World, meet Toast, the internet’s latest canine celebrity

Rising internet celebrity Toast, also known by her instagram name @toastmeetsworld, is known for her signature floppy tongue. Credit: Katie Sturino
Rising internet celebrity Toast, also known by her instagram name @toastmeetsworld, is known for her signature floppy tongue.
Credit: Katie Sturino

Watch out, world! There’s a new celebrity on the rise, and she doesn’t even walk on two legs. Between her magnetic charisma, killer fashion choices and trademark floppy tongue, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and puppy mill rescue Toast is a hard face to forget. Her features on Vogue, The Daily Mail UK and Lucky Mag as well as 37,000 Instagram followers show that you don’t need a mouth full of teeth holding in your tongue to become a star. Despite her busy schedule, having recently teamed up with Friends of Finn and Iomoi to launch her own line of tote bags, Toast found some time to sit down and answer our burning questions.

From Zooey Deschanel to Amar’e Stoudemire, you seem to draw fashion influences from a great variety of sources. How would you describe your sense of style?

I don’t take it all too seriously. I love color and I leave heavily on themed looks. Life is a stage!

Who are some of your greatest fashion inspirations? Are any of them fellow dogs?

Karl Kanai, Karl Lagerfeld, Kylie Minogue, Stephen Baldwin.

In your opinion, what’s the hottest must-have accessory of the season?

Anything from Yark Dog accessories and Birkenstocks… I do believe Tevas are making a come back as well. A dog walkers dream.

How do you deal with the burdens of fame and a burgeoning fandom?

Staying humble. Frequent Spa treatments. Bikram yoga and my personal philosophy which is the opposite Drake’s “no new friends” mantra: New Friends Everyday.

I just joined Instagram myself the other day. Any insta-fame tips for us newbies?

Always stop for selfies on the street with fans, don’t clog the feed, don’t engage in arguments with crazy people in the comments and don’t be boring.

Does not having teeth, or, as adorable as it is, your floppy tongue ever get in the way?

YES, I love food and it takes me twice as long to eat my dinner as my sister Muppet so I frequently have to fight her off for the second half of my meal. My tongue also gets dry as heck so I always have fresh water on hand.

When and why did you decide to expand your horizons into social activism and the tote bag industry?

Before I became a model/celeb, I was being over-bred in very unsavory conditions at a puppy mill in North Carolina. When the rescue people finally got access to the property, they found me housed with many deceased dogs. Its horrible but true. So when I met Finn,my best friend, and learned about his organization Friends of Finn, I knew I wanted to help. Friends of Finn is a worthwhile cause aimed at stopping puppy mills and helping to raise funds to care for puppy mill rescues like myself and my sister, Muppet. I feel so lucky to have been rescued that I want to try and help out as many dogs out there as possible. I designed a French Toast tote with the wonderful company, Iomoi, and a portion of the proceeds are going to Friends of Finn.

What do you do in your free time, when you’re not busy being a style icon, social activist and businessdog?

Eat tiny miniature dog tacos, mostly.

Are there any future endeavors you’re planning to take on?

I would really like to be in a Katy Perry Video.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MAP: New York City Street Closures August 22,…

The Percy Sutton Harlem 5K and NYC Family Health Walk-a-thon and Pakistan Day Parade and Fair will cause traffic delays and street closures in New York City this weekend. Plan…

International

U.N. nuclear inquiry on Iran seen making slow…

The U.N. nuclear watchdog appears to have made only limited progress so far in getting Iran to answer questions about its suspected atomic bomb research, diplomatic sources said on Friday,…

National

Violence-weary Missouri town sees second night of calm

By Nick Carey and Carey GillamFERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The violence-weary town of Ferguson, Missouri, saw a second straight evening of relative calm on Thursday…

National

Journalist James Foley's parents, after call with pope,…

The parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, on Friday called for prayer and support to free the remaining captives held by Islamic…

Television

Recap: 'The Knick,' Season 1, Episode 3, 'The…

The third episode of Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick" finds Dr. Thackery (Clive Owen) meeting an old flame and other characters embracing self-destruction.

Music

Webcast: Watch Polyphonic Spree live on Sunday Aug.…

Polyphonic Spree singer Tim DeLaughter sits with Metro Music Editor Pat Healy for a chat and then the big band performs live. It begins on Sunday at 9:30 pm

Movies

Matthew Weiner on directing 'Are You Here' and…

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner discusses his movie "Are You Here," his history writing comedy and the tiny movie he directed in 1996 you can't see.

Movies

Michael Chiklis on his football past and 'When…

Michael Chiklis remembers playing football in high school and how that prepped him to play a coach in "When the Game Stands Tall."

NFL

3 things we learned about the Giants in…

The Giants claimed the Snoopy trophy in a battle of MetLife Stadium tenants Friday night. But more importantly, the offense finally showed some life in…

NFL

3 things we learned about the Jets in…

The Jets lost the Snoopy Bowl, 35-24, to the Giants, losing the trophy and local bragging rights.

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

Sex

Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Tech

Siren: A new dating app that puts women…

Online dating can be brutal, especially for single women. Noting that many women hate wading through inappropriate messages and photos, two tech entrepreneurs decided to…