When you’re a normal person, posting something on Instagram doesn’t result in much more than a few likes and a perhaps a comment or two. Unfortunately for celebrities, when they post pictures, it can result in so much more, including some outraged comments and several articles written about said picture.
Obviously, celebrities never really know what will happen once they post a photo. In some cases a poor joke is not met with a kind reception. In other cases, an innocent Father’s Day photo can lead to followers freaking out about a baby wrap not being properly harnessed to the father. An endorsement photo can be posted that isn’t up to the FDA’s standards. It can also be something as innocent as a picture of pasta. For the love of everything, can we all just let Chrissy Teigen eat?
Whatever the issue may be, celebrities either follow up the controversy by issuing a statement, posing a corrective Instagram photo, or in some cases, taking the photo down completely. While the fame and money that comes with being a celebrity is nice, the risk of anything you post on social media being considered controversial is ridiculous. Living without that risk is a luxury that only those living in anonymity know. While being Teigen or Kendall Jenner would be nice, not thinking twice before posting an Instagram photo is also nice. Here are the most controversial Instagram photos of 2015:
10. Ashley Benson’s Halloween Costume
Ashley Benson, the 25-year-old star of Pretty Little Liars and Spring Breakers, ruffled some feathers when she posted the picture above with the caption, “Help! Can’t decide on my Halloween costume this year! What do you guys think of this Cecil the Lion costume?” Benson was referring to the 13-year-old lion that was killed in Zimbabwe by a Minnesota dentist. After uploading the picture, people started commenting on what poor taste the joke was. Benson took down the photo and apologized for her offensive joke.
9. Kylie Jenner In Cornrows
18-year-old reality television star Kylie Jenner caused quite a stir when she posted this picture of herself in cornrows back in July. Among those offended was Amandla Stenberg, the actress known for her portrayal of Rue in The Hunger Games. Stenberg called Jenner out in the comments section of the photos by posting: “when u appropriate black features and culture but fail to use ur position of power to help black Americans by directing attention towards your ur wigs instead of police brutality or racism #whitegirlsdoitbetter.” Kylie responded with: “Mad if I don’t, Mad if I do…. Go hang w Jaden or something.” A few days later, Kendall Jenner posted a picture of herself in cornrows as well, probably as a sign of solidarity to her sister.
8. Kendall Jenner’s Most Liked Picture
On June 26, Kendall Jenner stole the Instagram throne from her big sister Kim Kardashian. Kim was the reigning queen of all that is Instagram and had the most liked photo on Instagram, with a whooping 2.4 million likes. The photo is of Kim kissing Kanye West at their wedding in Florence, Italy. Kendall’s photo (pictured above) gained 2.6 million likes, stealing the title of Most Liked Instagram Photo from her big sister. Hopefully, Kim wasn’t too upset about it.
7. Gigi Hadid Blasting Body Shamers
Fashion model Gigi Hadid took to Instagram to shut down criticism about the fact that she is curvier than most other high-end fashion models. This is an except from Hadid’s long message:
“No, I don’t have the same body type as the other models in shows. No, I don’t think I’m the best at any given show. Yes, I want to have a unique walk but I also know I have to improve. No, I’m not the first or the last model of my type in this industry. You can make up all the reasons you think I am where I am, but really, I’m a hard worker that’s confident in myself, one that came at a time where the fashion industry was ready for a change. I’m just doing my job.”
While her caption was met with mostly positive reception, Blanca Padilla, a model who walked in the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, said:
“I don’t have a problem with the fact that you’re a curvy girl on the runway, I support that. But if it was me with your same measurements going to a casting they would send me home to lose weight.”
She went on to explain that celebrity models have the privilege of being loved in the fashion industry while she herself has to adhere to extreme measurements. Padilla seemed to be throwing shade more at the industry in general than at just Hadid.
6. Blake Lively Wishing A Happy Father’s Day
Apparently, Reynolds didn’t have James strapped in properly. The picture received several comments from concerned parents who noticed that device was not properly harnessed. Afterwards, while being interviewed by Matt Lauer, Reynolds admitted, “The baby’s not properly secured in the vessel that I’m wearing there.”
5. Chrissy Teigen Has Cravings
Chrissy Teigen loves to eat and she also loves to share what she eats on Instagram. Sharing what you’re having for dinner may seem innocent but when you’re a famous pregnant super model, this can spark some controversy.
Earlier this year, Teigen posted a photo of some pasta she made to eat while watching SNL. People sounded off about the portion size, to which she responded, “I’m not the f**king cheesecake factory.” As if that wasn’t bad enough, shortly after announcing her pregnancy, she posted a picture of bowl of Fruity Pebbles and Cap’N Crunch mixed together, with a caption explaining that she was having cravings.
Comments went wild on the poor model, crucifying her eating dyed, artificial food. Teigen responded through a string of sarcastic tweets telling followers that she was going to smoke a cigar, drink vodka, and do other various activities that would be bad for the baby. At least she can joke even when she’s clearly annoyed.
4. Essena O’Neill Declaring Social Media Is Not Real Life
Essena O’Neill, the 19-year-old Australian social media star, shocked everyone when she “quit” social media, stating that it is not real life. The statement was deemed inspirational by some and hypocritical by others, who were quick to point out that she had been made famous by social media, the thing that she was now speaking out against. After her declaration of war against social media, the version of one’s self revealed through social media has become a hot button topic. Since quitting social media, she has released several videos detailing the effort with which she created her photos. The irony is that these videos have gained almost one million views, making her more famous than ever.
3. Miley Cyrus Dressed As Cindersmelly
For Halloween, Miley Cyrus, a former Disney child star, dressed up as Cinderella, or, well, her version of Cinderella. She posted a picture of herself dressed as the princess, with a blunt in her mouth. The caption read: “Cindersmelly high as hell and her bra strap showin.”
Cyrus hasn’t been shy about her love of smoking weed but Selena Gomez thought this went too far. A source claimed that Gomez, another star who got her break on a Disney show as well, called this photo “in poor taste” and “disrespectful to Disney.” One thing is for sure, she’s just being Miley – the, uh, new Miley.
2. Kim Kardashian’s Endorsement For Diclegis
Kim Kardashian, like many lifestyle and fashion bloggers, makes money off of her Instagram through endorsements. That should come as no surprise. She’s not posting that many pictures of her waist trainer for fun. When she posted an endorsement for a morning sickness pill, it wasn’t followers but rather the FDA, a federal agency, that had a huge issue with it. Kim posted the photo promoting how amazing this medicine is without citing any of the side effects. She later posted a corrective picture because it is best for her to stay on the good side of all government agencies, especially if Kanye isn’t joking about 2020.
1. Chrissy Teigen Wants To Free The Nipple
When Teigen posted a NSFW photo from a photoshoot with W Magazine, Instagram promptly took it down. Teigen made it clear that she was part of the free the nipple campaign on Instagram by reposting the same photo with an oil painting effect, asking in the caption if a classy oil painting is okay. Apparently, it was not because Instagram removed that photo as well. Teigen, the determined jokester, posted another two photos, one as a pencil sketch and another as a colored pencil sketch. These were taken down as well. You can’t say the girl didn’t try to free the nipple.