INSTAGRAM model Natalia Garibotto says she has gained more than a half million followers after Pope Francis’ verified account appeared to “like” one of her racy photos.
Garibotto, 27, said the pope’s like in mid-November gained her 600,000 followers and that she has made a fortune as a result.
Pope Francis’ official account appeared to like a racy photo of Natalia Garibotto[/caption]
The Vatican said Pope Francis said, ‘we can exclude that the “like” came from the Holy See’[/caption]
“I make money off Instagram,” Garibotto told the New York Post’s Page Six on Thursday.
She said the publicity has helped her get “more leverage” on brands.
In addition, the attention has given her “a confidence to post more in clothes and make deals in fashion,” the Miami-based Instagram model said.
Garibotto said that seeing the pope like her photo initially “shocked” her and that she considered it a “big deal.”
Instagram model Natalia Garibotto said she gained 600,000 followers from the pope’s apparent like[/caption]
The pontiff’s @franciscus account liked an image of Garibotto wearing a tiny skirt that barely covered her behind, and a white crop-top.
At the time, the Brazilian model joked, “At least I’m going to heaven,” and “Brb on my way to the Vatican.”
The pope’s like did not last long—it was promptly removed and it remains unclear if Pope Francis controlled the account.
The pope’s account appeared to like an X-rated model’s raunchy photo in December[/caption]
According to reports, a team runs the pope’s social media accounts.
A Vatican spokesperson told the Guardian: “We can exclude that the ‘like’ came from the Holy See, and it has turned to Instagram for explanations.”
Garibotto’s comments about how she has benefitted from the like come just a day after the pope’s account appeared to like a risqué photo of an X-rated model.
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The pontiff’s verified account was captured liking a photo of OnlyFans star Margot Foxx wearing a tight black bodysuit.
Foxx, who calls herself “teddy queen,” shared a screenshot of the like and wrote, “The pope liked my picture that means I’m going to heaven.”
The Vatican has not yet commented on the latest like.