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AN ODE TO THE GUILTY PLEASURE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT

This article is dedicated to the hours of your life you’re about to lose stuck in a rabbit hole of Trinny and Susannah videos. You’ll never get them back, but why would you want to?

07.02.2020 | Rebecca Rhys-Evans
 

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There’s no better procrastination than a guilty pleasure Instagram account. Everyone has one, or two, or ten. It’s the account that keeps you up at night, because despite going on to your phone to set your morning alarm, once you’ve succumbed to watching a 30-second Nikki Grahame freak out, that’s it - you’re in a viral void and when you finally escape it’s 1.45am, you’ve got onset insomnia and an aching thumb. Whilst we wouldn’t want to give you insomnia, welcoming you to the world of high-grade content via low culture is something we don’t mind doing. If you’re desperately seeking inspiration from some 90s pop culture or fancy a reminder of what Britain was like in the noughties - that period somewhere between Footballers' Wives and the Internet - let us introduce the IG accounts worth keeping you up at night.

FOR HOLLYWOOD TRIVIA

Did you know that Courtney Love’s breast implant killed her dog? Or that David Bowie nearly became a Buddhist monk? How about that when Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie were married, they'd wear vials of each other’s blood around their necks? We did thanks to Trey Taylor, who dishes the very best Hollywood trivia of times gone by.

ABSOLUTELY NOT FOR THOSE AFRAID TO FLY

If you’re not a great flyer, or just a general germaphobe, please look away now. Because in life, is there anything more disturbing than someone picking the skin from their feet on a long haul flight? Actually, yes there is: someone picking someone else’s skin from their feet. There’s some cute videos of dog passengers though, if that sways you back?

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FOR A HIGH DOSE OF SASS

Best described as an Internet Personality of the Vine generation that we don’t actually find annoying, Rickey Thompson is a genius in comedy, fancy dress and bedroom dancing. All three in equal measure in fact. His commentary on fashion week, Mariah Carey and dating is next level hysterical, his Halloween costumes are beyond flawless and his dancing skills are frankly anything but amateur.

FOR A TRIP DOWN MEME-ORY LANE

Gemma Collins, Trinny and Susannah, Kim Woodburn, Natalie Cassidy and Victoria Beckham, but before she removed her fake breasts and had a ‘can I speak to the manager’ haircut. If these things cause bittersweet nostalgia, then you need @yeahyouhun, a relatively newer version of other favourites such as @paul_danan_official and @thehunsnet. It highlights the absolute best of British reality TV and soaps, so expect back in the day clips of The Only Way is Essex, Big Brother, EastEnders and What Not to Wear. It's about as lowbrow as The Mail on Sunday, but this is actually funny.

FOR POP CULTURE

@LE__DAUPHINE

Photos of Leo circa 1999 (the glory days), BTS Winona Ryder film stills and Marilyn Manson - this is the kind of Instagram you should follow if you’ve just become an intern at Dazed.

For the poetic

A little self-love mantra that comes plastered on buildings, bumper stickers and road signs. Like @notestostrangers but more pertinent and with more of a ‘Insta-aesthetic.’

FOR THOSE THAT KIND OF HATE INFLUENCERS

@INFLUENCERSINTHEWILD

If you have been affected by the issues raised by influencers; like being stopped in your tracks when walking near a pink wall, or forced to endure prolonged flash photography from the table next to you at dinner, then this one goes out to you. Just prepare to cringe.

FOR THOSE IN FASHION

Really for those prepping for upcoming fashion month - if you don’t already follow fashion's Kermit the Frog via Marie Claire’s accessories director, Julia Gall, then where have you been? It’s the most relatable account for anyone in the industry.

FOR THE GYM BUNNIES

@DOYOUEVENLIFT

Whether you’re a gym-pro or not really a gym person at all, anyone can laugh at the expense of others incorrectly using gym apparatus, right?

FOR EVERYDAY LIFE STRUGGLES

Trouble at work? Not really feeling going out tonight? My Therapist Says gets you. There’s a meme here for every single one of your working woes, relieve your passive aggressive feelings by sending these to co-workers, but never, ever Susan.

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