Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Breakthrough Jew – Jen Selter

Meet the woman behind the "Beflie".

By: Sarah Bauder

Published: May 15th, 2014 in Culture » Society » News

Hot, hip, and heady, the next wave of Jewish artists and influencers has already arrived. This is Breakthrough Jew, your weekly showcase of those on the verge of discovery and ready to be a regular figure in pop culture; setting trends, redefining genres, and simply getting it done-whatever ‘it’ is. These days, it’s not enough to know what’s hot now; you need to catch someone when they’re just starting to simmer.

Featuring those in film, fashion, food, and beyond, we’ll find the story before substance is obscured by style, before hype meets backlash, and before talent and purpose gets lost in a maze of Internet chatter. See an artist in the cozy bar before they hit the amphitheater, dine at a chef’s new restaurant before the line begins, and catch a young writer’s work before the demands of ratings and longevity encroach.

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Name: Jen Selter

Age: 20

Hometown: Roslyn, Long Island, New York

Breakthrough Cred: The “most famous butt” on Instagram

We live in an age dominated by the Internet and social media. It has become our primary source of communication, keeping abreast with current events, and in many respects, launching the careers of many an individual.

Case in point: Jen Selter. In a brief period of time, Selter has become a social media fitness phenomenon. After initially posting images of herself in fitness poses, including the occasional “belfie” (butt selfie), Selter quickly gained followers on various social media platforms. In less than a year, this fitness fanatic has amassed nearly 3.4 million followers on Instagram, 1.7 million likes on Facebook, and 530,000 followers on Twitter.

“I took one of, like a side of my butt in yoga pants and that picture went viral,” she explained to ABC News, about the photo that started it all.

“I’ve always had a passion for social media: Facebook, Twitter and especially Instagram. Fitness has always been a huge part of my life and the combination of both my passions worked to my benefit. Despite my parents and friends’ frustration with how time consuming this all can be, I always keep my focus and carry on. This is what I do best, and motivating people to work out and be healthy is what I love most. I never thought my numbers on social media, especially on Instagram, would blow up and increase as high as they did, and it makes me very happy knowing that so many people are inspired by my workout techniques and healthy lifestyle. If you’re good at something and it’s where your heart is, the success will follow naturally. I really am thankful for those who support me,” Selter told Elite Daily.

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