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Meet the rainbow-haired 22-year-old travelling the world for free

Mirror logo Mirror 12/05/2017 Josh Parry

Credits: stephilareine/Instagram © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: stephilareine/Instagram You could be forgiven for thinking Stephi LaReine was a Hollywood A-lister with her glamorous lifestyle dominated by globe-trotting, fashion shoots and swanky parties.

But the 22-year-old actually lives in the lap of luxury thanks to her thousands of followers who hang on every word of her fashion and lifestyle blog.

The quirky girl with rainbow hair has amassed a huge following online thanks to her eclectic style - and she takes them with her every step of the way on her glamorous travels around the world.

Stephi, from Wirral, Merseyside, originally started her online kingdom as a way to pass the time during the summer break at university, the Liverpool Echo reported. 

Credits: stephilareine/Instagram © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: stephilareine/Instagram Despite her model credentials, the photography and graphics graduate admits she hasn’t always dreamed of a life in front of the lens.

She said: “I had no desire to be in front of the camera, only behind it being the the fly on the wall, but being told I have eclectic style gave me the boost to creating a unique online space in which I wanted to present my wild life of fashion, travels and beauty.”

After her number one selling point - her multicoloured hair - got her noticed, her blog began to rack up hundreds of thousands of readers online, and freebies such makeup and clothes began to pour in.

As well as invites to VIP parties, Stephi has been invited on all-expenses-paid trips around the world.

After recently returning from the likes of Spain, Hamburg, Berlin and Amsterdam - she’s also set to travel to the Maldives and the USA.

She added: “I’ve been doing gradually more and more [press trips], so I’ve been covering Spain, Hamburg, Berlin and Amsterdam lately, with potential talks of the Maldives and America in the near future, which excites me.

“I’m being flown off to Ibiza for their Fashion Festival soon which is very exciting. I live for exploring, I’d spend my life on a plane if I could.

“The memories I make are the best freebies, so when I’m taken to a different country to a festival in my eyes there’s nothing that can put a price on an experience. I sat down and had a bottle of wine recently with Tony Visconti in Germany, he’s the best friend and producer of David Bowie and T-Rex’s best hits.”

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As well as feeding her wanderlust, her blog also keeps her ever-growing appetite for fashion and beauty products under control, as she admits she’s been given so many freebies she’s ran out of space in her studio.

She said: “I quite enjoy the every growing pile of clothes and makeup I’m sent on a weekly basis - I don’t think any woman would quibble this.

“My boyfriend probably doesn’t enjoy it as much as me, as my supply has grown from beyond my studio, into our other bedrooms and slowly filling up the house.”

Despite having some of the best clothes and beauty products at her fingertips, Stephi admits that the benefits go beyond the freebies.

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She said: “The perks were never the reason why I wanted to blog, I had a voice I wanted to send across the world. I get so many exclusive VIP event invites and invitations to open stores across the northwest, which are mega flattering.

“To me, good company and conversation is better than any lipstick, or pair of shoes. My life did radically change in a very beautiful blossoming way, every day is like living on cloud nine.”

“But really the biggest perk is the exclusive access to a very secretive world in fashion and beauty, and a select group of out of box thinkers that have become very close friends of mine.”

Although her hair is definitely a huge part of her success - Stephi admits it’s not always had such a positive effect - and it once even got her excluded from school.

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She revealed: “[My hair] got such a mixed response, when I was first starting out, I probably got more negative comments than positive.

“But suddenly the wind of trends changed and rainbow hair started appearing on the catwalk many years later, and taking over social media I was praised, and called an inspiration and icon for being individual and disregarding the social norm.

“My family are first and foremost supportive of every decision I make, they had mad hair themselves in the 70s and 80s.

I blame their fantastic music taste for making me so creative and free. They knew I was a wild child from the start, my mum actually dyed my hair for red nose day and it remained pink for many weeks, where I was excluded from school.

“I look back on those photos as my very first moment I decided I wanted vibrant hair. I think they knew too."

She wore Blue Velvet Bluer than velvet was the night Softer than satin was the light From the stars💙

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