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Picking The Perfect First Instagram Post

No pressure or anything, but your first Instagram post will go down in infamy! (Well, unless you delete it.) If you’ve recently created an Instagram account, picking that first photo is crucial.

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Maybe you’re brand new to Instagram. Perhaps you are an old veteran, but starting a new account. Or maybe you are starting an Instagram account for your business. Either way, you’ll want to make a good first impression.

So what is a good first Instagram post option?

If this is a personal account, it might be smart to go with a selfie.

Let people see who you are. Introduce yourself via the caption. Let people know your interests, hobbies and what they can expect to see on your Instagram account. Maybe ask a question and get people talking right from the beginning.

For a business account, you should pick something that sums up what you’re all about.

It could be a product or a slogan. Or maybe you want to start out including your fans, sharing a customer’s post. That gets you engaged with your audience right away.

We know deciding on that important first Instagram post is really tough, so we’re calling in the big guns. We’re going to check out some of the most followed Instagram accounts’ first Instagram posts, and rate them.

Let’s get started:

Beyonce’s First Instagram Post

Here’s a great first Instagram post. Beyonce started her official Instagram account in November 2012. The first photo selection?

This one:

Beyonce’s First Instagram Post

The superstar chose to make her first Instagram post count. Her first Instagram post coincided with the 2012 Presidential election. For that reason, she shared a photo of herself in a t-shirt that made a political statement.

Selena Gomez announced a return to music, four days before her debut album “Stars Dance” was released.

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Gomez has 139 million followers. 

Date joined: July 15, 2013.

Caption: “I’m back…. #STARSDANCE

Ben Affleck posted a red carpet photo from the Oscars.

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Affleck has 4.1 million followers. 

Date joined: February 24, 2013

Caption: “The last leg of an unbelievable journey. Thanks to the amazing cast, crew and fans that got us here. #Oscars

Jennifer Lopez was committed to her brand, as evidenced by her debut post.

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Lopez has 77.4 million followers. 

Date joined: May 17, 2013

Caption: #LIVEITUP

Kim Kardashian obviously made her Instagram debut with a selfie.

kim kardashian first insta
Kardashian has 114 million followers. 

Date joined: February 20, 2012

Caption: “My first instagram pic… Kisses for instagram!”

Carrie Underwood shared a black and white selfie.

carrie underwood first insta
Underwood has 7.5 million followers. 

Date joined: February 13, 2013

Caption: “Hi guys, to kick off the second half of the ‘Blown Away’ tour, I’ve joined Instagram!”

Ariana Grande posted a sweet snap with her grandfather, who has since passed away.

ariana grande first instagram
Grande has 124 million followers. 

Date joined: December 26, 2011

Caption: “Me & grandpa!!! He’s wearing his Ariana army hoodie! Hehe… I love him more than anything. 💗⛄🌻”

Justin Bieber is just like us — he joined while bored and stuck in traffic.

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Bieber has 101 million followers. 

Date joined: July 21, 2011

Caption: None.

Leonardo DiCaprio casually joined Instagram to tell the world he was speaking at a United Nations summit.

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DiCaprio has 24.7 million followers. 

Date joined: September 23, 2014

Caption: “Today, I have the privilege to speak at the United Nations #Climate2014 Summit where world leaders are expected to announce the bold steps they will take to tackle climate change. Thank you Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.”

Kendall Jenner posted about her visit to the happiest place on Earth.

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Jenner has 93.1 million followers. 

Date joined: July 12, 2011

Caption: “Disneyland!”

Harry Styles was punny even back in 2012.

harry styles first insta
Styles has 24.3 million followers. 

Date joined: May 19, 2012

Caption: “Deerstagram?”

Blake Shelton has always stayed true to his country roots, including when he joined Instagram.

blake shelton first insta
Shelton has 2.5 million followers. 

Date joined: April 7, 2013

Caption: “Guess who just rolled the dice and put his corn in early…. This guy!!!!”

Robert Downey Jr. hung out with Jimmy Kimmel and some of his “Avengers” co-stars.

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Downey Jr. has 24.6 million followers. 

Date joined: April 13, 2015

Caption: “Come get me, Instagram…”

Adam Levine gave Maroon 5 fans a behind-the-scenes look in his premiere post.

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Levine has 11.4 million followers. 

Date joined: February 14, 2013

Caption: “90s guitarist vibes.”

Kylie Jenner shared a contemplative shot of a fireplace on a rainy day.

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Jenner has 111 million followers. 

Date joined: November 4, 2011

Caption: “Rain day fire<3”

Oprah’s first post is a blurry picture of internet celeb/entrepreneur Gary Vee (aka Gary Vaynerchuk) and another woman.

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Oprah has 14.8 million followers. 

Date joined: April 25, 2012

Caption: “Me and friends”

Chris Pratt has always been outdoorsy.

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Pratt has 21 million followers. 

Date joined: March 11, 2012

Caption: None.

Priyanka Chopra posted a cute candid.

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Chopra has 25.7 million followers. 

Date joined: June 7, 2012

Caption: “Happy to be here”

Tyra Banks really enjoyed “Call Me Maybe” and the makeshift music video that Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez recorded.

tyra banks first insta
Banks has 5.8 million followers. 

Date joined: March 15, 2012

Caption: “Don’t #CallMeMaybe, Call Me Ty-Be. 🙂 Luvin’ this song and ur vid @justinbieber & @selenagomez!”

Blake Lively complimented her mom and stayed humble about her own sewing skills.

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Lively has 22.1 million followers. 

Date joined: November 12, 2014

Caption: “My mama on the far left at 10 years old in a dress SHE MADE. She’s so incredible. I’m so lucky to have such an inspiration and role model ..now if I could just doggone learn how to sew! 😁”

Will Smith created an Instagram while on the set of “Ellen.”

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Smith has 19.6 million followers. 

Date joined: December 14, 2017

Caption: None.

Rihanna paid tribute to the king of reggae, Bob Marley, in her first ‘gram.

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Rihanna has 64.2 million followers. 

Date joined: March 1, 2012

Caption: “Im actin brand new on u a–holes”

Adele took to Instagram to promote her third album, “25.”

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Adele has 32.8 million followers. 

Date joined: October 22, 2015

Caption: “25 out November 20th”

Channing Tatum joined right after he hosted “Saturday Night Live.”

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Tatum has 17.2 million followers. 

Date joined: February 20, 2012

Caption: “After SNL…”

Ashton Kutcher was an early adopter of Insta, and shared a moody selfie.

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Kutcher has 2.8 million followers. 

Date joined: June 6, 2011

Caption: None.

Seth Rogen had an epic first post with the founder of Instagram, Kevin Systrom.

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Rogen has 6 million followers. 

Date joined: May 30, 2013

Caption: “I thought my first instagram should be done at instagram with the inventor of instagram.”

Chrissy Teigen has continued to share sweet photos of her husband, John Legend.

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Teigen has 19.2 million followers. 

Date joined: March 4, 2012

Caption: “I’m officially instagramming.”

Ryan Reynolds joined Instagram to promote “Deadpool.”

ryan reynolds first insta
Reynolds has 23.3 million followers. 

Date joined: May 11, 2015

Caption: “Stuck the landing. With my mouth.”

Emilia Clarke snapped a pic of her very own Funko doll.

emilia clarke first insta
Clarke has 17.8 million followers. 

Date joined: April 23, 2015

Caption: #lol

Nicki Minaj shared some fan art.

nicki minaj first insta
Minaj has 89.5 million followers. 

Date joined: July 5, 2013

Caption: “It’s Barbie B—h!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Amy Schumer fangirled over fellow stand-up comedian Steven Wright.

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Schumer has 7 million followers. 

Date joined: June 11, 2012

Caption: “It feels wright”

Madonna celebrated Obama’s election in 2012.

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Madonna has 11.4 million followers. 

Date joined: November 8, 2012

Caption: “Election Night 2012”

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What’s The Bottom Line?

When it’s time to select your first Instagram post, make sure it can stand the test of time. You want to look back and be proud of your first photo.

Now have fun picking!