We’re always taught that in order to make money, you have to work very hard. Get good grades in high school, get into a good college, avoid racking up lots of debt, get a degree in a lucrative field, and start saving your money as soon as you land a job... those are the rules, right? Of course, there are always outliers—for example, some people may be very talented at a young age and make it big without going to college. But the point is, the majority of us grow up believing that you must consistently improve your skillset and put a lot of effort into anything you do if you ever want to be rich.
However, with the ever increasing popularity of social media and reality TV, it’s becoming clear that some people are able to get rich just because of their image. It’s so unfair, but can you blame people for capitalizing on something that gets attention? Well, not really. In fact, nowadays there are growing numbers of young people who have earned a ton of money—sometimes millions of dollars—for doing something that requires no talent. Here are 15 young women under the age of 25 who are rich for doing nothing.
15 Tana Mongeau
Some young women become famous through Instagram, some get famous through Twitter or Tumblr, and some become famous through YouTube. Becoming a professional “YouTuber” can be the fast track to fame these days if your videos become popular. So, how does one become a popular YouTuber? You might showcase your talents for makeup, hair styling, art, dance, music, poetry, or cooking...or you might just post vlogs of yourself telling ridiculous stories with clickbait titles and hope that it pays off! And that’s how one of the most popular young female YouTubers, Tana Mongeau, got famous. Does she have any real talents? No, but she’s gorgeous and posts videos with attention-grabbing titles that get plenty of clicks. This girl has a ton of money in the bank now thanks to her YouTube account, and it doesn’t look like her subscriber numbers will be decreasing any time soon. She has over 3 million now.
14 Danielle Bregoli
Do you remember that video of the girl telling her mom “Cash me outside, how ‘bout dat?” It was a viral clip from Dr. Phil’s show that became super popular online. The girl in the video, Danielle Bregoli, was only fourteen years old at the time. She got so much attention and fame from that one video that she was able to seriously cash in on it. Eventually, she ended up landing a record deal and recording raps under the stage name, “Bhad Bhabie.” Someone else is writing all of her tracks, and she relies on using auto-tune. This girl basically got famous for disrespecting her mom on a reality show, and now she is a millionaire. And yes, she’s only fifteen years old now. It’s crazy that any record label would sign her just because she had one TV clip go viral, but that’s how things go these days.
13 Kylie Jenner
Kylie Jenner pretty much takes the cake in terms of people who got famous for doing nothing. Here’s the thing—yes, Kylie does make money from her own cosmetics business now. Did you see how many of those lip kits she sold? Her fans sure are dedicated. But if she had not been born into a famous family, she would never have gotten the opportunity to create and sell her makeup line. Kylie initially achieved fame and wealth just because she was on Keeping Up With the Kardashians along with the rest of her family. She was lucky to be born to rich and famous parents, who only got more rich and famous as Kylie grew up. She did not really do anything to earn her wealth the first place, but her parents’ financial support throughout her teenage years made it possible for her to become a successful businesswoman in her teens.
12 Kendall Jenner
How could we forget Kylie Jenner’s older sister, Kendall Jenner? Just like Kylie, Kendall was fortunate enough to be born a Kardashian, and therefore, she was set up for success from the minute she came into this world. Now, here’s what really gets some people angry at Kendall and her views on success. She often claims that she earns her own money by working so hard as a model—and at this stage in her life, it’s true. But let’s look back a few years and see where Kendall’s modeling journey and her path to financial independence began. Brands began offering her modeling contracts because she had millions of followers on social media. How did she get all those followers? Because she was already famous for appearing on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, a show that her parents and older siblings were responsible for creating. Kendall did nothing to earn her money.
11 Alexis Ren
Every girl with an Instagram account knows exactly who Alexis Ren is. She’s an internationally famous model with millions of followers on all of her social media accounts. She travels all the time, works with big name brands, and always has the cutest clothes. It’s clear that this girl is rolling in cash—but what did she really do to earn it besides look good? Alexis was not discovered by going to lots of casting calls or auditions. Nope, she was discovered because she posted a photo of herself on Tumblr in a black bikini and it ended up going viral. Let’s face it, Alexis actually seems like a very sweet girl who genuinely is appreciative of her success and cares about her fans. But the truth is that she basically became famous for being pretty. She did not have to have any real talents in order to succeed as a model.
10 Courtney Stodden
Courtney Stodden literally has no obvious talents—except for getting older men to fall in love with her and shower her with cash. This is essentially how she got famous. Courtney is 23 years old now, but when she was only 16, she got married to a 50-year-old man named Doug Hutchison. This was so scandalous that it attracted national media attention, and everyone involved rightfully got a lot of flack. It was clear that this marriage was only happening for financial reasons—this guy was Courtney’s sugar daddy, and it was obvious to everyone who heard the story. They met online, and Courtney did not initially reveal her age, but when this man saw how old she really was, he should have ended it. Now she is the process of getting divorced, but Courtney managed to turn her 15 minutes of fame into several stints on reality shows.
9 Jordyn Woods
If you are a fan of Kylie Jenner, or even if you just casually follow her on Instagram, you have probably seen her share many photos with a girl named Jordyn Woods. Jordyn is now starting to build up a following of her own just because of her friendship with Kylie. She has tons of followers on Instagram and is always hanging out with the Kardashians in the lap of luxury. So, what has Jordyn done to earn all of this? Literally nothing, but we can’t blame her for taking advantage of her sweet connections—who wouldn’t do the same thing? Having famous friends definitely makes life a lot easier. And it does seem like Jordyn is a true friend to Kylie and doesn’t just use her for her money—otherwise, she probably would have told the press all about Kylie’s pregnancy, but she kept quiet instead. That’s a real friend!
8 Essena O’Neill
Like many of the other girls on this list, Essena O’Neill got semi-famous because she posted pretty photos of herself on social media. She was your run of the mill Instagram model who made money by posting sponsored content from brands that wanted to work with her to promote their products. Fair enough, right? We’ve all got to make a living somehow. But the funny thing is that Essena became even MORE famous by, well, complaining about being famous. She began changing all the captions on her photos to reveal how miserable she was really feeling when they were taken. She also said that she was quitting social media from now on because it had affected her mental health so much. Oddly enough, this got her even more attention from other social media users, and her name was all over the Internet. She got famous because she complained about being famous.
7 Cindy Kimberly
What happened to Cindy Kimberly was basically every teenage girl’s wildest dream come true. Honestly, it’s hard to believe that it’s a true story, but here’s what really happened to her and brought her into the spotlight. She was a big fan of Justin Bieber, and one day, he noticed a photo of her online and shared it with his Instagram followers—pretty cool, right? But the story does not stop there. Cindy’s luck got better and better. Justin posted the photo online and captioned it, “Who is this?” because he thought that she was so beautiful. All of the sudden, everyone was captivated by this gorgeous girl, and Cindy decided to capitalize on her brief moment of Internet fame. She took advantage of opportunities to model, and eventually, she began gaining millions of followers of her own. Thanks to that stroke of good luck, she is now wealthy for doing nothing.
6 Alli Simpson
Do you remember the Australian pop singer Cody Simpson? It seems like the height of his mainstream fame is behind him, but he still has plenty of fans who love hearing his music. He also has a younger sister named Alli, who has somehow managed to use her brother’s fame to steal a bit of the spotlight for herself. Just like other people with famous siblings (hmmm, do Kylie and Kendall come to mind?), Alli figured out that by emphasizing the fact that she was related to a pop star, she could gain a following of her own. It totally worked. Alli doesn’t seem to have any talents of her own, but she now has millions of followers on social media and a posse of semi-famous friends that go everywhere with her. And, of course, she also travels the world with her family, which makes for some great Insta-worthy content.
5 Alex Centomo
If you spend a lot of time on YouTube, you will inevitably come across a huge number of “lifestyle vloggers.” They occasionally post makeup videos, but they’re not as talented as a makeup artist or beauty guru. They will post some clothing hauls, but they don’t design clothing. They’ll probably post some workout videos too, but they’re certainly not personal trainers, and they may even have some recipe videos, but they’re not chefs. They do a little bit of everything, and most of them don’t even do it particularly well—they’re the “jack of all trades” of YouTube. This is basically where all of Alex Centomo’s content fits in. She is a classic lifestyle vlogger who just manages to make life look great on camera and make her followers jealous. She also posts a ton of sponsored content on Instagram, which is where she really seems to rake in the cash.
4 Sarah Baska
We’ve got to give credit where credit is due—Sarah Baska is pretty funny. But she’s no stand-up comedian. She’s just a girl who happens to tell stories on YouTube and racked up millions of followers doing so. Hey, at least she has a good sense of humor and isn’t usually in the middle of YouTube drama. But at the same time, it’s strange that there are small channels run by talented people who struggle for years to get subscribers, while channels like Sarah’s earn tons of money without her putting in much effort. It’s all about what people will click on, and Sarah is the master at putting together clever titles in all caps that will catch people’s attention. As long as YouTube keeps promoting these types of videos, she’s going to keep getting more and more views and subscribers—which means she’ll be getting richer and richer.
3 Scarlett Leithold
It seems like the idea of being “spotted” by a talent scout out in public and instantly becoming famous has gone out the window. Today, you have to make your own luck and gain a following on social media if you want to get “noticed,” right? Not if you’re Scarlett Leithold. Scarlett was spotted by a modeling talent scout at an airport when she was only 14 years old! At that age, most of us were the awkward freshman in high school, but Scarlett was apparently so gorgeous that this scout took one look at her and thought, “Yup, she’s model material.” Scarlett is now famous because she models for Brandy Melville, a very popular brand. She currently has over two million followers on Instagram. It’s crazy that there are adults who work their whole lives for that kind of recognition, while Scarlett just got lucky at the airport one day.
2 Stella Rae
Stella Rae is another popular lifestyle vlogger who was clearly making a ton of money on YouTube. How can we tell? Well, she was traveling all over the place, always wearing stylish clothes, and moved out to Los Angeles by herself and got her own apartment when she was only 18. She also takes on tons of sponsorships, many of which have nothing to do with the kind of content she posts. This can really frustrate some of her audience at times. She has thousands upon thousands of subscribers on YouTube and followers on Instagram. Even when she posts videos about how saved money as a teenager, they are still sponsored by totally irrelevant companies. It just seems strange to offer her followers financial advice when it’s clear that she makes all of her money by posting sponsored content that has nothing to do with what her followers really want.
1 Charlie Barker
Here’s another Instagram model to finish off the list—it’s truly crazy how some of these girls get famous. Charlie Barker never set out intending to be famous, but when opportunities started coming her way to model and grow her following, she naturally took advantage of them. She just started posting on Instagram for fun a few years ago. She was never trying to become a model, but as she gained a following, her life just started going in that direction. She is obsessed with Hello Kitty, and this kind of became her signature “trademark.” She even has a Hello Kitty tattoo on the palm of her hand—ouch! Charlie has thousands and thousands of followers and has signed some major modeling contracts, just because she was so effective at unwittingly building a unique personal brand. Did she need to put in any talent or hard work to get there? Nope.