If a celebrity doesn't have an Instagram account, do they even exist? Of course they do, but we're trying to make a point here. In 2017, it's more important than ever for people to feel connected to their favorite stars — whether a singer, actor, or athlete, celebrities are some of the most-followed people on the planet. And in a massive #Win for women, a huge percentage of the top spots are dominated by females. Get it, girls!

So who are the most popular people on IG? Keep reading to find out which 20 celebrities are responsible for the most followed accounts, according to Social Blade. You might be surprised by who did — or didn't! — make the list.

Selena Gomez

With a whopping 127 million followers, Selena reigns supreme. From promoting her partnership with Coach and her latest single, to sharing photos from her recent kidney transplant, the singer's fans can always count on her to give them a sneak peek at her work and personal life.

But she isn't exactly the most passionate Instagrammer. "As soon as I became the most followed person on Instagram, I sort of freaked out," the 25-year-old told Vogue. "It had become so consuming to me. It's what I woke up to and went to sleep to. I was an addict, and it felt like I was seeing things I didn't want to see, like it was putting things in my head that I didn’t want to care about. I always end up feeling like s–t when I look at Instagram. Which is why I'm kind of under the radar, ghosting it a bit."

Ariana Grande

The 24-year-old singer is constantly posting updates from her tour, photos and videos of her dogs, and of course, selfies when she's #FeelingHerself. Her 113 million followers can also count on the occasional lovey-dovey picture of her and boyfriend Mac Miller.

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Cristiano Ronaldo

Is it Cristiano who has 111 million Instagram followers or is it his abs? The 33-year-old soccer star and father-of-three has amassed a gigantic following by posting athletic snaps, modeling pics, and some swoon-worthy candids. Daily Mail previously reported that Cristiano earns $41K per upload. Notably, he's the only athlete in the top 10.


IG is the place to go if members of Bey's beyhive want to see candid snapshots of Blue Ivy, her many matching outfits with mommy, and adorable moments between Yoncé and her husband, JAY-Z. All throughout her second pregnancy — during which she was carrying twins Rumi and Sir — B posted numerous photos of her fashion and even documented a family trip to the Museum of Ice Cream with a preciously hilarious GIF.

Not usually one to post personal captions, Bey nearly broke the Internet when she announced on Instagram that she was pregnant with twins earlier this year. "We've been blessed two times over," the Grammy winner wrote.

Taylor Swift

With just 18 Instagram posts on her page, you might be wondering how Taylor got so high up on the list. But there was a history before those 18. Over the last few years, the 27-year-old singer amassed 103 million followers by documenting her vacations with ex Calvin Harris, sharing photos from her infamous Fourth of July parties at her McMansion in Rhode Island, and uploading intimate, relatable moments with her two cats.

But as part of the promotion for her newest album Reputation, the "Are You Ready For It?" singer wiped all her social media accounts clean. The only posts to go up since have been promotional videos, including a three-part post of an animated snake, and clips from her AT&T commercial.

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Some real tough questions I had for Olivia.

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Kim Kardashian

Known for upping her fame status by using social media to her advantage, Mrs. Kardashian West is the only reality star in the top five. Aside from having an army 103 million strong following her online, the 36-year-old mom-of-two has, quite frankly, made a lucrative living out of social engagement. She posts pictures of her two kids, Saint and North, shares intimate moments of her and husband Kanye West, and always gives viewers sneak peeks at upcoming episodes.

Oh, and not to mention, we can always count on Kimmy to show some skin in her many racy uploads. From twerking in a pool to that infamous butt selfie (#belfie), Kanye's wife knows how to rack in those likes (and always get media coverage).

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Kylie Jenner

Just under older sis Kim is Kylie, who often takes a page from her sibling's "nudity on social media" handbook. While 20-year-old Kylie is most known for her epic Snapchats, she's quite popular on IG too, with 97.5 million followers — though she's said on her reality TV spin-off, Life of Kylie, that she feels pressure to keep up a certain image online.

She's constantly posting mirror selfies, uploading sexy pic after sexy pic, flaunting her Kardashian-Jenner curves, and promoting her makeup business, Kylie Cosmetics. Followers can also expect photos of her pets, fleet of cars, and tons of lip kit swatches.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

He may have a prolific background in wrestling, but these days, Dwayne Johnson has made a name for himself as an inspirational Instagram star. Nearly 94 million followers tune in each day to read Dwayne's typically long captions that have a generally motivational tone. He documented the time his dogs almost drowned in a pool, the birth of his daughter, many gym sessions, and his latest venture: growing a gray beard.

Justin Bieber

Social media may have gotten Justin in trouble in the past, but that hasn't stopped him from amassing 91.6 million followers. The "Sorry" hitmaker averages almost a million likes per photo. Fans love it when he posts more personal pics of himself hanging out with his younger siblings or videos of him singing.

And followers will often catch cameos from Justin's inner circle, which includes Jayden Smith and Rich Wilkerson. Although he actively speaks out about his distaste for the paparazzi, JB is always sharing pics taken by the paps, especially if he's wearing tour merchandise.

Kendall Jenner

The 21-year-old, who boasts 83.4 million followers, used to hold the title of most-liked photo with her infamous "heart hair" pic. The story goes that Kendall was on a yacht near Monaco when the idea popped into her head. Her army of besties, which includes Gigi Hadid, sister Kylie, Bella Hadid, and Hailey Baldwin, made a formation of hearts with her tresses.

"I wasn't in the flow. I was like, 'Everyone sucks,'" she told Vogue. "I was lying in bed and messing with it. And I thought, 'Is this good?' And I just posted it. I remember looking at it right away and having a lot of likes and saying, 'Huh.'"

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Nicki Minaj

If you're one of the 83.1 million followers who frequent Nicki's page, then you're accustomed to her constant fleet of sexy photos, which infamously show off her boobs, butt, and a whole lot of skin. The 34-year-old rapper — whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj — posts tons of fashion pics and behind-the-scenes looks at her video sets.

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Neymar Junior

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, a professional soccer player from Brazil, is one of only three athletes in the top 15. The 25-year-old footballer regularly uses IG — he boasts 81.8 million followers — to flaunt his abs, share his most athletic moments from the soccer field, and indulge his shoe obsession. "I'm moved by happiness and challenges," his Instagram bio explains.

Leo Messi

Right underneath Neymar is fellow footballer Leo. The 30-year-old Argentinian plays forward for the Spanish club Barcelona and Argentina national team. He married his wife, Antonella Roccuzzo, in 2017, and together they have two children, Thiago and Mateo. Leo is always posting cute pics of his family for his 80.3 million followers. All the family love is punctuated by tons of soccer snaps.

Miley Cyrus

The 24-year-old singer and actress has an ever-changing Instagram aesthetic, but her 71.8 million followers can always count on something wacky, shocking, or hilarious to entertain them. Miley's favorite posts include throwback photos from her childhood, complicated yoga poses, and an onslaught of dog (and pet pig!) photos.


Khloé Kardashian

Followers of KhloMoney (there's nearly 70 million of them!) can always expect a flawless selfie, booty-poppin' fitness pics, and Tristan Thompson-appreciation posts from the 33-year-old Keeping Up With the Kardashians star.

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Close like Starsky and Hutch

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Jennifer Lopez

Booty pics? Check. Snaps of the twins? Check. Sneak peeks of her current projects? Check. Loving testimonials to her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez? Check. No wonder J.Lo has 69.2 million followers. She regularly uses social media to showcase her family, her most skin-baring outfits, and behind-the-scenes looks at her acting work.

Katy Perry

With over 67 million followers, Katy posts about whatever the hell she wants. Fans might find snapshots of her FaceTiming Nicki Minaj, buried in a pool of sprinkles, or posing with her pup, Nugget. She's documented everything you can think of on social media — from late nights spent getting pied in the face to playing a pan flute on top of Machu Piccu. With a wide range of uploads — selfies with Hillary Clinton one day, smoking hookah poolside with a mermaid the next — Katy's Instagram account is just as eclectic as she is.

Demi Lovato

Another former Disney Channel star to grace the Top 20. The singer, who has 61.4 million followers, uses her IG to serve some seriously iconic fashion and makeup moments. But you'll also see frequent appearances from the members of her inner circle, including Nick Jonas, Kate Hudson, and The Chainsmokers. Demi also uploads videos of herself kickboxing, showing off her Fabletics activewear, and her Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practices.

Kourtney Kardashian

Another Kardashian to make the list! The mom-of-three is not shy about sharing flawless selfies, photos showing off her derrière, or poolside pics. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star occasionally posts pics of her kids with Scott Disick, and is always promoting her siblings' latest projects. Thanks to her years on reality TV, Kourtney has amassed 58.9 million followers.

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tip of the day: don't forget to stretch 😝

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With 57.3 million Instagram followers, Rihanna isn't one to disappoint on social media. Fans can always count on BadGirlRiri to serve some seriously stunning makeup looks on IG (and promote her new all-inclusive beauty brand Fenty). From documenting her outrageous Crawpova look to showcasing some of her most iconic style moments, RiRi brings her all to the Insta game.

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crawpova '17 #AuraForCropOva @aura_experience

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