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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

Kendall Jenner Instagram

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

Gigi Hadid Instagram

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 DeLevingne Instagram

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

Chrissy Teigen Instagram

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 Instagram

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 Instagram

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

Sommer Ray Instagram

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 Bieber Instagram

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 Instagram

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

Candice Swanepel Instagram

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 Instagram

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 Palvin Instagram

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 Instagram

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 Instagram

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 Instagram

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

Josephine Skriver Instagram

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

Cindy Kimberly Instagram

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 Wen Instagram

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 Skye Instagram

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 Instagram

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 Tantot Instagram

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 Instagram

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 Instagram

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 Instagram

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

Instagram Model Influencer - Upfluence

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

Instagram Model Influencer - Upfluence

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

Instagram Model Influencer - Upfluence

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

Instagram Model Influencer - Upfluence

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

Instagram Model Influencer - Upfluence

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

Instagram Model Influencer - Upfluence

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.

 

Followers: 981k

33. Jenah Yamamoto – @gypsyone

Instagram Model Influencer - Upfluence

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.

 

Followers: 962k

34. Mimi – @mimielashiry

Instagram Model Influencer - Upfluence

Mimi Elashiry uses her Instagram profile to share inspirational dietary, healthy eating and exercise tips.

 

Followers: 929k

35. Liz Turner – @elizabethcturner

Instagram Model Influencer - Upfluence

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.

 

Followers: 715k

 

36. Cindy Mello – @cindymello

Instagram Model Influencer - Upfluence

Cindy Mello is an Instagram model who now works with world-famous Instagram and modelling agencies such as Ford Models.

 

Followers: 715k

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.

 

Followers: 669k

38. Gabi – @gabifresh

Instagram Model Influencer - Upfluence

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.

 

Followers: 656k

39. Madi Edwards – @madi_edwards

Instagram Model Influencer - Upfluence

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.

 

Followers: 613k

40. Audreyana Michelle – @audreyanamichelle

Instagram Model Influencer - Upfluence

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.

 

Followers: 547k

42. Megan Williams – @meganmayw

Instagram Model Influencer - Upfluence

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.

 

Followers: 521k

43. Frida Aasen – @frida_aasen

Instagram Model Influencer - Upfluence

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.

 

Followers: 358k

44. Bridget Malcolm – @bridgetmalcolm

Instagram Model Influencer - Upfluence

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.

 

Followers: 308k

45. Rain Dove – @raindovemodel

Instagram Model Influencer - Upfluence

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.

 

Followers: 293k

46. Jessie Andrews – @jessieandrews

Instagram Model Influencer - Upfluence

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.

 

Followers: 266k

47. Alina Baikova – @alina_baikova

Instagram Model Influencer - Upfluence

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.

 

Followers: 257k

48. Raven Lyn – @theravenlyn

Instagram Model Influencer - UpfluenceA 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.

 

Followers: 229k

49. Minahil – @bae.doe

Instagram Model Influencer - Upfluence

Minahil is a curvaceous Instagram model and fashionista; sharing her latest outfit and beauty looks to her 200,000 followers.

 

Followers: 200k

50. Sarah Stephens – @sarahstephens7

 

Instagram Model Influencer - Upfluence

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.

 

Followers: 143k

 

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.

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