In today’s society, social media platforms are arguably as popular as they’ve ever been. Due to that, some users have been able to amass a huge number of online followers, becoming “social media famous.” Belle Delphine is one such individual, as she’s built up a massive fan base on Instagram.
Based in London, England, Delphine is an Instagram model best known for her NSFW cosplay photos. Thanks to those racy images, she now boasts more than four million of followers on the social media website, with each post generating a big response. On that note, the online star hatched a strange plan in July 2019.
Indeed, Delphine posted a short video of herself wearing a swimsuit in her bath at that time. As it continued, she then started to pour some of the water into small containers. Alongside the clip, the London resident confirmed that she would be selling the bathwater on her official online store.
Delphine went on to list her “Gamer Girl Bathwater” as one of the products on her website, charging $30 for each container. Incredibly, it all sold out after just a couple of days. However, no one could’ve predicted what happened next, as the Instagram model’s business venture kick-started a bizarre chain of events.
In the last few years, social media has continued to grow across the world. From Facebook to Twitter, people are now able to connect with their friends in ways that just weren’t possible in the past. And each of those services have their own unique qualities, but one in particular stands out.
Back in the fall of 2010, a new social media app called Instagram became available on the Apple iOS. The service offered people a chance to share their photos online – and following the initial launch, it eventually made its way to Android cellphones in April 2012. Amazingly, it earned over a million downloads in the first 24 hours.
Since then, Instagram has become one of the most popular social media services on the internet. At the end of its first year, it boasted around ten million users, which led Facebook to buy it for $1 billion in the spring of 2012. From there, the site hit another significant milestone seven years later.
Incredibly, Instagram reached a billion users in May 2019, just under a decade on from its opening launch. In addition to that, the website housed more than 40 billion images by the fall of 2015. While impressive, that number has no doubt grown in the years since.
Given Instagram’s popularity, a number of celebrities use the service to share pictures from their everyday lives. On that note, soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has the most followers on the website at over 175 million. The likes of Ariana Grande, Dwayne Johnson, Selena Gomez and Kim Kardashian are just behind him.
However, Instagram is also home to a number of individuals who are, for one reason or another, “social media famous.” Belle Delphine is one of those people, boasting over four million followers on her account. But compared to the other users, though, her content really pushes the website’s boundaries.
Delphine is an Instagram model with a rather unique selling point, as she poses for NSFW photos in cosplay. Alongside the costumes, the user is often captured sporting a face that’s described as “ahegao.” This particular phrase refers to the expression that characters make in racy Japanese comic-books and video games.
While Delphine has a massive fan base behind her now, her journey to get to that point was far from easy. Born in South Africa, the model relocated to England during her younger years, before taking on several different jobs as a teenager. Not long after that, she started to get noticed on social media.
“I started posting photos on my Facebook ‘properly’ when I was 14,” Delphine wrote during a Q&A on Instagram. “That’s when I turned the follower option on, and over the next two to three years I grew to 100,000 followers (mainly girls). Then I saved up money over a year [and] bought a campervan.”
At that point, Delphine then came to a realization. She continued, “[I] traveled around France for a month and when I came back I knew I didn’t want to have to get a job. I was really lost at this point. All I knew is that I was going to try and pursue whatever I had going [on] in my online world.”
With that in mind, Delphine made a decision that would change her life forever. She added, “I decided to move to Instagram. I never had a proper phone until I was 18, so I had to buy one to use Insta. And when I got Insta, everything blew up. It was crazy!”
Meanwhile, Delphine revealed a bit more about her employment history when another user questioned her current role. As it turned out, the social media star had earned plenty of experience in the service industry prior to her Instagram exploits, fitting that alongside her schoolwork. But the hard work didn’t end there, though.
“I got my first job making coffee at 13,” Delphine wrote on Instagram. “Then [I] worked at another restaurant as a waitress, then I worked six months in a hot kitchen cleaning dishes every other day after school. Sometimes [I’d be there] until 11:00 p.m. At 16, I printed out babysitting leaflets.”
From there, Delphine faced a challenging period as her “babysitting” skills were really put to the test. She revealed, “[I] handed [the leaflets] out to all my neighbors and worked almost every day picking up their children from school, making them food, cleaning their house. I hesitate calling it babysitting because I was basically a nanny.”
Given those experiences, Delphine then touched upon the point that she’d previously made about making a career change. Indeed, the cosplayer had had enough of those types of jobs. She admitted, “They all sucked a**, I hated doing every single one. So I’ve managed to make myself a job, be my own boss, make more money and I enjoy it.”
Off the back of that lengthy journey, Delphine now has a loyal band of supporters on Instagram, with her photos garnering plenty of attention. However, few people could’ve foreseen what would happen during the summer of 2019. That’s because over the course of a few weeks, the model’s name hit the online headlines.
It all started back in June 2019, as Delphine posted a particularly raunchy image on the social media website. In the accompanying message, she told her followers that if the photo earned a million likes, she would create a channel on the adult website Pornhub. And when she reached the target, the cosplayer appeared to keep her word.
From there, Delphine pulled a clever prank on her fans, as the videos she posted weren’t in any way pornographic. Despite the incredibly descriptive titles, the clips ended up being harmless. Due to that bait and switch, the Instagram star subsequently hit the news, with British newspaper the Metro covering the story.
After that, Delphine found herself in the news once again the following month. On this occasion, she posted a short video on Instagram, which captured her sitting in a bathtub full of water. Dressed in a swimsuit sporting the words “Game Over” on her chest, the London resident explained her plan.
“What was I going to do to top my Pornhub stunt?” Delphine wrote in the video’s accompanying message in July 2019. “Well, if you guessed selling my bathwater you’d be right!” As the clip progressed, she then filled up a number of small jars with the water, doing so rather provocatively.
With the bathwater in place, Delphine listed the jars on her official online store for $30 each. A description on the product page read, “Bottled while I’m playing in the bath. This really is bath water. This water is not for drinking and should only be used for sentimental purposes.”
As Delphine quickly discovered, though, fans couldn’t get enough of her bathwater, so she started producing more. On that note, the cosplayer attracted the attention of the Metro again, which led to an interesting interview. During the discussion, she explained how the idea first came about, while also touching upon the orders she received.
“So, there is a joke in the community among gamers where they will comment on a post saying, ‘Let me drink your bath water,’” Delphine told the newspaper’s website in July 2019. “And although it’s a joke, I just kind of found the idea of turning it into a reality and actually letting people own my bathwater funny.”
However, not even Delphine could’ve predicted the online reaction. She revealed, “The last two days that the website has been open, I’ve sold over 500 bottles of bathwater. As of now I’ve had to stop, as I can’t actually take enough baths and it’s sold out!” Meanwhile, in addition to the high demand, the model got some bizarre requests as well.
“I have had a bunch of odd requests,” Delphine added. “Some have asked me to spit in the water, pee in it and requested the water to come off my body and drip into the bottle from… certain areas. Honestly with the kind of messages that I get daily, these requests don’t weird me out anymore.”
Meanwhile, this story took an even stranger turn a few days later. Delphine faced accusations of giving “50 people” herpes through her bathwater on Twitter, with the tweet apparently coming from U.K. newspaper the Daily Mail. In the end that proved to be a fake account and story, but the damage was already done.
Feeling the need to clarify the situation, Delphine returned to Instagram to share her thoughts. She wrote, “So, there’s been a lot of fake news going round that I wanna address! Nobody has been hospitalized from my bathwater, or have gotten sick. All of these memes were posted before I even shipped any out.”
Delphine continued, “Regarding the whole ‘herpes’ thing, yes I used to get blisters when there’s a change in weather. I’ve gotten them occasionally since I was a child, I haven’t had one in a year or two and NO you cannot get it! Ninety percent of all people will have one in their lifetime. It’s not an STD!”
After clearing that up, Delphine needed to address another couple of points, as her bathwater business venture sparked some wild rumors. Indeed, the Instagram star rebuffed the claims that a few individuals were selling the water on eBay, confirming that wasn’t true. But the stories didn’t end there.
“There’s also a fake website selling my ‘gamer girl pee,’” Delphine wrote. “And although I find it really funny, it’s sadly not real either gamer bois. Not everything you read online is real.” While her reaction was somewhat admirable, the cosplayer concluded her post with an important message to her fans.
Delphine added, “Personally I find the memes funny. But I thought it’s important for me to address this since there are people who actually believe that I hospitalized multiple people… which is untrue. Hopefully this clears stuff up!” Much like her other Instagram posts, this one generated a big response as well.
Since being posted, Delphine’s words have earned over 550,000 likes on the social media website, while also garnering close to 10,000 comments. However, later that day this story took one final twist. The social media star made another Instagram post at that point, as she looked to follow up her previous venture.
During Delphine’s interview with the Metro, she spoke about her future plans off the back of the bathwater incident. She admitted on the newspaper’s website, “I constantly am trying to come up with weird ideas to post on my Instagram So hopefully, I’ll be able to top this one day.”
It didn’t take Delphine long to give it a go, as she posted an image of herself sat inside a clear plastic container filled with water. Unlike her last effort, this bathwater would all be sold in one transaction, amounting to $10,000. Due to that eye-watering price, the internet star offered up a few perks to the potential buyers.
“I am selling bathwater ONE LAST TIME,” Delphine wrote in a message alongside the picture. “Except this time it’s enough to drown in. If you’re EXTRA thirsty then look no further, you also get a custom video of me bathing in the tub that I send to you!” The perks didn’t end there, though.
In addition to the tub of water and the video, the individual would also enjoy “full access” to Delphine’s Patreon page. Incredibly, people still wanted to own the strange keepsake, despite the astronomical number. Just like before, the item quickly sold out, with the model confirming it in an update.