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Anyone who follows Claudia Oshry on Instagram, Snapchat, or Twitter can tell you that her hilarity knows no bounds. The social media maven began her career as “Girl With A Job,” chronicling her riotous exploits as a NYC fashion and PR intern. But when she was fired for being an “awful intern,” she changed her brand to the massively popular “Girl With No Job.”
Girl With No Job quickly rose to Instagram fame for posting hilarious memes, which earned her a whopping 2.5 million Instagram followers. In an exclusive interview for Huffington Post’s “The Tea,” we chatted with Claudia about her favorite Instagram tricks, her biggest social media pet peeve and her undying love for Andy Cohen.
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In what way has Instagram fame pleasantly surprised you, and in what way has it disappointed you?
It has pleasantly surprised me and it has also disappointed me in the exact same way — and that’s the people. I’ve talked to some of the most genuinely lovely, nice people that I never would have met if it weren’t for the internet. I’m constantly surprised by my followers and how great they are. But on the same note, I’m constantly disappointed in some of my followers and people on the internet because they can be so disgusting and so vile and really truly awful. It’s a sword that swings both ways.
Which Instagram account can you not live without?
Is there a favorite Instagram trick that you know that most people aren’t using?
[Trends, but once] people get hip to them, they stop working. For a while, your geotag could actually increase your engagement if you were geotagging in Singapore. That lasted for a while, but everyone figured it out and it didn’t stick around for long.
One thing I’m seeing now is kind of almost moving away from what a generic meme looks like. Visually, the aesthetics of what people are finding funny on Instagram are changing. Things that I post that don’t look similar to something I would normally post are getting a lot of engagement.
What advice do you have for teens who want to make their mark on social media?
The most important piece of advice is to have realistic expectations. You’re not going to post something funny and then the next day have 6 million people talking about you in every country in the world. And just another piece of advice — it’s really easy to lose yourself on the internet just because it is such an inauthentic platform. You can curate yourself to be whoever you want to be. But I think an audience responds better to authenticity. Just be yourself. The internet is so vast and wide and so deep that you will find a large concentration of people who really agree with what you have to say and really like what you have to say if you just are yourself.
What is the biggest social media faux pas that someone can make?
I feel really strongly about photo editing. I’m all for editing the sh*t out of your photo, but you cross the line when you look like a completely different person. Do whatever you want with your photos, but within reason.
Whose Snapchat account is your absolute favorite?
I really love following everyone from “The Bachelor” on Snapchat because I feel like I can find secret spoilers. I love following Corinne on Snapchat. She basically just takes pictures of all the bad press she gets and is like “F**k you.”
You have several characters that you play on Snapchat and Instagram — how did they come about?
So I never was into wigs, but I went to New Orleans for Mardi Gras for the first time last year and I went to this bodega to buy beads and crazy things to wear and I bought this wig. It was like this yellow, purple and green-colored wig. I’m telling you, I put it on and my entire persona changed. I wish I could be like [my alter ego]. She’s so aggressive and out there. The wig brought it out in me.
This wig is a character inside of me called Claudette. She’s amazing and she only comes out when I wear the wig. And everyone responded to it so positively, I realized I needed more characters! I bought a Kylie wig where I act like I’m a Kardashian. I’m obsessed with wigs.
You meet a lot of celebrities through your work. Have you met a celebrity who pleasantly surprised you or one who disappointed you?
You know how they always say you should never meet your heroes? I was really apprehensive about meeting Andy Cohen because my expectations could not have been higher and I just didn’t want to be disappointed. But I was just so blown away at what a nice guy he was. He met every expectation. Just to meet him and have him be exactly who I thought he was was literally the greatest feeling I’ve ever experienced.
You recently got engaged. What is your favorite part of wedding planning and what’s your least favorite?
My favorite part of wedding planning is getting to do it all on social media. I partnered with The Knot and we’re kind of planning my wedding on Instagram for everyone to see. I really wanted to get all my followers involved. They saw [my fiancée and I] get engaged, they saw us move in together — I felt like it was only right to include them. But at the same time you never want to overexpose because it really is a private thing. So partnering with The Knot was perfect because I get to include my followers, I get to have their input, but it’s still kind of private.
My least favorite part of wedding planning is just everyone’s opinion. I don’t need it, I don’t care for it. We all have different aesthetics. I don’t care where you got married, when you got married. Mine’s going to be completely different. If everyone could just back off, that would be amazing.
Which fast food chicken nugget is the best?
McDonald’s. They’re just always consistently good.
What’s the last song you played on your phone?
Oh my god, I am obsessed with Maren Morris. Her songs are so good. I listened to her album 400 times and I cannot wait to see her concert.
Would you rather do 1,000 crunches a day for a year or live with JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers for a month?
This is so hard. Honestly, I really don’t like doing crunches, but I also really despise Jordan and JoJo. But I think I would have to say Jordan and JoJo only because I would get such good Snapchat content from living with them for a month. And I would have so many of my questions answered, like do they really like each other? What do they do all day? Does she ever get off her phone?
If you could only wear one lipstick color for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Kylie Lip Kit — Candy K.
A train is coming down the track. Andy Cohen is standing on one fork of the railway and Kaitlyn Bristowe is standing on the other. You can flip the switch and save one of them — who do you save?
This is so hard because Kaitlyn is a friend, but she also has a really loving fiancée — I wouldn’t want her to die! But at the same time, I think that more people would be affected by Andy’s death. I think I would just throw myself in front of the train. I’m really in love with both of them. That’s like asking me to choose a favorite child, and honestly I feel like that would be easier.
Kiss, marry, kill: Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian.
Definitely would kill Khloe right out of the gate. She used to be everyone’s favorite. I’m so happy for her that she went through this really amazing transformation where her body’s completely different, her face is completely different, but I feel like she really lost a part of who she was and why she was everyone’s favorite. So, I’m definitely gonna kill her. I think I’m gonna marry Kim because I just want to spend as much time with her as possible — I think she’s amazing. I’d kiss Kourtney because she’s looking so good and she obviously likes Jewish people.
If you had to live without eyeliner or contour stick, which would you lose?
I would lose the eyeliner because nobody wants to see my face without a proper contour.
Go-to pizza topping?
Just cheese. Let’s not reinvent the wheel.
You are super close with your sisters. What is the one thing you can’t stand when they borrow?
Um, anything. We are so close. We never fight. But if someone borrows something without asking, it’s literally World War III. That’s the only thing. What really bothers me is if I have something that doesn’t fit anymore, but it will fit me again, they’re like, “But it doesn’t fit you, I can have it!” NO. It doesn’t work that way. I will eventually fit into it again.
What does it mean when the vibes are “steeny”?
The vibes are steeny when all the steens are together. The steens are my sisters. The vibes are steeny when everyone’s having fun, having a good time — they’re just positive. Steens are positive. We’re fun, we like to dance, we like to listen to music, we like to party, so when the vibes are steeny, that means that everyone’s having a good time. Don’t you always want the vibes to be steeny?
If you could only guzzle one beverage for the rest of your life, what would it be?
You low-key have a fantastic singing voice — what’s your favorite song to sing?
“Don’t Rain on My Parade” from “Funny Girl.” Staying true to my Jewish roots.
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