Overanalyzing Chase Carter's Instagram

Drawing Wildly Irresponsible Conclusions about Sports Illustrated's Newest Swimsuit Model

By Sam Eichner ·

Sometimes, in an attempt to sneak a peek into the interior lives of the rich and famous, we’re forced to launch an investigation into the evidence at the public’s disposal. By which we mean, grossly overanalyze whom these people choose to follow on Instagram.

Today, we take a look into the deep follows of one Chase Carter, who was revealed this past Saturday as Sports Illustrated’s newest swimsuit model for the 2018 issue. According to SI, and her personal blog, CheeseStake, the 20-year-old Bahamian loves basketball, dope handshakes and Kevin Spacy. Let’s see what Freud, Jung and Rogers have to say about the lass. Just kidding, let's dive headlong down the rabbit hole and bullshit this thing…

A post shared by Chase Carter (@lilbabycheezus) on Jul 20, 2017 at 11:20am PDT

The Profile
Posts: 590
Followers: 338k
Following: 303
Credo: “Bahamian,” more or less. I guess if I was from the Bahamas I’d be pretty stoked about it, too.

The Bell Curve
Your usual mix of photographers, other models (male and female), make-up artists and the like. But Carter, given her relative anonymity before this week, seems to follow more unverified folks than your standard SI swimsuit model, including people we assume to be actual friends and aspiring models with relatively small followings. In addition: it’s clear she likes sports (ESPN, SportCenter, even Barstool Sports), New York-related food and dogs. She may as well be any middle-aged New York bro, except she’s not, because she looks really good in bathing suits.


A post shared by jillian davis (@jilliedavis) on Aug 16, 2017 at 3:31pm PDT

Jillian Davis is a self-proclaimed actor, writer, men’s underwear model (?) and SoulCycle instructor. Presumably, Carter’s SoulCycle instructor. I’ve never been to SoulCycle because I’m intimidated by beautiful women yelling at me about my body, but from what I can tell it has a cult-like tendency to engender human intimacy between its participants and leaders. All of which is to say: Carter, get out while you still can! (Kidding, sure SoulCylce is great.)


A post shared by Dylan Efron (@dylanefron) on Apr 18, 2017 at 10:08pm PDT

Carter follows Zac Efron’s little brother, Dylan Efron, but not Efron himself. Hmm. Are they dating? Would that even make sense? But wouldn’t it kind of, maybe? I don’t know. Here’s what I do know, according to People: Dylan Efron is a poet, a Lakers fan and has an Econ degree. He’s also very good looking. Thus concludes this episode of: “Things I Know About Dylan Efron.”

@blakelively, @kevinhart4real and @drdre

A post shared by Blake Lively (@blakelively) on Jun 8, 2017 at 2:49pm PDT

Carter doesn’t follow many celebrities (see above unwillingness to even follow her BF’s celeb bro), so the ones she does might be telling. I can’t make heads or tails of these three though. What do they have in common? What is she trying to tell us? My guess is she’s one of those rare fans of Chronic who’s also a diehard for Gossip Girl.

@cburkle23 and @chasekalisz

A post shared by Clark Burckle (@cburckle23) on Jul 15, 2017 at 10:14am PDT

Carter follows not one but two U.S. Olympian swimmers. She must either a) be really into swimming (would explain her job); b) really patriotic; or c) really legitimately into sports, because neither of these people are named Ryan Lochte or Michael Phelps.


A post shared by Lacy Cavalier (@lacycavalier) on Jul 24, 2017 at 3:30pm PDT

Looks like your standard Instagram model/aspiring Nashville-based singer here. Kind of a weird follow. Is she into her music or her modeling? Does it matter? Note to self: perhaps shows a lack of discernment on Carter’s part.

I think what we’re seeing here is a classic case of “being 20 years old.” Her outliers suggest she’s still rather flip about her Instagram. Maybe she doesn’t care that much at this point; maybe she never will. Either that, or we can assume she’s just your normal Gossip Girl-loving gal who happens to have a crush on Dylan Efron, takes her job as a swimsuit model serious enough to follow random Olympic swimmers and loves SoulCycle. You decide. 
Sam Eichner

Sam Eichner likes literature, reality television and his twin cats equally. He has consistently been told he needs a shave since he started growing facial hair.

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