‘I started the industry’: Kurt Coleman’s fiery message to fellow influencers

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Instagram personality Kurt Coleman has said he is Australia’s original social media influencer and demanded respect from Australia’s influencer industry.

The 24-year-old was not impressed when a pop culture account on Twitter this week described him as a “former Gold Coast micro influencer”.

Coleman clapped back, “Babe I started the whole entire [influencer] industry in Australia.”

He later took to his Instagram to write a lengthier rebuttal, recalling the “abuse and hardship” he went through as a teenager.

“There was NO ONE known through social media for purely being themselves in Australia before me,” he said.

“Only after me could anyone make a name for themselves by themselves through the internet.

“No one from the internet could be on tv or the front page of the newspapers before me.

“I went through so much abuse and hardship for all these people to have a career today.”

Kurt Coleman suffered five years of abuse

As a teenager, Kurt Coleman amassed thousands of followers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by sharing his life on the Gold Coast online.

He later moved to Melbourne and currently has 107,000 Instagram followers.

Now, Coleman said it was “every second person’s dream” to create a career solely through social media and “it’s considered normal.”

But when he started, he said, he “couldn’t leave my house for five years without getting yelled at, spat on, bashed up.”

“I copped it all because there was no one else doing what I was doing back then,” he said.

“No one would hurt you over it now so put respect on my name bitch.

“I don’t even like what social media is now but my past definitely took a lot of strength.

“Being used by LOTS of people, abused everyday and MY amazing confidence to pave the way for everyone else.”

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