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Meet The Lady Whose Butt (And Its Selfies) Have 1.3 Million Instagram Followers [NSFW]

Meet Jen Selter, the women who has 1.3M Instagram followers because of her "butt selfies."

Photo: Instagram

As of this morning, I have somewhere around 740 Instagram followers. Half of those are friends, while the other half are presumably people who enjoy seeing a lot of heavily filtered cat and makeup pics. It’s always kind of flattering when people think your photos are cool enough to want to see them on a semi-regular basis, but can you imagine having well over a million people feel that way about you? And, in particular, your butt?

Enter: Jen Selter. 20-year-old Selter is an Instagram star with 1.3 million followers, some of whom find her inspirational while others find her unbelievably hot. I would argue she is both (seriously, she is holding herself up like crazy), though apparently it is primarily her “enviable rear” that has allowed her to acquire so many followers. NY Post published a piece on Selter last night and, I won’t lie, it is kind of hilarious and weird in its own way. An excerpt of the beginning:

It was a 30-degree December day, but to the 25 bystanders shoving their iPhones 3 inches away from Jen Selter’s butt, it was hot hot hot.

Selter, a 20-year-old Instagram star, famed for her large derriere, was demonstrating her squatting technique for the New York Post atop a subway rail in Midtown, clad in nothing more than a sports bra and hotpink yoga pants.

“Is that real?” one guy panted. Another asked for her hand in marriage. Three Hasidic Jews looked on in awe. The police came. And then stood there and enjoyed the show.

Selter didn’t even flinch.

No, friends, this is not the intro scene to Michael Bay‘s foray into the porn industry. It’s apparently what happens to Selter “wherever [she is]” by followers, which really only weirds me out because I don’t think I follow any non-celebrity/non-celebrity cat on Instagram whom I look at enough that I would instantly recognize him or her. To be fair, Selter is really, really good looking, so perhaps some people are recognizing her and some people just find her really, really good looking.

“I don’t really post a lot of face pictures,” Selter says, which most of us would probably be able to relate to. Sure, we all post a few selfies of our faces here and there, but most pictures are of other oh-so-Instagrammable stuff–snow, brunch, smiling pit bulls, temperature gauges that are way too high or low to handle. The difference between the rest of humanity and Selter is that Selter actually just posts “belfies,” which is an awful combo word meaning “butt selfies.”

Meet Jen Selter, the women who has 1.3M Instagram followers because of her "butt selfies."

Photo: Instagram

“Not that I care what people think, but they don’t care. They don’t want to see my face.”

So, how did she get started in the Instabutt industry?

Selter started working out — and her butt began ballooning.

So she did what any millennial would do: She took some belfies (that’s butt selfies, for all the ancients out there).

“It’s cool seeing your body transform. That’s what motivates me,” says Selter, who stresses that “fitness isn’t just about looks. It’s about how you feel.”

(Dear Non-Millennials — For the record, we do not all take photos of our asses, not that it’s a bad thing. I’m just letting you know because of the huge number of accurate selfie-related millennial stereotypes, this one is kind of wrong.)

Her typical uniform involves yoga pants (she apparently owns over 150 pairs, with is at least 149 more than I do) and a crop top or sports bra, so she plans on capitalizing on this by creating her own line. Her Instagram encourages its followers to exercise and get fit, thus the wild following, so ”deals with NYC water company NY20 and nutrition supplement company Game Plan Nutrition,” which she’s now the spokeswoman for, have earned her a whole lot of money.

Meet Jen Selter, the women who has 1.3M Instagram followers because of her "butt selfies."

Photo: Instagram

And her mother is very excited, which is adorable:

“I’m very proud of her because this is a girl who didn’t want to go to college, and she was able to build up this social media in such a way that she has become famous and she is an inspiration and motivation for so many people,” says Selter’s mother, Jill Weinstein, who only asks that her daughter doesn’t end up in Playboy.

So, that answers the inevitable “I BET HER PARENTS ARE SO PROUD OF HER” comments that show up on every story ever about a female making money off her appearance.

Meet Jen Selter, the women who has 1.3M Instagram followers because of her "butt selfies."

Selter’s signature pose, which she calls “Seltering.”

People have been occasionally cruel, labeling Selter a “butterface” and accusing her of getting plastic surgery. But Selter, though she was profiled in an April 2010 People Magazine article regarding her decision to have a nose job as a teenager, says her “body’s all real . . . from boobs down.”

So, that’s that. Let me lay this out to you:

  1. Work out.
  2. Take butt selifes.
  3. ???
  4. PROFIT.

My fellow writers and I just went through mini existential crises wishing we had all made amazing Instagram, YouTube and Tumblr accounts, because that’s apparently working out for tons of people. Or that we could go back in time and write every young adult series that ever became popular. Reasonable dreams and whatnot.

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  • http://www.fitorama.net/ Lauren Lever

    At 32. the opportunity to do this is about 10 years too late *cry emogi*

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      And for me, 1000 donuts too late, too.

    • Samantha_Escobar

      Thanks. Now I want donuts.

    • Sarah

      But it’s not too late to be the best you can be NOW! :)

    • http://www.fitorama.net/ Lauren Lever

      Yes, but I want millions of followers for my “belfies” (omg that sounds like a sick sexual act doesn’t it??)

  • msenesac

    Good for her. It’s a better role model that someone like the Kardashians.

  • Lindsey Conklin

    Instabutt…who would’ve thought!?

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      Excellent.

  • GarnetHenderson

    The alignment-obsessed personal trainer in me has to point out that her squat technique really sucks. I’m super happy for her and her butt selfies, but please never squat like that. Sorry, you can go back to looking at butts now.

    • Samantha_Escobar

      Hm, I’m bummed that somebody who doesn’t have great technique is the face of fitness-related stuff.

      As a side note, in the event I ever can motivate myself to do squats, what should she be doing instead?

    • GarnetHenderson

      See how she’s really arching her lower back and sticking her butt out? That causes a lot of tightness in the lower back and front of the hips. Those are problems that most of us have already from sitting too much. When you squat, you want to maintain the natural alignment of your spine, which does involve a slight arch, but not one quite so exaggerated. Maintaining that alignment also gives your abs more of a workout, so double win. She’s also letting her knees fall in toward one another, which is dangerous. When you bend your knees, you always want them to point straight out over your second and third toe.

      All that said though, since she’s famous for her butt, she might be arching her back intentionally to make it look bigger, so I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt.

    • freedomfannn

      I couldn’t agree with you more. Being someone who was a personal trainer/ body builder for 20 + years, her form does have some very common flaws. First she/you should always align your toes in the exact same direction of your knees while doing squats, lunges, etc.. Improper foot to knee alignment can, after continued workouts, cause pain and or injuries in your ankles/knees. Truth be known, i had my share of improper form and techniques at 20 yrs. old too. Also, it is very likely ( as you suggested ) that she is over emphasizing her back arch during her squats. This forced arching, causes unnecessary, hip flexor stretching and lower back strain. She is possibly doing this, to over accentuate, the flexing of her glutes, ( butt muscles ) to increase the ( visual appearance ) of her butt size. It is no different than a bodybuilder flexing/ contracting, his biceps, to increase the visual appearance of their size. The result of of this variation in form, is that by over arching, she is moving the stress load, more away from her glutes and more to her hip flexors, and lower back. She is lessening the tension on the glutes, by arching, and lessening the( butt ) contraction. If she were to train herself to keep her back more erect, it would move the majority of the tension back to the glutes. You may respond by saying ” Where are your Instagram selfies, and she looks like she’s doing just fine, thank you ? ” Please, don’t get me wrong ….. i’m not a hater, she has ( in my opinion ) a incredible butt. My only issue is that ” Genetics ” have a HUGE impact on a persons physical development. It is very, very rare to see a woman with a rear end, that ( big ) well developed, without also having legs that are also ( big ) well developed.Trust me, i’ve been in gyms for 25 years, and seen my share of butts in spandex. As you can see in her photos, she has a very tone ( big ) great shaped butt, but very slender, ( shapely ) legs. It is extremely difficult to isolate the butt muscles, without also stimulating the leg muscles, and causing increases in leg muscle size. My point is that, yes, it is obvious that she works on her butt, very, very hard, but almost everyone i have ever trained had certain body parts that responded extremely well to weight training. Apparently her butt responds extremely well to weight training …. much, much faster than her legs do. The moral to my story is that every woman’s figure is different ( but beautiful ) and that doing the same exercises won’t guarantee you the same results. The sad part to me is that the uninformed public too often believe that by drinking the water and eating the vitamins that she is promoting is going to help develope a butt like hers. It’s not going to. This is not to deminish anyone’s desire to go to the gym, and workout …. there is no better way to improve your health ….. and , self esteem. Eat healthy, fresh foods and exercise EVERY day, and you will reveal your inner ” SELFIE ” from within. #gotogym

    • kj

      “bummed out”
      …*snickers*…
      (Resumes lurking)

    • Samantha_Escobar

      Like like like.

    • opinionated

      Im pretty sure she did that for the butt pic.. i cant imagine her doing squats like that without feeling uncomfortable.. or maybe her butt stick out so much that it looks that way.. Thats probably what she wants us to think lol

    • http://www.ambiencechaser.com/ Elizabeth Licata

      Ah, shoot! I saw that picture and just assumed that was how one should do a squat if one wanted to develop a particularly impressive butt and was going to modify my own squats accordingly. Oh well. This is the one time I’m glad I actually read the comments.

  • RunnerMommy26

    She’s a pretty gal, but that butt looks kinda gross. I don’t understand the appeal…it looks fake. Whether it is or not…everything else on her is fine…

    • Sir mix it up

      That butt is the hottest part of her body. Most women don’t seem to understand that most guys like big butts, not the skeletal models at fashion shows. As a famous modern day philosopher said ” I like big butts and I cannot lie.”

    • Natalie

      And most men don’t realize that most women don’t live to please them and adhere to “what men like”.

    • samcarabetta

      The original comment was “I don’t understand the appeal…” The next comment directly responds to that by explaining the appeal.

      So, what are you talking about?

    • Boo

      Apparently she’s talking about something that flew over your naive little head.

  • Randi

    Wow.

  • Bulkster

    If she’s the one motivating all the chicks I see showing their ass and titties online, then thank you Jen!

  • Petroglyph

    Feed her NOW !!!

  • HoneyTree EvilEye

    Probably had her butt done just like she did her nose.

  • Lala

    I have seen other butts honestly more enviable on fitness people. She has horrible form. Looks like she is only good at sticking her butt out. Doesn’t mean its a “big butt” anyone with a decent fit booty could stick it out and it would look very similar. She is pretty and I am not hating, I just don’t see why her? And fix that form!!

  • Zack Selzman

    She very clearly has steatopygia and an incredible workout regimen and healthy diet. Contrary to what all the people are saying about her going to great lengths to make her butt bigger, she has clearly gone to incredible lengths to make her butt smaller. She has almost no fat, and yet all the fat that she does have is right there in her rear end. Textbook Steaopygia. Congratulations to her on making it look so good.