#50+ fashion Instagram influencers: cognitive age and aesthetic digital labours

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Purpose: This paper demonstrates how #50+ fashion Instagram influencers contribute to the social construction of cognitive age through their aesthetic digital labours. Design/methodology/approach: Non-participative netnography was used in the form of visual and textual analysis of over 300 Instagram posts including images, captions and comments. Findings: Findings reveal how outfit selection, background choices and bodily poses redefine expressions of look age through forms of aesthetic labour. Post-construction, hashtag and emoji usage illustrates how influencers refrain from directly posting about the fashion brands that they endorse. Instead, image and personality work visually attracts followers to politically charged posts which directly impact upon the social and cultural contexts where influencers are active. This ties into present-day wider societal discourses. Practical implications: 50+ fashion influencers have high spending power. Fashion brands should refrain from using #brand and collaborate in more subtle ways and concentrate on challenging the negativity of the old-age cliché. Originality/value: The study advances theory on the social construction of age in fashion studies by combining cognitive age with aesthetic labour to identify the characteristics of the social phenomenon of the 50+ Instagram influencer. It applies principles from critical visual analysis to digital context, thereby advancing the qualitative netnographic toolkit.


Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Edinburgh Napier University

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Sociologi (exklusive socialt arbete, socialpsykologi och socialantropologi)
  • Kulturstudier


TidskriftJournal of Fashion Marketing and Management
StatusE-pub ahead of print - 2020 apr 10
Peer review utfördJa