V. Stiviano's busy Instagram account: What's it tell us?

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  • Born Maria Vanessa Perez, she changed her name in 2010
  • In Instagram bio, she calls herself an 'Artist, Lover, Writer, Chef, Poet, Stylist, Philanthropist'
  • Instagram account at heart of scandal fills with vile comments
V. Stiviano's busy Instagram account: What's it tell us?

No less an authority on socially acceptable behavior than Donald Trump has called V. Stiviano a "a very, very bad girlfriend" and, just in case that wasn't enough, "a terrible human being" as well.

Yet, somehow, that's actually pretty kind compared to what Stiviano's being called on her own Instagram page.

More on that in a moment.

While juvenile name-calling and uninformed character-painting whirl all around around the woman at the center of the racism scandal involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, it's worth asking what we actually do know about her.

On that much-dissected Instagram page of hers, Stiviano says in her bio, "I do it all. Artist,Lover,Writer,Chef,Poet, Stylist, Philanthropist." The hashtag-happy pictures of wealth porn and overexposed homemade modeling photos that follow don't offer too much by way of evidence to support her description, but they do offer their own clues.

Stiviano is clearly a fixture at Clippers games, as evidenced by many pictures of her striking poses in front of the team's logo and enjoying the view from courtside or from skyboxes.

She's not shy about sharing her lavish lifestyle away from the Staples Center either, through photos of Fendi bags, designer clothes and accessories, and even her own, personalized food truck.

"I have to be part of every trend," the food truck caption reads. "#Catering #FoodTrucks were so in, i bought myself one. Now I don't know what to do with it."

Photographs of three expensive cars mentioned in a lawsuit filed by Sterling's wife, Rochelle, against Stiviano can still be viewed on her account. Rochelle Sterling is suing for return of the cars, among other items, which she claims were gifts from her husband.

Stiviano shared pictures of her Range Rover, Bentley and Ferrari in consecutive posts last March; each luxury car outfitted with its own vanity plate ("V♥KIDS").

Those photos, as well as pretty much every other one of the 214 she's posted on Instagram, have become magnets for online critics who have swarmed the 31-year-old's account, which has become ground zero for commentary on the Sterling controversy. But more specifically, it's become the repository for commentary on the former Maria Vanessa Perez, who legally changed her name in 2010 because she had not "yet been fully accepted because of my race," according to court documents.

Alongside those photos of the cars now are comments like these:

atx100fires: "How you going to rat on the Man who gave you this?"

bigbrompton: "That s*** going straight back to the dealer"

lifemantrahypnosis: "Why are people calling her a hero? She is a gold digger.

Typical of most Internet comments sections, the opinions expressed do not exactly reflect the highest level of either discourse or grammatical proficiency. But the predominance of full-throated anger may still be seen as surprisingly harsh.

"You're a stupid gold digging trick, get it together," reads one.

"I'm more disgusted with this sell out a** hoe [sic] than the old man," reads another. And those are just the ones we can publish here.

Some users are claiming Stiviano has been busy deleting comments. But with new ones piling up on even the oldest of her Instagram posts, the trolls would be difficult to keep back -- Internet Whack-a-Mole with new holes opening up every minute.

She certainly has supporters among her thousands of new followers, with many praising her as courageous or for taking a stand against racism. However, those voices are essentially being drowned out in the din of insults.

A frequent poster, Stiviano has not shared any new images since Friday night, when TMZ first reported on the recording. Noticeably absent from her account, though, are the two images reportedly removed at the insistence of Sterling, ones featuring Stiviano with Magic Johnson and Los Angeles Dodger Matt Kemp, respectively.

While Stiviano's comments can be seen on some older photos, it doesn't appear she has responded on Instagram to any of the criticism.

Her silence extends beyond merely her social media accounts, as Stiviano has not made any public comments about the controversy since the recordings were released.

However, TMZ.com managing editor Harvey Levin told HLN on Tuesday that Stiviano does have a book in the works, though "it's not about Sterling. It's about life."

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