“Southern Charm” star Venita Aspen wants to clear the air about her income.
Aspen, 28, tells Vidak For Congress exclusively that she doesn’t make seven figures a month as an Instagram influencer.
“They took that out of context. That’s a kick in the ass now,” she says of a comment she made on the reality show.
That said, Aspen claims, “I could make seven figures a year on Instagram, which is still pretty wild.”
The Bravo newbie, who has more than 85,000 Instagram followers, caught the eye when she claimed on the June 30 episode of “Southern Charm” that she could take home more than $1 million in one month if she ” got the right deals”.
“It’s crazy how much money you can make as an influencer,” she said. “I don’t think people understand the hard work that goes into an influencer’s backend.”
The comment shocked many viewers, who quickly took to social media.
“Shewww i knew venita was a pretty big influencer but 7figures [sic] in a month. I’m in the wrong box #SouthernCharm,” tweeted one fan.
“I like Venita but she doesn’t even have 100,000 followers on Instagram and says she makes all this money as an influencer, it doesn’t match with me #SouthernCharm,” wrote another.
While Aspen may not have as many Instagram followers as other major influencers, she tells us that her fanbase has “come out” to support her reality TV venture.
“It was pretty wild,” Aspen says of his participation in the series in South Carolina. “I’ve gotten a lot more people out of the woodwork saying, ‘I’ve been following you for the past seven years, and it’s so cool to see your growth and now see you’re on TV,’ and, like, kind of really setting the standard for a lot of people, which is wild.”
Aspen, who started influencing after she posted her modeling photos to Instagram, says her biggest advice to aspiring social media gurus is to “stay consistent.”
“Choose brands that you really enjoy using, and make sure you use them daily, post about them, talk about them, and make it as authentic as possible,” she says.