With the advancement of technology in recent years and the emergence of social media sites, there are some new stars emerging into the celebrity world. Sites like YouTube and Instagram have allowed regular people to be viewed, followed, and interacted with; opening up their lives to people from all around the world. Just as aspiring artists would turn to YouTube to gain attention (and possibly a music deal), people are turning to other social media sites to try and make a name for themselves.
Some have even coined this phenomenon, “The Kardashian effect.” When Kim Kardashian first introduced herself to audiences, back when people actually used MySpace, she had 856 followers in 2006. Fast forward to 2016, where she has over 45 million followers on Twitter and over 69 million followers on Instagram- she has become somewhat of an inspiration to others like her that would like to use social media to gain fame.
However, not everyone uses social media in the same way. While some see it as a way to interact with a larger audience about goals, interests, and adventure, others try their best to emulate the Kardashian route. Uploading a multitude of half naked pictures with suggestive undertones and providing their very best duck-faced pout, some social media users have become famous for very different reasons. Check out our list of 15 hotties that have made quite a name for themselves via social media sites, and see whether or not any of them might be worth following on your feed.
15 Mercedes Terrell
With 367,000 followers on Instagram and over 47,000 followers on Twitter, Mercedes Terrell has reached far beyond the audience that may have caught a glimpse of her in the ring. As a Bellator Ring Girl and 2010 Miss Supercross, she has made a living out of being sexy for just a few minutes at a time. While you have to be quick to see her during a fight, you can catch up with this sultry brunette through social media. Her Twitter feed goes above and beyond in promoting various fighters and matches, but it’s her Instagram that has truly made her famous. Posting photos in sexy lingerie and swimwear, Mercedes can even make a Darth Vader costume look titillating.
14 Paulina Gretzky
Daughter of Wayne Gretzky and Janet Jones-Gretzky, Paulina Gretzky is an American model and professional golfer who has even tried her hand as a pop singer. While being the daughter of a sports celebrity should bring on fame in itself, not everyone can reach "celebutante" status. True fame was reached by Paulina through social media, with over 287,000 followers on Twitter and 431,000 on Instagram. While she has been romantically linked with her fair share of celebrities, it was the engagement to professional golfer, Dustin Johnson, that made the most headlines. With her looks and their combined sports superiority in genes, the world wanted to see what great new sports legend they would create.
13 Arielle Vandenberg
With 705,000 followers on Instagram, Arielle Vandenberg isn’t your typical social media hottie just out there to get clicks and likes. While others turn to mostly Twitter to gain their fame and recognition, Arielle has created a significant following through sites like Vine with 1.6 million followers. Rather than filling her feeds with duck-lip selfies and butt snaps, she exudes her sex appeal with her quirky sense of humor. Landing numerous acting roles and even a list of famous ex-boyfriends, including actor Will Arnett, Arielle Vandenberg proves that sometimes the best kind of Instagram hottie is one that can make you laugh.
12 Essena O’Neill
In November 2015, Essena O’Neill seemed to have some sort of epiphany (or meltdown) which played out online for all to see and hear. When she first began posting to social media sites at 12-years-old, she gained a huge following flaunting herself as an Australian-born model. However, things changed as she persistently posted bikini-clad photos online. O’Neill made a comment once she turned 19-years-old, saying she wished someone had told her that she was worth more than just an Instagram photo. She also deleted her Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook profiles online, but not before posting some captions to some of the photos she had already posted.
The posts told how she felt that “Social media in an illusion” and how posts are “edited and contrived to get more views.” She started a new website where she delved deeper into the pressures put forth by social media stating, “I no longer want to spend hours and hours of my time scrolling, viewing, and comparing myself to others.” While she started off gaining fame through her scantily-clad uploads, she has since become more famous for giving an alternate take on how we view social media personalities.
11 Lira Mercer
It doesn’t seem out of the norm for an Instagram hottie posting excessively nude photos to divulge that she was once an exotic dancer. While other women may try and distance themselves from their dancing past, Lira Mercer has never talked about it like it was a shameful experience. On the contrary, she posted a photo of herself back from her dancing days on Instagram and released a statement with Global Grind saying, “it was just a picture that I posted on my Instagram. I was at work, I used to dance, and it was just a picture.”
With 2.7 million followers on Instagram and 160,000 followers on Twitter, she doesn’t seem to worry about overexposure. Since fame comes in many forms, Lira made quite a name for herself when she posted a photo of herself with Rick Ross after he gave her an 11-carat engagement ring, but while the relationship ultimately came to an unfortunate demise she continues to build her brand through her social media sites.
10 Nicole Mejia
Nicole Mejia has 1.4 million followers on Instagram and over 57,000 followers on Twitter. While she will definitely keep male fans entertained with provocative swimsuit snaps and tight pants selfies, she coins her social media sites with more of a fitness-enthusiast focus. Embodying the Fit and Thick body positive movement, Nicole encourages others to live to the fullest with a holistic lifestyle. Posting numerous workout videos and pictures of nutritional meals, she shows she’s more than just a pretty face with some sexy workout clothes. From stand-up paddle boarding to lifting weights, Nicole has proven that muscles are totally sexy.
9 Dr. Mike
Dr. Mikhail Varshavski became an overnight sensation via his social media success, known as Dr. Mike. There have been numerous titles given to this real life doctor, from the “Real-life Dr. McDreamy” to “Instagram’s hottest doctor.” While some only dream of gaining fame through social media, Dr. Mike has full-on achieved it. With numerous television spots highlighting his fame, including an interview on The Doctors, people all over the world have waited in line for him to finally finish his residency and become their new full-time physician.
While he’s made headlines for dating some of the most beautiful women in the world, including Miss Universe winner Pia Wurtzbach, he tends to use his superpowers for good by calling attention to human rights issues and giving back to the community on Twitter. He may not be your cup of tea, but you have to at least give him credit for finding fame on social media without showing a bunch of duck lip selfies and butt shots.
8 Danielle Knudson
Canadian-born model, Danielle Knudson, has over 17,000 followers on Twitter and 274,000 followers on Instagram. While she is an accomplished model who has participated in numerous ad campaigns, including a lucrative deal with Guess, she became a social media sensation when she was called out by Justin Bieber. Justin reached out to his fans for help in identifying who was this mystery beauty who looked “stunning” on Instagram. Today, the model is still making headlines, as she flaunted her extra long legs as she cheered on her Canadian professional tennis player boyfriend, Milos Raonic, on Day Eight of the 2016 Australian Open.
7 Abigail Ratchford
Pennsylvania-born American model, Abigail Ratchford, first made waves through the Internet in 2013 when she emerged as someone that was worth watching. TMZ famously posted her measurements for all to see (36DD-24-36), but any one of her 4.2 million followers on Instagram could have ventured their own guess. With light eyes and dark hair, she has a look that seems oddly familiar to anyone who’s seen a recent Kim Kardashian or Megan Fox photo, but that doesn’t seem to scare off any of her 342,000 followers on Twitter. Posts include everything from sexy boxer braids to completely naked donning nothing but tennis shoes and headphones, which has led to a number of lucrative deals, including a six page print spread in a popular Australian men's magazine.
6 Ines Helene
Ines Helene is a 23-year-old Swedish model that has a following of 1.3 million on Instagram and over 80,000 on Twitter. She is coined “The Swedish Unicorn” and Playboy magazine claims, “It’s the only fitting nickname—her curves are just as unreal as that mythical creature.” Her social media sites are filled with the standard bust and butt shots of the typical Instagram model, but it’s the content that has people talking. Rather than filling her Twitter feed with all the superficiality we might expect, she actually devotes much of her time trying to inform her fans about world events and human rights issues.
5 Courtney Tailor
Coined as an “actress, model, and shower-singer,” Courtney Tailor has an online presence that puts her in the bunch with all the other aspiring Kardashians out there. With 840,000 followers on Instagram and a huge Twitter following, her pic uploads include a wide variety of bust and butt shots. Many of the photos are to promote her as a workout enthusiast, but there are numerous photos that are just shameless attempts at attention.
From the g-string swimsuit bottom with crochet top, to the various states of undress under the sheets, Courtney Tailor has reached a level of fame through social media tactics. Like many of her fellow Instagram hustlers, many of her posts have to do with endorsing products. One of the most recent endorsement posts is for the Lyft app, where a provocative photo of Courtney leaning over a hotrod says, “Click the link in my bio or download ‘LYFT APP’ and enter code ‘RYDECOURTNEY’ in the payments section of the app!”
4 Demi Rose Mawby
British model, Demi Rose Mawby, is an internationally published lingerie model that has over 315,000 followers on Twitter and 2.2 million followers on Instagram. With very child-like facial features, it’s almost strange to see such a sweet face paired up with such a grown-up body. Ultra curvaceous with a skinny-minny waist, fans became infatuated with her constant lingerie pic uploads. From completely sheer tops to wearing nothing but a strategically-placed bed sheet, she has created quite a name for herself on social media sites. On top of using Instagram to promote her modeling photos, she’s also become famous for promoting and endorsing controversial products like Protein World’s Fat Metaboliser & Hunger Buster capsules.
3 Emily Sears
Australian-born model, Emily Sears, now lives in L.A., and does what so many California girls do: post photos on Instagram. Shown in various stages of undress and tight workout clothes, she has gained more than 55,000 followers on Twitter and 2.9 million followers on Instagram. However, not all attention is good attention, as she has famously brought attention to the world of social media. When plagued with the fact that so many men (who are already in relationships) started sending her pictures of their genitalia, she decided to do something about it.
Messaging the partner of the man, she posted, “Terribly sorry to tell u that ur partner is sending pictures of his genitals to models on Instagram. I’m telling you this because I’m a girls girl and I think women need to stick together. I want you to know that all types of men do this kind of thing and it’s no reflection on you. You deserve better treatment than this. <3” While she still is famous for her scantily-clad photos, she is also famous for tweets like, “Here’s when happens when you send me d**k picks to DM. I do not play. …”
With 2.4 million followers on Instagram, Juli.annee has become famous for being famous. Often referred to as an “Instagram star,” she has become known for her love of dressing in costumes and thigh high socks. While there are occasionally a few fun-loving kid pics uploaded to her social media sites, including an extra adorable picture of her and a little girl making matching bunny ear faces, most of the pics include graphic lingerie shots with a bare ass. Since so many of the girls posting these types of pics on social media sites are hoping to become recognized by the industry, Juli.annee has already made a first dent into that process when she was publicly mentioned by Maxim urging their readers to follow her on Instagram, it doesn’t get much better than that.
1 Chiara Ferragni
When Chiara Ferragni, law student in her 20’s at Bocconi University in Milan, started a blog about her interests, she gained a huge following through social media. The blog, The Blonde Salad, was a way for her to express her interests in everything from fashion to photography, and quickly started to gain attention by those in the celebrity world. She began forming partnerships with well-known fashion brands, and started bringing in huge revenue said to total over $8 million in a single year. However, it wasn’t just her fashion sense that was making her famous online. This Italian beauty has over 275,000 followers on Twitter and 5.9 million followers on Instagram.
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