Once upon a time, you used to have to have some kind of talent to be famous, but these days, it seems like that’s no longer a pre-requisite. In the
Once upon a time, you used to have to have some kind of talent to be famous, but these days, it seems like that’s no longer a pre-requisite.
In the age of Honey Boo Boo, everyone wants to be famous for being famous, and now that’s being taken one step further with social media giving a helping hand to those who want their moment in the spotlight for not really doing a whole lot. There’s no need to get cast in a reality TV show when you can just create your own on YouTube.
But when you’re an Instagrammer, it still helps to have a ‘thing’ that sets you apart from the competition – for some that means sharing your daily workouts, for others, it’s bossing makeup hacks. For one Sydney-based Insta-star, the recipe is even simpler: it’s all about being half-naked, covered head-to-toe in tattoos and being filthy-stinkin’ rich.
Meet Yakiboy, a powerlifter who describes himself as a “Muslim Shia soldier” and has clocked up an enormous 63,000 followers simply by sharing his day to day life on the social media site.
He regularly posts images of himself inside luxury cars, posing in a Versace robe, glugging champagne and flashing a diamond-encrusted watch. In one image, he is pictured reclining in bed, reaching for a lamp made from a gold-plated Beretta handgun worth more than $1800, with a silk sheet between his legs.
To be fair, if I put myself through workouts like this, I’d probably be keen to show my bod off too.