Is your feed full of healthy meals, impressive before-and-after pictures of people who have transformed their bodies, shots from the gym, and women with sculpted bodies who motivate you to start an exercise routine? Instagram is now the “it” place for fitness models and trainers. Take a look at the 10 most influential female fitness models among them.
Sommer Ray – Followers: 21.9 million
At only 22, Sommer Ray is leading the pack of top Instagram fitness models. Encouraged and guided by her bodybuilder parents, Sommer started her fitness journey when she was 15 by lifting weights in her basement gym in Colorado. Winning two state bikini athlete championships encouraged her to document and share her workouts and lifestyle on Instagram.
The fitness model also runs a popular YouTube channel, which currently counts nearly 1.5 million subscribers.
Michelle Lewin – Followers: 13.4 million
Hailing from Venezuela, Michele Lewin started her modeling career on the catwalk but decided to move into bikini modeling. She is now among the most influential people in the industry, having won a number of prestigious competitions.
The 33-year-old bodybuilder currently lives in Miami. According to Forbes, Michelle earns as much as $10,000 per sponsored post. However, being busy with her own line of fitness supplements and home-workout equipment, she can’t take on new collaborations.
Jen Selter – Followers: 12.8 million
Jen Selter was born in 1993 in New York and started working out at the age of 15. While holding a front-desk job at a local gym, she started posting progress pictures on her Instagram profile. The photos went viral, and Jen quickly became one of the most recognizable fitness enthusiasts on the platform.
Apart from her TV and fitness magazine appearances, she has created her own training program and often posts before-and-after shots of her clients.
Ana Cheri – Followers: 12.4 million
Born in Southern California, Ana Cheri is a 33-year-old fitness model with Native American, Latin, and Caucasian heritage. Most of the models on this list first gained fitness fame and then turned to social media to share their success, but Ana started out as an unknown girl posting images and fitness tips. As her following grew, she began to receive modeling offers from local brands, and big companies followed later.
Ana, who is also Playboy’s Playmate 2015, has launched her own activewear clothing line and owns a gym with her husband.
Kayla Itsines – Followers: 11.7 million
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I LOVED doing 30 days of SWEAT NATION with the #BBGCommunity. ? Working towards these goals alongside thousands of women all over the world has been pretty amazing and it has been SUCH a great motivator for me. After having Arna, getting back into the gym has me feeling STRONGER and more CONFIDENT, and now that I have a good foundation, it's time to BUILD on it. #BBGCommunity, I want to challenge you to continue building healthy habits with me! Think about where you were when you started and what positive lifestyle changes you have made. How GOOD do you feel? I want you to hold onto this feeling and let it DRIVE you! Now take a moment to set your next goal… what is your next challenge? Maybe you want to be able to do a box jump, 15 chin ups or you want to wake up half an hour earlier every day three times a week to fit in your #BBG workout? Share your goal below, whatever your goal is, the #BBGCommunity is here to support you. This is just the beginning! ?
Kayla Itsines is a 28-year-old Australian personal trainer and influencer. She started working out as a teen and later turned her hobby into a career, creating aerobic routines and nutrition plans. Kayla’s cousin suggested she post the before-and-after photos of her clients on Instagram to promote the program’s effectiveness. This advice marked the start of her success on social media.
Kayla is the author of a series of fitness e-books called “Bikini Body Guides.” She has also created “Sweat with Kayla,” which was the most financially successful fitness app of 2016.
Anllela Sagra – Followers: 11.2 million
In the 2010s, Anllela Sagra started working out to further her career as a fashion model but soon developed a keen interest in her new training regime and focused on it. Her slender figure transformed into a more muscular one, winning her multiple bikini competitions.
The 25-year-old fitness model also has her own training programs and workout app, sells customized merchandise, and does online transformation coaching.
Tammy Hembrow – Followers: 9.8 million
Tammy Hembrow is a successful Australian fitness model and Instagram mommy blogger. She rose to fame by sharing her fitness journey on Instagram. However, what helped the 25-year-old build a massive following on Instagram were her pre- and post-pregnancy pictures, which have inspired other women to get in shape after giving birth. Tammy now has her one activewear line “Saski Collection” and the “Tammy Hembrow Fitness” app.
Eva Andressa – Followers: 5.1 million
Once a skinny teenager from Brazil, Eva Andressa has become a global fitness sensation after meeting her husband, athlete Jardel Barros. With his professional guidance, Eva achieved one of the most recognizable female physiques in the industry and won several bikini competitions.
The 34-year-old has retired from the bodybuilding championship circuit and is now focused on her fitness modeling career and social media presence.
Julia Gilas – Followers: 4.9 million
Julia Gilas was born in Ukraine in 1985 and moved to the US in 2009 to pursue her dream of being a model. As her career took off, she began traveling the world. The busier she became, the less she was able to exercise regularly and make healthy food choices. This was when Julia decided to change her lifestyle and move into fitness modeling.
Paige Hathaway – Followers: 4.1 million
A small-town Minnesota girl who became a fitness guru and an online sensation, Paige Hathaway is an inspiration for her followers. She has many bikini competitions under her belt and has graced the covers of various fitness magazines. The 32-year-old model is now expecting her first child and keeps her audience updated on how she stays fit during her pregnancy.
That wraps up our list of the Top 10 Female Fitness Models on Instagram, if you have any suggestions, comments or feedback, feel free to drop us a line!