23 Celebs Show You How to Take the Perfect Bikini Instagram

Kristen Bousquet
23 Celebs Show You How to Take the Perfect Bikini Instagram
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Though celebrities like Emily Ratajkowski and Kim Kardashian make it look easy, taking the perfect bikini Instagram (or bikinigram) is anything but.

Not only do you have to consider things like lighting (the blinding sun can really blow out a photo) and scenery (no one wants a random family in the background of their bikini shot), but you also have to figure out how to perfect a model-worthy pose and nail an effortlessly cool facial expression.

Trust me when I say: Taking the perfect bikini Instagram is both an art and a science, and it’s pretty damn hard to master.

MORE: Every Sizzling Swimsuit Picture Emily Ratajkowski Has Posted on Instagram

But that doesn’t mean you should give up on ever taking a stunning swimsuit shot; I’m sure even the Kardashian-Jenner clan didn’t transform into bikinigram pros overnight. We all have dreams, and nailing the bikinigram can be one of yours.

Just remember, practice makes perfect. But how do I practice taking bikinigrams? Well, you take them, of course! Recruit a very patient photographer friend and pose, then pose again, then pose again—keep posing your ass off until you figure out what angles work for you.

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If trial and error doesn’t sound super appealing, you can always start with a little research. Myriad celebrities have found a bikinigram formula that works for them, so you can study their Instagrams to see what they’re trying and get a little introductory inspo.

We went ahead and took the liberty of compiling some of our favorite celebrity bikini Instagram shots to get you started. Consider these 23 photographs an intro to perfecting the bikinigram—Bikinigram 101, if you will.

With a little time (and practice), you’ll be producing photos that rival (or even outdo) some of the shots in the slideshow. Happy ‘gramming.

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Sofia Richie

Stretch out in the sand to showcase your surroundings (and your swimsuit).

Kylie Jenner

If a sultry expression feels too awkward and a smile feels too goofy, slide your hand into your hair and look away from the camera. Perfectly curated candidness.

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Once upon a time, in a flat belly land ...

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Bar Refaeli

Smile, jump around, laugh—have fun. Don't be afraid to get silly. Sometimes the best photos come out of the funniest moments.

Demi Lovato

Opt for a close-up instead of a wide-angle shot—especially if your swimsuit's as fun as Demi's.

Pia Mia

Don't underestimate the magic of a mirror selfie.

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Candice Swanepoel

If you're super committed to the shot, lie in the water—legs nonchalantly crossed, arms stretched above you—until your photographer snaps the perfect pic.

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cute but she’ll rip your face off

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cute but she’ll rip your face off

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Kendall Jenner

If you come across a dog, pose with it. This is non-negotiable.

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Sofia Vergara

Throw on a breezy shawl and walk around until you get a candid shot you love.

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Gigi Hadid

If your modeling efforts are going awry—or, you know, if you're thirsty—grab a tropical drink to enjoy (and pose with).

Iggy Azalea

If you can't figure out how to pose, try facing your body away from the camera and looking back over your shoulder. It's an easy way to look great without doing a ton.

Paris Hilton

Find a prop to pose with. Extra points if it matches your bikini.

Ariel Winter

Can't get your face to cooperate? Hop on an Instagram-worthy pool float and look away from the camera.

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NYC @inamoratawoman

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Emily Ratajkowski

If the sun is blinding you, step inside to get showcase your look in a lower-lit area.

Kim and Kourtney Kardashian

Find a friend and get them in on your bikinigram action.

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Alessandra Ambrosio

Experiment with funny faces until you end up with a photo that's as cute as it is fun. (Plus, if you go the silly route, your bikinigram is sure to stand out among the more serious swimsuit shots in your feed.)

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Grow baby bump grow

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Chanel Iman

Cozy up on a lounge chair and cross your fingers someone catches you looking great.

Jordyn Woods

Play around with different angles. Your photographer doesn't always have to shoot you from above—or from far away.

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Hannah Bronfman

Find some really cool scenery and post up in front of it. An idyllic setting can always carry a shot.

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Came thru drippin

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Bella Thorne

Even something as simple as playing with your hair can turn into a killer photo.

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❤️❤️❤️ laguna!

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Chrissy Teigen

Another non-negotiable: If you're with an adorable small child, recruit them. They'll probably have more fun modeling than you will.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Grab a bannister, point your toes, and stretch your body until you feel like a ballerina. Then, look off in the distance. You'll end up with a dramatic shot that looks surprisingly effortless.

Ashley Graham

Again, a simple mirror selfie can really do the trick.

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Bella Hadid

Go all out: Assemble a full-on outfit, find a super dynamic setting, and pose like there's no tomorrow.

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  • STYLECASTER | How to Take the Perfect Bikinigram | Kylie Jenner
  • STYLECASTER | How to Take the Perfect Bikinigram | Bar Refaeli
  • STYLECASTER | How to Take the Perfect Bikinigram | Demi Lovato
  • STYLECASTER | How to Take the Perfect Bikinigram | Pia Mia
  • STYLECASTER | How to Take the Perfect Bikinigram | Candice Swanepoel
  • STYLECASTER | How to Take the Perfect Bikinigram | Kendall Jenner
  • STYLECASTER | How to Take the Perfect Bikinigram | Sofia Vergara
  • STYLECASTER | How to Take the Perfect Bikinigram | Gigi Hadid
  • STYLECASTER | How to Take the Perfect Bikinigram | Iggy Azalea
  • STYLECASTER | How to Take the Perfect Bikinigram | Paris Hilton
  • STYLECASTER | How to Take the Perfect Bikinigram | Ariel Winter
  • STYLECASTER | How to Take the Perfect Bikinigram | Emily Ratajkowski
  • STYLECASTER | How to Take the Perfect Bikinigram | Kim and Kourtney Kardashian
  • STYLECASTER | How to Take the Perfect Bikinigram | Alessandra Ambrosio
  • STYLECASTER | How to Take the Perfect Bikinigram | Chanel Iman
  • STYLECASTER | How to Take the Perfect Bikinigram | Jordyn Woods
  • STYLECASTER | How to Take the Perfect Bikinigram | Hannah Bronfman
  • STYLECASTER | How to Take the Perfect Bikinigram | Bella Thorne
  • STYLECASTER | How to Take the Perfect Bikinigram | Chrissy Teigen
  • STYLECASTER | How to Take the Perfect Bikinigram | Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
  • STYLECASTER | How to Take the Perfect Bikinigram | Ashley Graham
  • STYLECASTER | How to Take the Perfect Bikinigram | Bella Hadid
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