Recently Supercar Blondie revealed brand new, world’s first Supercar Blondie headquarters and office. The office is floating on an artificial palm on the water, in Dubai.
And the question on everyone’s mind is how the hell can she afford this!
A journalist from rural Australia who quit her job as a radio host to review luxury supercars on Instagram is now the most successful ‘carfluencer’ in the world with an estimated income of $2million a year.
Alex Hirschi left Boonah, Queensland, for the bright lights of Dubai in 2008, where she presented a car radio show for five years before starting a social media career as ‘Supercar Blondie’.
Mrs Hirschi’s Instagram following has ballooned from 60,000 to 6.3million over the past three years, giving her the clout to command a staggering $45,175 (AUD) fee per post.
Price comparison site GoCompare has estimated her annual income at $2,016,430 (AUD) – more than 28 times the $70,000 (AUD) yearly salary she would make as a radio presenter, according to figures from Payscale Australia.
Mrs Hirschi also has a legion of fans on TikTok, where a recent video of her dancing in front of a Bugatti sports car drew 3.4million views.
Her glamorous lifestyle saw her featured on iconic Instagram account, Rich Kids of Dubai, in 2017.
Growing up, Mrs Hirschi had been drawn to the larger than life excesses the United Arab Emirates is famed for.
‘I always wanted to at least visit Dubai…it had the world’s biggest everything and clearly had a vision to stand out,’ she told Daily Mail Australia in 2017.
And when she relocated with her husband in 2008, Mrs Hirschi steadily built a network of car industry contacts through her radio job before jumping into the driver’s seat.
After establishing a relationship with Bentley through the show, I was lucky enough to be given a Flying Spur [worth roughly $390,000 AUD] for a weekend,’ she said.
I felt like I was living my dream, so I started working on how I could be given more cars on a regular basis.’
Mrs Hirschi began uploading photos with luxury vehicles on her personal Instagram account and it wasn’t long before a steady stream of car fanatic followers flooded in.
She worked on her ‘side hustle’ after clocking off from her day job every evening for 18 months, developing unique content that would help her to stand out online.
And after amassing 60,000 followers in 2017, she felt confident that her passion could become her main source of income.
‘Once the following started to grow, I moved from my personal account to create Supercar Blondie and uploaded pics exclusively around cars,’ Mrs Hirschi said.
‘Then it came to a point where I could do this full time. It was a big decision for me, jumping from traditional media to social media, but I knew it was the right move.’
Mrs Hirschi has always had a passion for supercars and often has ‘pinch me’ moments when she realises how lucky she is to be living her dream.
‘I’m not sure why that is [the passion for cars], but I think it comes down to two things – coming from a driving culture, and having parents who love to drive,’ she said.
We would go on 12-hour road trips in the country, so I spent a lot of time in cars.’
Memorable moments from her enviable career include driving a $597,000 (AUD) Ferrari 488 Spider through the Saudi Arabian desert and racing The Stig from Top Gear around a track in Abu Dhabi.
‘He was here to film one of their episodes. He really doesn’t say anything ever, and you have to put your phones outside, just in case you film him from the side and his identity is revealed,’ she said.
But while her lifestyle is the envy of many on social media, Mrs Hirschi says there’s more to her job than attending events, taking photos and going home to relax by a pool.
‘Don’t get me wrong, there are some people who do that, but they won’t be successful,’ she said in 2017.
‘In order to stand out, you need to come up with ideas that haven’t been done before, or if they have, do them better.’
Don’t start out by trying to make it on social media. Just do something you love and document it. The most successful fitness influencers didn’t start out wanting to be fitness stars on social media, they were already doing what they loved.
* I just started uploading my experiences of driving different cars on my old personal Instagram account, and the following grew. Then I turned it in to something more professional.
* Try to do something unique, be consistent and don’t sell yourself out to brands just to get something for free. It won’t help you or the brand in the long run.
* Respect your followers and believe in your brand.
* Don’t buy inactive or fake followers either just to appear more popular to brands. Why would you want to spend all this time creating content just so it can be seen by people who don’t exist? It will hurt your account in the long run and it also hurts brands who trust in you and your reach.
You should listen to her, her new YouTube channel car ears is set to break the bank.
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Source The Daily Mail