10 Questions with Instagram Legend Jadah Bird
If you ever see a big, bouncy head of blonde curls running around campus, take a second look — you may be in the presence of an Insta-Celebrity. Her name is Jadah Bird and she has, as far as we know, the largest social media following at Penn State with almost 280,000 Instagram followers on @JadahDoll – or roughly 112 times more than Onward State.
Bird is an aspiring young model and a freshman here at Penn State. Maybe you may know her as “that chick with the GIANT hair,” but one thing is for sure – between her ‘do and her skyrocketing modeling career, the girl is internet famous. Onward State met with her to find out just what modeling fame entails in this day and age.
Onward State: So, how long have you been modeling?
Jadah Doll: I started about two years ago. My friend made my Instagram account for me against my will, and everything just went from there. I’ve been modeling for a couple of online companies and stuff like that.
OS: Why did you want to get into the modeling business?
JD: It’s always been my dream. Don’t judge me or anything, but I’ve always wanted to be a Victoria’s Secret model — not because of the lingerie or sex appeal or anything like that, but because then everything I own can be pink, and I would get so much free stuff, and people would look up to me.
OS: How did you become so popular on Instagram?
JD: Well, this is what I think. When people know someone is going to be successful, they want to be a part of that success. People who started at the very bottom, like Justin Bieber — all these girls would claim to be a part of his success story. So when I showed my potential on Instagram, everyone wanted to say they knew me from the very beginning.
OS: You’re obviously pretty passionate about modeling. What’s it like to watch your dreams come true?
JD: I mean, I love being a model, but it’s hard. Modeling has always been my thing because of the fact that — well, I should just say that I’m really lazy — but modeling is the ultimate job because of the fact that you can be as lazy as you want. You literally don’t have to do anything except for sit there. And flex sometimes.
OS: If your career as a model fell through, what sort of jobs would you hate to have?
JD: I don’t think anything would be worse than typewriting all day. I don’t think people do that anymore.
OS: A lot of your fame was born out of sites like Twitter and Instagram. What are your thoughts on social media?
JD: Well I guess I’m sort of against it… I feel like people spend way too much time on those apps, rather than living in the now. Even if someone was being eaten by a shark or something, people would record it instead of helping them. But then again, it is a great way for people in the older generation to share their memories with their grand-kids and stuff.
OS: How do you stay in shape for modelling?
JD: I actually only started working out a week ago. But then I stopped. Like I said, I’m the laziest person in the world. Besides, whenever I would work out, everyone would give me weird looks because I was doing all of the different exercises wrong. There were too many boys. I also eat way too much food every day. Is that a good answer?
OS: How do you get your hair so… big?
JD: Oh, like this. *fluffs hair gingerly* This only takes like three minutes to put mousse in it and stuff. Straightening it takes some serious work though. Probably more than an hour in the morning. I just decided it wasn’t worth doing that any more though.
OS: Do you have any advice for aspiring models?
JD: You really need to be discovered. Try and find a modeling agent at somewhere like Walmart or Chick-Fil-A or something, and then take some modeling classes.
OS: Wait, did you get discovered at Walmart?
JD: No… I would actually recommend going to Target instead. It’s a little bit more gentile.