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Scottish fashion influencers: constructing a style identity on Instagram.

Marcella-Hood, Madeleine

Authors

Madeleine Marcella-Hood



Abstract

This article builds on existing theories of self presentation and identity through a study into the behaviour of fashion influencers who position themselves as Scottish on Instagram. Fourteen interviews were carried out with Scottish fashion influencers who were asked to reflect on their online identity. The interaction between the offline and online self is explored, where national identity and a sense of place are recognised as important attributes of self identity in an offline setting and participants were sampled on the basis that they were projecting this as a key component of their online self. All were found to be seeking to convey an ideal identity on Instagram; this involved curating particular aspects of their offline style and showcasing these online. The issue of authenticity was complex and a spectrum of identity evolution on Instagram is observed and reflected on. The most career-minded participants tended to portray themselves in a more one-sided manner and were most strongly influenced by a sense of their audience. In contrast, the participants who were less career minded tended to explore more freely with their online self and were influenced most strongly by internal factors.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 1, 2020
Journal International journal of fashion studies
Print ISSN 2051-7106
Electronic ISSN 2051-7114
Publisher Intellect
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 1
Pages 73-96
Institution Citation MARCELLA-HOOD, M. 2020. Scottish fashion influencers: constructing a style identity on Instagram. International journal of fashion studies [online], 7(1), pages 73-96. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1386/infs_00017_1
DOI https://doi.org/10.1386/infs_00017_1
Keywords Fashion; Instagram; Identity; Infuencer; Fashion blogging; Scotland; Scottish; National; Authenticity; Instagram
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