Blokes desert blogger after motherhood
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
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