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Portland's 'Hipster Barbie' is taking over Instagram

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Here in the Pacific Northwest, Barbie would never be seen in a pink Convertible. In fact, if you ask the Oregon creator of an Instagram account that's now gone viral, it would probably be a Subaru with a bike rack.

The creator of the 'Socality Barbie', or as many refer to her as 'Hipster Barbie', created the account to mock the competitive nature of appearing authentic on Instagram.

On Thursday, the Instagram account had about 8,000 followers. Now it has more than 263,000 and the number keeps increasing.

Pictures on the account show 'Socality Barbie' during her many adventures. Pictures feature her at the beach, at local waterfalls and even at popular ice cream shop, Salt & Straw.

The creator of the account is a wedding photographer in Oregon, who wants to stay anonymous, but FOX 12 was able to track her down, and spoke to her by phone.

She said she came up with the idea after noticing a common theme on many of the Instagram accounts we all follow.

"Like all their pictures just look the same. They use the same filters. They kind of just portray this life that is not very realistic and I wanted to make fun of that with a parody account."

As it turns out, she was definitely on to something. 

Some of the Northwest backdrops are very familiar to anyone who uses social media.

FOX 12 asked the creator if she was surprised by the response.

"Oh, it's been insane. I never thought that it would get as much attention as it has. It's been really overwhelming, and awesome at the same time."

If you're curious what the term 'socality' means, you're not alone. Essentially, it's a hashtag used on social media for people who want to portray themselves in a realistic way.

As for future plans, 'Socality Barbie' said she's not sure what may happen. She may even run into 'Hipster Ken' down at Powell's. You never know.

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