Call it the saga of the dynamic Instagram account. After a period of going public and allowing the world to see photos on the V. Stiviano Instagram page, that same account has switched to private on April 27. Donald Sterling's girlfriend's Instagram account has gone through as many changes as the depth of the racist phone tirade being attributed to the L.A. Clippers owner that has forced President Barack Obama to comment on the allegations from halfway around the world, saying, "When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk."
The Instagram account named V. Stiviano was initially private on April 26, and switched to public at some point afterward, but not before this pop culture reporter was able to visually research each uploaded photo to ensure no pic of Earvin "Magic" Johnson with Sterling's girlfriend still appeared on the feed.
Indeed, innocuous and sexy selfies of Stiviano were all that were left on the still active Instagram account, along with a plethora of growing comments, with at least one berating her for not waiting until after the NBA playoffs to release the scathing audio that has launched a probe to verify the authenticity of the racial allegations.
Alas, the controversy continues to enthrall the nation on Sunday, with Google Trends "Hot Searches" reporting more than 2 million searches for terms surrounding the Sterling situation, as his scheduled NAACP award looms large with talk of cancellations and boycotts until the NBA concretely moves swiftly to bring a fitting punishment to the owner once their investigation culminates.
Stiviano's Instagram following also continues to grow along with the web hits on the articles about the topic, despite the changing public versus private status of her account. Initially her number of followers was listed at 114,564 during the morning hours of April 26, and within approximately 24 hours, that following has grown to more than 129,000 Instagram followers.
This pop culture reporter, meanwhile, is wondering why I didn't take the time to follow Stivianio when her IG account went public. Alas, my "requested" status just might be accepted by the woman who describes herself as an "artist, lover, writer, chef, poet, stylist, [and] philanthropist," if she's one of the nearly 100,000 folks who've read these Examiner articles about the melee since April 26.
"One day I will look back at Instagram and say, 'I've been there and done that,'" reads the IG profile description of Sterling's girlfriend, who claims, "I do it all." Indeed. Adding to that list of achievements a ghost-written Kindle-edition memoir explaining the trials and travails of such a fascinating life might be in order, and a best seller.