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Beyoncé Announces Her Surprise Album
In early December, Beyoncé made music history, shocking the world by announcing the arrival of her new visual album during the middle of the night—via Instagram. Complete with 14 songs and 17 videos, Beyoncé went on to become iTunes’ fastest-selling album ever. All in a day’s work, right?
Alexa Chung’s Multicolored Heidi Braids
2013 was a big year for braids on Instagram and Pinterest—and nobody recognizes the power of a budding trend more than our dear Alexa. The TV personality and It girl recently decided to experiment with hair chalk, resulting in this striking multi-hued updo.
Aaron Paul’s Breaking Bad Threesome
Lest you’ve forgotten, 2013 brought us the series finale of Breaking Bad, the greatest television show of our time*. And to close BrBa out on a humorous note, star Aaron Paul ‘grammed this shot of the show’s central couple, Walter and Skyler White, getting cozy with his character Jesse Pinkman in bed—with the simple caption “Spoiler Alert #BreakingBad.” Perfection.
*Opinion entirely subjective, but nonetheless true.
Cara Cozies Up To Karl
When you’re the hottest model of the year, we suppose it’s only natural to greet Karl Lagerfeld with a surprise kiss on the cheek.
Gwyneth Joins Instagram
Continuing to build her GOOPy empire, Gwyneth Paltrow finally joined Insta this year—and kicked things off with a black and white snapshot of herself next to designer Jason Wu.
Beyoncé Gets Pixie’d
Seemingly every famous lady cut off all her hair this year—and when Queen B took the plunge, the internet went wild. Thanks to the magic of extensions, the songstress was back to sporting her usual flowing waves in mere days—but still, how awesome does she look with this close crop?
Jennifer Lawrence’s Dramatic Short Haircut
Ah yes, the chop heard ‘round the world. When she appeared on The Daily Show right after going short, JLaw told Jon Stewart that seeing her haircut pop up as a CNN breaking news alert was “seriously the weirdest thing that has ever happened to me in my entire life.” She should’ve seen the madness that went down in the Lucky offices when we first heard about the cut.
Justin Bieber’s “Channel” Ski Mask
No offense to his legions of fans, but the Biebs got pretty weird this year—and that bizarre behavior even extended to his social media profiles. We weren’t sure what to make of this particular snapshot of the 19-year-old singer wearing a logo-embroidered ski mask—captioned “Channel.” Because what else would it say?
Karlie Kloss Does the MoMA Rain Room
This summer, we were subjected to a veritable downpour (pun intended) of Instagrams from Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art’s major attraction, the Rain Room. Then Karlie came along and, well, she won the Rain Room. Nobody else even came close.
Kim Kardashian Reveals Her Post-Baby Body
There was a lot of hullabaloo regarding Kim’s pregnancy physique this past year—but the reality star instantly silenced critics when she shared this sexy swimsuit selfie just four months after giving birth to daughter North West. Her caption? #NoFilter, of course.
Lauren Conrad Gets Engaged
We’re big fans of Lauren’s beautifully-shot Instagrams—and in October, she posted this shot right after her boyfriend, former Something Corporate rocker William Tell, popped the question. “Best surprise ever,” she wrote. We think it might just be her prettiest snap yet.
Mariah Carey’s BeDazzled Arm Sling
Remember Mariah’s episode of MTV Cribs, in which the superstar hits her home gym in stilettos and changes outfits more than five times? Of course you do—so it’s no surprise that when Mariah injures a limb, she slips it into a bejeweled sling. Talk about turning lemons into lemonade.
Michelle Obama Joins Instagram
As if we needed another reason to adore the FLOTUS, she started ‘gramming this past year. Her first photo? A group shot of the First Lady with female students from a school in Senegal.
The Case of Miley’s Missing Eyebrows
Always one to switch up her beauty look, Miley suddenly, inexplicably bleached her brows a few months ago—and then shared the dramatic results via selfie. Luckily, her normal arches returned just a few days later.
Miranda Kerr’s Epic Backbend
As if her unparalleled beauty and stellar sense of style weren’t enough for us to envy, Miranda displayed some pretty enviable flexibility when she ‘grammed this shoreside yoga pose last summer.
North West’s a Wrap Star
While not the first photographic glimpse of little North—that debuted on proud grandma Kris Jenner’s daytime talk show some time before—this Insta of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s baby daughter wrapped up burrito-style in a blanket captured our hearts instantly.
Rihanna’s Controversial Mosque Photoshoot
During a trip to Abu Dhabi earlier this year, Rihanna visited the famous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a popular tourist destination—and promptly held a photoshoot in one of the venue’s off-limits areas. Needless to say, the mosque staff didn’t take kindly to RiRi’s actions and soon asked the star to leave—but not before she’d gotten a handful of snaps for her Instagram account.
Prince George’s Photo Debut
After last summer’s hugely-anticipated birth of Prince George Alexander Louis, son of the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, the world was understandably impatient for a first look at the wee royal. So much so, in fact, that an unknown source got hold of the family’s first official group portrait and leaked it one day early via Twitter. Woohoo!
Taylor Swift’s Magical 24th Birthday Party
When you’re one of the world’s biggest pop stars, you don’t just celebrate the big 2-4 with cake and ice cream. No, you throw the world’s most Instagram-worthy garden party complete with thousands of flowers, sparklers and a slew of your BFFs, including your buddy (and fellow musical sensation) Lorde. Right? Right?