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Even Beyoncé can't be Beyoncé all the time. JK, her feed was always fire.



You Won't Believe These Celebrities' First Cringe-y and Adorable Instagrams

If you have an Instagram, chances are it took you a little while to get into the swing of things. Your first post, like everyone else’s, was just short of a complete shot in the dark. And if you’ve had Instagram for a long time, that first photo probably featured an intense filter, a frame, and maybe a slightly embarrassing caption.

There are very few exceptions to this tendency. Even the accounts of our favorite celebrities had to go through a serious warming-up period. Whether they’re casual and candid or as meticulously curated as the MoMA, no one—not even the Pope himself—can avoid the adorably cringe-y, I-don’t-really-know-what-I’m-doing awkwardness of the first Instagram post. Don’t believe us? Let’s take a look at a few examples.

Azealia Banks

Keeping it real since pic one, Azealia made her Instagram debut just three months after dropping “212,” and completely exploding onto the music scene. This image is actually a perfect symbol for the person she was becoming at the time—unassuming and laid-back on the outside, but brimming with good vibes, hot grease, and genius on the inside. Truly a landmark.


A photo posted by Azealia Banks (@azealiabanks) on

Justin Bieber

2011 was a big year for Bieber. Just a few months after the most important haircut of his life, he took to Instagram for the first time to prove that he’s not just a head of hair, but a seriously contemplative soul with deep and far-reaching emotions. This photo just oozes mood. Nothing communicates “I’m an artistic intellectual with a lot of big ideas” like an un-captioned, ultra-saturated photo of some cars on the freeway.

A photo posted by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on


Absolutely precious. This actually bears a striking resemblance to my first-ever Facebook profile picture. It has everything. The filter, coupled with the border, frames the misunderstood star in a way natural light never could. The intense flash, juxtaposed with the hat and Kesha‘s shielded face, is a powerful comment on the duality of the celebrity’s existence—the desire to be in the spotlight and, at the same time, the possessor of their own, complex inner world. We think. 

A photo posted by Kesha (@iiswhoiis) on

Snoop Dogg

Unfortunately, we couldn’t embed this one. Do you know how many Instagram photos Snoop Dogg has? Over 21,000. And we tried—lord, how we tried—digging through all of them to find his very first. It was an exciting journey until, over 16,000 photos in, the webpage crashed. But if we’ve learned anything through our trying, though ultimately fruitless journey, it’s that Snoop is truly the reigning King of Instagram, and his first post is a true testament to his majesty.

His royal #highness
His royal #highness.

Willow Smith

Okay, damn. This is actually pretty rad. It’s sweet, it’s just humble-braggy enough, and the colors are on point. Well played, Willow. Well played.

Stay tuned to Milk for more unforgettable throwbacks.

Images via Instagram. 

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