Why 87-Year-Old Baddie Winkle Is an Instagram Sensation


Nikko La Mere

Helen Van Winkle is a survivor. She lived through the Great Depression, endured the death of her son, and witnessed the death of her husband on their 35th wedding anniversary. But rather than dwell on the darkness of her life, the 87-year-old reinvented herself as Baddie Winkle—an unapologetic rebel who looks like she shares a closet with Miley Cyrus. “I’ve always been a rebel all my life. When somebody tells me I can’t do something I’m going to show em I can,” Winkle told Refinery29. Winkle has definitely showed the world, or at least her 1.4 million Instagram followers, what it looks like to live the way you want to. “I’m not an old person. I’ve never been an old person. I just do my thing,” she says. Watch this epic video of the Insta siren, and you’ll be inspired to do the same. 

Style your next Instagram selfie with these Winkle–approved sunglasses.

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