Tucked away in a corner of Massachusetts and situated in the quiet mountains of the Berkshires, the College feels nothing if not remote. However, despite the appearance of seclusion offered by the Purple Bubble, the College boasts its fair share of famous people. A walk to class early in the morning might yield a surprise encounter with an esteemed faculty member or visiting speaker — if you’re lucky enough, you might even run into President Maud S. Mandel.
But perhaps most unexpected on the list of famous individuals at the College are social media influencers. The routine of attending classes begets a certain mundanity that makes a physical interaction with an Instagram star seem unlikely, especially if they have tens of thousands of followers. Nevertheless, they walk among us. For the purposes of this article, we’ve defined an influencer to be anyone with more than 20,000 followers on a popular social media platform. The Record spoke with three students to learn more about how their experiences with internet fame intersect with their experiences at the College.
The content created by social media influencers at the College reflects the diversity of backgrounds and interests celebrated here. Alicia Blanco ’21.5, who has over 28,000 followers on Instagram (@aliciablanco), bases her platform around lifestyle and fashion content. “I started posting on social media when I was really young because I started modeling when I was really young,” Blanco said….