It has become almost a sort of new tradition to look for the top most followed and liked models, celebrities and personalities of the year on Instagram, the numbers of followers and likes of which are getting more mind-blowing year after year. As it often happens, it is with the models’ Instagram accounts that such numbers become even more astounding, as proven by the top 9 most followed and liked models on Instagram in 2016.
As we are about to see, a few things have changed compared to last year’s results, which saw Miranda Kerr at the fifth position, and Gisele Bündchen, Cara Delevingne, Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner at the forth, third, second and first positions accordingly.
Previous results aside, what amazes us most is not only the total number of followers and likes these models can count on, but rather the incredible number of followers they have gained in the span of twelve months. Starting from the ninth position and then going all the way up to the first one, here is the top 9 list of the most followed and liked models on Instagram in 2016, according to WWD!
9. Taylor Hill (@taylor_hill)
Throughout these past twelve months, the American model and Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2014 gained a grand total of more than 3.6 million followers that greatly enjoy her selfies and snaps from her runway shows.
8. Gisele Bündchen (@gisele)
The Brazilian (retired) top model has kept herself busy throughout this long year, even becoming the curator of a book about her published by Taschen. On Instagram, she can now count on more than 3.9 million followers, which we bet will grow in 2017, too.
7. Chrissy Teigen (@chrissyteigen)
(Role) model Chrissy Teigen has gained 4.8 million followers this year, with the majority of them being extremely grateful for her being so open and honest about issues many models, celebrities and it-girls usually don’t talk about, like the acceptance of one’s body. Often body-positive and always inspiring, Teigen is someone everyone should follow!
6. Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham)
Although former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has always been an icon, it is during 2016 that she has globally increased her popularity, especially after her latest acclaimed runway shows. On Instagram she now has 5.2 million followers!
5. Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata)
London-based Emily Ratajkowski has been having the time of her life for a few years now, with 2016 reaching its peak (in terms of likeability on Instagram), thanks to a non-shaming post made with Kim Kardashian. She has gained 5.7 million followers this year!
4. Bella Hadid (@bellahadid)
Three are the Hadids’ siblings, and all of them are highly popular on Instagram. One of the Victoria’s Secret newcomers, Bella Hadid is gaining popularity super fast, and can now count on a grand total of 5.8 million followers on Instagram.
3. Hailey Baldwin (@haileybaldwin)
Here we are with the top 3, whose numbers are jaw-dropping, indeed. Hailey Baldwin, collaboration after collaboration, and ad campaign after ad campaign, has gained 5.9 million followers in the span of a few months, and we bet her career will just flourish and become even more successful in the upcoming 12 months.
2 Cara Delevingne (@caradelevingne)
14.3 million followers for British model and actress Cara Delevingne, who might eventually stop posing, focusing on her acting career in the years to come!
1. Gigi Hadid (@gigihadid)
Drum roll please! Here we are with the model, who has been followed so far by more than 16 million people, and it is Bella Hadid’s sister Gigi! One of Victoria’s Secret’s newcomers and Tommy Hilfiger’s muses, Gigi Hadid definitely is the ultimate queen of Instagram!
Photos courtesy of Instagram