Gloria Vanderbilt, the 93-year old artist, author, actress, fashion designer, heiress and socialite, is one of Instagram’s newest users, and undoubtedly one of its chicest, too.
A millennial at heart, Ms. Vanderbilt is clearly tech-savvy and is already addicted to Instagram. “Well it’s like magic, isn’t it?” she told Town & Country, “I mean, I have no idea how it all works, but I love the simplicity of it. You just post a picture and write something about it and suddenly people all over the world are able to see it and it touches their lives in one way or the other. It’s extraordinary. Anderson warned me that I could easily get sucked into it, waiting for those delicious ‘likes’ to appear! Boy, was he right.”
Her son, Anderson Cooper, is in on the fun. He captioned one of his recent Instagram posts, “She thinks it is the best thing ever. She has 30k followers and can’t believe that many people would want to follow her. Now she emails me several times a day asking for advice about what to post next.” Since this post, Vanderbilt has gained nearly 40,000 more followers, bringing her total to an impressive 66.9k followers.
Gloria herself is surprised at the influence her son has on social media. “Anderson set up the account for me and when I joined he mentioned it on his Instagram account and then it was amazing, suddenly I started to get people following me. I had no idea anyone would be interested in following me. I mean maybe a few dozen people I knew, but suddenly 30,000 people were following me. I was floored. Then a couple days later, Anderson mentioned it again, and it went up to more than 60,000 people. Just amazing. Seeing that was like Christmas morning.” If that doesn’t make you smile, then maybe you should take a look at Gloria’s instagram for yourself:
And fear not, Anderson is the ultimate social media supervisor for his mother. “I have such fun deciding what I am going to post. Of course, I am tempted to post all day long, but Anderson warned me I shouldn’t get carried away. He recommended no more than two posts a day, so I limit it to that. I think less is probably more where Instagram is concerned. These days people seem to want to show every little thing about themselves, where is the fun in that? There is nothing wrong with a little mystery, is there?” You tell ‘em, Gloria.