Now that we know which celebs had the most-liked Instagram pics of 2016, it鈥檚 time to look at the whole package. As anyone who鈥檚 taken our Instagram online class knows, building a loyal following on the social media account is totally different than, say, Twitter (for which Katy Perry holds the current title). It takes a lot more than posting a cool shot here or there; it鈥檚 about building a brand or making a personal statement that aligns with you.

That involves carefully curating your photos as such, and that takes a lot of work! Which is exactly why we鈥檙e tipping our hat to the top 10 celebs that totally nailed it.


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10. Kendall Jenner, 70 million: Rounding out the bottom of the list was none other than Kendall Jenner. It鈥檚 been a big year for the model, so it makes sense that she had a lot to share. Not only did she land the cover of Vogue鈥檚 most coveted issue and receive her Victoria鈥檚 Secret wings, she also had quite the social media controversy over some ballet pictures for a Spanish Vogue pictorial, making her Insta page quite the hot ticket.

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9. Nicki Minaj, 70 million: Nicki Minaj has been pretty quiet since her huge Twitter blowout with Taylor Swift over last year鈥檚 MTV Video Music Awards, but photos of her killer bod, like this one taken in Turks and Caicos, were enough to keep her on the list.

8. Dwayne 鈥淭he Rock鈥 Johnson, 72.1 million: The Rock came in at number eight on this year鈥檚 list, and we can鈥檛 say we鈥檙e terribly surprised: His partner Lauren Hashian gave birth to a baby girl named Simone Alexandra just last year, and we鈥檝e got a sneaking suspicion adorbs baby pics like the one above helped to cement his status on the list.

7. Kylie Jenner, 80.7 million: Coming in three spots ahead of big sis Kendall is our girl Kylie, who also had a helluva 2016. Between controversial calendars, product teasers and her one insanely awesome Halloween costume, she was bound to land amongst the top Insta hustlers.

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6. Cristiano Ronaldo, 83.7 million: Though he had the most liked pics of the year of any male, his total follower count wasn鈥檛 quite top five material. That could all change very soon, though, as he did also snag a spot for the second 鈥渕ost followers gained in 2016.鈥


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5. Kim Kardashian West, 88.8 million: Though Kim鈥檚 social media presence has been practically nonexistent since her Paris robbery back in October, fans clearly haven鈥檛 given up hope for her return, since she鈥檚 still rounding out the site鈥檚 top five most followed celebs.

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4. Beyonc茅, 89.7 million: Bey had evverrrryyone (and we do mean everyone!) losing their ish over her Lemonade album (released back in April), desperately seeking clues as to who 鈥淏ecky with the good hair鈥 might be, but alas, we never did find out (though we know it鈥檚 NOT Rachael Ray). Though we鈥檙e sure her killer sense of fashion (we SO want that Sleigh sweater) certainly didn鈥檛 hurt her numbers.

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3. Ariana Grande, 91.1 million: We鈥檙e sure Ariana gained quite a few followers after this week鈥檚 Hairspray Live performance (despite backlash for Link): Her Penny performance was nothing less than top notch!

2. Taylor Swift, 94.4 million: Despite receiving a low blow of a Grammys snub, Taylor Swift more than managed to keep up her high follower count on Instagram with stunts like this sick mannequin challenge she pulled off or this rousing rendition of 鈥淧art of Your World鈥 from The Little Mermaid.

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1. Selena Gomez, 104 million: It鈥檚 official: Selena Gomez is the Queen of Instagram in every way possible. With the most followers (including the most gained this year) and the most liked pics, girl clearly has it going on, and she鈥檚 laughing all the way to the bank: She gets paid about $550,000 per post, soooo鈥 we would too. She never forgets her fans, though, frequently posting shots with them and writing touching tributes. It鈥檚 no wonder they love her.

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(h/t People, photos via Gustavo Caballero/Getty)