You don’t need to be a famous model to look good on Instagram, but it helps…
A ton of work, technology, talent, and cosmetics go into supermodel photo shoots. The finished product you get online or in a magazine is the result of many gifted experts and hours of skill. But what happens in the off-time?
Check out the Instagram accounts of some of the most beautiful (and followed) women on the planet, and maybe learn some of their secrets…
27. Nina Agdal – DENMARK
In her interview with David Morris at AskMen.com, Nina said, “You know what? I have a lot of help before I show up to a shoot, whether it’s video or photo or an appearance; there’s a bunch of people that work on my face and on my hair and tell me what to wear. I just show up and then they do everything.”
FOLLOWERS: 1 MILLION
Third time’s the charm! Who auditioned for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 3 times before she was chosen?
26. Josephine Skriver – DENMARK
After 3 auditions, Josephine finally made the cut for the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She tells Elle magazine, when asked if she was nervous walking in front of so many people in her bra, “Not so much. I’m pretty used to undressing in front of people in my career and I’m really happy with my body at the moment so I think that helps a lot.”
FOLLOWERS: 1.3 MILLION
Which model eats ice cream during Fashion Week??? Go on…
25. Liu Wen – CHINA
What does a girl like Liu indulge in during Fashion Week? “Eating lots of ice cream, especially because it can get so hot!”
FOLLOWERS: 1.4 MILLION
Just a small town girl, living in a lonely world… This next model keeps on believin’…
24. Martha Hunt – U.S.
What would this small town girl turned supermodel do if she wasn’t on the runway?
“Probably something in film. I’d say I’d be a move director because that sounds like the coolest job ever. I just like movies.”
Hunt revealed in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar that her favorite movie is True Romance. “It’s like a cult-classic.”
FOLLOWERS: 1.4 MILLION
You would never know by looking at her perfection that she had to overcome major physical obstacles just to keep walking. Keep clicking for more…
23. Joan Smalls – PUERTO RICO
Through Smalls’ flawless exterior, there is a tough girl interior. Smalls tells Self how she reacted when she was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 14, how she worked hard physically, and then started boxing at 17.
“I said, ‘I’m not going to use this as a handicap. I’m going to push myself harder.’”
“People might think that because I’m skinny and tall, I’m fragile, but I always knew I wasn’t. And it’s comforting to know that I can throw a proper punch if I have to.”
Gentlemen: You’ve been warned…
FOLLOWERS: 1.4 MILLION
Moms can model, too… and be followed by millions of fans. Check it out!
22. Jourdan Dunn – U.K.
Dunn’s work doesn’t end when the camera stops. You may imagine a glamorous, footloose and fancy-free existence when you see a gorgeous model, but Dunn leads a very real, “normal” life with her son, Riley. She tells Emily Sheffield of Vogue:
“I love that one day I am doing this and then I go home to my reality: getting Riley ready for school, doing his reading with him, taking him to the park.”
Jourdan Dunn really is proof you can have it all – intelligence, beauty, a successful career, and a family, although she doesn’t let it go to her head, stating, “I get uncomfortable when I read comments saying, ‘I wanna look like you, I wish I had your body.”
FOLLOWERS: 1.5 MILLION
Every guy’s dream: SWEDISH PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE THAT MODELS… next…
21. Elsa Hosk – SWEDEN
What’s the philosophy of a Swedish professional basketball player turned Victoria’s Secret model? Hosk reveals to Marie Claire:
“I think life is so much about enjoying and not punishing yourself or restricting yourself too much. The more I let go of all my rules, the more free and happy I am and nothing happens. So I just enjoy.”
FOLLOWERS: 2 MILLION
Are we sensing some sibling rivalry on the horizon? Click next to test the waters…
20. Bella Hadid – U.S.
Often noted as Gigi Hadid’s sister, Bella is a superstar in her own right. Stepping out of the shadows into her own spotlight, Bella tells Allure, after dyeing her hair dark brunette:
“I just have a darker personality. And my sister being blonde and me being brunette, it’s a good separation.”
FOLLOWERS: 2.1 MILLION
Grunge rock and Meg Ryan tearjerkers – who admits to having these as favorites? Find out next.
19. Izabel Goulart – BRAZIL
A regular, classy lady that knows what she wants, Izabel reveals to GQ some of her loves, like Pearl Jam, men who are on time, cooking, and the movie City of Angels.
FOLLOWERS: 2.5 MILLION
Which model wants to work with Johnny Depp? Keep going.
18. Barbara Palvin – HUNGARY
Hoping to get in to acting after a few years of modeling, Palvin exposes her ideal leading man to The Glow:
“I want to work with Johnny Depp… All of his movies are amazing; The Tourist, that’s a good one, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Rum Diary, I loved that. I don’t know what I would do. I’ve never been a huge fan of anyone, but I really love him.”
FOLLOWERS: 2.7 MILLION
What’s the best kept beauty secret? Kate Upton reveals all…
17. Kate Upton – U.S.
“Reading things about myself that aren’t true drives me crazy!”
Of course, that’s enough to drive just about anyone crazy. Besides venting that frustration, Upton also lets Vogue in on a little beauty secret:
“My mother always taught me that smiling when you walk into a room is the best beauty secret, so if I’m nervous when I walk in I just smile, and I think everyone warms to you quicker that way.”
With 2.9 million adoring followers on Instagram, I’d say everyone is pretty warm…
FOLLOWERS: 2.9 MILLION
Get the secret to a flattering swimsuit shot on Instagram. Click next!
16. Behati Prinsloo – NAMIBIA
Behati on favorite Instagram filters (according to Elle): “Lo-Fi and Valencia are pretty good. But I think the one called X-Pro is my favorite.”
And her secret for a flattering, swimsuit shot?
“I think side is always nice, hand on the hip, knowing your best angle obviously. Everybody’s different so it’s hard to tell somebody what to do, but I think the side one is always nice. Like, if you’re self conscious of your stomach, cross your arm in front of you…get a friend to cover half of you…I don’t know.”
What other secrets will these Instagram supermodels reveal?
FOLLOWERS: 3.1 MILLION
Are these beautiful models on Instagram subject to mean comments, too? Find out who is bothered by negative comments…
15. Lily Aldridge – U.S.
In an interview with Style Caster, Aldridge let loose on her Instagram frustrations:
“People say such mean things to me on Instagram, and I’m like, ‘I see this! I read every comment!’ They’re so hurtful. You see it and think, ‘Why would you say that to anyone?’ It’s heart breaking that people say these kinds of things to each other. It blows my mind . . . I try to be authentic and post pictures of myself and my job. I keep my family stuff as private as possible, but there are some things that I want to post, like a cute picture of my daughter that’s too precious not to share.”
FOLLOWERS: 3.4 MILLION
Getting freaky with Justin Bieber – is she or isn’t she? Click next…
14. Hailey Baldwin – U.S.
Rumored to be dating Justin Bieber, Baldwin opens up about being private to Hollywood Life:
“The thing is, I live a very public life and I have to keep things personal or else I have no personal life. It’s very difficult. I am very open on social media, but that’s why I don’t like to talk about certain things. It really is my personal business. And I like to think my relationships are not between me the person and the whole entire world. It’s hard. I don’t think people are really able to understand if they’re not in that position.”
FOLLOWERS: 3.6 MILLION
Who gave up being a BILLIONAIRE to model? Our next model thinks she did…
13. Tyra Banks – U.S.
One of America’s sweethearts, Banks has been hosting America’s Next Top Model for over a decade. What would she be doing if she hadn’t crashed the modeling scene? She predicts to The New York Times Magazine:
“I probably would have made a hell of a lot more money by now. Because I have a personal brand, I have to worry about all this personal-image crap. I am constantly saying no to things because of it. If I didn’t, child, I think I’d be in the billionaires’ club.”
Now that’s a smart, confident woman…
FOLLOWERS: 3.6 MILLION
Which supermodel is a coding guru and loves to share her talents? Click next to find out.
12. Karlie Kloss – U.S.
Not just a pretty face, betcha didn’t know Karlie Kloss also founded a vegan, gluten free baked good company for charity and has mad coding skills! Being a model and BFF’s with Taylor Swift could put Kloss right into the giggly, pretty girl category – but her intelligence and drive pushes her right through all of that.
FOLLOWERS: 3.8 MILLION
Who else pushes through the stereotypes? Keep going…
11. Doutzen Kroes – HOLLAND
Model and mom Kroes doesn’t always feel like a million bucks. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Kroes describes what it’s like to be her away from the cameras:
“I don’t always feel sexy even though I have to look it and I’ve just learned to go into on and off mode. I’m a mom at home and then I go into work and it’s nice to have that contrast. I see a different person in the mirror when I’m at work with hair and makeup than when I’m home.”
FOLLOWERS: 3.8 MILLION
What’s “heroine chic”? Find out…
10. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley – U.K.
Appearing in films like Mad Max and Transformers, Whiteley is described as Heroine Chic. You may expect a hot, fit model/actress to be aloof and conceited, however Whiteley is used to knocking down that expectation right away. She tells Women’s Health:
“People always tell me, ‘Gosh, you’re nice!’ ” she says. “Like they expect me to be a huge bitch.”
FOLLOWERS: 4.4 MILLION
Which Instagram Aphrodite is too classy for Playboy?
9. Irina Shayk – RUSSIA
Little known tidbits about Shayk…
She’s dating soccer superstar Ronaldo (ok, maybe that’s not really a secret…)
She studied marketing. She was in a Kanye video. She is 2004’s Miss Chelyabinsk. She never diets. She’s too classy for Playboy.
FOLLOWERS: 4.6 MILLION
What lingerie would a supermodel tell a man to get his girl?
8. Alessandra Ambrosio – BRAZIL
As a Victoria’s Secret rockstar, Ambrosio offers men a little advice when picking out lingerie for their special lady. She offers this advice to AskMen.com:
“Something comfortable. It is important to pick something that your girlfriend would want to wear. Also, if you don’t know her size, take a peek into her lingerie drawer.”
FOLLOWERS: 5.3 MILLION
Which model is off limits until marriage?
7. Adriana Lima – BRAZIL
This (shockingly) virginal, Catholic model is all-tradition when it comes to love and marriage. GQ wanted to know how men respond to Lima’s strong values and beliefs.
“I don’t care. They have to respect that this is my choice. If there’s no respect, that means they don’t want me.”
FOLLOWERS: 6.3 MILLION
What does #6 love most about modeling: a) The clothes b) The attention or c) The travelling ? Find out if you are correct!
6. Candice Swanepoel – SOUTH AFRICA
Swanepoel shared with Vogue the best thing about being a model (as if we didn’t already have our suspicions):
“Definitely being able to travel to amazing places, working in an extremely creative environment. I feel very lucky to be able to work with people from all over the world, everyone has their story and their journey and we’re all there to have fun and create art in our own way.”
FOLLOWERS: 6.7 MILLION
Who retires at 35? Find out…
5. Gisele Bundchen – BRAZIL
The recently retired model and wife to NFL quarterback Tom Brady, Bundchen now has other pursuits, including Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme.
FOLLOWERS: 7.4 MILLION
Which model will be OK if her career ended tomorrow? What else does she have on the horizon?
4. Miranda Kerr – AUSTRALIA
Kerr will not be put in a box. As she states to Fashion:
“I’m not limited by modelling, it’s not the be all and end all. I’m very appreciative of it, but if it stops tomorrow, that’s not the end of the world, because there’s so much more that I’m passionate about as well.”
FOLLOWERS: 8.2 MILLION
What does a Sports Illustrated cover model think of Instagram? Keep going…
3. Gigi Hadid – U.S.
When asked about social media, Hadid tells Elle:
“We get to live in a time that we get to use social media as a tool. It’s not just a face on a piece of paper and that’s what makes you someone’s favorite model. We can have a very similar sense of humor as someone and that’s why we’re their favorite model, or our personal style, off the runway, is why we’re their favorite. It can add up to everything, like being a foodie or liking the same books. They get to know all different sides and it’s on a much more personal level.”
FOLLOWERS: 11.4 MILLION
Which model wants to work with Scorsese and Tarantino? Find out…
2. Cara Delevingne – U.K.
Of course, most models have other ideas in mind as well. Delevingne is no different. Any free time she has, she’s auditioning, as she tells Vogue:
“I’d love to work with Tarantino, Scorsese, Sofia Coppola—all of them! I love thrillers and action movies. I love good horror films. I watched them so much when I was younger that I find it impossible to get scared.”
FOLLOWERS: 25 MILLION
Can you “Keep Up” with the #1 followed model on Instagram?
1. Kendall Jenner – U.S.
Not a surprise that the #1 followed model on Instagram is Kendall Jenner. In fact, she’s widely popular across all social media platforms. But if you think that connects you to her personally, you’re wrong. Jenner tells WWD:
“I don’t need it to affect my life. So I’d rather just not look at anything. You can get a million comments about how beautiful you look and how awesome you are, but the one comment that says they hate you and you’re ugly is the one that sticks.”
FOLLOWERS: 45.8 MILLION