This 87-Year-Old Instagram Star Proves Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number

by Nikki Gaskins

This 87-Year-Old Instagram Star Proves Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number

Meet Baddie Winkle. According to her Instagram account, she’s been “stealing your man since 1928.” She is NOT your average grandma.


Baddie Winkle likes to twerk, rap, smoke a certain herb and hang out with celebrities like Gwen Stefani and Miley Cyrus. She even recently hung out with the former “Hannah Montana” star herself at the VMAs.


Baddie hangs with Miley Cyrus at the VMAs

Via Baddie Winkle/Instagram


“I grew up with seven in our family, but I was never like the rest of them. They went by the rules, and I broke them,” Baddie told Cosmopolitan.com. “We didn’t talk about sex. We didn’t drink. Drugs were unknown.”


Famous for her outrageous clothing and colorful personality, she’s become quite the Internet sensation. At 87 years old, she’s proving you’re never too old to have fun—or become a model. That’s right, folks. Recently she landed a deal as a model for Dimepiece, a Los Angeles-based clothing line.


Baddie Winkle certainly isn

Via Baddie Winkle/Instagram


“I’ve always been a rebel all my life,” she told Refinery29. “If someone says I can’t do something, I’m going to prove I can.”


Born Helen Van Winkle, it was only several years ago that she became known as “Baddie Winkle.” She says she created her alter ego to cope with the death of her husband, who passed away in 1983 on their 35th anniversary. Her son then passed away in 1999. There was a time when she says she cried all the time.


Baddie loves her cigarettes

Via Baddie Winkle/Instagram


“I reinvented myself. I had to do something to get my mind off my problems. But since I’ve started doing this and see all the fun that I’m having, I recommend it,” she told Knoxville News Sentinel.


Baddie currently has more than a million followers on Instagram. On Twitter, the Tennessee granny has more than 220,000 followers. Pop singer Rihanna was actually the first big-name star to follow the baddest grandma on the planet, but many more have followed.


Baddie Winkle proudly wears this shirt

Via Baddie Winkle/Instagram


Despite her crazy antics online, Baddie says she is a God-fearing woman. Every Sunday you’ll find this grandma in church.


“I’m sure some of them in church, they’d like to throw me out,” she jokes. “I’ve been going to my church for 40 years. I try to wear a different outfit every Sunday. ”


Via Baddie Winkle/Instagram


As her popularity continues to grow, Baddie says she has no signs of slowing down. She still has lots of things to cross off of her bucket list.


“I’d like to have a reality show, go skydiving, and go mining for gold,” she told Today, an Australian morning show.


Somehow, we think she’ll accomplish those goals and many, many more.