Today is the 93rd birthday of Baddiewinkle. If you are not following her yet, you should start right goddam now: @baddiewinkle. She is a reminder to us all that we are alive and we should be squeezing every last fucking drop out of it. The world is a better place because she is in it.
NAME: Helen Ruth Elam
DATE OF BIRTH: July 18, 1928
PLACE OF BIRTH: Hazard, Kentucky, U.S.
OCCUPATION: Internet personality, model
BOOKS: Baddiewinkle’s Guide to Life
AWARDS: Shorty Award for Instagrammer of the Year
TAGLINE: “Stealing Your Man Since 1928”
BEST KNOWN FOR: Helen Ruth Elam is an American internet personality better known as Baddiewinkle or Baddie Winkle. She is a strong advocate for the attitude that is never too late for anything.
She is characterized by wearing eccentric clothes, promoting the legalization of medical marijuana, and her innuendo. She has millions of followers and views on social media, where she posts photos and videos of herself, often with suggestive clothing with peculiar prints, or little clothing.
Winkle has gathered a following after initially getting help from her great granddaughter, Kennedy Lewis, to upload an image to Twitter, while wearing her great-granddaughter’s clothes. She was subsequently followed by Rihanna, and now has a worldwide following. In 2015 she reached one million followers on Instagram. She currently lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, and has appeared on The Today Show, Australia.
In 2015, Grit Creative Group used her as the face of their website launch campaign, where she dressed as Kurt Cobain, Kate Moss and others. Baddie helped kick off season two of Nicole Richie’s Candidly Nicole on VH1. She also appeared on the Red Carpet at the Netflix promotion for Orange Is the New Black. She attended the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards as a guest of Miley Cyrus and MTV. In 2016, she was in a national commercial for Smirnoff ICE Electric Flavors as part of their “Keep It Moving” campaign. She continues to entertain with her pictures, videos, and collaborations with well-known brands and celebrities.