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How Instagram Turned a Fashion Bloggers Passion into a Multifigure Company

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 30/10/2015 Melissa Mushaka

If you don't know -- now you know Danielle Bernstein!
She is female fashion blogger who started out as a street blogger and now has a full fledged multifigure company. On October 30th weWoreWhat launched a partnering with Century 21, curating a shop for the historic bargain store this weekend in New York City.
Bernstein who is under 24, is now being paid anywhere from $5,000 to now over $15,000 + for a single piece of sponsored content on instagram. She chats with me on how she did it and what continually motivates her.

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MMWhat advice would you pass to a style blogger just starting out Today? 
DBUse proper hashtags that are specific to your photo, high-res images that are filtered consistently with your feed, and create some sort of editorial calendar that you stick to as much as possible. MMYou have said, "that you view your blog more as a service for ladies", how do you plan to continually evolve this service? DBRight now, my blog is expanding to home, music and other exciting collaborations that you will see soon enough. 

When C21 asked me to curate a shop for them, I was overly excited. The idea of shopping discount stores sometimes has negative connotations, which is why I was eager to show people the amazing really cool stuff you can find (as long as you really look)
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