Is Klay Thompson dating an Instagram model who boasts over 8 million followers? Ever since Abigail Ratchford posted a photo of Thompson’s dog, Rocco, on August 7, the social media world has been abuzz with rumors the two are a couple. Ratchford wrote in the caption, “That was the best I’ve slept in a year.” The New York Post noted in their report on the apparent liaison that Thompson and Ratchford don’t follow each other on Instagram. Ratchford does however follow his 29-year-old minor league basketball playing brother, Mychel.
In response to the story, Ratchford told the Post, “My manager was right that I shouldn’t put [my relationship] out there. It’s never been a good business move. You kind of have to pretend you’re single, just so [your fans] can have the fantasy of having a chance with you.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Ratchford Says She Became a Model ‘By Accident’
In an interview with AOL in December 2016, Ratchford talked about how she got involved in modeling.
It kind of happened by accident. I did this photoshoot with my friend who is a photographer in Philadelphia, which is about two hours from where I grew up.
It was just for fun, and at the time I didn’t have any social media really. I just had a Facebook for my family and my friends. Then he posted the pictures of me on his Facebook and all of these websites saw them, and they just kind of spread around.
Ratchford elaborated on her upbringing at Scranton, Pennsylvania, saying that she was the 5th of seven children. On her parents, Ratchford said, “[Our parents] told us they would support us no matter what. It was those small-town values and the big family mentality that made me independent and motivated me to set my own path.”
2. Ratchford Makes $3,500 Per Sponsored Instagram Post
An Entrepreneur.com piece from April 2017 focused on Ratchford’s success at marketing herself on Instagram. At the time of writing, Ratchford is rocking just under 8 million followers. Ratchford offered the advice that you have to be well prepared for your posts and develop good relationships with the websites that publish your content. The model mentioned Kate Upton when asked about who she admired.
Ratchford spoke about the pay scale involved in Instagram saying that when you hit one million followers, a person can get between $1,000 and $1,500 for sponsored post. That scale is capped at $3,500.
Though when asked about the dreaded trolls, Ratchford said, “It’s so hard to turn your cheek and ignore them, but it’s kind of a slap in the face to all the people who are saying really nice things if you only react to trolls. You just show that you’re more bothered by negativity than you are flattered by positivity, and that’s not a great message to send to your true fans.”
3. Ratchford Has Previously Been Linked to Knicks Bigman Kristaps Porzingis
The last high-profile romance that Ratchford found herself involved with was an alleged relationship with the Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis. The Slovakian and Ratchford stirred rumors when they began contacting each other on Instagram. The romance consisted of Ratchford posting a raunchy photo with Porzingis responding with the bulging eye emoji. Ratchford responded with a kissing lip emoji.
There doesn’t seem to be too much pressure on Porzingis to get into a relationship, he told GQ in 2016, “You know I’m always open, I’m not, like trying to force it. You know, if a nice girl comes into my life, I wouldn’t try to push her out.”
Ratchford has also been linked to trouble former NFL star Johnny Manziel.
4. Ratchford Is Trying to Break Into Acting & Had a Guest Spot on Parks & Recreation
According to Ratchford’s official website, she is also trying to break into the world of acting. Her most reputable credit so far is an appearance NBC’s Parks and Recreation. Ratchford has also been a regular fixture on TMZ: Live where she has earned the nickname “The Sweetheart.”
Ratchford’s website bio ends by saying, “Although Abigail remains grateful for the exposure she’s received through social media, she expresses that she wants a career of substance and longevity that doesn’t rely on Internet success.”
5. Isabelle Ratchford Looks to Be Trying to Get in on the Family Business
Judging by Isabelle Ratchford’s social media profiles, she is planning on following in her sister’s footsteps. Compared to her sister however, Isabelle Ratchford has only managed a measly 11.1 thousand followers on Instagram. According to her Facebook page, Isabelle Ratchford is a student at Penn State.
When asked by Bro Bible about what she looks for in a man, Isabelle said, “The two most attractive qualities I find in a guy are honesty and loyalty. I believe that above all else a man should always be honest and loyal to the woman he loves regardless of what might occur in the relationship.”