It's 2020, and the times, they are a-changin'—and that includes in the social media-verse. One thing that hasn't changed: Instagram's status as the internet's most influential (or, at least, most influencer-filled) app.
Whether they have the most compelling feeds or just the most loyal fandoms, the celebrities woth the biggest Instagram followings say a lot about the state of pop culture—whose feeds we're thirsty to scroll though for endless glam shots and what makes us hit that "like" button. Below, find out which stars have the most popular accounts of the year. For the sake of the argument we have to make note that @Instagram does hold the record for the most followers on our favorite image app, but these celebs don't fall too far behind.
10. Taylor Swift: 125 million followers
2019: ranking: No. 3
What she's famous for: Singing, acting, ponytail-having, and whirlwind romance.
Her greatest 'Gram strength: Ariana's grid has major artistic vibes, with lots of black and white and vintage-y filtered photos. She's also a master of posting promotion-y pics (think concert shots, campaign photos, and music video promos) in an organic way.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo: 196 million followers
2019 ranking: No. 2
What he's famous for: Being an international soccer star/hunk.
His greatest 'Gram strength: TBH, Cristiano's grid has it all—action shots, chiseled shirtless portraits, and "get you a guy who can do both" suit and tie poses: the bread and butter. His perfectly-crafted posts have paid off and his position on Instagram's most-followed list has been on the rise for years now, culminating in his ascension to the No.1 slot this year.
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