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How to Become a Social Media Star: The Thirst Trappers

How to make people thirsty? Sexy selfies, bedroom eyes and booty booty booty

thrist trappersKanye West fell into the thirst trap in October 2013, when then girlfriend Kim Kardashian posted a swimsuit shot on Instagram, her plush posterior displayed like a pair of shiny balloons. Within minutes, Kanye responded via Twitter: “HEADING HOME NOW.” Mrs. Kardashian West is the empress of the thirst trap phenomenon, a gloriously narcissistic Internet movement in which duck-lipped starlets post sexy selfies designed to elicit praise, usually under the duplicitous guise of showing off a new outfit or a beautiful beach scene.


For example, Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell makes O faces while lounging in an infinity pool; Miley Cyrus poses in a thong one day, pasties another; Kanye’s ex Amber Rose flaunts her dental-floss swimsuits (clearly he has a type); and Toronto siren Suzanne Tremblay (Instagram: shipspassinginthenight) proves there’s no bodily surface she won’t tattoo. Each photo receives thousands of lusty compliments, leaving both the trapper and the trapped deliriously satisfied.

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Loving my new swimsuit from @nakedwardrobe #Milfin 😍 A photo posted by Amber Rose (@amberrose) on


TIP: “Put on a Songza playlist that makes you feel sexy and empowered. When you’re in a good mood, it will radiate out of your face and make you glow naturally.” —Suzanne Tremblay

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