Jess Commons | Deputy Editor | Thursday, 3 December 2015

What You Needed To Do To Get The Most Popular Instagram Picture Of 2015

What You Needed To Do To Get The Most Popular Instagram Picture Of 2015

The Debrief: The most liked Instagram pictures of 2015 are here and you'll never guess which celebs are featured. Oh wait, you will.

Guys. The 10 most-liked Instagram pictures of 2015 have been announced and.... there's literally no suprises at all. All 10 pictures are from just four celebrities and they’re all doing REALLY INTERESTING STUFF. Maybe if you did similarly interesting stuff, you could feature on the list too?

Let’s have a look at what you needed to do to get over 2.4 million likes.

10. Piss off a cat

Cats don’t like being woken up. Meredith here is all like ‘FOR GOD’S SAKE WOMAN I ONLY GET 16 HOURS OF SLEEP A DAY AS IT IS.’ No wonder the poor thing looks like she’s been taxidermied (Meredith, not Taylor).

Recreate it at home: Find a cat, make it mad (splashing them with water usually helps), grab said cat, hold on for dear life and lie down on a bed. Any scratches and/or lifelong resentment sustained is entirely on you.


I woke up like thissss (With a cat on me)

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Mar 5, 2015 at 2:15pm PST

9. Reward your followers by posting an epically stunning picture of yourself

You know how I like to reward my friends? With pictures of myself looking AMAZING, like Kendall Jenner here did when she reached 20 million followers. Last time I got invited to a dinner party I later sent the host my favourite picture of myself in a bikini from Malaga ’08 when I was still cellulite-free to say thank you. I think she really appreciated it.

Recreate it at home: TBH this works better if you’ve got the ability to turn yourself into a leggy, 20-year-old supermodel. If this isn’t a possibility, then may we suggest contouring the shit out of your face, purchasing a plunging dress and employing an air of self-importance grand enough to look like you’re doing your followers a favour.


ask and you shall receive. selfie for all 20 mill of you □ thanks for all the love

A photo posted by Kendall Jenner (@kendalljenner) on Feb 24, 2015 at 11:10am PST

8. Indulge in role play with a cat

Dressing your pet up as a different species is so passé. Remember those PG Tips adverts with the monkeys dressed as humans? Those were on TV so long ago that Paul Nicholls was still a thing. These days your pet needs to become the character. Like Meredith the Method Actor here.

Recreate it at home: Get a cat (perhaps the same one as before if it’s not too mad) and settle in for a seven-hour binge watch of Compare The Meerkat adverts. Repeat until said cat suffers an identity crisis and applies to become a member of the Southern African Dwelling Small Animal Group (SADSAG).


Meerkat Manor.

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Sep 7, 2015 at 5:40pm PDT

7. Wear a sweatshirt

Bit baffled by this one, tbh. I wear a sweatshirt all the time and normally people just say stuff like, ‘You should wash that.’ Perhaps it’s the added element of the car. In all fairness if Selena Gomez is in Engand here then she’s sitting on the driver’s side so that could account for the added edge. Taking selfies while driving? Extreme. Also, she’s not wearing a seatbelt.

Recreate it at home: I mean, don’t. It seems very dangerous.


My fav sweat shirt ☺️□

A photo posted by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on May 13, 2015 at 3:38pm PDT

6. Piss off a cat part II

Something tells me Taylor Swift’s cats are quite glad she’s away from home for extended periods of time.

Recreate it at home: Get a cat (definitely need a new cat by this point) and squeeze it tightly.


Meredith is allergic to joy.

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Oct 4, 2015 at 12:34pm PDT

5. Take a portrait with a baby doing a poo

Blue Ivy is definitely doing a poo in this picture. Which is excellent. If it was socially acceptable for me to poo while posing for a photo with the most famous woman in the world, I’d bloody do it. What an anecdote. I’d be invited to loads of dinner parties where I’d recount my anecdote with pleasure.

Recreate it at home: Become the most famous woman in the world. Have a baby. Feed it, nappy it up (maybe double up to be safe) and wait in front of a camera. Get the photographer to take a few snaps at the opportune moment just to be on the safe side.


The real cover girl □□ My delicious Blue Blue at 11 months.

A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Aug 14, 2015 at 3:33pm PDT

4. Go on holiday with a lovely Scottish man

This picture wouldn’t have had the same effect if taken with Calvin Harris a few years ago. Clever Taylor Swift bided her time and waited until the DJ grew out of his awkward fringe-straightening phase before taking him on holibobs.

Recreate it at home: If you’re not leaving the country any time soon, you may have to wait for a few months to recreate this picture, or risk feeling a severe chill around the nether regions. Find yourself a tanned and toned Scottish man, head to a beach and jump on his back. Perhaps warn him first.


Friendly relations between Scotland and America. @calvinharris

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Jul 3, 2015 at 4:33pm PDT

3. Graduate high school

Tough if you’ve already left school. Which I’m going to assume you have.

Recreate it at home: Seeing as you’re probably already finished with school, this one’s going to be tough. Our advice? Find a local school, borrow a cap and gown and use your Photoshop skills to draw up a diploma and stand outside waving it around. It’ll be like Never Been Kissed. Until the teachers ask you to leave.


I love my mom for doing this. Thank you for making this experience as normal as possible for me. Yay□ I graduated :)

A photo posted by King Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Jul 23, 2015 at 8:27pm PDT

2. Have a fight with someone very famous and then make up

I wonder if Kanye West personally took these down to the Post Office himself or whether he got a minion to stand in line for him. Probably the latter. The Post Office is a bitch.

Recreate it at home: This one could take some doing. First, you need to become an international pop star. Then you need to beat Beyoncé for an award at the VMAs while baiting Kanye silently with your eyes. Then you need to become so famous that Kanye realises it’s a silly idea to still be mad at you. Then he needs to send you a present. No probs, mate.


Awwww Kanye sent me the coolest flowers!! #KanTay2020 #BFFs

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Sep 4, 2015 at 3:08pm PDT

1. Channel Medusa

By way of Dolce & Gabbana. This winning pic has it all: a super-famous model, a Kardashian, hearts, a nice dress and a lovely filter. Plus, it comes with the added bonus of making Kendall look like she’s got a bunch of snakes on her head ready to attack the first man that looks directly into her eyes.

Recreate it at home: Get a stylist. And nice floor.


A photo posted by Kendall Jenner (@kendalljenner) on May 25, 2015 at 3:51pm PDT

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