Baddie Winkle- The World’s Favorite Grandma

We have brought you Baddie Winkle before, but who is this octogenarian siren, and how did she come to grace us with her magnificent presence?


🎃 HAPPY HALLOWEEN 🎃 @yandy

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Baddie Winkle was formerly known as Helen Ruth Elam Van Winkle… we can see why she shortened it!

shouda got this when you could 👵🏽

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Baddie got her start on the crazy world that is the internet in 2014, when she was 85 years old! Her great granddaughter, Kennedy, had helped her to upload a photo wearing Kennedy’s clothes, and it was all downhill from there.

Legends 🦋

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Life wasn’t always glitter and neon for the lovely miss Baddie, however. Her husband Earl died in a car accident after 35 years of marriage, and just a few years later her son David died after a brutal battle with cancer. As she struggled with the depression of losing her loved ones, she decided to reinvent herself by wearing clothes and acting a little bit out of her comfort zone. She created Baddie to release the grief.

IN LOVE WITH THE KOKO @khloekardashian

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In 2014 her 17-year-old great-granddaughter took a picture of Baddie wearing a tie dye shirt and jean shorts and put it on the internet- our first viewing of Baddie herself. Within days her account had thousands of followers, including the queen of weird, Rihanna herself!

You can now call @nicolerichie #NikkiFresh. Watch her on #CandidlyNicole on @vh1 tonight at 11/10c. #rideordie #ad

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Since Baddie’s inception online, she has been able to schmooze with celebrities like Miley Cyrus, The Kardashians, Gwen Stefani, Drew Barrymore, and more!

@drewbarrymore you are so so nice!! 💚

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At 88 years young, Baddie still has a lot of life- and a lot of fashion- to give the world. We can’t wait to see what she wears next!

LOVE YOU @mileycyrus 💚🌈 TUNE IN TONIGHT FOR THE VMAS ON @MTV

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BLESSED

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