Vol. 16 No. 1 (2023): Going Virtual – But How? Mapping Virtualities in Contemporary Technoculture

The Grand Style. Encountering elderly influencers

Maja Jerrentrup
University Landshut

Published 2023-07-22


  • granfluencer,
  • social media,
  • influencer,
  • aging,
  • old people

How to Cite

Jerrentrup, M. (2023). The Grand Style. Encountering elderly influencers. Aisthesis. Pratiche, Linguaggi E Saperi dell’estetico, 16(1), 147–158. https://doi.org/10.36253/Aisthesis-14379


The number of elderly influencers on Instagram is increasing. When analyzing a sample of corresponding posts, it is noticeable that fashion, especially fancy or vintage fashion, plays a central role. By choosing extraordinary looks, elderly influencers, whose age is by no means concealed, communicate self-determination and independence from the opinions of others – both also in connection with life experience. Their followers consider them as cool and empowering: this way, they can positively influence society’s perception of elderly people, take away younger recipients’ fear of aging, and act as role models. However, a noticeable divide emerges, as the elderly influencers are apparently well-educated and presumably also wealthy and enjoy good health. In social comparison, many of those of the same age would probably perform poorly. Therefore, it can be concluded that elderly influencer may be beneficial to their recipients and to society as a whole, but that addressing the social conditions that enable old people to live a fulfilled life is largely ignored.


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