Most Followed Celebs of 2021

When it comes to social media, celebs are a digitally savvy set. See below who is the 20 most followed international social media celebs of 2021

20. Kevin Hart

At number 20 it’s our fav comedian, Mr Kevin Hart AKA @kevinhart4real. Hart is an American stand-up comedian and actor who was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His career started when he won several awards at small comedy clubs. Look at him now! Hart puts a smile on 126M people’s faces every day thanks to his page.

19. Katy Perry

Our lovely lady, Miss Katy Perry, comes in at number 19. The pop singer, best known for songs like California Girls and Hot & Cold, is happier than ever after she gave birth to a beautiful bouncing baby girl named Daisy at the end of last year. No wonder millions want to follow her journey. 138M people, to be exact.

18. Kourtney Kardashian

The sassiest Kardashian sister, Kourtney, comes in at number 18. Kourt is the mom of three beautiful kids namely Mason, Penelope and Reign. Kourt has over 146M people following her journey on a daily.

17. Virat Kohli


Virat Kohli is an Indian cricketer and is currently the captain of the national Indian cricket team. Kohli is considered to be one of the best batsmen out there, which is why we suspect millions and millions want to follow him and join him on his cricketing journey. 159M fans follow his journey on Instagram.

16. Miley Cyrus


Our girl, Miley, started off as a small-town country girl in Nashville, Tennessee. Now, she’s one of the most followed humans on Instagram. When Miley landed her dream role as teen pop star, Hannah Montana, she stole all of our hearts and she hasn’t given it back since. Miley is followed by over 148M fans.

15. Nicki Minaj


Of course, our queen, Nicki Minaj is on the list. Minaj, best known for her hits such as Super bass, Pills & Potions, Anaconda and many more, is best known for her insane rapping skills. Fun fact: her real name is Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty, but she prefers that we call her Nicki. 160M fans follow her on the Gram.

14. Neymar da Silva Santos


Neymar da Silva Santos, better know as @neymarjr, is a Brazilian football player know all around the world as one of the best footballers in the world. He shares his football journey with over 162M followers.

13. Jennifer Lopez


Jennifer Lopez, better known as @jlo, is an American singer, actress, and dancer best known for hits like Ain’t Your Mama and On The Floor. She has insane dance skills which are perhaps why 179M people want to follow her.

12. Khloe Kardashian


Another Kardashian sister makes the cut. At number 12, we have Miss Khloe Kardashian who is looking more gorgeous than ever. She spreads body positivity to her 189M followers on Instagram and is mom to an adorable daughter.

11. Taylor Swift


Miss Americana, Miss Taylor Swift, makes an appearance at number 11. Swift will go down in history for her music. She never goes out of style, which is why 181M people want to follow her.

10. Kendall Jenner


World-famous supermodel, Kendall Jenner, is in the top 10. She’s one of the most beautiful women on the planet and recently launched her own brand of tequila. She won’t have trouble selling any, especially since she has 194M followers.

9. Justin Bieber


Justin Bieber is one of the worlds most famous pop stars and is best known for hits such as Baby, Beauty and a beat and so much more. He shares his musical journey on his page but is also sure to share some cute snapshots of him and his wife, Hailey Bieber, on his page. 199M fans are following along on his journey.

8. Beyonce


Beyonce, best known for Single Ladies, Halo and Crazy in Love, is known to the world as “Queen B”. Her fans call themselves the B-Tribe and there are over 213M of them.

7. Lionel Messi


Lionel Messi, also known as Leo Messi, is an Argentinian football player and also the captain of the Argentina national football team. He has a whopping 273M fans following him on Instagram.

6. Kim Kardashian


The leader of the Kardashian pack; Miss Kim K is up at number 6. She’s one of the most beautiful women on the planet and is mom to an adorable daughter, North West. 258M fans follow her page.

5. Selena Gomez


Hands to Myself singer, Selena Gomez, makes it into the top 5 for the year 2021. Gomez used to be the most followed celebrity on the Gram, but she has been open in the past about the fact that it doesn’t really bother her. Still, 267M people are impressive.

4. Kylie Jenner


Queen of makeup and fashion, Kylie Jenner is a self-made billionaire with over 275M fans following her on Instagram. This number is currently going up as Kylie recently announced her second pregnancy to the world and fans are flooding her page for updates.

3. Ariana Grande


Thank you, next! Up next is Ariana Grande at number three. Fans are swooning over the singer’s page as she recently got married and is looking happier than ever. 270M fans follow Miss Grande on the Gram.

2. The Rock


Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is an actor, producer and businessman. He used to be a professional wrestler. He wrestled for eight years before deciding to pursue an acting career. Now, he has 273M fans following him.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo


Drumroll, please. At number one, the most followed person on Instagram in 2021 is Cristiano Ronaldo. This Portuguese football player has the world at his feet and is currently playing for Manchester United. Over 354M people follow him on Instagram. Wow!

There you have it, your top 20 of 2021. Notice anything? That’s right, five of the contenders on the above list come from the same family and their surnames start with a K and J. Who run the world? The Kardashians and Jenners, clearly! Who knows what the list will look like next year. Be sure to check back at the end of 2022 for an updated list.

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Stanzi Malan

Social Editor

Stanzi Malan is a young actress, presenter and writer who is passionate about the performing arts. After completing her Honors degree in Dramatic Arts at the University of Pretoria in 2020, she went on to work in the film and entertainment industry. When she’s not on stage or on set, she’s creating videos for her Youtube channel or creating content for her Instagram page. She loves being both in front of and behind the camera. She has many exciting projects coming soon, such as presenting an episode of Skole Top 10 on KyknetNou and many more!

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