Written by Christopher Rosa
From #nofilter selfies to extravagant vacations and workout shots, A-listers take Instagram to new, enviable levels. However, there was a time when even the most Insta-savvy stars — i.e: every Kardashian/Jenner alive — snapped photos that were random AF. Or, much worse: pixilated. (Even Kim is guilty, y’all.)
Instagram was still a relatively undiscovered tool during the good ol’ days of 2012, so we don’t blame celebrities going through a little trial and error. Some were able to get it right the first upload, like Ariana Grande’s adorable candid with her late grandfather. But those head-scratching shots of Niall Horan’s blinds and Justin Bieber stuck in traffic — what the actual eff? (Of course, Beyoncé’s first photo is flawless and iconic.)
We know it’s only Wednesday, but these first-ever Instas are the definition of #TBT. Scroll through these nostalgia-inducing pics.
Joined 45 months ago. And here is Bieber’s first of many dumb Instagrams. Next.
Joined 45 months ago. D’awww! This photo of Hart’s daughter is too cute for words.
Joined 42 months ago. Brit Brit served some awkward Femme Fatale realness in her first Instagram. Yas, goddess.
Joined 42 months ago. Jenner’s tender first Instagram is a far cry from her eerily perfect selfies.
Joined 45 months ago. Jenner made dreams come true with her debut Disney ’gram.
Joined 42 months ago. Swift went down memory lane and posted this vintage portrait of her grandmother.
Joined 41 months ago. Drake succeeded in making us jealous of his life with this private jet photo.
Joined 40 months ago. Fans met Grande’s grandfather (who passed away last year) for the first time through this touching Instagram.
Joined 38 months ago. What’s this?! A blurry Kim glamour shot? The humanity!
Joined 36 months ago. Why are these blinds relevant, Niall? WE NEED TO KNOW.
Joined 35 months ago. What is it with the One Direction boys and random first Instas? Yep, those are deer. LOL, what?
Joined 23 months ago. Cyrus got fans excited for her 2013 Maxim spread by posting this sexy pic.
Joined 32 months ago. Kardashian’s first Insta was all about jewelry.
Joined 29 months ago. During the 2012 presidential election, Queen B made her Insta debut and showed love for both Texas (her home state) and President Barack Obama.
Joined 28 months ago. The “Heart Attack” singer’s earliest post dates back to her first year as a judge on The X Factor. Remember CeCe?
Joined 26 months ago. When Bieber posts about traffic, it’s stupid. When Timberlake does, it’s everything. These are hard facts.
Joined 22 months ago. Perry used her Insta foray to plug her June 2013 Vogue cover. Get that promo, honey.
Joined 22 months ago. The first of many selfies to come from Rose.
Joined 21 months ago. Gomez got fancy with her first Insta post: It was a video to hype fans for her then-upcoming album Stars Dance (2013).
Joined 21 months ago. Minaj shared some badass art in her debut post.
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[Photo Credit: @kimkardashian]