We Ranked Instagram’s 17 Most Followed Latino Celebrities And Their Claims to Fame
Everyone wants to know who’s who in the Instagram (IG) universe. Don’t you? It’s no secret that celebrities usually top the list. So, here’s the lowdown on Instagram’s 17 most followed Latino Celebrities.
Capturing hearts and tickling our ears is Colombian Reggaeton singer and chart-topping recording artist, J. Balvin. What’s more, all four singles from his album “La Familia” charted in Colombia’s top 10 and he won Premios Lo Nuestro Artist of the Year Award in 2016. Signed onto EMI Colombia in 2009, he grabbed audiences early on with his first single, “Ella Me Cautivó.” He has a whopping 24.9 million followers.
Jam to this Latin Grammy Award Winner’s Reggaeton music and join his 25.9 million followers on Instagram. Born in Boston to a Dominican mother and a Puerto Rican father, he has moved around quite a bit, first to Puerto Rico with his family at age 10 and is now living in Colombia. A great collaborator, if you’re a fan of Reggaeton, you have also heard him with other greats like Daddy Yankee (who also has an impressive 23.4 million IG followers).
“Havana” anyone? Camila Cabello, a Cuban-American singer with an enticing and exciting sound has 27.4 million followers. Bringing our hearts to Havana right along with her brought Cabello to her role in breaking barriers. In January of this year, she earned recognition for being the first woman in three years to make it to the No. 1 spot for her debut full-length album. She also reached Billboard’s top 100 in the same week.
Marina Ruy Barbosa
Multi-talented twenty-three-year-old Brazilian actress Marina Ruy Barbosa has 28.5 million followers. Known for her roles in “Total Dreamer,” “Seven Sins” and “Empire,”Barbosa was not ready to stop there. She adds author to her list of accomplishments. She has written a book: “Inspirações – uma seleção afetiva de reflexões e poemas” (Inspirations – an affective selection of reflection and poems). Her heritage is also one of renown. She is a descendant of the lawyer, poet and politician Ruy Barbosa.
Do you remember Vine? If not, Lele Pons, a Venezuelan-American Internet Personality will bring you back. She rose to fame on Vine but moved on to YouTube where she does comedy sketches. She also keeps people up-to-date with her goings-on through Instagram. She made the moves to these two social networks when Vine shut down. Continuing to garner attention for her acting, singing and dancing skills, she boasts 30.7 million followers. Not done there, she hosts “La Voz…México.” She has also released her own music and co-authored a novel in 2016.
Playing for FC Barcelona and for the Uruguayan national team, Luis Suarez, an Uruguayan soccer player has 33.1 million followers. Suarez is Uruguay’s all-time leading goal-scorer. What an accomplishment! Not to overshadow his successes, but he is often considered a controversial player. He’s had several incidents landing him in hot water with the leagues. Despite that, it is evident that he wants to give back. Suarez is currently creating a football complex for recreational play in Uruguay. That way, aspiring soccer players can have ample access to playing space and equipment.
Let’s head back to Brazil to find another well-known celebrity coming from its ranks. Brazilian model and actress, Bruna Marquezine, has 33 million followers. An interesting tidbit is that, in honor of her grandmother, she chose the last name Marquezine for her public persona. Her renown comes from her roles in “Women in Love,” “America” and “Helena’s Shadow.”
Marcelo Vieira Jr.
Wow! Brazil brings us even more to celebrate. Marcelo Vieiera Jr. is another Brazilian soccer player with quite the IG following, 33.5 million. He is with Spanish club Real Madrid and the Brazil national team.
A tender and sweet tenor, Colombian Reggaeton Singer, Maluma, has 36.8 million followers on Instagram. His catchy tunes bring us his big hits “Obsesión” and “Miss Independent.” They brought him a coveted nomination for Latin Grammy in 2013.
Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (Ronaldinho)
It’s all in the family. A key member of the 2002 team that won the World Cup, Ronaldhino carries on his family’s legacy of soccer players. In 2003, he joined FC Barcelona and won FIFA World Player of the Year awards in both 2004 and 2005. With these great accomplishments behind him, he moved to AC Milan in 2008. Sadly, he has not had the same level of success as he did with Barcelona. Ronaldhino still has a great following. There are 39.2 million of them on Instagram.
“Hips Don’t Lie” and neither will we when we tell you that Colombian pop singer Shakira counts 55 million Instagram users as her followers. Along with the stand-out hit we mentioned above, she’s most famous for “Whenever, Wherever”. A powerhouse on the stage and off, she has received multiple Grammy, Latin Grammy and American Music Awards. Not to mention that she has the highest number of album sales for Colombian artists, coming in at around 70 million.
An impressive count, Demi Lovato has 70.6 million followers on Instagram. That big purple dinosaur, Barney, helped many actors and singers get their start. Demi is one of them. Her acting career began during childhood on “Barney and Friends,” “Sonny with a Chance” and in the film “Camp Rock.” Moving on to the music industry, her debut album was “Don’t Forget” in 2008. Follow-up albums were “Unbroken,” “Confident” and “Tell Me You Love Me.” Her hit singles are “Skyscraper” and “Sorry Not Sorry.” She is a tireless advocate for LGBTQ associations like GLAAD.
J.Lo has 82.6 million Instagram followers. People have been following her long before Instagram was around. She started as a dancer on “In Living Color.” However, it was the film “Selena” that gave her her big break. Setting her sights on the music industry her voice and energy had us hooked. Most of her songs and albums reached the Top 200 charts was the recipient of numerous music awards. She is now involved with television projects like American Idol, Shades of Blue and World of Dance.
We count another soccer player among our most followed celebrities, this time coming out of Argentina. Leo Messi has 102 million followers and plays for the FC Barcelona club as well as the Argentine national team. His athleticism is highly appreciated as evidenced by the high pay he receives. Messi is the second highest paid soccer player and third-highest paid athlete in the world. He uses that money for good by working as a children’s activist. His philanthropical foundation, the Leo Messi Foundation, provides opportunities to disadvantaged youth.
Enejota Neymar Jr.
A star soccer player, Enejota Neymar Jr. has 106 million followers. Clearly, his popularity isn’t limited to the field. Hailing from Brazil, he joined Santos FC in 2009 at age 17, winning four Player of the Year Awards in a row while playing for them. All before he turned 21. He plays for both Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain. He also has a 7-year old son.
We’ve finally arrived at the #1 most followed celebrity on Instagram. At 144 million followers is actress and pop singer Selena Gomez. From her role on “Barney and Friends” and her success with Disney shows to amazing musical accomplishments, it’s no wonder there’s so much interest in her. Gomez’s first breakout/starring role with Disney Channel was on “Wizards of Waverly Place.” She also acted in the film “Spring Breakers”. Her musical fame comes from her debut album 2009: Kiss and Tell and her follow-up album Revival. Ensuring people learn about and understand Lupus, she’s gone public with her own battle.