because she wants to protect his brand. He’s already gotten about 15,000 followers.
Stacey has been mercilessly trolled for her parenting choice and, in response to her critics, she is defending her decision as strictly business and raising awareness about mental health:
What I do doesn’t define me as a mom and people should think carefully before commenting as suicide happens because of online trolls, and they’re factoring into that pool of online abuse and it’s just nasty and could be detrimental if the receiving person wasn’t in the right frame of mind.
She also added:
It sounds awful referring to him as a brand because he is a human and a child, but essentially, the name that we have created is a business.
She’s also calling her trolls out for double standards.
According to her logic, if Kim Kardashian can get away with doing it, why is she getting attacked?
I think posting any images of children on social media (prior to them being able to fully consent) is tricky as when they get older those images will always be online for others to see, regardless as to whether they want them there or not.— Anthony Josephson (@antjo1987) December 4, 2018
I think it says less about her as a Mother and more about the society we're all creating where we're making this sort of thing viable. Can't blame her for taking advantage of an opportunity.— Sharon (@slinkysharon) December 4, 2018
And what about when Ralphie is old enough to realise his extensive digital life and footprint which he never consented to?— miss pip kelly (@misspipkelly) December 3, 2018
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But people are majorly critical of her decision to exploit Ralphie's image without his consent. Does Stacey have a point?