How To Become An Instagram It Girl

Photo: Via @garypeppergirl.
If, like us, you've watched in despair as your Instagram follower count languishes in the low-triple digits for years, this one's for you. We were curious (and, okay, a little jealous) of those Instagram It Girls, whose every selfie cues a battery-draining slew of likes. So, we took a magnifying glass to their accounts to find out exactly what makes 'em tick — and what keeps their millions of fans following.
Ready for the inside scoop on becoming a 'gram master? Take notes — we're about to decode the secret to our 10 favorite fashion girls' Instagram mojo...
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Photo: Via @chiaraferragni.
@chiaraferragni, a.k.a. The Blonde Salad blogger Chiara Ferragni

Followers: 3,019,864

Aesthetic: High-fashion nasty gal type with a healthy collection of waitlist bags.

Average posts per month: 301

Selfies per month: 189

Travel pics: Almost constantly, always in First Class.

Food pics: Few people make eyes at a waffle cone like Chiara.

Hazy-skyline pics per month: 11

Pics featuring motivational slogans and/or French? Does a shoefie in front of the Eiffel Tower count?

Front-row Fashion Week pics? Yes.
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Photo: Via @chiaraferragni.
@chiaraferragni

Fashion-iest photo: Tie: mean-mugging in Louis Vuitton boxing gloves, or pug with Hermès box.

Notable selfie partners: Miranda Kerr, Roberto Cavalli.

Fashion quote of choice: "Eat my shorts. They're Prada."
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Photo: Via @bat_gio.
@bat_gio, a.k.a. Giovanna Battaglia

Followers: 227,939

Aesthetic: International fashion gadabout with a truly fabulous roster of dinner companions.

Average posts per month: 72

Selfies per month: 13

Travel pics per month: Nearly all.

Food pics per month: 0

Hazy-skyline pics per month: 3

Pics featuring motivational slogans and/or French? Yes.

Front-row Fashion Week pics? Yes.

Fancy fashion gift: Chanel sneakers in the back of an Uber.
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Photo: Via @bat_gio.
@bat_gio

Fashion-iest photo: Leaping through Paris in a leopard trench and Rochas flats.

Notable selfie partners: Joan Smalls, Alexa Chung, Anna Dello Russo, Pharrell.

Fashion quote of choice: "Darling, where did all your money go? I'm wearing it."
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Photo: Via @evachen212.
@evachen212, a.k.a. Lucky Editor-in-Chief Eva Chen

Followers: 291,741

Aesthetic: Editor-in-chief-next-door with a penchant for all things kooky and furry (both living and otherwise).

Average posts per month: 132

Selfies per month: 34

Food pics: Eva gives very good (and frequent) food porn, and we're pretty sure she #dideatthat.

Hazy-skyline pics per month: 0

Pics featuring motivational slogans and/or French? Yes.

Front-row Fashion Week pics? Yes.
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Photo: Via @evachen212.
@evachen212

Fashion-iest photo: Tie: this pile of shoes, or the wall of succulents.

Notable selfie partners: Karlie Kloss, croissants, Halle Berry, Hillary Clinton!

Fashion quote of choice: Why, Chanel's "Ladies First," bien sûr.
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Photo: Via @gabifresh.
@gabifresh, a.k.a. blogger Gabi Gregg

Followers: 127,570

Aesthetic: Accessible, fresh-faced babe.

Average posts per month: 35

Selfies per month: 17

Food pics: Two, and we want to be her friend based on the room-service Buffalo wings alone.

Hazy skyline pics per month: 1

Pics featuring motivational slogans and/or French? No.

Front-row Fashion Week pics? Yes.
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Photo: Via @gabifresh.
@gabifresh

Fashion-iest photo: Jumping on a hotel-room bed in a lace matching set.

Notable selfie partners: Isabel Toledo, June Ambrose.

Fashion quote of choice: Does Gabi's "Cake By The Pound" sweatshirt count?
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Photo: Via @susiebubble.
@susiebubble, a.k.a. Susie Lau

Followers: 180,945

Aesthetic: The unpretentious queen of kook lets you tag along on her market appointments and actually gets it when the designer's show notes mention Derrida.

Average posts per month: 118

Selfies per month: 8 — Funny faces or V-signs only, please.

Food pics: Mostly just printed on shoes.

Pics featuring motivational slogans and/or French: 0

Hazy skyline pics per month: None, but the sky in this Prada pic looks pretty ominous.

Front-row Fashion Week pics? Yes.
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Photo: Via @susiebubble.
@susiebubble

Fashion-iest photo: This rare moody-Susie shot (featuring editor-draped coat and all), this blurry hip shot of Karl Lagerfeld, Frank Gehry, and what appears to be an Olsen.

Fashion quote of choice: "The fashion industry is about creativity first and foremost, and hopefully commerce second."
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Photo: Via @nadiaaboulhosn.
@nadiaaboulhosn, a.k.a. blogger Nadia Aboulhosn

Followers: 173,504

Aesthetic: Your most badass, body-posi girlfriend who stays on Reddit and IMs you funny memes when you're bored at work.

Average posts per month: 76

Selfies per month: 35, at least five of which you will mistake for a lost Kardashian sister.

Food pics: A highly relatable mix of bodega candy and green juice.

Pics featuring motivational slogans and/or French: No. But, the sassy memes are strong with this one.

Hazy skyline pics per month: 0

Notable selfie partners: Fellow blogger babes.

Front-row Fashion Week pics? No.
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Photo: Via @nadiaaboulhosn.
@nadiaaboulhosn

Fashion-iest photo: "You can't sit with us," and this cute little ASOS runway twerk.
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Photo: Via @manrepeller.
@manrepeller, a.k.a. Leandra Medine

Followers: 755, 171

Aesthetic: Class clown with a black card, loves a good vintage jean and zany slogan tee.

Average posts per month: 110

Selfies per month: 12

Food pics per month: Four: a curious mix of foreign candy and farm-to-table rustic brunchery.

Hazy skyline pics per month: 1

Pics featuring motivational slogans and/or French? Yes.

Front-row Fashion Week pics? Yes.
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Photo: Via @manrepeller.
@manrepeller

Fashion-iest photo: Showing off a whole damn Wang x H&M outfit, for you suckers who only scored a beanie.

Notable selfie partners: Anna Sophia Robb, Rosie Assoulin, Laura Brown, Emily Weiss, Rashida Jones, Haim.

Fashion quote of choice: "Sorry, you look basic."
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Photo: Via @garypeppergirl.
@garypeppergirl, a.k.a. Nicole Warne

Followers: 1,030,689

Aesthetic: Inside the dizzyingly colorful, peony-filled life of a blogger-turned insider.

Average posts per month: 68

Selfies per month: 31

Food pics: Bountiful and mouthwatering, whether your tastes run to immaculately art-directed canapés or late-night steak frites in a Parisian bistro.

Pics featuring motivational slogans and/or French: Yep — and often actually taken in France.

Pics of hazy skylines: Postcard-blue skies are more her steez.

Travel pics: We literally do not even know where to go to get pics like this.
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Photo: Via @garypeppergirl.
@garypeppergirl

Fashion-iest photo: Flouncing in a crop top and earmuffs in a snow-filled Central Park.

Notable selfie partners: Eva Chen, Candice Lake, and other Fashion Week-frequenters.

Quote of choice: "When spring came, there were no problems except where to be happiest."
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Photo: Via @hannelim.
@hannelim, a.k.a. Hanneli Mustaparta

Followers: 177,863

Aesthetic: Model-turned-photographer-turned 21st-century Jane Birkin.

Average posts per month: A startlingly restrained 20.

Selfies per month: 11

Food pics: Caviar on baked potato with Kendall Jenner, anyone?

Pics featuring motivational slogans and/or French: 0

Pics of hazy sunsets: 0

Front-row Fashion Week pics? Yes.
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Photo: Via @hannelim.
@hannelim

Fashion-iest photo: Chilling barefoot in a Vika Gazinskaya dress on a Paris rooftop.
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Photo: Via @miraduma.
@miraduma, a.k.a. Miroslava Duma

Followers: 981,160

Aesthetic: Globe-skipping Russian street style star who understands the power of a statement coat.

Average posts per month: 88

Selfies per month: 26

Food pics: 0

Pics featuring motivational slogans and/or French: Cyrillic only, please.

Pics of hazy skylines: 0

Notable selfie partners: You're nothing 'til you've selfie'd with Rihanna, darling.
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Photo: Via @miraduma.
@miraduma

Front-row Fashion Week pics? Just posted up in f'row with Carine Roitfeld, no big.

Fashion-iest photo: Literally stopping traffic in a Greek fisherman's cap and mixed-houndstooth minidress.
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