What’s Next For These Twin Sisters Who Went Viral On Instagram?
1. Fresh Out Of High School Australian twins Elisha and Renee Herbert have been blowing up on Instagram in the short time since the fresh-faced teens finished high school. At almost exactly the same time, the twins’ professional modelling careers started taking off. But it turns out these two aren’t as new to modeling as […]
1. Fresh Out Of High School
Australian twins Elisha and Renee Herbert have been blowing up on Instagram in the short time since the fresh-faced teens finished high school. At almost exactly the same time, the twins’ professional modelling careers started taking off. But it turns out these two aren’t as new to modeling as you may think.
The twins were scouted at age 14 by clothing company Peppermayo. So much success at such a young age might turn some youngsters sour, but Elisha and Renee wold withstand the stress. From there, their clout would only grow. According to them, the great lengths they would eventually reach in front of the camera was all in thanks to an important message they got when they were growing up.
The “twin effect” these two have worked in their favor on social media has led to the twosome delightfully being dubbed “Twinstagrammers.” Renee and Elisha each have more than one million Instagram followers, but their current role as superstars in the Instagram Influencer scene didn’t happen overnight.
While the girls grew up with Peppermayo, Elisha and Renee got a taste of what it takes to make it in modeling. Simultaneously, they started using what they learned to their Instagram posts, and their fan following grew fast. After growing as much as possible with Peppermayo, the magnetic “Twinstagrammers” decided to take the steering wheel to try to make it on their own.
3. It’s All In The Detail
Elisha and Renee are nearly completely identical twins, but there are a few small markers to help make out which sister is which. Renee may have been born first, but it’s actually Elisha who is just a touch taller, and their most defining difference?
Elisha has a small beauty mark on her cheek. So, basically, they couldn’t be any closer in appearance or in life. And they wouldn’t want it any other way! According to Renee, “We had each other and it was way better than being an only child.” But these two have more than just their twinhood backing them up.
4. From Marine Biology To Modeling
Elisha and Renee studied hard in high school, and like true twins, they even had the same favorite subject at school: marine biology. In fact, they say they “fell into modeling” but marine biology had always been their post-school passion that they planned to pursue in college.
While the girls are excited to see where their modeling journey leads, they haven’t ruled out returning to marine biology one day. In the meantime Renee and Elisha have learned not to rule anything out in the future, “Everything happened pretty fast so for now we’re just going with it, having fun working.”
5. Pet Rhino
Renee and Elisha aren’t just into modeling for the exotic travel and prime perks that come from sponsored Instagram posts, they’re also using their platform as social media/modeling power players to bring attention to causes they care about passionately. The charitable pair recently went on an adventure with an awe-inspiring purpose.
Working closely with Vetpaw, an organization whose sole mission is to protect African wildlife, Renee and and Elisha went to South Africa to learn about, and bring awareness to rhino conservation and anti-poaching. The rhino conservation group gave the girls a “pet” rhino, which they named Rocky. The twins try to visit Rocky regularly and are eager to continue their work with Vetpaw.
6. Picky About Partnerships
As Instagram influencers, the sisters want to relay a message of honesty to their combined following of two million. In their words, they put it all out there on their social media accounts, so their followers get a refreshingly real look at Renee and Elisha. As such, they’re selective about which brands they partner with.
According to Elisha, “We try to look for those who are easy to work with and who we like their style.” More recently, Renee and Elisha partnered to promote Le Tan, a brand with self-tanning oils and lotions. And when they want to take their pics up a notch, the twins are upfront about their use of filters to make every picture pop.
7. On Comparing Themselves Others
Being both models and viral Instagram sensations, Elisha and Renee do face a few hardships too, namely fierce competition from fellow influencers. In a field as overflowing with models and influencers as Instagram, the sisters know how hard it is not to get caught up in comparison.
Elisha and Renee realize that insecurities are normal, even for identical twin sisters. Elisha explains, “It’s so easy because there’s just so many girls that you’re seeing photos of…you can look at photos and just appreciate it and know that you’re you and you’re good enough.” Renee then added, “you can’t be anyone else, you can only improve on yourself.”
8. Family Fans
We already know that Elisha and Renee were raised right by strong female role models like their mom and older sister, but they’re not the only ones keeping the star sisters grounded. Their family is super supportive of their career, and both of their parents are even more excited by their sudden ascent in the modeling world than Elisha and Renee themselves.
And mom and dad aren’t the only ones excited to have two top models in the family, their older brother and sister feel the same. Still, there’s one family member who feels surprisingly differently about the sisters’ move from marine biology into modeling.
9. All About Balance
When Renee and Elisha first signed with Sydney-based clothing company Peppermayo, the Golden Coast girls had to fly out for photo shoots all while juggling their studies. It was a hard balance to maintain, but the studious sisters didn’t stress too much.
As Renee recalls: “It was pretty hectic, but it was really good.” Now that they’re busy as can be with their increasingly in-demand modeling gigs, the identical twins have kept that same sunny attitude from their days juggling school and work. When asked what they would tell their younger selves if given the chance, the photogenic pair answered, “keep being positive.” Seems like they’re sticking to it!
10. Sister Who Stick Together
While the stylish sisters do occasionally book modeling shoots separately, when they can sway the situation, the pair prefer to work together, and try to market themselves as a package deal. They say two heads are better than one, and when those heads are identical, that’s gotta be even better, right?
Renee gave an example, “I got a job in Hawaii and I was like ‘I wish Elisha could come with…’ and now it’s me and Elisha doing the job in Hawaii! We try to negotiate.” Still, sometimes casting agents aren’t always interested, but either way, it’s nice to know that there’s always a sister to stand beside on set, or stand in as a substitute.
11. Traveling Twins
If there’s one thing Renee and Elisha love most about their jobs, it’s that they get to travel. The international identical models get to take exotic trips, and then take tons of photos to share with their followers. Not a bad way to make a living!
The one wish the twosome have as they take the next step in their career, is to keep working in ways that allow them to travel. And even when they are not on an official trip, they’d like to still jet off to tropical hotspots like Mexico and Bali, or taking a ride on a gondola in Venice.
12. Nothing Gets Between These Two And Their Calvins
Elisha and Renee are quickly learning how to recognize when a can’t-miss opportunity comes around, like the chance to work with Calvin Klein. The girls got to travel to glorious Malibu, and model the latest denim and classic cotton skivvies for the famed #MyCalvins campaign.
Some seriously world-famous celebs have posed with the popped collar of a Calvin Klein jean jacket, from Brooke Shields, to the recent campaign featuring all of the Kardashian/Jenner sisters, but they can all move right on over for the newest models to make Calvin Klein cool. Renee and Elisha’s #MyCalvins campaign is sure to mark the start of the models’ meteoric rise.
13. Fashionable Festival Fun
The sisters are all about combining work and play, like when they went to Coachella for the first time. Renee and Elisha love to put together fun and funky festival looks and take photos for their fans. Their over-the-top outfits are often pieces given to the girls by clothing companies that they’ve partnered with to promote.
Elisha and Renee really put a lot of thought into which cutting-edge clothes they’ll wear, and construct their looks to match. And they’re not just having fun with festival fashion, the’re paying the fashion forward — a lot of their stylish ensembles can be bought on DePop.
14. Secret To Success
Renee and Elisha aren’t above sharing the secrets of their sudden success, and have advice for all the fledgling influencer and modeling hopefuls. In an admittedly competitive field, it’s all about presenting an honest view if you want to go viral.
According to the twosome, “Instagram is such a great platform to express yourself by posting content to allow people to follow along your journey and feel inspired by a certain lifestyle.” Elisha and Renee want any of their fans looking to follow in their footsteps to know that everyone is beautiful in their own right, all they need to do is “own it!”
15. Double Trouble
Everything Elisha and Renee do and document on social media, they do for their fans! And they’re all about connecting with their amazing audience. The girls recently went to the Australian city of Newcastle to host a meet and greet, the Double Trouble Tour. And the event even included a special surprise.
On the Double Trouble Tour, the twins got to give back to their fans, with a fun and friendly contest. Two lucky BFFs would get the chance to become the new faces of Princess Polly and Benefit Cosmetics, two brands the twins have partnered with. Not a bad bonus in addition to free makeover and of course, everyone’s favorite twin models, Elisha and Renee.
16. Influential Friends
Now that social media has erupted as a lucrative advertising platform, the “Twinstagrammers” have made more than a few fellow influencer friends. But don’t expect Elisha and Renee to have anything bad to say about their content creator “coworkers.” According to them, there’s no mean-spirited sense of competition between these millennial models.
The twin sisters have revealed that basically everyone at the top of the influencer game gets to know each other over Instagram, proving that the social media platform can be a positive space to make pals – even with those living abroad. They went on to admit, “You’re like, ‘Hey, I know you from Instagram!’ It’s weird but cool.” Preach, sisters!
17. Getting Vulnerable On Their Vlogs
Elisha and Renee love connecting with their followers, and as they have revealed, they believe in being vulnerable with their fans. Don’t expect any phoniness from these two! The sisters shoot video diaries and post them on their YouTube channel for a chance to get an up-close-and-personal peak into their lives.
The vlogs cover a range of experiences and events, including footage from their outreach trips, travels, and even makeup tutorials. All of their videos showcase their silly sense of humor, and of course, how much fun the twin sisters have together, even after spending all their time side by side.
18. Spontaneous Sister Moments
If there’s one thing twin sisters Renee and Elisha want everyone to know, it’s that their photos aren’t fake! The sisters love nothing more than to be spontaneous, and since their livelihood lives inside their phones, they always have a camera ready to capture every moment of sudden silliness.
Now that the twins travel all the time for work, there are plenty of opportunities to go on unexpected adventures. But even when they’re hanging out in between shoots, Renee and Elisha are always up for anything. “We’re never serious and nothing is ever planned with us — we just jump into things and make it happen.”
19. Family Secret
Did we say Elisha and Renee were twins? What they actually are is triplets! That’s right, there’s another Herbert sibling out there. Elisha and Renee have a triplet brother, Eric, and despite sharing DNA with his sisters, he couldn’t be more different.
Eric has no interest in modeling alongside his triplet sisters, and according to Elisha and Renee, “He’s not into that at all. He’s so not about it!” Eric is so opposed to having the type of public lifestyle that Elisha and Renee enjoy that he all but refuses to have his picture taken. But there’s no tension between the trio, as Elisha and Renee are really proud of their brother, who is currently studying nanoscience at the University of New South Wales.
20. Strong Role Models
For such fresh faces, Elisha and Renee are pretty positive figures in the Instagram Influencer field, and there’s a reason why they’re so grounded. Growing up, the girls had two really great role models in their mother and big sister Kayla.
As the twosome revealed in an interview, the Instagram stars were most influenced by the fierce females they grew up with, who taught them not only how to do their makeup, but most importantly, to just be themselves. As Renee said, “It’s okay to be different [for] people that you’re friends with and that way you can be yourself and love yourself.” Sing it sisters!
21. Positive Power
Vetpaw isn’t the only outreach project the photogenic pair hope to help gain more exposure. Elisha and Renee also hold the Bali Children’s Project close to their hearts. The charitable twosome traveled to Bali with their Karmagawa team, a company that works with social media stars to bring awareness to a variety of charities.
The identical twinstagramers visited the Indonesian island to see how the Bali Children’s Project was making a difference, and urged their respective online following of more than a million to get active and get involved! The sisters met with Balinese students and visited schools positively affected by the program.
22. On Life And Love
Renee and Elisha are also happy to help out their fellow ladies, by giving them an inspiring message on life and love. In one of their YouTube videos, Elisha and Renee express their attitude of self-love and independence, and it’s advice everyone can appreciate.
Elisha and Renee agree that girls everywhere shouldn’t settle for any old suitor, it’s all about finding someone who makes you feel like a goddess. The sisters said that it doesn’t matter if you’re single, no need to stress, just stay positive, be who you want to be, and a special someone will come your way.
23. The Twins Take On New York
The twins’ travels have also allowed them to pursue their long-held desire to take on the city that never sleeps – New York, New York! As always with Elisha and Renee, they were in the Big Apple to work and play. The sisters were set to audition with the A-list of model management, Elite Models. But, did they sign?
Of course! The sisters couldn’t help but get a little silly before bringing their best to Elite Models. Elisha and Renee recreated another famous twin moment – Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen‘s cheeky towel scene from their movie New York Minute. The funny snaps can serve to remind them of the city where they signed the big gig.
24. A Typical Twin Day
On an average day for Elisha and Renee (when they’re not working of course), the sisters can be seen splashing around at the beach (one of the benefits of being from Australia’s Golden Coast) and spending with friends and family.
Even though Elisha and Renee spend almost all their time together, they still like to spend some special down-time as sisters. They are self-proclaimed old movie junkies, and love to watch their favorite films with a big pile of popcorn. And when they’re looking to just play around, they prance around their room to Michael Jackson, and in their own words, dancing like lunatics. Um, can we be invited next time?
25. A Superstar Future
When asked in an interview where they seem themselves in five years, Renee and Elisha admit they have no idea what the future has in store. For now, the sisters are sticking with modeling, and hope to keep traveling too.
Elisha and Renee are ready to take up the mantel of as the world’s most-famous twins (Mary-Kate and Ashley have stepped out of the spotlight anyway), and with Elite Models managing their careers, these up-and-comers are well on their way to supermodel stardom. Don’t be surprised to see Elisha and Renee on the runways at fashion weeks around the world super soon. These sisters are ready for their close up!
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