Why I became an Influencer

Hi Saltee People!

Happy 2019… wow that’s crazy.  I can’t believe another year has passed.  I was just browsing Youtube and I came across an interesting video by The 5eleven.  It talks mainly about monetizing your instagram BUT the thing that really hit me was Suzy goes on to say that you really need to think about WHY you are doing what you are doing.  And honestly I had to think about that for a second.  Why do I go out of my way to take pretty photos of almost everything I do? Why do I post on instagram daily? Why do I take the time to respond to comments, comment on other photos and plan a cohesive feed?

My old why:

It all started when I saw Midori Bikinis on instagram.  I remember seeing they had an ambassador program and I said to myself “I want to be a Midori Bikinis ambassador”.  So I started taking photos in bikinis I owned, bikinis I bought and then one day Sand Cloud comment on my photos asking me to be an ambassador. (Now I know that they probably had a bot commenting on mass amounts of photos but that’s beside the point).  So I bought my towel for 40% off and took photos.  I remember posting to earn points and sharing my code so eventually I got free towels.  I remember one day they posted a photo of mine and I was so excited.  Then I saw the comments, “so cool to see a curvy girl” “it’s awesome to see a girl that’s shaped like me” “way to spread body positivity”.  I went from wanting to only work as a Midori Ambassador to now feeling like I could make a difference.

The next few years:

That was back in 2014.  Wow that makes me feel a little old.  The next few years I would get to work with some awesome companies (Pura Vida, back when they had bikins, and I even had my first photoshoot with Midori).  It felt good to feel like I mattered and was making a difference.  I remember when Pura Vida posted me on their instagram and sooo many girls commented that I was beautiful and that my body reminded them of their own.  To this day anytime I see comments like that I can’t help but smile.  However, as I started to work with more people I think I lost sight of why I started.  I started working with SO many types of companies that that original body positive motto didn’t seem relevant.  I became more of a body posing with products rather than a girl with a message.  So what next?  I love being creative, I love bikinis, clothes and beauty and I have grown to love sharing my life with all of you.  But that leaves me with the original question. WHY?

2019:

I still have not set answer.  I went from wanting to be a Midori Ambassador, to wanting to get free things, to wanting to be famous, to wanting to spread positivity.  Now I just want a purpose.  I think that it is so cool that people actually care about what I have to say.  Now all I need is something important to say.  This year, going forward I promised myself I am only going to post things (photos, captions, blog posts) that I 100% am proud of.  Things that I 100% believe in.  I guess my new why is to be the authentic voice amongst all the noise.  There are so many people out there trying to do what I do but they aren’t authentic.  They aren’t truthful.  I want to be the truthful, real, me and I want to share it with all of you.  I love being that regular relatable girl that just happens to have a pretty instagram feed.

Why do you do what you do?

Stay Saltee,

Annalisa

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