Why this Insta model lost so many male followers

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But the 26-year-old Gold Coaster, who made a name for herself when her fitness posts went viral, has instead picked up new followers among fellow mums after giving birth to daughter Evaliah in August last year.

“I definitely have lost a lot of male followers and people that maybe aren’t interested in babies but I’ve gained a lot of mummy followers since my page has changed a lot,” she said

Hannah Polites with her daughter Evaliah. Picture: Jerad Williams

Hannah Polites with her daughter Evaliah. Picture: Jerad WilliamsSource:News Limited

“I think my followers have grown with me: the girls who were 20 are now 26 and they want to see more about babies and marriage.

“They want to know me, and Evaliah is a part of me, but I try not to share too many pictures of her because that’s not why people followed me in the first place.”

The Southport mum copped criticism last year for exercising while pregnant with Evaliah — and the baby backlash hasn’t stopped.

Hannah Polites posted this photo with the hashtag #normalisebreastfeeding Picture: Supplied

Hannah Polites posted this photo with the hashtag #normalisebreastfeeding Picture: SuppliedSource:Gold Coast Bulletin

“I sometimes get comments from people on Instagram saying I should be looking after my baby but I think if Evaliah isn’t in the photo they just assume I’m not with her,” she said.

“She does everything with me: in the morning she comes to gym or pilates and sits with the other babies and dances to music.

“She comes to cafes and restaurants (and) she loves the beach.

“Every time I take her to Bali or Hawaii she heads straight for the water.”

photo galleryThe evolution of Insta-famous Hannah Polites

Hannah Polites was one of the Gold Coast’s first Insta-famous girls1 of 39

Hannah Polites was one of the Gold Coast’s first Insta-famous girls

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Her fit body gained her millions of followers

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Her following included a lot of men before she had her baby

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Hannah Polites travelled the globe, paid for by her Instagram fame5 of 39

Hannah Polites travelled the globe, paid for by her Instagram fame

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Hannah Polites during her travels8 of 39

Hannah Polites during her travels

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Hannah Polites has amassed a 1.5 million Instagram following

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Hannah Polites as a nurse at Gold Coast University Hospital. Photo: Kit Wise12 of 39

Hannah Polites as a nurse at Gold Coast University Hospital. Photo: Kit Wise

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Hannah Polites became famous for her fit body

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Hannah Polites during her globe trotting

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Hannah Polites and her partner announce her pregnancy19 of 39

Hannah Polites and her partner announce her pregnancy

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Hannah Polites in the early stages of her pregnancy

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Hannah Polites in the early stages of her pregnancy

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Hannah Polites in the early stages of her pregnancy

Hannah Polites’ bump grows23 of 39

Hannah Polites’ bump grows

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Hannah Polites’ bump grows

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Hannah Polites’ bump grows

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Hannah Polites posted this photo with the hashtag #normalisebreastfeeding Picture: Supplied

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Hannah Polites with newborn daughter Evaliah

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Hannah Polites with newborn daughter Evaliah

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Hannah Polites with newborn daughter Evaliah

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Hannah Polites with newborn daughter Evaliah

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Hannah Polites got her body back in shape quickly after the birth

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Hannah Polites with fiance Garth and daughter Evaliah

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Hannah Polites with daughter Evaliah

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Hannah Polites with daughter Evaliah

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Hannah Polites with daughter Evaliah

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Hannah Polites with daughter Evaliah

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Evaliah

Hannah Polites is one of the Gold Coast’s original Instagram famous girls. Hannah with her daughter Evaliah,1. Picture: Jerad Williams38 of 39

Hannah Polites is one of the Gold Coast’s original Instagram famous girls. Hannah with her daughter Evaliah,1. Picture: Jerad Williams

Hannah Polites says her following has now changed to mummy types. Picture: Jerad Williams39 of 39

Hannah Polites says her following has now changed to mummy types. Picture: Jerad Williams

Hannah Polites was one of the Gold Coast’s first Insta-famous girls

Her fit body gained her millions of followers

Her following included a lot of men before she had her baby

Hannah Polites

Hannah Polites travelled the globe, paid for by her Instagram fame

Hannah Polites

Hannah Polites

Hannah Polites during her travels

Hannah Polites

Hannah Polites has amassed a 1.5 million Instagram following

Hannah Polites

Hannah Polites as a nurse at Gold Coast University Hospital. Photo: Kit Wise

Hannah Polites became famous for her fit body

Hannah Polites

Hannah Polites

Hannah Polites

Hannah Polites during her globe trotting

Hannah Polites.

Hannah Polites and her partner announce her pregnancy

Hannah Polites in the early stages of her pregnancy

Hannah Polites in the early stages of her pregnancy

Hannah Polites in the early stages of her pregnancy

Hannah Polites’ bump grows

Hannah Polites’ bump grows

Hannah Polites’ bump grows

Hannah Polites posted this photo with the hashtag #normalisebreastfeeding Picture: Supplied

Hannah Polites with newborn daughter Evaliah

Hannah Polites with newborn daughter Evaliah

Hannah Polites with newborn daughter Evaliah

Hannah Polites with newborn daughter Evaliah

Hannah Polites got her body back in shape quickly after the birth

Hannah Polites with fiance Garth and daughter Evaliah

Hannah Polites with daughter Evaliah

Hannah Polites with daughter Evaliah

Hannah Polites with daughter Evaliah

Hannah Polites with daughter Evaliah

Evaliah

Hannah Polites is one of the Gold Coast’s original Instagram famous girls. Hannah with her daughter Evaliah,1. Picture: Jerad Williams

Hannah Polites says her following has now changed to mummy types. Picture: Jerad Williams

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Hannah Polites was one of the Gold Coast’s first Insta-famous girls
Her fit body gained her millions of followers
Her following included a lot of men before she had her baby
Hannah Polites
Hannah Polites travelled the globe, paid for by her Instagram fame
Hannah Polites
Hannah Polites
Hannah Polites during her travels
Hannah Polites
Hannah Polites has amassed a 1.5 million Instagram following
Hannah Polites
Hannah Polites as a nurse at Gold Coast University Hospital. Photo: Kit Wise
Hannah Polites became famous for her fit body
Hannah Polites
Hannah Polites
Hannah Polites
Hannah Polites during her globe trotting
Hannah Polites.
Hannah Polites and her partner announce her pregnancy
Hannah Polites in the early stages of her pregnancy
Hannah Polites in the early stages of her pregnancy
Hannah Polites in the early stages of her pregnancy
Hannah Polites’ bump grows
Hannah Polites’ bump grows
Hannah Polites’ bump grows
Hannah Polites posted this photo with the hashtag #normalisebreastfeeding Picture: Supplied
Hannah Polites with newborn daughter Evaliah
Hannah Polites with newborn daughter Evaliah
Hannah Polites with newborn daughter Evaliah
Hannah Polites with newborn daughter Evaliah
Hannah Polites got her body back in shape quickly after the birth
Hannah Polites with fiance Garth and daughter Evaliah
Hannah Polites with daughter Evaliah
Hannah Polites with daughter Evaliah
Hannah Polites with daughter Evaliah
Hannah Polites with daughter Evaliah
Evaliah
Hannah Polites is one of the Gold Coast’s original Instagram famous girls. Hannah with her daughter Evaliah,1. Picture: Jerad Williams
Hannah Polites says her following has now changed to mummy types. Picture: Jerad Williams

Ms Polites has also faced down criticism for breastfeeding her daughter in public, but the former St Stephen’s College student said she doesn’t let it bother her.

“I also get a lot of comments about breast feeding in public, but it’s a normal part of life,” she said.

Hannah Polites at Garden Kitchen & Bar earlier in the year. Photo: Luke Marsden

Hannah Polites at Garden Kitchen & Bar earlier in the year. Photo: Luke MarsdenSource:Supplied

“I’ve had so many people come up to me and say thank you for sharing that photo (of breastfeeding).”

Hannah Polites with her family.

Hannah Polites with her family.Source:Instagram

Ms Polites, who has 1.5 million followers and is paid to travel the world, said she never set out to become a globetrotting Instagram star.

“I never set out to become a big Instagram page, but it went viral and I just went along with it,” she said.

“Someone actually showed me how to use Instagram and I thought it was just a photo editing app so I put three of the same photos up with different filters, I definitely didn’t take it seriously to begin with.

Hannah Polites (left) working as a midwife at Gold Coast University Hospital. Photo: Kit Wise

Hannah Polites (left) working as a midwife at Gold Coast University Hospital. Photo: Kit WiseSource:News Corp Australia

“I was working for Lorna Jane and started taking photos in my activewear and a lot of fitness pages started to share my photos … a few went viral.

“There were people wanting to know more about my life and what I did for exercise so there was demand for me to start a blog-style account.”

Hannah Polites and Garth Small.

Hannah Polites and Garth Small.Source:Supplied

Ms Polites is set to marry her partner Garth Small at a destination wedding next year after saying ‘yes’ in February.

“The wedding is overseas next September with about 120 guests … it will be elegant and formal, it’s not a beachy wedding,” she said.

“I met Garth when we were both working at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

“He’s a paediatrician and I was a midwife, and he later told me that he saw me from across the hall and said ‘I have to ask that girl out’ even though he only had two weeks left of work before going overseas for a year.

Hannah at Main Beach with baby Evaliah. Picture: Jerad Williams

Hannah at Main Beach with baby Evaliah. Picture: Jerad WilliamsSource:News Limited

“So he bit the bullet and asked me out, I said yes and he ended up putting off his trip so we went overseas together two months later.

“I was planning to go back to work at the hospital this month but now I have a couple of trips coming up through Instagram to Fashion Week in Perth (and) potentially Bali so I’ve put that on hold.

“I’ll definitely go back though, I love being a midwife I’ll never give that up.”

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