Within hours of launching Instagram- an iPhone photo sharing app, thousands had already downloaded and begun to post photos. The high turnout was not expected that quickly and that's when reinforcements had to be called in to keep the app from crashing. By December of that same year over 1 million people had already downloaded the app. Founded by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, Instagram soon took off and rose to unprecedented heights. Every month the number of users increased exponentially, on February 26, 2013 the company celebrated its 100 million users.
Today Instagram has over 300 million active monthly users with 70 million photos posted per day. This revolutionary social media photo application has created a new breed of celebrity, the Instagram fitness model. The ultra thin runway model look is no longer the standard of beauty. This fact has been proven by the number of followers who gravitate to the fitness models on this list. Women and men who look healthy and strong is the new trend in modeling.
10 Alicia Marie
You can catch this fitness model on YouTube, Alicia Marie is all about healthy living. Before entering the fitness arena she participated in model searches and pageants at the age of 15. During high school her long lithe 5’9” frame helped her excel in high jumping competitions until she tore her achilles tendon. Brains and beauty Alicia Marie graduated with a BA in neuroscience from the University of Connecticut, she did her graduate work in broadcasting and feature story writing. Her studies would definitely take on more significance as her modeling and business career would soon take off.
9 Abbie Burrows
8 Caitlin Rice
7 Jen Selter
6 Nikki Blackketter
5 Paige Hathaway
A breakout fitness model from the midwestern city of Minnesota. Probably one of the best exports from the midwest to enter fitness modeling. Paige Hathaway is a 26 year old fitness model that didn’t plan on entering the world of fitness as a career. She currently has over 2 million followers on Instagram. Believe it or not she previously had no muscle tone and was considered skinny. After she entered her first Bikini contest she made it a priority to focus on health and fitness. Paige trained 4 months for the Ronnie Coleman Classic placing 2nd overall.
4 Brittany Renner
Brittany Renner is a former Jackson State soccer player. This stunning beauty is originally from Ocean Springs, Mississippi. After she quit soccer she got involved in fitness because she wanted to take her physique to the next level. Brittany got started early on Instagram by sending out meal plans and workouts for free on the social media site. Her Instagram profile featured hot females only. Her followers increased and that's when Instagram changed her life from that point onwards. Brittany never intended fitness to be a major part of her life but her growing social media popularity changed all that. In April of 2014 she did a fitness shoot in Las Vegas featuring PlayStation. Players can download her theme on the PS2. She credits Rosa Acosta as her inspiration for getting in shape.
3 Svetlana Bilyalova
2 Alice Matos
The Brazilian bombshell Alice Matos is a Bikini fitness athlete and entrepreneur, she owns Labellamafia clothing. To keep in great shape she works her lower and upper body on different days. Her workout routine encompasses 40 to 50 minutes of cardio on the bike or elliptical machine 5 days per week. Her favourite 3 exercises are barbell squats, bench press and the back row, she prefers compound exercises that use more than one major muscle group simultaneously.
1 Michelle Lewin
One of the all time famous Instagram fitness models. You can find her photos plastered all over the Internet. This Venezuelan beauty was a former Playboy Centrefold model. Now a resident of Miami Beach, FL, you can find many of her Instagram photos taken at the beach. Naturally a blonde she dyed her hair dark brown and from that point on is when she said her career as a fitness model took off. Admired for her beauty she surprisingly doesn’t think of herself as particularly sexy. She currently has 4.6 million followers on Instagram.
Sources: instagram.com, instagram.com, fitstylelife.com, instagram.com, mensfitness.com
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