Create a free profile to get unlimited access to exclusive videos, sweepstakes, and more!
Yolanda Foster: What My Kids Taught Me About Social Media
The 'RHOBH' star on why she loves AOL—and the danger of using hashtags.
The first thing Yolanda Foster checks every morning is Instagram. Why? "It's the fastest way for me to see what my children are doing in New York," the RHOBH star and mom of models Gigi and Bella Hadid tells Adweek.
In fact, the glamorous Dutch star credits her children for introducing her to the world of social media in the first place. "I don't know anything about it, and if it wasn't for my kids, I wouldn't be on social media. They actually taught me how to use Twitter and Instagram when I was sick with Lyme disease and in bed for nine months," she explains.
Now, Yolanda has embraced Twitter, Instagram and social media. "I guess what I've learned about it is it's a quick way of networking and a great way of getting to know a lot of people," she says. "It's been pretty extraordinary for me to learn how small the world is. All of a sudden, I'm talking to people that I went to school with in Holland 40 years ago."
AOL is my favorite, which I know makes me sound really old.”
Not that Gigi and Bella don't still have some pointers for their mom: "In the beginning, they were telling me, 'Don't use too many hashtags, don't do this.' They studied everything I was doing." And she confesses, "AOL is still my all-time favorite, which I know makes me sound really old, as Gigi and Bella tell me."
Still, Yolanda and husband David Foster also find time every night to shut down the screens and engage in some good, old-fashioned one-on-one time. "I'm an old-time romantic, so my favorite thing is to snuggle up with my husband and talk," she reveals. "Once we moved into our new home, I said that I wanted all electronics out of our bedroom. No TV, no plugs for iPhones, none of that. I think that all of this technology has taken over our lives, and we don't really have the time and space anymore to connect with ourselves and the people closest to us."