Instagram model’s staggering salary
An Instagram model with 1.4 million followers has revealed how she makes $96,596 ($US65,000) a year by posting sexy selfies in exotic locations.
Alexa Dellanos, 23, from Miami, Florida, charges $8917 ($US6000) per Instagram post as she jets around the world with her artist boyfriend Alec Monopoly.
Despite previously training to be a broadcast journalist, Alexa gave up that career path to become Insta-famous in early 2018 when she noticed her online presence was beginning to grow.
"I honestly didn't realise how much money was in Instagram alone until I started making it, now I feel that the sky is the limit," she said.
"I decided I would be making three times more on social media than my salary as a journalist - it would've been an amazing opportunity to open doors for me in the entertainment industry, but I am opening those doors myself now."
Now with 1.4 million Instagram followers, Alexa's new glamorous life consist of globetrotting with her famous boyfriend, who has a net worth of $17.83 million ($US12 million).
The couple now live together after meeting a year and a half ago and enjoy an expensive lifestyle thanks to Alec's artwork and Alexa's beauty and fitness vlogging.
Her money-making posts show Alexa posing in skimpy bikinis, on the hoods of expensive cars, and in sexy lingerie.
As well as crafting her own image, Alexa is currently busy making her line of special active wear "to make girls booties look amazing".
Although her life appears to be a dream-life fantasy, Alexa claims there have been a few negatives to her lifestyle, such as flowers and a marriage proposal - sent to her home by a complete stranger.
"I received flowers to the lobby of my apartment three years ago and a card from an anonymous Instagram follower asking to marry me," she said.
"It was so scary because I didn't think anyone knew where I lived, but I have moved out since then.
"I've also received d*ck pics from strangers, but I immediately block the sender because it's so gross to me."
Alexa's Instagram can also be filled with hateful messages and comments at times, which the model claims to ignore.
"The people who truly care about me are so proud and that's all that matters," she said.
To keep up appearances online, Alexa has stuck to a strict vegan diet for five years, kept up a fitness regimen, and spent over $25,000 on cosmetic surgery.
She said: "I got surgery to enhance what I already had but it definitely helped me gain a strong following in only a year and a half.
"I had my breast augmentation in 2018 for $US15,000 ($A22,291) and my lip fillers for approximately $US2000 ($A2972).
"I also enhanced my booty a little which I will discuss on my YouTube channel soon."
Despite the sometimes fickle nature of social media, Alexa believes Instagram influencing hasn't reached its use-by date yet but if it does "my supporters would follow me".
"There's a chance Instagram may come to an end like any other social media platform but I don't think that will happen anytime soon," she said.
"If that were the case, I believe my supporters would follow me to whatever big platform is next."
As well as her Instagram career proving financially lucrative, Alexa says working on Instagram has ultimately taught her to stay humble.
"I've learnt to never let the attention get to my head because no matter how big or small you are online, you are still just human," she said.
"Although I enjoy posting sexy photos and luxury lifestyle posts, I also try to post things that truly matter.
"I want to share positive energy to everyone I meet and to anyone who looks at my life through social media."