The photo-sharing app Instagram opened its doors in October 2010 to instant success. The platform allowed anyone with an account to share any photo with their followers. It offered a simpler and user-accessible way to share just your favorite photos. Its simple way of showcasing both personal and professional moments became a hit with celebrities because the app allowed them to connect directly with fans. Suddenly the world’s biggest celebrities were able to manage their own image and showcase their personal lives in ways they weren’t able to do before. Stars famous for their grandiose life, such as Kim Kardashian and Donatella Versace, were able to dress it up in pure Hollywood fashion, or pose for a holiday family photo for a more personal point of view. The social media platform offered ways for celebrities to produce the image they wanted to project from the control of their own phones. Their fans would like and comment and stars would like them back and respond directly.
There are 400 million Instagram users worldwide and more than a quarter of them follow model Kylie Jenner. The platform helped the young Kardashian member transform her career into what it is today. It has also assisted in creating careers from scratch. Amateur models, photographers, and comedians have enjoyed budding careers by showcasing their unique talents. A TV series highlighting these new careers even aired in the UK called Rich Kids of Instagram. The show featured newcomers such as Sophia Rose who began a career in modeling after her account went viral. Just like YouTube, anyone with a dream and a camera phone could become an entrepreneur and build a personal brand.
Instagram has expanded its power to include videos in recent years. Users can now post up to 10 minutes of video in a single post. Celebrities such as Chris Pratt and Laverne Cox love to use this feature to communicate direct messages to their followers. Pratt even hosts a weekly series where he shows his fans his favorite snacks and how he makes them. Cox uses this feature to promote her professional brand. She frequently posts videos of her various film projects and photoshoots.
Check out your favorite stars as they began their Instagram journey. Some of these celebrities jumped right in with the hyper glam shots, while others dressed down for an exclusive selfie. Either way you’re going to love seeing your favorites in their first Instagram test drive.
For her first post, Frozen, Veronica Mars, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall star Kristen Bell posted this adorable photo with her now-husband Dax Shepard. The couple met at a mutual friend’s birthday party in 2007 and got married in 2013. The couple have two children together. Bell is an active member on social media. Her Instagram account has 5.1 million followers and she is frequently posting precious photos with her family and the films she is working on.