Fancy, colorful, bizarre and an absolute hit! Today, we are talking about Instagram Star baddiewinkle (Helen van Winkle), a now 88 years old grandma from Kentucky, USA. Three years ago she started her own Instagram account and since then became pretty popular.
With bizarre T-Shirt slogans like “Be a slut. Do whatever you want!”, skimpy bikini pictures and funny dance choreographies the bad grandma established herself as an Instagram star. Her grandchildren supported her from the beginning and helped her to create several social media accounts. Her motto of life: “Stealing your man since 1928”. And that she definitely lets no opportunity go past is shown in every single of her provoking statements:
„My blush is called orgasm btw“
„I bet I can steal your man now“
„Scheming to steal your 35 year old son“
Embarrassing? Not at all, more than 2,2 million Instagram followers are totally in love with the funny posts of grandma Winkle. Furthermore, awards like „Instagrammer of the year“ (shortyawards) oder „30 most influential people on the internet“ (time) are just another proof for her huge success.
Whether Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Ritchie, Drew Barrymore or Khloe Kardashian, Hollywood stars love her and are posting mutual pictures on her Instagram account.
Although her success story started harmless: her great-granddaughter posted a snapshot of her granny on Twitter that instantly started spreading virally. The idea to create an own Instagram account was born.
However, life has not always been good to Helen van Winkle. Her husband died on her 35th wedding day in a car accident. In 1999, her son David died in the young age of 46, suffering from cancer. That time, Helen needed to overcome her grief in order to be strong for her daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Therefore, she is not only a role model for people that are going through some tough times, but furthermore an inspiration for a generation that refuses to be defined by its age.
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