Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Wasley has built an enviable career on the idea she is a “real woman”, but her Instagram followers thought the plus-size Perth beauty was being anything but real with a post on Monday purporting to be from Dallas, Texas.
“Happy Monday from the USA, head to toe in The Iconic,” Wasley wrote in a post promoting an online fashion retailer.
The only problem was the accompanying picture showed Wasley standing in front of the Cottesloe Beach Hotel, which, as the name suggests, is in Cottesloe, not Texas.
“Kate, you’re telling lies,” one Instagram user replied.
“If this isn’t the peak of the fake influencer, I don’t know what is,” wrote another.
Others saw the misleading post as a chance to have a laugh at Wasley’s expense. “First thing I do when I get to Dallas is park my Hilux at the beach,” quipped a user.
Unsurprisingly, the company sponsoring the post wasn’t laughing.
“Factual geotagging is really to the influencer’s discretion,” a spokeswoman for The Iconic told Inside Cover.
However, it’s fair to say this plus-size model’s discretion left the company nonplussed.
“To be honest, the disconnect is not something we would have expected from one of our influencer partners, nor is it something we’ve experienced in the past,” the spokeswoman said.
A spokeswoman from Vivien’s, the modelling agency that represents Wasley in Australia, confirmed the model was in Dallas for a photo shoot this week, and said her reference to the US was in relation to where she was and not the location where the attached pictures were taken.
When IC revealed The Iconic’s response to the Vivien’s representative, she admitted the modelling agency would be contacting Wasley to offer advice on how to avoid misleading her followers in the future.
“Yes, of course, thank you for picking this up,” she said.
HAPPY BUN DAY TO YOU
Our good mate Nathan, from Nova 93.7’s hit Nathan, Nat and Shaun brekkie show, is celebrating his birthday today by broadcasting live from the Mt Lawley outlet of Meet & Bun.
And we hear the eatery is coming up with a birthday burger based on a recipe by Nathan’s mum.
Tune in for all the fun.
SPIDERS’ DARK FUTURE
In what is a disturbing development for WA arachnophobes, researchers at the University of WA have discovered 56 new species of arachnids in the Pilbara’s Karijini National Park.
But, before you cancel your midyear holiday to Karijini, we should probably point out all but one of these new species live their entire lives underground.
That’s good news if you’re scared of spiders — or more correctly schizomids, a type of tiny arachnid — but it made life a little difficult for the researchers.
Lead researcher Kym Abrams, from UWA’s school of biological sciences, said WA was a globally recognised hotspot for subterranean fauna, with an estimated 4000 species, and the team used DNA sequencing to help determine the Karijini collection were new to science.
Worldwide there are about 350 known species of schizomids, which have no eyes and rely on long, antenna-like legs to feel their way around.
Before this discovery, only 53 types had been found in Australia.
“Once we’ve described these new species, Australia will have around one-third of the known schizomid fauna,” Dr Abrams said.
Like The Notorious B.I.G. rapped in Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems, it could be a case of mo’ species, mo’ problems.
The more we learn about these creatures, the more scientists worry about their vulnerability to habitat loss — a concern in a State such as ours, with a big mining industry.
“Subterranean schizomids are so well-adapted to dark, humid environments that they can’t survive on the surface and so can’t move to new habitat if their current habitat is destroyed,” Dr Abrams said.
“Mining companies follow a range of protocols to manage their sites to preserve some habitat and they conduct monitoring surveys to ensure that the animals are still surviving in their tenements.”
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