He’s too young to have a social media account, but Dashiel Marquet Sayre (aka Dash) is already a celebrity. We talk to his mum, celebrity blogger Xiaxue.
We’re sure you and Dash get recognised everywhere. Do you get star treatment?
Yes, we do get recognised quite often. I thought it must be because of my striking hair, which is easy to spot, but my mum has said that even when she takes Dash out without me, sometimes people can recognise him, too!
Dash doesn’t seem to care about whether people want pictures with him or shower him with attention; he is usually quite oblivious. As for star treatment, occasionally restaurant owners or wait staff who recognise us give us some free food! It’s very sweet.
Do you often get photo requests from people on the street?
It happens pretty much every time we go out. Usually people want a picture with him and me together and, unfortunately, it’s when I’m wearing frumpy clothes with no makeup at kid-centric places such as the beach or the pool.
Once, someone asked for a picture and I was carrying Dash, so I leaned in for a shot. She actually said: “Erm, just Dash” – she didn’t want me to be in the photo. I suppose she thought that I’d let her carry my then-infant son and help her snap a picture? Anyway, I rejected that request because she was quite rude.
How many ‘likes‘ do Dash’s pictures usually get on your Instagram account?
The number fluctuates; they usually get 30,000 “likes” nowadays. Mine get much fewer than his, usually 15,000 to 20,000 for a regular selfie, unless it’s a particularly pretty shot.
The highest number of likes was 85,000 for a photo of Dash in his first birthday costume. He was dressed as Dash from the Pixar cartoon, The Incredibles. The shot was taken at home when my best friend, who got him the custom-made costume, came over and we excitedly tried it on him.
Did you expect his popularity to surpass yours?
I didn’t! I guess I never dwelled too much on how “popular” I am… It isn’t a “he or me” thing as we are inherently linked.
Some people have accused me of being jealous of his popularity, especially when I complained about that incident with the girl not wanting a picture with me. That’s not true. I didn’t feel jealous, I merely felt that she was rude.
I’m not upset in the least that Dash is more popular than me. In fact, I feel very proud. He is my pride and joy and my baby. To suggest that I’d be jealous of him is like saying that Leonardo da Vinci would be jealous that the Mona Lisa is so well known.