Bella Thorne makes $65k per Instagram post and she has 12 cats

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Do you know how people make fun of Bella Thorne, 20, for being so thirsty, for posting so many photos, for showing so much skin and for dressing like a deranged muppet? All of that is getting her paid and she knows exactly what she’s doing. Bella has a new documentary with Vogue, it’s only 18 minutes long but it feels so much longer. It features Bella talking to the camera about her career and image. There are scenes of her trying on various outfits and wigs, going to events and hanging out with her entourage. She talks at length about her goals and vision for the future. You can see the video below and here are some highlights:

Bella, to the camera, on being raised with social media
I put myself out there on social media because I want people to see who I am. I was raised to think social media is everything. When I was young my mom used to run my social media and [she] was like ‘let’s bake cupcakes and take a photo of it.’ I was like ‘well what about baking cupcakes and not taking a photo of it?’ People really get lost in the world of social media… what’s real what’s fake.

Bella, on the phone in a scene explaining her posting rates
For grid posting it’s 65 grand a post for the grid. For story posting it’s anywhere from 10 to 20 K. For Snapchat it’s the same as Instastory.

Bella, to the camera, on Instagram
Instagram is 100% a job to me. I started out at 18 with literally $200 in my bank account. I bought this house a year later. It’s all from social media. It’s from studying that sh-t. Demographics and ratios and engagement and definitely the more technical side of it. Finally hit a mill likes on a photo. [I was] in a rather body conscious dress. ‘Oh, this is what you like. This is what you want to see. So I kind of try to even it out.’

[From Vogue Documentary via US Magazine]

Bella’s older sister Dani tells the camera that the looks Bella uses for her social media “are not Bella day to day.” We also see inside Bella’s house, which is full of random bizarre items like a teepee she sleeps in decorated with fake flowers and paint spatters, a giant creepy mannequin in the entryway, a big plastic dinosaur in her living room and hand drawn art on the walls. She has 12 cats, I’m not even exaggerating.

Bella cracked me up a couple of times in this video, at about 8:30 she says “I do believe in putting things out in the universe. I notice that when I say things and then they happen. I’m like ‘Bro, I just f’ing said that. What the f-k.’ So then I take that and we put it into the mood board.” Bella’s mood board is like a vision board. At about 12:30 she’s in the studio recording music with the spoken refrain “bitch I’m Bella Thorne.” It’s terrible and ridiculous but she knows that, saying that the song started out as a joke.

Dani said that Bella is expanding her brand and starting a record label, makeup line and production company while continuing to do shows and movies. I came away from this with a much different opinion of Bella. She seems like a train wreck but that’s somewhat by design. She’s not “accidentally” going out with various wigs in ridiculous outfits. She knows the paparazzi are there and she knows we’re watching. She’s made that her career.

Here’s the video and they do swear in it.

Update: I’m sorry there weren’t any cat photos in this post! Here are some, her Instagram doesn’t have that many. Also she has puppy named “Tampithetampon” who has her own Instagram.

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This is Bella with her latest boyfriend, a rapper named Mod Sun. He isn’t featured much in the video.
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121 Responses to “Bella Thorne makes $65k per Instagram post and she has 12 cats”

  1. whatWHAT? says:

    her bf looks like a love child of Buster Poindexter and Miley Cyrus.

  2. Bridget says:

    This is just one of the things that makes me think we as a society are doomed.

  3. psl says:

    This girl is a sad meth head, yet makes 65k per Ig post?

    Why?
    If girls are looking up to her, that is even scarier than girls wanting to be like Kylie Jenner.

  4. Nat says:

    Instagram is a 24/7 commercial platform. Everything that happens there is meticulously calculated and the worst part is we believe in it :(
    I used to be an Instagram junkie but I’m so over it and I think we all should be.
    We should be able to make our decisions even the most basic ones, based on what WE like and not what Instragram BOTS tell us to like.

  5. aang says:

    I’ve never heard of this person but clicked because it said 12 cats. I might check out her instagram now to look for pics of the cats.

  6. SarahB says:

    I…I…I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.

  7. Jess says:

    The first live-action show my daughter ever liked was Shake It Up, so I’ve always had a soft spot for Bella and Zendaya. Zendaya has turned into such an incredible young adult and Bella has seemed like a complete train wreck (she won Go Fug Yourself’s March Madness bracket this year), so I’m happy to hear that maybe she knows what she’s doing.

  8. MeowuiRose says:

    Dani is her sister I’m pretty sure. She seems like she has some real demons and seeking attention is how she deals with them…plus it makes her bank.

  9. Slowsnow says:

    I made it to 3m24 and I had no idea what she was on about.
    Except that she seemed exploited by the mother because her sister who appears at some point is not as photogenic; grew up in that (unsupervised HW-Disney sh*t) and knows no other life; did not develop fully; became a post-Kardashian.
    I developed a totally unnecessary second-hand embarrassment.

  10. MellyMel says:

    What the what?! So confused…so many questions.

  11. Lara K says:

    I have no issue with women (or men) who make a conscious decision to take advantage of the money opportunities available to them. And screw what anyone else thinks.

    Cardi B would approve, I think. That’s my new measure of common sense.

  12. BitingPanda says:

    This is depressing. People are making money hand over fist specifically for walking around looking like hot tragic messes.

    The future is Hella bleak, y’all.

  13. Kashmir says:

    She’s living her best life and I don’t blame her. Whenever I see posts or paparazzi shots of her I just think she’s escaped Disney, she’s free let her live.

  14. AmandaPanda says:

    I’m obviously not going to invest 18 minutes into answering this, but I assume this lady has some kind of overwhelming personal charm that mysteriously evaporated when she is written about? Am completely baffled by this.

    • jenna says:

      She is the epitome of someone who makes me feel ancient, in a “this is a whole different generation to mine” kind of way, and I’m only in my 20s. I have no idea why she is appealing to people, but clearly it’s working whatever it is.

      But I also feel bad for her. She has spoken about being sexually abused throughout her childhood, is publicly estranged from her mother, has been generally hyper-sexual in public for years now, and has had implants and a nose job in recent years. And she has those Kylie Jenner lips too. It’s just all so much at such a young age (she just turned 20), and for all her “whatever, bro, it’s all chill” attitude, I feel like she needs some sort of guidance or help. I feel like she’s carrying around a ton of pain and insecurity.

  15. Bethany F says:

    Her house looks like a mess in every photo she posts (clothes and random crap strewn out all across the floor like she has no dressers or cabinets, she’s doodling and painting like a child on all the walls) and now she’s got 12 cats? who lives like this? she seems unwell. this is future hoarder behavior.

    “Bitch I’m Bella Thorne” is Mod Sun’s song. had friends at his gig here a few weeks ago and he brought her onstage to perform with him. this is the midwest so she was on tour with him.

  16. lucy2 says:

    I listened to an interview with her once (it was after someone else on a podcast) and she mentioned this, that all her money comes from social media. She also seemed pretty shallow and uninteresting, but whatever.
    I don’t blame her for making money like this while she can, it’s easy money, but I hope she’s saving for the future because attention is fickle and those deals could dry up quick.
    I do blame society for creating a way for that to happen though. Yuck.

    • jenna says:

      It already seems like work is drying up in terms of acting. Midnight Sun bombed, a bunch of her horror movies went straight to Netflix, that Freeform show she has just sort of exists, and I believe her part in The Death and Life of John F Donovan was cut (along with Jessica Chastain, who played her older sister). I also think that her entire brand might be a bit too out there for Hollywood. And I’m not sure she’s actually very interesting past the hair and the wardrobe to sustain any sort of avant-garde indie career either.

      • val says:

        “Going straight to Netflix” isn’t a thing, or even a bad one. Netflix has a bunch of original series and cult movies that are hits. Her horror stuff is mostly teen campy stuff and it kind of suits her. She’s probably made lucrative $$$ from going straight-to-Netflix.

  17. Tan says:

    65k for a freaking grid poat ans 10_20k pro Story!!!!
    Why would anyone want to study and work hardnto become doctors, nurses, engineers ajd teachers??

    Social media marketing has thrown balance out totally.
    Now I realise how lifestyle bloggers have so much time and money and is always buying or getting 500 $ outfits.

  18. Lorelei says:

    I actually watched about 3 quarters of the video and honestly this whole thing feels super sad to me. She obviously had serious issues with her mom and her career seems it was mostly forced on her, at least when she was young so no shade and judgement here. I really hope she finds her place as she grows and manages to get past all the sh*t.

  19. Miss Kittles says:

    So basically Bella is living my dream!

  20. Penfold says:

    I’m glad I grew up before social media. I most likely would have been one of those kids who checked it 100 times a day and didn’t enjoy my own life b/c I was too busy watching other peoples’.

    She may be making a ton of money for her posts, but she’s probably not super happy. Sounds like she didn’t have the best childhood.

  21. Ash says:

    My husband and I saw Midnight Sun and both really liked it. She gave a good performance and she has talent as a singer. I was surprised since she was so awful on Shake It Up. I can’t help but root for her because it seems her life is a mess and she was used and discarded by many.

  22. Ayra. says:

    Listen, I have a soft spot for Bella.
    If you know anything about her, is that her mother was one of THOSE Hollywood parents. I have no doubt that all of her money went into her mom’s pockets. She’s been abused and obviously didnt come out unscathed.

    And her acting resume is fantastic, she’s actually a pretty good actress (compared to some of the others in the same age group)

  23. Girl_ninja says:

    Ugh. I just want ONE cat!

    • Kitten says:

      You say that but you need you understand that the first cat is akin to a gateway drug and it only escalates from there. Just look at Bella: she’s at 12 cats already.

      Oh and stay away from the Scottish Folds–they are HIGHLY addictive! Should come with a damn warning label smdh…

      • SK says:

        I’m a major cat lover and think Scottish folds look adorable, but I read an article about how their genetic trait that makes their ears fold also makes them have painful joints :(

        She says the cats have a genetic mutation that affects their cartilage which leads to the folding of the ears and an owl-like appearance.

        “The cartilage is deformed and it is not supporting the ears,” Ms Ravetz says.

        She says the cartilage mutation also leads to problems with other parts of the cat’s body.

        “These genetic mutations, which all the Scottish fold cats will have, develop into lifelong incurable and painful diseases such as a type of arthritis.”

  24. Dani says:

    If you make it through until the very last minute of the video, one of her orange tabby cats makes a brief cameo jumping on her lap

  25. Lucy says:

    …yeah, I’m gonna go ahead and be the one with the unpopular opinion. Whatever her mother put her through is not her fault, she’s actually pretty smart, she seems to always be very nice to her fans whenever they run into her, and (as far as I know), she’s not racist, nor sexist, nor a homophobe. Is she perfect? No. But she’s taking all the bad things people say about her and turning them into something good. Can’t hate on that *shrug*

  26. Mia says:

    I liked the last part of her video about closing your eyes and not judging. That is something I am trying to work on myself. You can tell the poor woman has been through a lot in her short life. I hope Bella and Dani continue to support and be there for one another. Lord knows their father can’t as he is dead and their mother is a toxic exploiter

  27. Nunzilla says:

    She just seems like she loves herself so very much.

  28. Blocked says:

    At the end of the video, she asks people to not judge her and in that minute she came across as a striking and vulnerable young women. I think Bella knows her brand isn’t for everyone but she’s a voice for people who find themselves not fitting into a box.

  29. raincoaster says:

    Man, I KNEW I wasn’t the only one who ignored Stories. I wonder why Instagram and Facebook push them so hard? An actual grid photo is worth more than three times as much.

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