Did Kim Kardashian buy millions of Instagram followers out of jealousy?

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What’s the situation with Kim Kardashian and the younger Jenner girls? I feel like Kylie is trying to morph into Kim sometimes (Kylie has the plastic surgery to prove it) and Kendall has some “legitimacy” that Kim has craved for years, you know? Kendall is a real model being hired for big jobs, like closing out the Chanel show and the print ad campaign for Calvin Klein. Kendall also recently surpassed Kim’s Instagram record to have the most “liked” photo ever – more people “liked” Kendall’s hair-heart IG instead of Kim’s wedding photo. Kendall and Kylie have also been catching up to Kim with the number of followers they have on Instagram and Twitter.

So… several days ago, Kim tweeted: “Woke up to over 40 million instagram followers! Thank you so much everyone! I will post a bunch today to celebrate! Xo.” As Radar points out, Kim gained a remarkable 3 million followers in one week. How did that happen? Or should we ask, how much did it cost?

Keeping up with the Kardashians is always a daunting task — especially where their social media followers are concerned. Once queen of the internet, Kim Kardashian has seen her status as most-liked threatened by sister Kendall Jenner, and insiders tell RadarOnline.com she’ll do anything to get back on top, including buy followers!

Friday morning, the 34-year-old took to her Twitter to share news that she “woke up to over 40 million Instagram followers,” which was a jump of roughly 3 million in just over one week. But were they bought or earned? Kim came under fire in December when Instagram’s purge of fake accounts showed that she had more than 1.3 million fake followers. Buying followers is a common practice for people looking to pump up their tally.

Why would she do it? A source very close to the KUWTK family tells Radar, “Kim has been really bothered by the fact that some of her family members, specifically Kendall, are catching up to her in terms of social media followers. She’s jealous and she is not having it at all.”

On July 1, for example, Kendall showed Kim who the new Instagram queen is by getting more likes on a photo in a single day than Kim and hubby Kanye West’s wedding photo. Jenner even posted on her Twitter account, “Take That KimYe!”

Kim’s follower bump was swift retribution, but Jenner clearly is not stepping down to her sister so easily: She added an additional 3 million followers on Instagram herself — going from 29 million followers at the beginning of the month to almost 32 million the day of Kim’s record.

And although this may seem like a normal increase, Radar has been keeping track of the entire family’s social media following and since the show first aired in 2007, and no one in the entire family has added more than 1 million followers to either Instagram or Twitter in a one-month span.

According to the family insider, “Kim has made it very clear to all of her family that she will never allow any of them to have more followers than she does. Her jealousy is just pathetic. But Kim buys anything she wants and her social status is not something that she is ever going to be willing to compromise.”

[From Radar]

“Kim has made it very clear to all of her family that she will never allow any of them to have more followers than she does…” Vapid? Yes. Stupid? Of course. Boringly meaningless? Totally. Which is why I believe it. Kim is totally paying attention to Kendall’s social media success and Kim is not happy. Kim has said as much on Keeping Up with the Kardashians – she believes that her name, her famewhoring ways have provided careers for entire family. And no one usurps the original famewhore gangster.


Photos courtesy of Kim’s social media.

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  1. Maefabulous says:

    One of the most pathetic things I’ve ever heard.

    • Esmom says:

      I know. This is the crap this family cares about? Do they even use their fame for anything worthy?

    • TX says:

      Seriously pathetic. Which is why I believe it 100%.

    • Jules says:

      What a sad bunch of worthless f***s.

    • Kiki says:

      Again, now you see why I am sick of this dysfunctional family. Kim is a douche, Her mother is the devil, Caitlyn is just looking out for Caitly and the rest of her family are using Kim’s meal ticket to be fame thots. When will they be a time when people are just sick of seeing them.

      • Wentworth Miller says:

        I remember having the same feeling about Paris Hilton. I swear these people are worse than Paris. I’m disgusted to say that I miss the days of the ol Hilton girl.

      • Nuna says:

        The thing is, while people don’t care about them, this family knows how to work social media. You can hate the person posting but if their outfits are cute you don’t give a toss and so the big brands don’t give a toss.

        And this family don’t care what they have to do to get their designer outfits and “so style” lifestyles. Pathetic bogans.

        And another thing is they’re probably happy this “rivalry” story is earning them clicks and headlines. Anything for fame and money.

    • TeaAndSympathy says:

      She really is demented. They’re all bonkers and sickening. Argh.

      • Nuna says:

        Come to think of it, Kim probably IS the family insider who “leaked” this story. With Kendall’s full blessings. This family’s idea of business strategy is figuring out the next salacious story to manufacture to keep us all watching.

  2. minx says:

    Empty, vacuous people.

    • JudyK says:

      …and boring to boot.

    • CTgirl says:

      Kim isn’t even smart enough to discern the difference between having social media “followers” and social status. She has a glut of the former and very little of the latter.

  3. Elisabeth says:

    she got a 10% discount because she typed the promo code ‘LeannRimes’

  4. queenofcauliflowers says:

    It must be so exhausting to be Kim (or any woman of that family) and constantly “work” on your image and crave for validation by acting and looking like a brainless sex doll.

    • kdlaf says:

      Right? And for what purpose? Although Im sure Kendall isnt exempt from the vapidity, she will always have the most “legitimate” career. And Kris of course. They all owe EVERYTHING to PMK

    • Nessa says:

      Can you imagine always having to be/look/act a certain way, every second of every day? That’s the reason she always has dead eyes. She seems completely dead inside.

    • TeaAndSympathy says:

      I completely agree. It must be so exhausting preening, primping, constantly checking every minuscule detail of your appearance in every available mirror, making adjustments, checking that everyone is looking at you, being photographed and/or taking endless selfies and then checking and photoshopping before you post them to multiple social network sites, checking that some other celebrity or, worse, one of your own sisters, hasn’t surpassed you in the number of followers or likes on those sites…. God, I’m exhausted just thinking about it. And how fecking sad that. as an almost-35-year-old wife, mother and expectant mother, who’s not short of a quid, has a nice place to live, is in good health, has a close family etc etc, she (and the rest of them) feels the need to fill her life with such shallow and utterly pointless pastimes. Imagine if she used her celebrity to promote education (I know, I know…), women’s issues, childhood illnesses, poverty, homelessness, domestic violence or myriad other important social issues. How much respect and validation could she achieve if she put her considerable fame and wasted time to better use? What about self-worth, a sense of achievement etc? Gaaahh. It’s just all lost on these people.

  5. Lau says:

    I think Instagram had a problem with a bug last week that increased the amount of followers of each user. But it’s fixed now, so it would be interesting to see if she still has the same amount of followers as last week.
    … But if she indeed bought followers… that is SO desperate.

    • Fanny says:

      Nearly 40 million followers !!!
      Who can believe it ???
      All this is fake !!! Like her ass, nose, lips…
      A simple deduction… a surprising thing…
      How can she have more followers (39,5M) than the number of download the application Instagram (23.5M) ???
      Fake accounts !!!

  6. LadyMTL says:

    While Kim does have a point that none of them would be famous if she hadn’t made a sex tape, it’s so laughably lame that she cares so much about her IG followers. I can’t honestly imagine even caring to the point where I’d keep checking my sibling’s numbers, let alone compete with them to have more.

  7. Tracy says:

    Kendall’s the only one who really works at a legitimate career.

    • Kitten says:

      People hate on Kendall’s appearance but I think she’s a million times prettier than Kim. Even in that IG pic, she has these huge brown eyes and just a very fresh look IMO.

      • Shannon1972 says:

        Totally agree. She has very interesting features and photographs well. Not sure she would have this level of success without her last name, but she works hard and why not take advantage of the connections she has? I know I would if I were in her shoes.

      • Shambles says:

        ITA, I think Kendall is beautiful. The freshest and most real looking of the bunch. Kim really shouldn’t post these side-by-side photos with Kendall, because the difference between the two (glowing vibrancy vs. Tupperware) is downright comical.

      • claire says:

        In that photo above she looks very pretty and fresh while Kim just looks unnatural and made of playdoh.

      • Kendull says:

        Kendall is the most boring of all the Kardashians and it shows in her modeling photos, she gives no face whatsoever because her mind is just completely blank. The other girls actually have personality and charisma. Really, she has no choice but to take advantage of being tall, 19, and slim and be a model because she is so dumb and bland.

      • Mia says:

        Honestly, I can’t see why anyone would hate on Kendall’s appearance. I can’t stand the Kardashians, but Kourtney and Kendall are the only ones I’ve ever thought were actually pretty. Kylie looks like she is just so obviously trying to turn into Kim 2.0.

    • bella says:

      I think Kendall is stunning.
      and “naturally” so.
      she’s got a promising modeling career ahead if her name/family don’t ruin it for her.

      • Kendull says:

        Ruin it for her? lmao she would be doing Macy’s catalog and random bikini company shoots instead of Chanel if it weren’t FOR her family.

  8. Lilacflowers says:

    Dear Kim: Nobody would know who any of you were if your father hadn’t defended OJ Simpson in that circus of a trial.

    • Size Does Matter says:

      People forget all about that float in this parade of horribles.

      Do you think it’s hard to blink with 7.5 pounds of fake lashes and mascara on?

      • BonfireBeach says:

        It has to be. I’m convinced she affects weather and the tradewinds every time she blinks.

    • Shambles says:

      When your fame-train starts with OJ Simpson, you know you’re f*cked.

    • Mia says:

      haha So true.

  9. NewWester says:

    All Kim cares about is being the most popular. She has been blessed with things many people in the world do not have. A healthy child, immense wealth, good health and yet she is more concerned on having more followers and likes on Instagram than her younger sister.
    What will Kim do in ten years? Kendall will always be younger, will Kim continue to buy followers just to feed her insatiable vanity?
    Kim is not only pathetic but sad as well.

    • Beatrice says:

      She’ll be like Madonna, still try-hard to be relevant (and young).

    • minx says:

      It’s all downhill for her. That’s the way it works when you base your whole life on how you look–every second we are all getting older, and no surgery or trout pout can change that. She has no talent or aptitude for anything but posing. In ten years she’ll be aging, dumpy and sagging.

    • Bell says:

      Kim will not accept aging well at all! She will be miserable. Madonna is making an a$$ out of herself. Same issues. Watching Madonna kiss Drake was sad and her last video was embarrassing.

    • Cran says:

      How do you think she will be as North gets older? This stuff with Kendall is just an appetizer.

  10. Betti says:

    She has no shame or morals and I quite believe this is true – being on the cover of Vogue and Rolling Stones doesn’t mean you are respected, just means ur husband pulled strings.

    It takes a certain kind of person to be boastful about filming yourself being pee’d on and then releasing it to the world.

    • Jan says:

      Well said, Betti! Let’s be clear though that Kendall only has a career because of Kanye’s contacts so, in Kim’s petty little mind, I bet she feels Kendall has her to thank for her career and ongoing success.
      Still ridiculous and immature in the extreme though. To think this is a 34-year-old woman is jealous of a 19-year-old’s social media popularity. Endlessly pathetic and desperate. SMH

  11. NGBoston says:

    Yah’ know, although I defend those who rank & some of the Kim Haters from time to time—this one I completely believe. Truly. Think. She. Would. Do. This.

    Don’t get it twisted though, Folks—-PMK is Satan herself and totally in the pockets of TMZ, People, ABC, et al. That woman is gross to me. Agree with many of the opinions of the Kardashian’s culture posted here,,,, wouldn’t be caught dead watching the show never have—Just to be clear.

    Sometimes I just don’t get the level of hate for Kim, although I realize there is plenty to pick apart. That is all.

  12. Aussie girl says:

    Golly you’ve got to wonder how much it would cost to buy followers. A decent person would donate that money to charity and feel better with in than the amount of followers they have on social media.

    • Chrissy says:

      These people live by the adage that “charity begins at home”. Unless there’s a film crew in tow. Sick, I know.

  13. blue marie says:

    Can someone explain “buying followers” to me? I don’t understand why anyone would do it or what it even is really? Is it real people or what?

    This makes me feel really old..

    • Kaye says:

      I was going to ask the same thing.

      We’ll be old together, blue marie.

    • iGotNothin says:

      For “insta-famous” people, having a large number of followers increases the likelihood of being tapped to shill those stupid detox teas, waist trainers, and protein drinks (that look like watered down almond milk). You can always tell that the followers are dummy accounts though just based on the name. I would assume it works the same for Kim but with high end brands thrown in the mix.

      Kendall has gotten a lot of opportunity in a short amount of time, not just from Kim, but from her social media presence.

    • Fluff says:

      People make money by basically setting up millions of fake accounts under lots of different names, and will sell the chance to be followed by x amount of their fake accounts. Good ones will take pains to make the fake accounts look vaguely real, by stealing photos of real people and filling in profile info. Bad ones will literally just create a million accounts JohnDoe001 JohnDoe002 and leave them blank. But they’re cheap. It’s usually pretty obvious to identify a fake account since they have few or no activity.

      • blue marie says:

        Thanks IGOTNOTHIN and Fluff, I had no idea.. People waste time doing that? Jeez..

        And Kaye I got a rocker sitting on my front porch with your name on it.

    • claire says:

      No, it’s not even real people. It’s multi-accounts and fake names.

  14. Shitler says:

    This chick will make Demi Moore look well adjusted by the time she’s 40’s

    • Hautie says:


      I keep saying Kim is one procedure away, from being on a episode of “Botched”.

      I bet she can get a decent discount, from those Botched doctors, since both shows are on E!

  15. Falula says:

    “Radar has been keeping track of the entire family’s social media following and since the show first aired in 2007, and no one in the entire family has added more than 1 million followers to either Instagram or Twitter in a one-month span.”

    Hahahaha, how sad for Radar.

  16. Talie says:

    In her defense, Instagram had a glitch and everyone had a big increase. Even me. LoL. But it went away now…

  17. Dawn says:

    Am I the only person who wants to slap her whenever this 34 year old does those stupid duck lips or sticks out her tongue in a photo? Grow up and act your age. I hope the media who keep giving these people jobs realize now how they cheat to get what they want. If they really had as many fans as they claim I wonder why none of them rushed to Sears to buy that cheap line of clothes they put out? This whole coven is nothing but over exposed talentless hacks.

    • NewWester says:

      I wish someone would pour Tabasco sauce or something similar on her tongue and maybe she would learn not to do it again

    • Ratchetosity says:

      LMFAO @ “Coven”

    • Fluff says:

      Tbh I went through a phase of doing the exact same thing (constantly sticking my tongue out), until my mother told me it was rude and to stop.

      I was 5.

      Maybe no one bothered with Kim.

    • Snowflake says:

      Ikr? what 34 yr old poses like that!?

      • Dr.Funkenstein says:

        In fairness, she probably inherited some reptilian qualities from her mother, so it could be involuntary. 🙂

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      I should think she might not want to remind her fans where that tongue has been before. That might very well make people unfollow her!

    • Janie says:

      Just got around to reading these now. I agree 100% with your comment! Let me add that if they have so many followers…. What are their TV ratings in the toliet? This bunch is a joke and that includes Kendall. She is as bad as the rest. She’s like Kourtney, quiet, sneaky and just as nasty! Keep your tongue in your duck mouth, it’s disgusting!

  18. Susie says:

    At this point in my life, I’m just happy they are not molesting children.

  19. Sonya says:

    Thing is that Kim’s sex tape may have gotten fame for most of the older family – the kardashian family – jenner’s name would be enough to open doors and kenndall would probably have her modeling either way. I think that is why it bothers kim so so so much.

  20. Kayla says:

    So sick of seeing these worthless no brains uneducated selfless vain superficial family.

    • AntiSocialButterfly says:

      (snickering at the moose epithet)

    • Dr.Funkenstein says:

      Don’t tempt her, I can’t stand the thought of Kim strutting around with an honorary Doctorate.

      • swack says:

        I’m surprised she hasn’t bought one to keep up with Kanye. But then again, education seems low on the priority list with this family.

    • Mia says:

      I believe Kourtney is the only one who went to college. lol

  21. prissa says:

    “The original famewhore gangster” – LOVE THIS!!!! LOLOLOLOL

  22. AntiSocialButterfly says:

    It boggles the mind to think that she actually believes people are so fascinated with her ( and she with herself) that they need to feed on her obsession with posting these asinine selfies constantly, rather than the fact that it is a simple Pavlovian response by the conditioned users of social media.
    Gah. Brainless, useless, worthless nitwit.

  23. Tiffany says:

    On one hand I cannot throw shade because social media has made her a very wealthy and popular woman.

    On the other, you really need to re evaluate things in life were posting on social media is what you consider a career.

  24. iseepinkelefants says:

    How sad your entire families lives must be that this is what your days consist of. Not even #FirstWorldProbs, this is next level.

    Side note, how has the youngest one gotten darker? She’s not Armenian, so how is almost three shades darker than her sister? I noticed that yesterday on the Jenner post. Morphing into Kim might be an understatement. Surpassing more like.

    • Dr.Funkenstein says:

      Yes, I noticed that odd little pigment shift myself.

    • swack says:

      Maybe instead of a spray tan or self-tanning she is actually going out in the sun and getting the tan that way.

  25. My Two Cents says:

    These grown Kardashian women still act like teenagers. As Scott said on the show they are washed up, the younger ones have taken over. Gotta love his brutal honesty even if he slurs his words when he speaks. Its sad for them, as they age, they are finding the finest mansions and cars do not make you truly happy. No doubt all of them have bought many followers. I can’t believe there are that many that wold follow empty greedy people.

    • Mia says:

      lol Right? I will never watch this show, but I have seen a few clips online. Say what you will about Scott and his addiction issues, but he’s never been impressed by this family and always calls them out for what they truly are. It’s pretty hilarious actually, so I have to give him props for that. He especially gives Kris a hard time constantly, which is just pure gold. lol

  26. Whitney says:

    Talk about such a petty thing to waste your energy on. It almost makes me feel sorry for Kim, to be so empty to need such pointless validation.

    • Katy says:

      The crazy thing is that it is FAKE pointless validation. Is she trying to convince herself how loved she is by the masses??

  27. word says:

    I believe she would pay to have “fake followers”…that’s totally up her alley. I also believe she is extremely jealous and won’t be able to handle the downward spiral of her popularity. She will do ANYTHING to stay on top. How could she possible gain 3 million followers in one week when she hasn’t even been in the news lately? Who is she fooling? She should have spent that money on charity instead.

  28. Dr.Funkenstein says:

    Oh, I’ll buy this for sure. I think most of those numbers are fabricated in one way or another, and if there is a less relevant, more narcissistic person on the planet than Kim I’ll eat my tam.

  29. Huh? Kim? Oh-i clicked cause I saw the lead photo and thot it was Lindsey Lohan.

  30. zwella ingrid says:

    So, off topic, but is Kim really pregnant? Have I missed seeing pictures with her showing her belly? Just curious. We had a barrage of pictures when she was pregnant with Nori.

  31. Matador says:

    Glad to see she has such important things to worry about; in the meantime, I’ll continue ignoring everyone on Instagram by never getting one.

  32. Barbara says:

    Of course she bought them.

  33. Vampi says:

    Hey Kim! Making ducky lips gives you those nasty little wrinkles above your upper lip…remember why you don’t smile? Same thing.
    There….that should cure her of THAT.

  34. Deedee says:

    How much does it pay you to follow someone on social media?

  35. Dita says:

    LMAO! O Kim….

  36. alicegrey12 says:

    Kim-the most jealous person in the family

  37. Jellybean says:

    Gross. Get some culture and an education. The come back an talk to the world

  38. serenella says:

    She should just accept it, of course the younger generation (sadly) look up to the Jenner girls and not 30something (as much famewhore) women.
    This is all so wrong.

  39. Liberty says:

    Wow! It is like an enthralling fight to the top between Tide and Gain.

  40. Mylene - Montreal says:

    She don’t have 40 millions followers …. she 39.2 i think

  41. Scarlet Pimpernel says:

    “It’s so unfair that I had the porn body” is what I imagine going on in Kim’s head with all her business acumen. I don’t think Kendall realises the extent of the tension. Bless them both … When privacy is the HIGHEST commodity within the educated world, the Kardashians package and market it which makes them feel cheap … Kendall wouldn’t be where she is without Kim … and yet she is striking and perhaps could and should make her mark.

  42. TeaAndSympathy says:

    No brain, no shame. Brainless = shameless.

  43. Veronicalake says:

    Kim is always sticking her tongue out instead of smiling because she can’t smile. She’s photo shop to d e a th in this photos. She’s hideous in walking around untouched photos

  44. Veronicalake says:

    And yes she paid for most of her follwers. That’s been proven long ago.

  45. Caz says:

    I’m so thankful I’m not a Kardashian. These people fully deserve the ridicule, scorn & contempt directed at them. I feel so sorry for the youngsters the nannies are raising.