Update: July 2019
Instagram is a highly visual social media platform, it’s not surprising, therefore, that it’s becoming increasingly used by both top-rated models and up and coming ‘strivers’. The photo-sharing app can be considered to have changed the modelling industry; potentially forever.
With it focusing almost entirely on visual content such as photos and videos, it’s the perfect place for talent agents to scout new talents. From the model’s perspective, Instagram is a great platform for them to share their work, introduce the personality behind the perfectly posed pictures and build up their portfolio to obtain impressive global reach.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the top 50 Instagram models to follow.
1. Kendall Jenner – @kendalljenner
At the top of this list sits Kardashian sister favourite; Kendall Jenner.
As well as her fame from being a part of the Kardashian clan, Kendall has also made a name for herself in the modelling industry. She was only 14 when she was signed on to Wilhelmina Models modeling agency and has taken part in campaigns for some of the most famous brands in the world including Chanel, Marc Jacobs and Dolce & Gabbana, plus so many more.
Followers: 114 million
2. Gigi Hadid – @gigihadid
When Gigi Hadid was just two years old, she landed her first modelling opportunity as a model for Baby Guess clothing.
During her modelling career, she’s found fame through Instagram and has risen through the ranks to qualify as one of the most popular Instagram models on the planet.
Followers: 48.8 million
3. Cara DeLevigne – @caradelevingne
Cara began her modelling career in 2002 at just aged 10. Since then, she’s built a successful music, acting and modelling career, working with brands such as Burberry and Vogue.
The beaut Brit also won ‘Model of the Year’ Award in both 2012 and 2014 at the British Fashion Awards.
Followers: 42.6 million
4. Chrissy Teigen – @chrissyteigen
The 32-year-old model is famous in the Instagram model industry, as well as on other social media platforms such as Twitter for her relatable posts and witty comments.
Chrissy has been featured in globally issued editorial magazines including Sports Illustrated, Vogue and Cosmopolitan. She’s also incredibly down to earth and regularly interacts with her followers, making her one of the best Instagram models to follow.
Followers: 25.1 million
5. Bella Hadid – @bellahadid
Bella Hadid is the younger one of the Hadid sisters but she certainly hasn’t be shadowed by her older sister’s fame.
She’s often used in various brands’ Instagram influencer marketing and has worked on numerous campaigns on her Instagram platform including with the likes of Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors.
Followers: 25.1 million
6. Emily Ratajkowski – @emrata
Emily Ratajkowski is well-known as one of the most popular Instagram models in the world. Her modelling career really skyrocketed when she was one of the models in Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ music video in 2013.
In the last five years, she’s worked with dozens of brands as part of their Instagram influencer program and has walked the catwalk for many fashion and makeup brands at Fashion Week all over the world.
Followers: 23.6 million
7. Sommer Ray – @sommerray
At just the age of 22, it’s thought that Instagram influencer Sommer Ray, makes more than $26,000 per post on Instagram, according to these findings from Heightline.
She’s now the face (and body!) of many Instagram influencer campaigns and has a startling Instagram following of more than 19 million!
Followers: 21.6 million
8. Hailey Baldwin – @haileybieber
Hailey Baldwin – now named Hailey Bieber – is one of the most influential models in the world; both on Instagram and on the catwalk. It’s safe to say she fully embraces her runway life.
At just age 21, Hailey has already achieved many incredible feats with her modelling career and has worked with the likes of Pretty Little Thing and Teen Vogue and Vogue magazine.
Followers: 20.5 million
9. Gisele Bundchen – @gisele
Gisele Bundchen is one of the oldest models in this article but at age 37, she’s still making an impressive career for herself, both on Instagram and otherwise.
She rose to fame in 1998 after working on a very successful campaign with Alexander McQueen; long before Instagram agencies were even a thing! Nowadays, she still works with various brands and has obtained almost 15 million Instagram followers on the photo-sharing platform.
Followers: 15.4 million
10. Candice Swanepoel – @angelcandices
The South African model was featured in 8th place on the Forbes top-earning models of 2016.
Candice has obtained this fame and fortune through a variety of both catwalk modelling, brand sponsorships and Instagram influencer marketing. With being one of the leading Instagram models of 2018, it’s incredibly easy to search influencers on Instagram and find Candice’s profile.
Followers: 13.5 million
11. Miranda Kerr – @mirandakerr
Miranda Kerr is an Australian model who first found fame when she became Australia’s first Victoria Secret Model in 2007.
Since then, she’s fronted many brand campaigns and walked countless runaways for brands all over the world.
Followers: 12.1 million
12. Barbara Palvin – @realbarbarapalvin
Barbara is yet another model with millions of followers, following every campaign she works on.
From shooting with the likes of Victoria’s Secret and H&M, Barbara has built herself a very successful modelling career.
Followers: 12.5 million
13. Adriana Lima – @adrianalima
Adriana Lima is Victoria’s Secret longest running model and has starred in countless shows for them.
Her influencer demographic data states that she’s been the second highest paid model since 2014.
Followers: 12.2 million
14. Ashley Graham – @theashleygraham
Ashley Graham is a plus-size model who has featured on the cover of many global magazines including Glamour, Elle and Vogue.
She also regularly features pictures of the various campaigns she’s worked on, on her Instagram profile to show that plus-size models are just as beautiful.
Followers: 8.6 million
15. Karlie Kloss – @karliekloss
Karlie Kloss is considered to be one of the top 30 models of the 2000s and has worked with numerous brands on worldwide campaigns.
Followers: 8.2 million
16. Josephine Skriver – @josephineskriver
During her modelling career, Josephine Skriver has walked in over 300 runway shows.
She also uses her Instagram profile to promote the things that matter the most to her, as well as promoting her latest brand campaigns.
Followers: 6 million
17. Cindy Kimberly – @wolfiecindy
At just 19 years old, Dutch model Cindy, is one of the youngest Instagram models on this list.
She’s incredibly popular on her YouTube channel and receives hundreds of thousands of likes on every Instagram post.
Followers: 5.6 million
18. Liu Wen – @liuwenlw
Liu was the first Chinese model to walk in a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She was also the first Chinese model to appear on the front cover of American Vogue and has worked with a number of reputable brands.
Followers: 4.8 million
19. Sierra Skye Egan – @sierraaaskyee
Sierra is an OG Instagram model, unlike many others on this list who first found fame walking catwalks and runways.
She’s very successfully used Instagram to build up a platform and has gained millions of followers and brand deals as a result.
Followers: 4.1 million
20. Lucky Blue Smith – @luckybsmith
Lucky Blue Smith is the first male model to appear on this list, with over 3 million Instagram followers.
At only 19 years old, Lucky has worked with brands such as Tom Ford, Calvin Klein and GAP.
Followers: 3.1 million
21. Mathilde Tantot – @mathildtantot
Mathilde is yet another person on this list to rise to fame thanks to Instagram.
Racking up almost 3 million followers, Mathilde now works with many brands and alongside her twin sister (who’s also a model), she created the Khassani swimwear brand.
Followers: 3.1 million
22. Jessica Stein – @tuulavintage
Jessica Stein actually started her Instagram career by simply being a blogger.
Since then, she’s made herself a very successful career and often shares pictures of her family, as well as the various campaigns that she’s working on.
Followers: 2.4 million
23. Natasha Oakley – @tashoakley
Natasha Oakley first found fame as a blogger but has since built up her portfolio and now works on numerous brand campaigns on Instagram.
She also founded the beloved swimwear brand Monday Swimwear.
Followers: 2.1 million
24. Pia Muehlenbeck – @piamuehlenbeck
Pia Muehlenbeck was training for a career in Law when she came across the Instagram platform and has since then found fame as a very successful Instagram model.
Followers: 2 million
25. Francisco Lachowski – @chico_lachowski
Francisco Lachowski is a male model based in France and is known across Instagram for his outdoorsy and lifestyle shots and campaigns.
Followers: 1.9 million
26. Jon Kortajarena – @ kortajarenajon
Jon Kortajarena is a Spanish actor and model and features a number of his brand collaborations on his Instagram profile.
When he was just 18 years old, he became the face of Just Cavalli for one of Roberto Cavalli’s campaigns.
Followers: 1.9 million
28. Camila Morrone – @camilamorrone
Camila has over 1.5 million Instagram followers and has featured in a number of films as part of her acting career.
She also uses her Instagram platform to share unique brand collaborations that she’s worked on.
Followers: 1.5 million
29. Rocky – @rocky_barnes
Rocky Barnes started out as a blogger and now predominantly uses her Instagram profile to promote her latest fashion and beauty looks.
She first rose to fame in 2013 when she was a part of a Justin Bieber music video and has since used her platform to create fashion based content.
Followers: 1.4 million
30. Pamela Alexandra – @pamelaalexandra
Pamela Alexandra is a travel blogger who now shares various Instagram model-worthy shots on her profile.
Followers: 1.4 million
31. Devin Brugman – @devinbrugman
Devin is a fairly new up and coming Instagram model featured on this list so she’s perfect to be included in the 2018 round-up.
She’s well known for sharing her enviable bikini-clad shots on her Instagram.
Followers: 1.3 million
32. Lisa-Marie Schiffner – @lisamarie_schiffner
This Instagram model is only 17 years old but has built an Instagram profile that’s attracted almost 1 million followers.
The Austrian Youtuber and Instagrammer shares pictures of her artistic shots, lifestyle picks and fashion pieces.
33. Jenah Yamamoto – @gypsyone
Jenah earned her impressive Instagram following due to her wanderlust-worthy travel blog.
She still shares travel related images on her Instagram and incorporates brand collaborations with the likes of swimwear brands into her feed.
34. Mimi – @mimielashiry
Mimi Elashiry uses her Instagram profile to share inspirational dietary, healthy eating and exercise tips.
35. Liz Turner – @elizabethcturner
Liz Turner initially started her career as an Instagram model but has since worked with a number of reputable and much-loved brands, helping to promote their clothing and makeup.
She talks openly about her well-educated background on Instagram, as well as her struggles with mental health and how she keeps fit and active.
36. Cindy Mello – @cindymello
Cindy Mello is an Instagram model who now works with world-famous Instagram and modelling agencies such as Ford Models.
37. Ashley Sky – @ashleysky
Ashley Sky is an Instagram model as well as a Youtuber who works with a number of brands on various video campaigns.
She’s also walked the runway numerous times too, thanks to her fame discovered through Instagram.
38. Gabi – @gabifresh
Gabi is a plus size Instagram model; you should be following Gabi as she’s incredibly motivating and inspiring and isn’t afraid to go against the social ‘norm’.
She’s also the co-founder of a plus size brand as well as launching collections with a number of swimwear and lingerie brands.
39. Madi Edwards – @madi_edwards
Madi Edwards was born in Australia and has built up her Instagram platform so that she now works with the likes of Billabong, Sunseeker and Universal.
She’s also been featured on the cover of Australian Vogue.
40. Audreyana Michelle – @audreyanamichelle
Audreyana has signed to many different model talent agencies including NEXT Models in Miami, Freedom Models in LA and an agency in New Zealand.
Her Instagram profile is full of makeup and beauty pictures and videos for campaigns that she’s worked on with the likes of Colourpop.
42. Megan Williams – @meganmayw
Having worked with world-famous brands such as Dolce and Gabbana, it’s safe to say that Instagram beauty Megan Williams, is already well on the way to creating an impressive modelling career for herself.
43. Frida Aasen – @frida_aasen
This Norwegian beauty has signed with modelling agencies in both New York and Paris.
Frida’s Instagram boasts pictures from campaigns that she’s worked on with Victoria Secret and Michael Kors.
44. Bridget Malcolm – @bridgetmalcolm
Bridget’s Instagram fame is largely down to her blog where she talks in depth about body positivity, fitness and nutrition.
She’s definitely one to follow if you’re in need of a bit of inspiration.
45. Rain Dove – @raindovemodel
Another male model featured in this list, Rain Dove has worked on a number of fashion, film and activism campaigns in order to use his platforms for good.
46. Jessie Andrews – @jessieandrews
Jessie Andrews is the stunning beauty behind the namesake Instagram account and has founded a number of incredible brands.
She also documents her life on her lifestyle blog. It’s not hard to see why Jessie is featured on the list of 50 Instagram models to follow.
47. Alina Baikova – @alina_baikova
Alina is an Instagram model as well as an activist, working with the likes of The Heart Fund charity in order to help millions of people.
She also works with teeth whitening brands as well as bikini and swimwear brands.
48. Raven Lyn – @theravenlyn
A newbie on the block, but a still incredibly influential Instagram model nevertheless, Raven Lyn was a Sports Illustrated Rookie of 2018!
Her Instagram profile features raunchy pictures of her sharing her latest looks and collaborations.
49. Minahil – @bae.doe
Minahil is a curvaceous Instagram model and fashionista; sharing her latest outfit and beauty looks to her 200,000 followers.
50. Sarah Stephens – @sarahstephens7
The 28-year-old Australian model now resides in LA and was first shot into fame when she won the 2006 Girlfriend magazine’s ‘Model Search’
Sarah isn’t afraid to showcase her enviable figure on her Instagram and regularly works with different brands on their latest campaigns.
Instagram has absolutely changed the way that the modelling industry works. It’s incredibly fascinating to see that most of the models featured on this list have actually found their modelling career thanks to Instagram. It’s safe to say that it is a platform that every model and ‘wannabe’ model should be using.