Gigi Hadid Gained the Most Instagram Followers of Any Fashion Person in 2016

See the 10 models and designers who grew their followings the most this year.
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See the 10 models and designers who grew their followings the most this year.
Gigi Hadid getting those followers backstage at the Victoria's Secret show. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Gigi Hadid getting those followers backstage at the Victoria's Secret show. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Few things felt more important to the modeling world this year than social media — especially Instagram. Trying to count how many coverlines and think pieces mentioned the rise of the social supermodel, Instagirl or fashion influencer this year would probably take the entire remainder of 2016. We get it, models are taking control of their own images with these platforms and getting jobs based on their reach. But, here's some actual new information: which of these social supermodels grew their following the most over the year.

For the most part, the list, compiled by Instagram using valuable resources, is pretty unsurprising and reflects the career trajectories and ubiquity of the models and personalities in it — see: Gigi Hadid taking the lead with a whopping 16,033,757 NEW followers acquired this year — but there are a few surprises. For instance, Gisele still made the list, despite having a relatively low-key year, and Kendall Jenner's absence from it altogether — she must have really taken a hit from that week-long Instagram hiatus. It's also interesting to note that nearly all of them, with the exception of designer Victoria Beckham and, debatably, actress Cara Delevingne, are models, as Instagram took into account all fashion personalities.

See the full list, including the number of new followers each woman (yay, ladies!) received this year, below:

1. @gigihadid, 16,033,757

2. @caradelevingne, 14,333,714

3. @haileybaldwin, 5,935,909

4. @bellahadid, 5,849,699

5. @emrata, 5,685,483

6. @victoriabeckham, 5,173,409

7. @chrissyteigen, 4,840,896

8. @gisele, 3,880,496

9. @taylor_hill, 3,624,222

10. @angelcandices, 3,480,158

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