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Blog of The Week: Literally Dead Skelllie

The 30 year old Dana Herlihey shoots shopping, parties and gym workout selfies of a typical girl skeleton.

Pictures for an autumn walk in a park, selfies with friends in a bar — Skellie’s Instagram would be quite an ordinary blog if it were not for the fact that Skellie is a skeleton.

The Instagram account, that now has over 223,000 subscribers, belongs to the 30 year old Dana Herlihey, a SMM manager from Toronto. It all started six months ago when her colleagues brought a plastic skeleton to the office. “Someone taped a Starbucks cup to the skeleton’s hand and I took a photo for my personal Instagram,” Dana recalls in an interview with BuzzFeed Life. What followed was predictable: likes, comments, new skeleton portraits and creation of the Skellie blog.

Herlihey gets her inspiration from friends’ and colleagues’ photographs as well as popular culture trends. Her bony model has an intense agenda: she goes to the gym, takes a selfie in the bathtub, watches “Friends,” now she is in Santa’s lap, the next moment she is hung-over. Skellie has become so popular she is an additional income source for Herlihey: she now sells T-shirts, mugs, postcards and iPhone cases with the images of her character.


{“img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/dead_01.jpg”, “alt”: “”, “text”: “Literally can’t find a single thing in here.”}


{“img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/dead_02.jpg”, “alt”: “”, “text”: “What do you think? Is it too see-through? Is my weird lumbar showing? Should I wear a bra? Lol, j/k!”}


{“img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/dead_03.jpg”, “alt”: “”, “text”: “Round two!!!”}


{“img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/dead_04.jpg”, “alt”: “”, “text”: “Can you die from a hangover?! Seriously though. I just can’t.”}


{“img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/dead_05.jpg”, “alt”: “”, “text”: “OMG so many shots last night, what did I do?! Other than this guy.”}


{“img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/dead_06.jpg”, “alt”: “”, “text”: “Vegan gluten free mushroom vegetarian burger with homemade locally sourced probiotic mayo served on raw organic ethical lettuce, and a side of free trade celiac-friendly organic quinoa veggie onion rings.”}


{“img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/dead_07.jpg”, “alt”: “”, “text”: “The great Netflix binge of 2015 begins! I’m totally a Rachel! Tag a bae who’s a Monica! Or Chandler!”}


{“img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/dead_08.jpg”, “alt”: “”, “text”: “I know it’s not February yet, but Valentine’s Day is coming and I literally can’t wait!!”}


{“img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/dead_09.jpg”, “alt”: “”, “text”: “Winter has my bones feeling like icicles — thank the universe for hot tubs, amiright?!”}


{“img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/dead_10.jpg”, “alt”: “”, “text”: “A long, cold day like this one can just chill you right to the bone. Tonight I’m melting away in the sauna — just what every gal needs for days like this!”}


{“img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/dead_11.jpg”, “alt”: “”, “text”: “Work #selfie. Working hard or hardly working, amirite?!”}


{“img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/dead_12.jpg”, “alt”: “”, “text”: “SUSHI! Repost if you love sushi!!! Tag a friend who loves avocado rolls!!! Or loves lunch!!!”}


{“img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/dead_13.jpg”, “alt”: “”, “text”: “Hmmm…”}


{“img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/dead_14.jpg”, “alt”: “”, “text”: “How many times do you have to tap the snooze button before your phone emails your boss with an excuse to miss work?”}


{“img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/dead_15.jpg”, “alt”: “”, “text”: “Morning Yoga!!”}


{“img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/dead_16.jpg”, “alt”: “”, “text”: “Skellie tip: be a Unicorn!”}


{“img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/dead_17.jpg”, “alt”: “”, “text”: “#BreakTheInternet”}


{“img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/dead_18.jpg”, “alt”: “”, “text”: “Skelfie at the dentist! Zero cavities as per usual – my floss game is on point!”}


{“img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/dead_19.jpg”, “alt”: “”, “text”: “Snow angel!!”}

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