The Celebrity Instagram Stories You Have To Follow

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When Instagram first debuted its "story" feature in 2016, it seemed like an ill-fated attempt to be a less-cool Snapchat. We had Snapchat stories. Who needs Instagram ones, too? But the Instagram interface was awfully user-friendly, and after over a year of having them, stories are essential parts of any social-media diet. I will easily spend twice as much time on Instagram stories as I do on Instagram itself — looking at a photo, it turns out, is less interesting than watching a scroll of photos that form a semi-coherent story.
The best Instagram stories come from the strangest of places, though. Not all celebrities partake in story-ing. Some opt only for Snapchat, while others eschew the medium entirely. Others, like Busy Philipps, have practically made a career of Instagram stories. And then some celebrities use Instagram stories only when they're promoting an upcoming piece of work. Interestingly, the best and most authentic Instagram stories often come from up-and-coming celebrities who aren't yet so famous that they have an assistant run their social media.
In the interest of giving you something to do when you sit on the subway platform, twiddling your thumbs, here are the best celebrities to follow on Instagram for compelling, actually engaging stories.
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Kim Kardashian

Watch for: News about Kardashian West's upcoming beauty launches and beauty tips from Kardashian's daughter North West.
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Guys- I'm so excited to share my first campaign for the new @PUMA Phenom. #DoYou

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Selena Gomez

Watch for: Behind-the-scenes peeks at Gomez's music and heartfelt, straight-to-camera confessions.
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When I wanted eggs and toast at 1am.

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Lili Reinhart

Watch for: On-set goofs with the cast of Riverdale. Implied proof that Reinhart is dating Cole Sprouse.
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Camila Mendes

Watch for: Proof that the set of Riverdale is just as fun as the show.
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Pratt Daddy out here 🔮

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Spencer Pratt

Watch for: His new baby, his hummingbirds, and his diet. (Pratt loves burritos, sushi, and espresso.)
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Busy Philipps

Watch for: Painful workouts, tipsy escapades, and confessions of a working mom-slash-actress.
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Chrissy Teigen

Watch for: Teigen's adorable daughter, Luna, and her adventures in cooking.
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I'm A D O R A B L E 🤷🏾‍♀️ also I made @thesheertruth take this.

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Nicole Byer

Watch for: Antics with other comedians, like Matteo Lane or Sasheer Zamata.
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choose kindness💜 📷 @champagnepapi

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Millie Bobby Brown

Watch for: Moody selfies and the occasional karaoke jam.
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Probably thinking about what I’m going to eat for dinner

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Madelaine Petsch

Watch for: News of Petsch' upcoming YouTube videos (she published a recent one about her first trip to Disneyland) and dates with her boyfriend Travis Mills.
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Nothing says "tough guy" like a leather jacket white wine combo..

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Wells Adams

Watch for: Jokes and speeches from the DJ booth where Adams works, and cute rendezvous with his girlfriend Sarah Hyland.
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Cazzie David

Watch for: Goofs with her best friends and the occasional guest spot from SNL's Pete Davidson.
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Hilary Duff

Watch for: Silly days with Duff's children and conclusive evidence that child stars really are just like us.
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Gwen Stefani

Watch for: Interactions between Stefani and People's Sexiest Man Alive, Blake Shelton.
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Issa Rae

Watch for: Peeks behind the scenes of Insecure and the occasional very cute puppy.
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Jessica Williams

Watch for: The occasional hangout with J.K. Rowling and goofs from before or after Two Dope Queens.
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Phoebe Robinson

Watch for: Running commentary on Robinson's favorite shows, like Game of Thrones and Sex and the City.
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Justin Bieber

Watch for: Self-help tips, e.g., "find 5 ways to be generous."
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Me and my Lola girl 🛏️💤💤💤

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Kristen Bell

Watch for: Bell's tips for last-minute gifts and various fun-looking parties.
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When you order #Christmas ornaments online... 😂 #ExpectationsVsReality

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Reese Witherspoon

Watch for: Beautiful things, like Witherspoon's grand Christmas tree.
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Brick(house) City 😜😜😜 #NY

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Niecy Nash

Watch for: Traveling goofs and silliness as Nash promotes her show Claws on TNT.
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Carly Waddell

Watch for: A lot of sponsored content and Waddell's very cute dog.
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In Las Vegas where I’m so happy. Right in the heart of showbiz baby!

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Lady Gaga

Watch for: Behind-the-scenes vignettes from Gaga's glamorous life.
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When you realize it’s almost your birthday 😉😉😉🎉🎉🎉🎉

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Vanessa Hudgens

Watch for: Singing. A lot of singing.
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📸 @joe_locicero

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Gina Rodriguez

Watch for: Good times on the set of Jane the Virgin.
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tour’s over... this is me pretending everything’s ok

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Watch for: A peek behind the curtain of Amine's tour, plus the occasional Kylie Jenner impression.
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Thomas Middleditch

Watch for: Characters on characters on characters.
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Jameela Jamil

Watch for: Memes, makeup, and a lot of concert-going.
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Jourdan Dunn

Watch for: Behind the scenes looks at the life of a model.
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