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IN­STA­GRAM star Han­nah Po­lites has been aban­doned by many of her male fol­low­ers af­ter hav­ing a baby.

But the 26-year-old Gold Coaster, who made a name for her­self when her fit­ness posts went vi­ral, has in­stead picked up new fol­low­ers among fel­low mums af­ter giv­ing birth to her daugh­ter Evaliah in Au­gust last year.

“I def­i­nitely have lost a lot of male fol­low­ers and peo­ple that maybe aren’t in­ter­ested in ba­bies but I’ve gained a lot of mummy fol­low­ers since my page has changed a lot,” Ms Po­lites said

“I think my fol­low­ers have grown with me: the girls who were 20 are now 26 and they want to see more about ba­bies and mar­riage.

“They want to know me, and Evaliah is a part of me, but I try not to share too many pic­tures of her be­cause that’s not why peo­ple fol­lowed me in the first place.”

The South­port mum copped crit­i­cism last year for ex­er­cis­ing while preg­nant – and the baby back­lash hasn’t stopped. “I some­times get com­ments from peo­ple on In­sta­gram say­ing I should be look­ing af­ter my baby but I think if Evaliah isn’t in the photo they just as­sume I’m not with her,” she said.

“She does ev­ery­thing with me: in the morn­ing she comes to gym or pi­lates and sits with the other ba­bies and dances to mu­sic.

“She comes to cafes and restau­rants, she loves the beach. Ev­ery time I take her to Bali or Hawaii she heads straight for the water.”

Ms Po­lites has also faced down crit­i­cism for breast­feed­ing her daugh­ter in pub­lic.

“I get a lot of com­ments about breast­feed­ing in pub­lic, but it’s a nor­mal part of life,” she said.

“I’ve had so many peo­ple come up to me and say thank you for shar­ing that photo (of breast­feed­ing).”

Ms Po­lites, who has 1.5 mil­lion fol­low­ers, said she never set out to be­come an In­sta­gram hit.

— Emily Sel­leck, Gold Coast Bul­letin

Han­nah Po­lites with her daugh­ter Evaliah, 1.

PHOTO: JERAD WIL­LIAMS

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