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Instagram: Where Every Bachelor Contestant Is a Winner

Let’s be honest: Instagram has transformed into the ultimate online popularity contest. While some of us use Instagram to keep up with friends and family, others leverage the social app for hustling their way to the top.

We’re here to report that the ladies of The Bachelor season 22 are no exception.

At the end of last year—when gossip sites began leaking future contestants—we found each leading lady’s Instagram account and took note of their pre-limelight following. Later, just after the dramatic finale of the show, we revisited their accounts to check on their followings.

They got a lot more popular—up to 139,475% more popular.

Below are the stats for the contestants’ profiles before and after The Bachelor, which includes their follower growth percentage as well as some stats on their first promotional post, if they had one.

Who had the biggest increase in Instagram followers?

Becca K. went from 450 followers at the end of 2017 to 628,088 followers a few days after the finale, for an increase of 139,475%.

The table below shows the other leading ladies who also had five-digit percentage increases in followers. Turns out that making it to week seven of The Bachelor might just be the golden ticket to Insta-fame.

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ContestantInstagram HandleFollowers before The Bachelor Followers after The Bachelor Increase in FollowersPercentage Increase in FollowersWeek Eliminated
#1Becca K.@bkoof450628,088627,638139,475%Finalist (1st winner)
#2Tia@tiarachel911,464424,029422,56528,863%Week 8
#3Lauren B.@laureneburnham1,754433,017431,26324,587%Finalist (2nd winner)
#4Bekah M.@whats_ur_sign2,544374,831372,28714,633%Week 7
#5Jacqueline@trumbullina38751,99251,60513,334%Week 7 (quit)

These contestants have officially reached celebrity status with Instagram accounts that are blue-check verified.

  • Bekah M.
  • Bibiana
  • Jessica*

*Jessica’s account was verified before the show began.

Who had the smallest increase in Instagram followers?

As you might have guessed, elimination within the first two weeks seriously decreases your chances of gaining a celebrity following. With a few exceptions, the contestants with the smallest increase in Instagram followers were those eliminated in weeks one and two.

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ContestantInstagram HandleFollowers before The BachelorFollowers after The Bachelor FinaleIncrease in FollowersPercentage Increase in FollowersWeek Eliminated
#26Brittane J.@the.britt.johnson6,81710,5943,77755%Week 1
#27Jessica@jesscarrolltv13,70020,7607,06051%Week 1
#28Amber@everyonceinastyle35,70052,57916,87947%Week 1
#29Valerie@valeriebiles9,41112,9293,51837%Week 2

Who has the biggest Instagram following?

The contestant with the biggest Instagram following at the time of publication is Becca K. with 628,088 followers.

Apparently, being proposed to on the first night of the finale, then broken up with shortly thereafter, then announced as the next star of The Bachelorette will give you all the Instagram recognition that you deserve. The only question in our minds is if she’ll be able to beat out the 923,000 followers of Vanessa Grimaldi from season 21 . . . only time will tell.

Now let’s check out the individual stats for these ladies of love.

Ali

Followers before The Bachelor: 2,879
Followers after The Bachelor: 5,881
Percentage Increase in Followers: 104%
Week Eliminated: Week 1
Notable Sponsorship on Instagram: None

Amber

Followers before The Bachelor: 35,700
Followers after The Bachelor: 52,579
Percentage Increase in Followers: 47%
Week Eliminated: Week 1
Notable Sponsorship on Instagram: Amber was an Instagram influencer before the show, so the increase in following was a huge plus for her—even after being eliminated in week one.

Annaliese

Followers before The Bachelor: 1,268
Followers after The Bachelor: 19,051
Percentage Increase in Followers: 1,402%
Week Eliminated: Week 3
Notable Sponsorship on Instagram: Curling Iron

Ashley

Followers before The Bachelor: 521
Followers after The Bachelor: 5,947
Percentage Increase in Followers: 1,041%
Week Eliminated: Week 5
Notable Sponsorship on Instagram: None

Becca K.

Followers before The Bachelor: 450
Followers after The Bachelor: 628,088
Percentage Increase in Followers: 139,475%
Week Eliminated: Finalist (1st winner, next Bachelorette)
Notable Sponsorship on Instagram: None

Bekah M.

Followers before The Bachelor: 2,544
Followers after The Bachelor: 374,831
Percentage Increase in Followers: 14,633%
Week Eliminated: Week 7
Notable Sponsorship on Instagram: None

Bibiana

Followers before The Bachelor: 2,268
Followers after The Bachelor: 158,816
Percentage Increase in Followers: 6,902%
Week Eliminated: Week 3
Notable Sponsorship on Instagram: She endorses a swimsuit brand in her bio.

Bri

Followers before The Bachelor: 2,201
Followers after The Bachelor: 9,183
Percentage Increase in Followers: 6,902%
Week Eliminated: Week 1
Notable Sponsorship on Instagram: None, though she does tag the brands of clothing she wears in nearly every post.

Brittane J.

Followers before The Bachelor: 6,817
Followers after The Bachelor: 10,594
Percentage Increase in Followers: 55%
Week Eliminated: Week 1
Notable Sponsorship on Instagram: Eyelash extensions

Brittany T.

Followers before The Bachelor: 1,646
Followers after The Bachelor: 8,783
Percentage Increase in Followers: 433%
Week Eliminated: Week 4
Notable Sponsorship on Instagram: None

Caroline

Followers before The Bachelor: 5,909
Followers after The Bachelor: 120,825
Percentage Increase in Followers: 1,944%
Week Eliminated: Week 4
Notable Sponsorship on Instagram: None

Chelsea

Followers before The Bachelor: 1,611
Followers after The Bachelor: 71,492
Percentage Increase in Followers: 4,337%
Week Eliminated: Week 6
Notable Sponsorship on Instagram: Sunglasses

Jacqueline

Followers before The Bachelor: 387
Followers after The Bachelor: 51,992
Percentage Increase in Followers: 13,334%
Week Eliminated: Week 7 (quit)
Notable Sponsorship on Instagram: None, though we applaud Jacqueline for “knowing thyself” and leaving on her own. Maybe this boosted her following because she’s such a #GirlBoss.

Jenna

Followers before The Bachelor: 12,100
Followers after The Bachelor: 32,096
Percentage Increase in Followers: 165%
Week Eliminated: Week 6
Notable Sponsorship on Instagram: None, though she’s already a social media manager by day, so she knows what she’s doing.

Jenny

Followers before The Bachelor: 1,336
Followers after The Bachelor: 8,788
Percentage Increase in Followers: 557%
Week Eliminated: Week 2
Notable Sponsorship on Instagram: None, though her art account doubled its follower count too. Go, Jenny!

Jessica

Followers before The Bachelor: 13,700
Followers after The Bachelor: 20,760
Percentage Increase in Followers: 51%
Week Eliminated: Week 1
Notable Sponsorship on Instagram: None, but she’s already a TV personality and host, so maybe she’ll get one soon.

Kendall

Followers before The Bachelor: 3,111
Followers after The Bachelor: 213,706
Percentage Increase in Followers: 6,769%
Week Eliminated: Week 9
Notable Sponsorship on Instagram: None

Krystal

Followers before The Bachelor: 32,200
(Note: Our first screenshot is of Krystal’s account before she changed handles and deleted/renamed her old account.)
Followers after The Bachelor: 118,944
Percentage Increase in Followers: 269%
Week Eliminated: Week 6
Notable Sponsorship on Instagram: None, though we imagine she’ll become a fitness brand’s ambassador in no time. Hello, Gymshark!

Lauren B.

Followers before The Bachelor: 1,754
Followers after The Bachelor: 433,017
Percentage Increase in Followers: 24,587%
Week Eliminated: Finalist (2nd winner)
Notable Sponsorship on Instagram: None

Lauren G.

No Instagram found.

Lauren J.

Followers before The Bachelor: 1,212
Followers after The Bachelor: 7,764
Percentage Increase in Followers: 540%
Week Eliminated: Week 1
Notable Sponsorship on Instagram: Tarte Cosmetics

Lauren S.

Followers before The Bachelor: 985
Followers after The Bachelor: 23,586
Percentage Increase in Followers: 2,294%
Week Eliminated: Week 3
Notable Sponsorship on Instagram: None, but she’s probably a fashion influencer.

Maquel

Followers before The Bachelor: 7,158
Followers after The Bachelor: 70,717
Percentage Increase in Followers: 887%
Week Eliminated: Week 5
Notable Sponsorship on Instagram: None, but the increase in followers can only help her photography career!

Marikh

Followers before The Bachelor: 1,604
Followers after The Bachelor: 32,964
Percentage Increase in Followers: 1,955%
Week Eliminated: Week 5
Notable Sponsorship on Instagram: Spa Trouvé

Nysha

Followers before The Bachelor: 296
Followers after The Bachelor: 1,777
Percentage Increase in Followers: 500%
Week Eliminated: Week 1
Notable Sponsorship on Instagram: None

Olivia

Followers before The Bachelor: 1,028
Followers after The Bachelor: 2,830
Percentage Increase in Followers: 175%
Week Eliminated: Week 1
Notable Sponsorship on Instagram: None

Seinne

Followers before The Bachelor: 3,720
Followers after The Bachelor: 111,308
Percentage Increase in Followers: 2,892%
Week Eliminated: Week 7
Notable Sponsorship on Instagram: None, though she does appear to be trying to Insta-model.

Tia

Followers before The Bachelor: 1,464
Followers after The Bachelor: 424,029
Percentage Increase in Followers: 28,863%
Week Eliminated: Week 8
Notable Sponsorship on Instagram:  None

Valerie

Followers before The Bachelor: 9,411
Followers after The Bachelor: 12,929
Percentage Increase in Followers: 37%
Week Eliminated: Week 2
Notable Sponsorship on Instagram: None

We can’t believe that this season of The Bachelor concluded with two winners. In case you missed it, Becca K. got the first rose, but Arie broke up with her a few weeks later. One of the four Lauren’s on this season, Lauren B., got the second proposal and the “final” final rose. (But Becca K. still wins when it comes to Instagram followers.) Check out our other piece on CableTV.com with some stats on why we thought a “Lauren” wouldn’t win this season of The Bachelor.

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