How Kylie Jenner gained 41m Instagram followers in a year

Kylie Jenner has amassed 179  million Instagram followers on Instagram since joining the social media site.

In the last 12-months, the make-up mogul has managed to boost the numbers on her page by gaining a whopping 41.1 million new fans – but some social media users are unsure if the growth is legit.

The mother-of-one, 22, has recently been accused by Forbes of faking her ‘billionaire’ status which has led to some speculation that she has also enhanced her Instagram following with bots and fake accounts.

Social media users have spotted that huge amounts of Kylie’s followers appear to have false usernames and accounts – which they think hints that she has purchased the supporters in order to bump up the appearance of her fan base.

It is hard to tell if fan theories are correct about the authenticity of Jenner’s followers but that has not stopped hoards of online users calling out the cosmetic brand owner on Twitter.

One fumed: “She’s got millions of fake followers too. All bought…”

Another typed: “No one’s buying! No one’s watching, no one’s following except for the fake non-user accts. you buy! 100m followers MY A**!”

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“Her followers are fake as her money,” added an irritated Twitter user.

Agreeing with other posters, and also hitting out at Kylie’s sisters, a social media user echoed: “The Kardashian’s @KimKardashian@khloekardashian @KylieJenner should stop buying so many fake followers the truth is that at this point they look super ridiculous their publications do not match LMAO A few likes for the large number of “followers” they have. Hahahahaha bye.”

Kylie is the fifth most followed person on Instagram behind footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, popstar Ariana Grande, actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and hitmaker Selena Gomez.

Ronaldo boasts a whopping 221m fans on Instagram, Ariana has an impressive189m, The Rock has a staggering185m and Selena’s list of loyal followers totals 178m.

Kylie’s sister Kim – who was once thought to be the most famous of the Kardashian clan – has 173million fans on the photo-sharing website.

It comes as Kylie’s lawyers are demanding a retraction from Forbes over accusations that she faked her way to billionaire status.

The Kylie Cosmetics mogul has been accused of using fake draft tax returns to boost her net worth.

Her success saw her named the world’s youngest self-made billionaire, but she’s since been stripped of the title.

She has hit out at the claims, and now her legal representatives are demanding the story is retracted.

Lawyer Michael Kump said in a statement: “We have reviewed Forbes’ article accusing Kylie of engaging in deceit and a ‘web of lies’ to inflate her net worth. The article is filled with outright lie.

“Forbes’ accusation that Kylie and her accountants ‘forged tax returns’ is unequivocally false and we are demanding that Forbes immediately and publicly retract that and other statements.”

The business magazine had said that the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star, 22, is now worth just less than $900 million after taking Kylie Cosmetics’ revenue in public filings and the affect coronavirus has had on the economy into consideration.

Kump added in his statement to The Post: “It is sad that, of all things, Forbes has devoted three reporters to investigate the effect of the coronavirus crisis on Kylie’s net worth.

“We would not expect that from a supermarket tabloid, much less from Forbes.

Forbes has said it stands by its story.

Forbes spokesman Matthew Hutchison said: “Today’s extensively-reported investigation was triggered by newly-filed documents that revealed glaring discrepancies between information privately supplied to journalists and information publicly supplied to shareholders.

“Our reporters spotted the inaccuracies and spent months uncovering the facts.”

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