The 13 Celebrity Instagram Pics That Pretty Much Sum Up 2013

From selfies to borderline scandals, here are the stars' snaps that dominated the pop culture conversation this year

Celebrities spent a lot of time on Instagram in 2013. And while many of the images were throwaways, some sparked such fire in the cultural conversation that they seemed to define the year in pop culture at large. See the pics that sum up the last 12 months in a colorful -- and sometimes controversial -- nutshell.


Gisele Bundchen’s major multitasking moment

Insert impassioned debate here about whether or not women can have it all, and what "having it all" really means.


Beyonce’s pixie cut

Girl can rock any hair style she chooses, but this picture shows why 2013 was the year of the pixie cut amid female celebs.


Kim Kardashian’s post-baby booty

Just try to look away. One thing (among so very many) we can say about this photo is that it dovetails squarely (er, roundly in this case) with our collective "body after baby" cultural obsession.


Justin Bieber and Will Smith

It was a troubled year for the Biebs in many news-making ways, but he still managed to snag the year’s most popular photo on Instagram, alongside Will Smith, with 1.5 million likes.


Beyonce’s selfie of a selfie

If this snap doesn’t sum up why "selfie" is the Oxford Dictionaries word of the year, we don’t know what does.


Rihanna’s major exposure

The diva gave us a feed full of reasons why her Instagram handle (not to mention her whole persona) is Badgirlriri. Also: denim thong!


Lea Michele's first post about Cory Monteith after his death

His was a shocking and sudden death among several that shook pop culture this year.


Amanda Bynes’ social media chronicle of a downfall

It’s hard to watch someone young unravel so publicly -- but we appear to have made it a national pastime.


North West's debut photo

Ladies and gentlemen, your first look at baby Kimye.


Miley Cyrus’ Halloween costume

Since everyone was going as Twerking Miley for Halloween this year, the "Wrecking Ball" singer had to pick someone else. She chose Lil' Kim.


Kim K.’s so-called "vampire facial"

So often the reality star shows us just how far we (or at least she) is willing to push the envelope in the name of beauty.


Nick Jonas’ crazy ripped selfie

Oh hello, Nick -- it appears you're not a baby anymore.


Graffiti Biebs

Call it the year that true Beliebers had to confront the fact that their teen idol is kind of a d-bag in a lot of ways.

Let us know in the comments: What was the celeb Instagram pic that made the biggest impression on you this year?

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter.

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