Layton Benton: How to be a Social Media Star
Exotic, curvy and beautiful, Layton Benton is a delicious blend of Puerto Rican, Dominican, and African-American beauty. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, Layton has worked with industry giants including Hustler, Digital Playground, Evil Angel, Reality Kings and Penthouse. She was the 2014 AVN Awards nominee for Best New Starlet and has been a featured guest on many SiriusXM programs such as The Christy Canyon Show on Vivid Radio, The Jay Thomas Show on Howard 101, The All Out Show, Show Off Radio on and The DJ Whoo Kid Show on Shade 45.
Layton made headline news when she spoke out against Chase Bank closing her account, and the account of several porn stars without warning or reason, and was interviewed by Page Six of the New York Post, Fox News, TMZ, The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post. She has also been on popular television shows, Basketball Wives and Sons of Anarchy.
In November of 2016 Layton announced her retirement in adult entertainment to pursue a modeling and acting career and has become one of the hottest Instagram models on the scene, it’s her true passion and Layton spoke about how she went about being an internet sensation for SocialUnderground.com
I love social media, but I would say Instagram became my platform because it’s more social, people take it more seriously and it’s a portfolio of a person. I can look at someone’s IG and know who they are and what they believe in.
When I began posting provocative photos, I learned quickly what’s okay and what’s not okay. I do provocative but not too crazy and explicit. My account has half a million followers and I don’t want to get kicked off. I built it by collaborating with other IG models. That’s the biggest thing to do, you guys post each other on each page. I’ve collaborated with gorgeous, popular industry girls, Kasey Hill and Marley Brinx. I’ve been posting a lot with Veronica Rodriguez, London Keyes, Kiara Mia those are the biggest ones. A girl Shteena, she’s an IG model and she has over one million followers, she’s known most for her big butt, like me and we share each other’s followers. That’s the biggest part, sharing in this way, making comments on each other’s photos and that builds it up fast.
Hashtags are important, people automatically click on a hashtag, I hashtag #Dallas a lot, that’s where I live.
I post photos at least once a day, I think about what I post before I post it. Most of my followers follow me at night or after work, so I time it for them. I post every day and people want to see you’re taking the time to interact with them. You don’t just post photos, you interact with your followers and give them that love and attention.
What is an Instagram Model? It’s someone that does photoshoots with big photographers on social media, bikini, in a regular, street clothes, I have photos of me in all kinds of outfits, not just the uber sexy ones. They want to see you’re a real person so not all can be lingerie, they want to feel they are in a relationship with you. I say use what you have to get want you want, it’s all a publicity opportunity, it’s crazy but it’s true. I have Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, but when people lose their Instagram account it’s the end of the world!
I mostly get hit up on IG because they don’t have to follow you to send you a Direct Message, unlike Twitter. People can easily DM you and surprisingly the club promoters take IG more seriously than Twitter, and when they see your strong reach they offer you opportunities. Instagram now defines who you are in popularity in the world.
Here are some Instagram basic Do’s and Don’ts that have helped me immensely.
1. Interact with your followers. When they comment at least like their comment people know you don’t have time to comment all day and but show that you care and you’re not a bitch.
2. Think about what you’re posting before you post it. This is about who you are and what you are, you have to be strategic on what you post engage more people to follow you.
3. What I do is comment on people’s pages that have a lot of followers and people will see you who don’t follow you. They will notice you and think who is this person?
1. Don’t start drama. Social media is not a platform for drama it’s for business and grow yourself as a brand.
2. Don’t be negative, I hate negative people who are constantly bashing people and saying mean comments like, oh you’re a ho or you’re fat. Spread positive energy.
3. Don’t create a page of someone that you’re not. You don’t know how many people use my name to get money from people.
The other Instagram profiles I personally love? I’m really intrigued by Bundle of Brittany, she doesn’t care to be anyone but herself she can be sexy, goofy she doesn’t care what people think about her. She’s real. One time she was wearing these boy shorts and she had her face painted as the joker, and she looked so sexy! I loved that photo it turned me on!
I think it’s possible to date off of Instagram and even meet someone special. I can’t meet people like that because of who I am and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out through Google. The men who step to me on IG go in two categories, either a fan boy or an opportunist. I met a man off of IG once, but he turned out to be a phony, just around just to tell people he was with me and he took social media too seriously and he’d get really pissed when I’d unfollow him.
I’ve made friends on IG the thing about it that you build friendships with girls because you’re constantly posting with each other and you get to talking and you do end up meeting and hanging out. And the male followers like seeing girls getting along I think they like that better than drama. I noticed that guys feel like you’re not selfish or self-centered when you post other girls to follow. That’s the thing with social media, you can’t be stingy with your followers.
What I learned the most about being an Instagram star is to be yourself, your best self, but also your true self. When I started posting I would over-filter my photos as well as lighten my skin. But now I see that people love my hazelnut complexion and I’m proud of it, when I started posting the real me with my real skin color I got much more positive feedback. I learned that real is beautiful and that’s the best lesson anyone can learn.