Since its initial release in October 2010, Instagram has become arguably the most popular picture/video sharing and social networking app in the world. Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012 for approximately $1 billion USD. At that time there were about 100 million active Instagram users. In December 2014 it was reported that Instagram had over 300 million active users, so its value is surely even greater today.
Instagram can credit a large amount of its popularity to the celebrities who use it to share intimate portraits depicting their glamorous lifestyles to their devoted fans. Some of these celebrities take that level of intimacy to an extreme and share super sexy snaps that leave their followers' jaws on the floor. Celebrities can get away with sharing pictures on Instagram that would be taken down for being too explicit if anyone else posted them, and you won't hear their millions of followers complaining about them either. Some of these celebrities post sexy snaps on a regular basis, while others just treat their followers to them once and a while. Either way, they tend not to disappoint. Here are 10 celebrities who post the sexiest and often most controversial pictures on Instagram.
10 Miley Cyrus
Never one to be shy, Miley Cyrus shares her daring personality over Instagram and she also shares a lot of racy pictures that other people often try to keep private. Her Instagram account currently has over 20 million followers and her pictures get hundreds of thousands of likes. Cyrus has been criticized for her drug use (some of which she has admitted to) and of being nothing but a party girl. But she proudly owns her party lifestyle and shares it in a rather humorous manner. As of late, she is using her Instagram as a platform to promote her philanthropic efforts and her new charity, rather than just what she does in her down time. She's sure come a long way since her Disney Channel beginnings.
9 Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj is one of today's hottest rappers and not only is she super talented, she has one of the sexiest bodies on the planet. Minaj, 32, has a successful music career and regularly collaborates with other stars like Beyonce and Drake, but she has also tried her hand at acting. She regularly shares raunchy pics of herself to her 23+ million followers and most of them look like they would be a great choice for a magazine or album cover. On her hit single "Anaconda," Minaj raps "he say he don't like 'em boney, he want something he can grab." It's safe to say that whoever he is, he isn't disappointed.
8 Nick Jonas
For a guy who started out in a teen boyband, Nick Jonas has sure changed his image. Once the youngest member of The Jonas Brothers, Nick Jonas has now started a solo music career, and a rather successful one at that. Jonas was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2005 and took this picture in 2013 to prove you can still be athletic and fit when you deal with the disease, and prove it, he did! He shared this picture with his 3.5 million Instagram followers and more than 350,000 people "liked" it in return. Along with shirtless pics, Jonas likes to show off his equally gorgeous girlfriend, Olivia Culpo, who was Miss Universe 2012.
7 Kylie Jenner
Most parents of 17-year-olds would be horrified if they saw their children posting pictures of themselves like the kind Kylie Jenner does. However, being a member of one of the most famous families in the world apparently means Kylie gets a pass, and we don't hear complaints from her mother, Kris Jenner, or her father, Bruce Jenner. Kylie has over 23 million Instagram followers and she loves to show off her figure in skimpy outfits on an almost daily basis. But hey, to each their own. Kylie has grown up surrounded by not only the media, but four beautiful sisters who enjoy posting racy pics themselves.
6 Joe Manganiello
He's an actor, but there's no doubt Joe Manganiello could double as a bodybuilder. His buff figure was perfect for his role as a werewolf on True Blood, and as a male stripper in Magic Mike. Manganiello is engaged to actress Sofia Vergara from Modern Family and together they make up one of the hottest couples in the world. Vergara doesn't seem to mind sharing him with the world, as he often posts shirtless pics on his Instagram to over 660,000 followers that display ever defined muscle on his body.
5 Kim Kardashian
Any article discussing sexy celebrities on Instagram wouldn't be complete without including the Queen of Selfies herself, Kim Kardashian. The 34-year-old TV personality and business woman has one of the most popular Instagram accounts of all time with more than 33.6 million followers! She shares sexy snaps all the time that include close-ups, booty shots, and more. People just can't seem to get enough of those famous curves. Kardashian also released a book this year called Selfish that is a collection of her famous selfies, almost all of which were posted on her Instagram account.
4 Emily Ratajkowski
Before model (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue) and actress (Gone Girl) Emily Ratajkowski, 23, shot to fame when she appeared in Robin Thicke's infamous music video for his single, "Blurred Lines," she already had a substantial Instagram following thanks to the sultry photos she shares. Now, Ratajkowski has almost 2.5 million followers, and they're regularly rewarded with glimpses into her jet-setting lifestyle and to pictures of her sexy body. Fans will soon get to see Ratajkowski on the big screen again when she appears in this summer's Entourage film.
3 Jessica Lowndes
Canadian actress,Jessica Lowndes, 26, is best known for her role on the 90210 reboot playing the troubled Adrianna Tate-Duncan. Though the show ended in 2013, Lowndes has since had several television roles and she keeps her fans updated with her LA life on her Instagram account. Lowndes has about 555,000 followers and she often shares bikini pics as well as action shots from her intense workouts. Those workouts sure seem to be paying off!
2 Scott Eastwood
His father, Clint Eastwood, was a major heartthrob in his day, and by the looks of Scott Eastwood, 29, the apple doesn't fall far from the sexy tree. Scott is also an actor, like his father, and he was most recently in the Nicholas Sparks film The Longest Ride. Although Scott's dreamy blue eyes are equally as gorgeous, he also shares many pictures of his tight and toned body on his Instagram account. He has over 500,000 followers and we're sure if Clint Eastwood had Instagram at the same age the results would have been just as sexy.
One of the most unapologetically sexual stars in the world today had to be the number one pick for the sexiest Instagram celebrities. And who else could that be but Barbadian princess, Rihanna. By the age of 17 she was a world famous pop star. Rihanna proudly shows off her sexy figure on Instagram, and with almost 20 million followers, plenty regularly enjoy them. While many of her pictures are so revealing that you would never even send them to a friend, Rihanna totally owns her sexuality (as she should!) and has no time for haters.