How to actually get verified on Instagram?

Let me start by saying this: I have read Instagram's "view" on this.

Regardless of what Instagram says, there are definitely ways, tips/tricks to get closer/be more likely to get a verified badge to your account. I am sure, at least some of us here are actually verified on Instagram or have some inside information?

I am personally quite a well-known person in my country and I have made it to the news/newspapers/TV countless times, yet getting verified (On IG or FB) is unsuccessful so far….

How to actually get verified on Instagram?