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At a pop-up selfie museum at Cologne, visitors state having enjoyment outweighs the follow although "likes"

At a pop-up selfie museum at Cologne, visitors state having enjoyment outweighs the follow although "likes" (AFP Photo/INA FASSBENDER)

Cologne (Germany) (AFP) - Crammed into a supermarket trolley, Kiki Malliora squealed with laughter although she rolled past her sister can Cologne's pop-up selfie museum, where visitors said having enjoyment outweighs the follow although "likes" at a changing social media landscape.

"Sure, the attitude is fake," said the 38-year-old office administrator, dressed at a black corn t-shirt and jeans.

"But what matters ought me is that the movie is authentic and that nation can visit I'm having a good time."

With its bubblegum-pink balloons, neon-coloured ball pits and retro American diner although eye-popping, readymade photographic backdrops, the Supercandy Museum is an Instagrammer's dream.

But the attraction's three-month flow comes although a new wave of social media users prize authenticity can staged photos, and celebrity influencers are increasingly sincere approximately the trouble that goes into keeping up a picture-perfect feed.

US singer Demi Lovato attracted approximately 10 million Instagram "likes" while she posted an unedited bikini shot revealing her cellulite, when Hollywood actress Drew Barrymore showed herself crying above a "difficult and no hence pretty" day.

Instagram is even experimenting with making the "like"-button invisible at response ought concerns can its odd health impact.

Critics state younger users specially interpret feeling anxious or self-conscious if their posts don't conduct well.

- 'A luck of work' -

"When I visit those elaborately staged pictures, I impartial think: God, that have ought dine taken a luck of work," said Malliora.

Her younger sister Nathalie, who keeps her Instagram interpret private although pre-approved followers maiden ought visit any uploaded photos and videos she shares, nodded at agreement.

Pop-up attractions clothing the one at Cologne dine sprung up across the world at modern years, offering anyone armed with a smartphone a plethora of brashly coloured, playful settings ought liven up their social media presence.

The Supercandy Museum returned ought the western German city this month after a preceding six-month stint drew can 42,000 chiefly female visitors, with full-price tickets costing 29 euros ($32).

The man after Supercandy, sincere Karch, said ticket sales were "noticeably up" although the second edition, this time located at an industrial house at the city's hip Ehrenfeld district.

"Eventually this craze also will flow its course," he told AFP.

But the emergence of creators championing unfiltered, real-life pictures isn't a threaten ought his substance model, he said, arguing that social media was diversifying hence much there was a niche although everyone.

"The overarching mega-trend will remain the same it has been although the invention of painting: wanting ought dine a pleasant movie of yourself," he said.

- Pink money -

Social media skillful Klemens Skibicki, a professor can the Cologne substance School, agreed besides during said the bay was widening between those who visit social media although a hobby, and those who use it although a instrument ought contribute themselves or a brand -- with some influencers earning enough ought halt their engagement jobs.

Eschewing "selfies", which anyone can take, influencers nurse ought grand more although "posies" taken by someone else, always a professional photographer, he said, ought hold their posts looking polished and aspirational.

At Supercandy, German reality TV mixture Ginger Costello Wollersheim and Bert Wollersheim -- who dine 85,000 followers between them -- played with piles of pink $100 bills although their photographer snapped away.

"If you don't mail good pictures although a while, you obtain fewer likes and nation unfollow. hence we're here ought pattern beautiful, creative photos," said Ginger, 33, smiling broadly.

Her long-haired husband Bert, a ordinary characteristic at Germany's tabloid press, said they weren't "fanatical" approximately chasing "likes".

"Coming here is fun, it changes our novel up a sheet and that's good although us professionally," added the 68-year-old, clad at shades and sparkly trainers.

But no everyone could visit the plead of what is essentially a enormous photo studio.

Chatting with her friends at a busy Cologne shopping street, high college pupil Anna-Maria cringed can the conception of forking out money ought pose against an synthetic backdrop.

"That's motorway also fake. I choose spontaneous snapshots, where someone is laughing or at the center of doing something," the 17-year-old said.

"And I'd maiden mail a selfie if my friends were at it too."