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Instagram comedian to a $45 million bushfire fundraiser

Meet the woman behind Facebook’s largest ever fundraiser.

Celeste Barber has made headlines over the past week for her fundraiser which is gathering funds for The Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades Donations Fund amid the bushfires devastating the southeast parts of Australia.

Barber is an Australian comedian, actor and writer whose TV credits include her role as Bree Matthews on “All Saints” and more recently starring as Barbara in ABC comedy series “The Let Down”.

What catapulted Barber to international fame was her series of Instagram posts where she mimics images of famous celebrities in hilarious and more realistic fashion. The posts began in 2015 and were dubbed #celestechallengeaccepted.

On her website, Barber said it was “a fun experiment to see what it would look like for an average person to photograph herself doing rich people things.”

Barber has imitated a string of celebs including Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, the Kardashians, Justin Bieber and Mariah Carey. Barber has 6.6 million followers on Instagram and in 2017 was voted the Funniest Lady on Instagram by WhoHaha. WhoHaha, which is cofounded by Elizabeth Banks, is a platform that celebrates women in comedy.Welcome to your blog post. Use this space to connect with your readers and potential customers in a way that’s current and interesting. Think of it as an ongoing conversation where you can share updates about business, trends, news, and more.

Barber also has two books: “Challenge Accepted! 253 Steps to becoming an anti-it girl.” a “part memoir, part comedy routine, part advice manual” – and a children’s book called “The Giraffe Loves To Laugh.”

Barber has done comedy shows around Australia include the Sydney Comedy and Fringe Festivals. She was a state finalist at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Raw Comedy competition in 2015.

She has held comedy tours in the US and was even a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Adding to Barber’s body of work is her podcast Celeste and Her Best where she talks to a range of celebs including Sarah Hyland of “Modern Family” fame, model Miranda Kerr and Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness.


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