Selena Gomez Posts a Sleepy, Makeup-Free Selfie and Gets 6.8+ Million Likes for It –

Selena Gomez


What does power look like on Instagram? Allow Selena Gomez to show you: The singer posted the most casual, sleepy, makeup-free selfie of herself and got 6.8+ million likes for it. Few faves could ever.

“Me, all the time,” she captioned the image simply.

Gomez, who is the fourth most-followed person on Instagram with 157 million followers (Cristiano Ronaldo, Ariana Grande, and Dwayne Johnson are ahead of her—and Johnson barely), gets millions of likes for every Instagram. But her new sleepy selfie has outperformed most of her recent content. The only photos that have done better are her selfie with Anna Collins (8.7 million) and her other sleepy selfie, featuring her dog Winnie (7.1 million). And that could change, since her new selfie was just posted 13 hours ago, and the likes are still racking up.

Gomez has spoken candidly about why she doesn’t spend too much time on Instagram, despite having an enormous platform. “It is not that healthy to be on it all the time because I noticed with me, I got kind of depressed looking at these people who look beautiful and amazing, and it would just get me down a lot so I just think taking breaks is really important,” she told Coach in its Dream It Real podcast earlier this year. “But just know that most of it isn’t real. And I hate to say that, I don’t mean to be rude, but it’s very unrealistic in a lot of ways, and I think that for me, I want to protect the youngest generation because they are exposed to so much information, and I feel like that causes a lot of anxiety at the youngest age. Like, I didn’t grow up with that. I had dial-up internet. I think that sometimes people are exposed to too much, and you should really protect what you’re seeing and be mindful, be really mindful of how it makes you feel.”

News and Strategy Editor Alyssa Bailey is the news and strategy editor at, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton).