Best Instagram moments 2016: what everyone was snapping, hashtagging and liking this year

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    Seeing as Instagram has over 500 million users, it’s no surprise that the social media platform has managed to document some of the year’s most memorable moments. From Fashion Weeks to the US election, here’s what peaked on Instagram in 2016…

    The most liked Instagram photos of 2016

    Louis Tomlinson introduces his newborn son to the world

    Meet my little lad, Freddie ?

    A photo posted by Louis Tomlinson (@louist91) on

    Harry Styles cuts off his hair for the Little Princess Trust

    Whoops. #Littleprincesstrust

    A photo posted by @harrystyles on

    Cara Delevingne encourages women to ‘Do You’

    It's yours so own it @puma #DoYou #PUMAWomen

    A photo posted by Cara Delevingne (@caradelevingne) on

    Zayn shares a selfie 

    A photo posted by Zayn Malik (@zayn) on

    Zayn posts an image of himself & Gigi Hadid

    A photo posted by Zayn Malik (@zayn) on

    Cara Delevingne posts pic from a private jet

    #regram @jaredleto

    A photo posted by Cara Delevingne (@caradelevingne) on

    Cara Delevingne on the streets of NYC

    ❤️❤️❤️ @thevintagetwin @morganelias @goddessofskin #pridecouncil

    A photo posted by Cara Delevingne (@caradelevingne) on

    Emma Watson from the boxing ring, fighting for gender equality

    Louis Tomlinson shares intimate photo of himself and son Freddie

    Lad and Dad

    A photo posted by Louis Tomlinson (@louist91) on

     Most Instagrammed days of 2016

    1. Halloween – 31st October

    2. The 15th Anniversary of 9/11 – 11th September

    3. EURO 2016 Final – 7/10/16

    4. United States Election – 11/6/16

    5. Olympics (Celebratory posts about Team GV and Usain Bolts’ big wins) – 8/14/15

    6. US Father’s Day – 6/19/16

    7. Paris Fashion Week – 10/1/16

    8. US Mother’s Day – 5/8/16

    9. New Year’s Day – 1/1/16

    10. Easter Sunday – 3/27/16

    The top Instagram hashtag of 2016

    #love

    Most-followed celebrities of 2016: 

    1. Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) 103 million followers

    2. Taylor Swift  (@taylorswift) – 93.9 million followers

    3. Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) – 90.2 million followers

    4. Beyoncé (@beyonce) – 89.2 million followers

    5. Kim Kardashian (@kimkardashian) – 88.2 million followers

    6. Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) – 82.8 million followers

    7. Kylie Jenner (@kyliejenner) – 80 million followers

    8. Dwayne Johnson (@therock) – 71.5 million followers

    9. Nicki Minaj (@nickiminaj) – 69.4 million followers

    10. Kendall Jenner (@kendalljenner) – 69.2 million followers

    Public figures who joined Instagram in 2016:

    Pope Francis (@franciscus)

    Kanye West (@kanyewest)

    Halle Berry (@halleberry

    Kirsten Dunst (@kirstendunst)

    Kevin Spacey (@kevinspacey)

    Simon Cowell (@simoncowell)

    Shailene Woodley (@shailenewoodley

    Kristen Bell (@kristenanniebell

    Gerard Butler (@gerardbutler)

    James Corden (@j_corden

    Taylor Lautner (@taylorlautner

    Kate Beckinsale (@katebeckinsale

    Matt LeBlanc (@mleblanc

    Tom Hiddleston (@twhiddleston

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