Forget Kim Kardashian; if there’s ever been a bum to break the Internet, it belongs to Jen Selter. Although you might not know her name, there’s no doubt you’re familiar with the backside of this 21-year-old who’s taken Instagram by storm, posting photos of her pert posterior. Now with over 5.5 million followers, the fitness model is ready to take her career beyond still images and social media. “I want my fans to really get to know me and my backstory, beyond my social platforms,” Selter says. “Many of my followers have never heard the sound of my voice or know that I wasn’t always the strong confident person you see on my Instagram account today.”
Photo: Jen Selter
What’s one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?
That I’m always smiling! People assume they know my personality from my pictures and that I never smile. My friends and family know that outside of a shoot setting, I’m always smiling and laughing.
What’s one thing everyone should do before they die?
I love to travel, especially to escape the cold weather during winters like this! Great to get away, try something new outside of your comfort zone, and experience another culture. You’ll discover things about yourself you would never know otherwise!
What’s one of your biggest fears?
I have a major fear of vomit – everything about it. It has a clinical term as a recognized phobia – Emetophobia. I’ve been fortunate enough to have never thrown up in my life and I hope that stays true forever.
What accomplishment are you proudest of?
My Career – I have worked hard and now I’m able to share my passion and motivate others to also live a fulfilling and healthy life. Anything is possible when you push yourself to achieve your goals
Who’s the biggest influence in your life?
My family – 100%. They are my support system and I always turn to them when I’m seeking advice.
What do you want the next phase of your career to look like?
In 2015, I want my fans to really get to know me and my backstory, beyond my social platforms. Many of my followers have never heard the sound of my voice or know that I wasn’t always the strong confident person you see on my Instagram account today. I’ll be expanding into video and working with brand partners to further share my passion for fitness and motivating others.
What advice would you give to someone that wants to establish themselves as a digital personality?
Never let negativity win. There will always be bullies and haters, especially as you continue to rise in popularity. It’s up to the individual to persevere. Keep doing YOU.
With a constant influx of new talent and personalities to Instagram and Twitter how do you keep your brand fresh and your fans engaged?
I always stay true to myself and my fans. It’s imperative to know your brand and make sure that everything you do aligns with that brand. Everything shared with my fans through social media is genuine, organic, and authentic. I keep my profiles “clean” – I will not partner with a brand or cause that I don’t personally stand behind 100% and use in my everyday life.