When Instagram was launched in Oct. 2010, some people may have thought: "Why would I want to share a bunch of my pictures on an app? Can't I just email them to my friends or post them on Facebook?" Well, fast forward to the present, and Instagram is one of the most popular apps on earth, with over 400 million active users. While most people use Instagram to simply post pics of what they're eating or their outfit for the day, there are a few out there who have figured out how to make MILLIONS from the photo sharing app. Let's see who the Model Millionaires of Instagram are.
#10: Alexa Jean Brown – $2 million
Alexa Jean Brown is a mother of one who began her career sharing how she lost weight after having her child, and now has 1.9 million followers on Instagram. The 24-year-old runs her own website, where she shares tips on lifestyle and fashion, which has helped her earn over $2 million.
#9: Bella Falconi – $2.5 million
Falconi, 28, is a life coach, motivational speaker, and a model. She has 2.2 million followers on Instagram, and has earned over $2.5 million over the course of her career.
#8: Amanda Lee – $3 million
Lee is a 29-year-old model and fitness instructor based in Los Angeles. She has 2.3 million Instagram followers, and has earned nearly $3 million to date.
#7: Laci Kay Somers – $3 million
Somers, who is a personal trainer and ring girl for mixed martial arts matches, has 2.4 million Instagram followers. The 24-year-old is also a promoter for Shredz supplements, which has helped her earn over nearly $3 million over the course of her career.
#6: Abigail Ratchford – $3 million
Ratchford has 2.7 million followers on Instagram, and has posed for the likes of Playboy and Sports Illustrated. The 23-year-old model also sells her own line of clothing and calendars online, which has helped her earn over $3 million over the course of her career.
#5: Claudia Alende – $3 million
The 22-year-old has 2.8 million followers on Instagram and has made over $3 million to show for it. She was the runner up in Brazil's Miss Bum Bum competition in 2014, and also has an uncanny resemblance to actress Megan Fox.
#4: Ana Cheri – $3.5 million
The 29-year-old model has 4.6 million followers, making her one of the biggest names in modeling. She has posed for Playboy, has a promotion deal with Shredz, a company that makes weight-loss and body-building supplements, and she produces her own fitness videos. She has made over $3.5 million over the course of her career.
#3: Chantel Zales – $5 million
Zales, 25, has 3.1 million Instagram followers, who have played a large part in helping her bring in over $5 million over the course of her career. Zales is another member of the Shredz family, regularly promoting their supplements on her Instagram page. Zales also has her own calendar and has posed for Maxim and FHM magazines.
#2: Paige Hathaway – $5.5 million
Hathaway has 3.2 million followers on Instagram, and has raked in over $5.5 million to date. Hathaway, 26, conducts her own fitness courses, and like Cheri, promotes Shredz weight loss and body-building supplements.
#1: Kayla Itsines – $7 million
Despite not having as many followers as the aforementioned Cheri, Itsines has more in the bank. The 24-year-old fitness trainer has made over $7 million over the course of her career, promoting her own series of "bikini body" exercise guides.