Instagram has changed the way we see celebrities (literally!). Where once the details of stars' personal lives were something that they tried to keep fiercely private, now we get the scoop straight from the celebs themselves -- and we have the pictures to prove it. From behind-the-scenes snaps to photos with their famous pals, here are 30 celebs who are sure to liven up your Instagram feed.
Kelly Osbourne's trademark lilac locks are a frequent fixture on her Instagram -- along with hilarious backstage photos from the set of E!'s 'Fashion Police,' (Osbourne is a host), snaps with fellow celebs and, for 'The Osbournes' fans, several sweet family photos with parents Sharon and Ozzy and brother Jack. Fun fact: Osbourne even has a shot of Ozzy's manicured hands, complete with black polish and blinged out crosses. Clearly, that shot alone makes Kelly Osbourne worth following.
The only things sweeter than Carrie Underwood's husband, hockey player Mike Fisher, are their two pups, Penny and Ace. And when the country singer snaps the three of them together, forget it: cuteness overload. Underwood's Instagram is filled with these kinds of family photos, plus flawless selfies, shots from the road, and one hilarious photo of her and a cardboard cutout of One Direction. (Yep -- she's a fan!)
For someone who was discovered via social media, it's no surprise that Justin Bieber is one of the most active celebrities on Instagram. While the Biebs is notorious for his shirtless selfies (not that any of his 10 million followers are complaining), his account also shows off his softer side, through charitable photos and countless videos of his younger half-siblings -- a reminder that amidst all of the glamour (and pitfalls) of fame, the 19-year-old singer still has some sense of normalcy in his life.
Let's face it: if there's one thing we love most about Anna Kendrick (besides her 'Cups' routine), it's her witty humor and deadpan delivery. Luckily for us, her Instagram is chock-full of it. Kendrick's videos (including one dancing with her 'Pitch Perfect' co-star Brittany Snow) are the standouts of her account, showing off her natural comedic talent. And while her photographs with fellow celebs show us the glamorous side of her life, the actress makes sure to remember her roots, posting a shot of a New York City bus terminal, where she used to sleep after auditions.
Shay Mitchell's Instagram is a must-see for any 'Pretty Little Liars' fan. Her page is a constant feed of silly photos on set with the rest of the Liars, drop-dead gorgeous selfies, and meaningful, motivational quotes she posts to inspire her followers -- and herself.
Like Rihanna (see below), Nicole Richie is one of those celebrities whose Instagram is all about the glamour of high-end couture and fashion photo shoots. But it isn't just style for Richie, who has her own clothing line, House of Harlow 1960 -- she's also big on the family shots, as evidenced by the many selfies with hubby Joel Madden, and pictures with their kids, Harlow and Sparrow. And the designer has her silly moments, too, posting photos she takes from her YouTube series, '#CandidlyNicole.'
Beyoncé's Instagram is the most perfect blend of beauty, fashion, Jay-Z, Blue Ivy and old-school Destiny's Child that anyone could ever ask for. With her old-school throwback pics, makeup-free photos and sweet snapshots with hubby Hova, how can you resist following the Queen?
Harry Styles shows off his British humor on Instagram, taking pictures of funny odds and ends in his travels and always captioning them with witty remarks. While there aren't as many photos of him joking around with his One Direction bandmates as we would hope (note to Harry: get on this!) we're willing to forgive him -- because his many, many crowd shots show just how appreciative he is of his fans.
Following one Kardashian on Instagram is kind of like following them all -- because at any given moment, some combination of the Kardashian/Jenner clan will be in a picture together. And Khloe's Instagram has been a telling source as of late: though she has been mum on her allegedly dissentigrating relationship with husband Lamar Odom, her photos speak volumes: the reality star has posted several somber selfies (and some seriously depressing quotes) in the wake of their supposed marriage troubles.
Hilary Duff has settled into a cozy life of marriage and motherhood, and her Instagram reflects this perfectly. Duff's account is peppered with angelic photos of her son, Luca, who is the absolute spitting image of his mom and quite possibly one of the cutest kids in Hollywood. But it's not all mommy duty for the actress, who also frequently shares shots of her elegant style, whether it's her latest dye job, flawless manicure or stunning jewelry. And she mostly recently used the app to hint to some new music, posting a shot about recording some new tunes.
Like Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato is well-versed in the art of the selfie. Whether she's all dolled up, makeup-free, or pulling goofy faces, the singer works that front-facing camera like nobody's business. Lovato also uses Instagram to show off her perfectly polished manicures, take snaps with her fellow 'X-Factor' judges, and, of course, thank her Lovatics -- who always inspire her to stay strong.
If you were wondering what Lindsay Lohan has been up to after her most recent stint in rehab, look no further than her Instagram. The actress has been quite active on the app as of late, sharing pictures of her siblings, trips to the beach, ice cream outings and games of Cards Against Humanity. But Lohan hasn't forgotten her star-studded lifestyle: since leaving treatment, she's posted snaps with Oprah, Shaquille O' Neal and several #TBT shots with her 'A Prairie Home Companion' co-star, Meryl Streep.
James Van Der Beek
Want to be in the loop of James Van Der Beek's latest projects? His Instagram will tell ya. The actor, who is currently filming the new FOX comedy, 'Friends With Better Lives,' posts all the details from his ventures, from selfies in a bald-cap on 'How I Met Your Mother,' to all of the delicious food at craft services on 'FWBL.' And for 'Dawson's Creek' fans hoping to get some #TBT nods to Capeside, Van Der Beek recently posted a snap of the mural that Joey Potter once painted. Gotta love it.
The 'Teen Mom 2' star, who is mom to four-year-old Aubree, is currently enrolled in beauty school -- which obviously means that her hair and makeup is flawless and her selfies leave followers constantly clamoring for tips. Apart from the beauty shots, Houska's feed is almost entirely filled with cute-as-a-button Aubree, who is just as stylish as her momma. And for fans who were sad to see the end of 'TM2,' following the reality star on Instagram is the next best thing … especially when she posts pictures with the other ladies from the show.
Lauren Conrad's Instagram feed is just as classy and effortlessly elegant as she is. Her simple-yet-beautiful style shines throughout all of her pictures, which portray everything from breezy days at the beach and sweet snapshots with boyfriend William Tell to her various fashion ventures. And after glancing at just a few photos, we guarantee you'll be drooling over her lifestyle.
The 'Pretty Little Liars' star is more than just a pretty face (and a great actor!) -- he's also a seriously talented photographer, posting genuinely breathtaking pictures of California and beyond. But the actor, who is set to star in the off-Broadway play 'Small Engine Repair,' doesn't take his Instagram account too seriously -- there are also plenty of behind-the-scenes photos with his 'PLL' castmates, snapshots of fans and pics with other celebs, including Cody Simpson and Emily Osment.
While you shouldn't expect to see too many photos of the actress with hubby Justin Timberlake (sorry to disappoint!), her Instagram is so engaging that you won't even care (maybe). Biel posts screencaps of tweets she received from fans -- some hilarious, some ridiculous, some downright strange -- but always highly entertaining. She even started her own hashtag, "#TuesdaysWithTina," which chronicles the adventures of her pitbull, Tina.
Though recently, Taylor Swift hasn't been as active on Instagram as we would like, her quirky, girl-next-door pictures make it easy to forgive her. Swift's photos are an eclectic mix of and girlie and glamour -- from snaps of award shows to cozy nights in -- but somehow, she uses the app in a way that allows us to relate. Plus, she has adorable shots of her wide-eyed kitten, Meredith. How could you say no to that?
While some celebrity Instagram accounts show us just how low-key stars' lives can be, Rihanna's is not one of them. @badgalriri, who certainly lives up to her Instagram handle, frequently posts photos that show off her luxe, jet-setting lifestyle. From her own risqué shots (and regrams of high-end photo shoots) to showing off her designer duds, Rihanna does a great job of leaving her followers green with envy, and always wanting more. After all, who else could get two guys arrested from a selfie?
The coolest thing about Emma Roberts' Instagram is that it's like a virtual celebrity book club. The actress is always posting pictures of the books that she is currently reading, along with a caption of her reaction. While her page also features the typical celeb glamour shots, it's refreshing to see a star so invested in an intellectual hobby. And hey, we can always use more reading material.
Since reuniting with his 'N Sync bandmates at the 2013 VMAs, Lance Bass has been riding the nostalgia train on Instagram. The singer has certainly been keeping his 'N Sync fans happy, posting behind-the-scenes photos with the band, screencaps of their performance, and goofy shots with Joey Fatone. But it's not just his followers he is delighting -- Bass recently announced his engagement to his fiancé, Michael Turchin, via the photo-sharing app.
Remember when everyone went nuts after that incredibly hot and incredibly shirtless Instagram pic Nick Jonas posted of himself? You'll get all that and more by following the youngest Jo Bro on the social media site, where he shares photos of his latest tattoos and, of course, personal and hilarious photos with his brothers, Kevin and Joe.
Neil Patrick Harris
If you haven't already jumped on the NPH bandwagon, his Instagram will convert you. The 'How I Met Your Mother' star's page is filled with heartwarming family photos of his hottie fiancé, David Burtka, and their adorable blonde twins, Harper and Gideon. Throw in some of his trademark humor and behind-the-scenes pics with the 'HIMYM' cast, and you will be more than happy to double-tap.
From #TBT pics of his high school football days to movie premieres to personal shots with his wife, Fergie, the incredibly handsome Josh Duhamel has got his #Instagame covered. Duhamel is big on fan interaction, once challenging his Instagram followers to pick the most ridiculous name for his and Fergie's then-unborn son. And now that he's a proud father, you can expect even more glimpses into his life as a dad, as he recently debuted his son, Axl, on the photo sharing app.
Lena Dunham's Instagram recently made headlines after she posted a picture of a sex advice column she had written to when she was a teenager. Her letter, which asked how she should tell a guy she is a virgin, is, in a nutshell, everything we love about the actress: it showed off her trademark sense of humor, candor, relatability -- and vulnerability. Combine this with her witty photo captions and crazy amount of behind-the-scenes pictures with the rest of the 'Girls' cast, and you have a feed you will want to scroll through for hours.
Following Andrea Barber on Instagram is just like letting her 'Full House' character, Kimmy Gibbler, come crashing into your home -- only instead of being annoying, she's just plain awesome and filled with '90s nostalgia. Not only does she post the most glorious behind-the-scenes shots from her 'Full House' days, but since the cast still keeps in touch and sees each other on a semi-regular basis, she also warms our hearts with updated pictures of her and the Tanner Family. Thank you, Andrea Barber, for your Instagram account. It is a gift to us all.
Michael Phelps may be the most decorated Olympian of all time, but it is his landscape shots that earn him the gold medal on Instagram. The swimmer consistently posts stunning photos of his travels, from snowy mountaintops to gorgeous sunsets. A big fan of the HDR look, most of Phelps' photos are filled with vivid imagery and bright bursts of color. And we can't leave out Herman, his adorable bulldog pup, who is often the subject of hilarious pictures.
What kind of a world would it be if Ellen Degeneres' Instagram wasn't as laugh-outloud funny as she is? Fortunately, we'll never have to know. The comedian's page is littered with uproarious images -- from screenshots with her celebrity 'Ellen Show' guests to hilarious memes (and one to-die-for Photoshopped image of her with 'N Sync) -- all of which are guaranteed to make you pee your pants from laughter.
In between hosting 'American Idol,' 'E! News,' his radio show 'On Air With Ryan Seacrest,' and producing 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians,' Ryan Seacrest has Hollywood covered. And luckily for us, he posts all of the evidence on his Instagram account. We're talking face paint-induced selfies with Lady Gaga, photos of Connect Four games with Selena Gomez and even a red carpet "mani moment" with Zooey Deschanel. If you're into the candid celeb selfie (and of course you are -- you're reading this article), do yourself a favor and follow Ryan Seacrest on Instagram. Immediately.
Justin Timberlake uses Instagram as a tool to truly connect with his followers. JT, who has given sneak peeks of new music through Instagram videos, also consistently posts pictures of his fans -- whether they're in the crowd at shows or in line to catch a glimpse of the singer in person. But perhaps the coolest thing Timberlake does is create scavenger hunts for his fans -- with some incredible prizes. Before every show on the Legends of Summer Tour with Jay-Z, Timberlake posted a photo of sneakers, followed by the hashtag "#finderskeepers," claiming that the first fan(s) to find the sneaks would win a signed pair. And most recently, Timberlake snapped a pic of a JT sign at the premiere of his new film, 'Runner, Runner,' and gave out free tickets to the premiere for the first six people who took photos with the sign. It doesn't get any better than that.