Social media has changed the landscape in terms of what it takes to be famous. No longer do would be celebs need to catch the eye of a publisher, producer, or some other type of Hollywood bigwig. In the internet age, one can make a name for themselves on their own by using outlets like YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.
This article, in particular, will focus on two women who have used Instagram and their prominent backsides to become Internet superstars. These females are none other than fitness models Jen Selter and Sommer Ray.
Jen Selter is a fitness model out of Long Island, New York. The 5-foot-6 brunette uses various social media outlets to share, both her fitness tips and ample rear end. The 24-year-old has an impressive 11.7 million Instagram followers.
Denver, Colorado’s Sommer Ray is a fitness competitor who has become a social media sensation. Like her article-mate Selter, she also isn’t shy about posting photos of her bottom on Instagram much to the delight of her 17.7 million followers.
Both these lovely ladies are known for being the queens of the belfie (a selfie of one’s rear end). However, much like the Highlander, there can be only one. With that in mind, it’s time to take a look at 16 of their best photo and decide who is the true belfie queen.
16 Selter: Stylish In Vanity Fair
Selter's success on social media and her modeling photographs caught the eye fashion and pop culture magazine Vanity Fair. In this photo, we see the social media darling posing in this partially see-through, retro style outfit. While this particular pose is one she has used before, the attire is certainly different then what fans are used to seeing her in. This particular shot could even be described as artistic. It would appear that Selter is capable of modeling for the mainstream media, as well as Instagram. The photos from Vanity Fair are easily among her best.
Fanny Fact: In 1966, Yoko Ono, the wife of the late Beatles legend John Lennon, made a film called No. 4 (aka Bottoms). Bottoms featured human buttocks in motion as people walked on a turntable. The flick was roughly 90-minutes long.
15 Ray: Out And About
In this photo, it can be difficult to tell if Ray’s backpack is so small or just looks that way being photographed next to her ample rear end. The 21-year-old can be seen wearing an outfit which can only be described as “unique” at this festival. Predictably, the internet star chose pants that highlight her lower half. That being said, the face paint she is wearing does make this photo stand out a bit from her usual belfies. Sommer Ray likely turned more than a few heads at the event she attended that day with this wild look.
Fanny Fact: In some societies (particularly Western cultures), the buttocks is considered a source of amusement and is often a focal point for many very prominent comedians.
14 Selter: Wall Crawler
Jen Selter attempts to give the wall-crawling superhero Spider-Man a run for his money with this unique picture. The fitness model proudly displays the asset that her famous as she poses for the cameraperson in her yoga pants and sports bra. Selter always finds unique poses and ways to create interesting photos, in an effort to keep her legions of Instagram follower engaged. The belfie specialist helps to create another crowd pleasing photo for the masses.
Fanny Fact: The buttocks serves a very important function for primates. It allows them to stand upright without needing to rest all of their weight on their feet unlike other animals, such as dogs and cats. Gibbons, as well as some baboons, often have naked callosities on their backsides.
13 Ray: Tight Jeans
Sommer Ray is stretching these poor jeans to the very limit in this stunning photo. Apparently, she was so hot in this particular pic that it became necessary to turn the air conditioner on. Whatever the case may be, the popular fitness model show fans why belfies have become all the rage in recent years with this eye-catching image. Ray shows her fans that it only takes a simple pair of jeans in order to create a memorable photograph.
Fanny Fact: Readers may have noticed that human females tend to have thicker and wider bottoms than their male counterparts. This is due to women having more subcutaneous fat stored in the region, which is caused by estrogen. There is also a great deal subcutaneous fat in our palms and the soles of our feet as well.
12 Selter: Splits
In this Instagram post, Selter shows that she is not only an outstanding model; she is also quite flexible. Here we see the social media star pulling off a split that action film star Jean-Claude Van Damme would be impressed with. The New Yorker appears to be stretching out prior to one of her famous workouts that she loves to share with her millions of fans on YouTube. This impressive post received over 374,000 likes on Instagram, suggesting that Selter has a pretty good handle on what her followers want to see.
Fanny Fact: “Callipygian” is a word of Greek origin that means someone has a beautiful rear end. Many fans of the two ladies featured in our article may have used this word a time or two when responding to their social media posts.
11 Ray: Short Dress
Based on the elevator and furniture in the background, it would appear that Sommer Ray is doing some modeling at an office lounge. If this photo is in fact being taken in an office building, it will likely be difficult for many of the workers to concentrate with the 5-foot-6 Colorado native walking around in that outfit. Ray continues to make her case for being the queen of the belfies as she poses against the wall in a tight-fitting, multicolored dress.
Fanny Fact: In the English-speaking world, the act of displaying one’s bare bottom as a means of protest or disrespect is known as mooning. Certain parts of the world consider mooning to be indecent exposure. However, the context in which the action is being executed is often considered .
10 Selter: The Belfie
With her cell phone in hand, Selter demonstrates the very definition of a belfie, as she poses in front of a window in her New York-based apartment. According to the post below the photo, “ It’s cold outside babbyy.” While it may have been quite cold when this image was captured, the fitness fanatic likely warmed things up a bit with this steamy photo. The fact that Selter can simply take a quick belfie in her apartment and get well over 300,000 likes on Instagram really speaks to her influence on social media.
Fanny Fact: Selter and Ray aren’t the only celebs who have used their backsides to gain notoriety. Reality television star Kim Kardashian has used her ample posterior to help her become one of the most famous celebrities in the world.
9 Ray: Hair Rollers
In this photo, we see Sommer Ray striking a seductive pose while sporting some rollers in her hair. The young fitness model has a lot going on here, between her bathing suit bottoms, t-shirt, and hair ornaments. That being said, she definitely makes it all work, which in turn results in an outstanding photograph. When one is constantly posting photos of themselves on social media, it's important to be able to change things up a bit from time to time. In this instance, we see that Ray is more than capable of delivering an original photo
Fanny Fact: In South America, competitions such as Miss Bum Bum and Miss Reef are held to select a woman with (what the judges deem to be) the best backsides.
8 Selter: Benchwarmer
The term benchwarmer is often used to refer to an athlete that isn’t good enough to make the starting lineup on a sports team and generally carries a negative connotation with it. However, the benchwarmer in this particular photo is clearly an Instagram All-Star. Selter showcases one of her seemingly endless supply of yoga pants, in a photo that will most certainly capture her follower's attention. Moreover, the lovely benchwarmer came close to capturing almost half a million likes with this popular post.
Fanny Fact: The word “Bum” is a (British) English word used to refer to the backside. It is often used in a humorous, non-sexual manner. Bum is most commonly used in places like England, Australia, and Ireland, though it can be heard in other English speaking countries as well.
7 Ray: Beach Belfie
This Instagram post features Sommer Ray quoting author Lalah Deliah, “she remembered who she was & the game changed.” What the quote has to do with a young woman having her bottom photographed next to the ocean, is anyone’s guess. That being said, it’s still an interesting photograph, even if it might not qualify as a “game changer.” Potentially misplaced quotes aside, Ray’s followers definitely appreciated the image as it received over 873,000 likes on Instagram. The fitness model is certainly social media savvy.
Fanny Fact: The gluteus maximums (aka the glutes) are the hip’s main extension muscle. It is also the largest of the three gluteal muscles found in human beings. The glutes are primarily made up of muscle fascicles, which are a bundle of skeletal muscle fibers.
6 Selter: With Michelle Lewin
In this instance, we get two lovely fitness models in one photo, as Jen Selter poses alongside another fitness guru, Michelle Lewin. These are two females that clearly spend a lot of time in the gym, and the results are evident. Moreover, it would appear that even Lewin appreciates Selter’s world-famous caboose in this photo. One would be hard-pressed to find a couple of models who can rock a pair of yoga pants like these two ladies. Over 321,000 likes almost seem like too few for this fun Instagram post.
Fanny Fact: In the UK, an award is given to a male and female celebrity who are demeed to have the “Rear of the Year.” The most recent winners in 2017 were Rachel Riley and Idris Elba.
5 Ray: Small Problems
Below this photograph, Sommer Ray Writes, “ I wish my problems were as little as my boobs.” Apparently, they aren’t too much of a problem as this gorgeous image received almost 1 million likes on Instagram. It’s fair to say that this photo, which features the former fitness competitor in her undergarments, is anything but a bust. Pics such as this one, are likely a big part of the reason that Sommer Ray has a social media following that most A-list movie stars would envy.
Fanny Fact: The word Caboose is often used to refer to the last car on a freight train or ships galley in a cabin on deck. However, it is also occasionally used as a slang word to refer to the buttocks.
4 Selter: Shell Swimsuit
With this photo, Jen Selter proves that the camera doesn’t have to be focused on her backside in order to produce an excellent photograph. The shell bikini puts the focus on the belfie pro's flawless abs as she poses for a pic that is worthy of being featured on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edtion. The New York native clearly takes her diet and exercise routine very seriously based on the shape she was in for this shoot. Selter shows fans one of the best bikini bods on social media with this stylish swimsuit.
Fanny Fact: Testosterone discourages the storage of fat cells and adipose tissue in the buttocks, which is the primary reason human males tend to have smaller backsides than their female counterparts.
3 Ray: Fitness Competition
Here we see Sommer Ray competing in a fitness competition wearing a leopard print bikini. The 5-foot-6 powerhouse was clearly in peak physical condition when this photo was snapped. This image serves as a reminder that Ray was legit fitness credentials aside from being a popular Instagram personality. While gaining stardom from posting pics of one’s rear end online could be considered a bit hokey by some, it’s hard to deny that these women put a great deal of work into their bodies, as is evident from shots like this one.
Fanny Fact: There are several cultures that target the buttocks when handing out corporal punishment. This is because the area is able to absorb a great of damage without causing permanent injury in most cases.
2 Selter: Wonder Woman
In this Instagram post, we see Jen Selter modeling a Wonder Woman outfit. Actress Gal Gadot, who played the famous superhero in the hit movie, has nothing on this fierce fitness model. Based on the caption below the image, this is what she wore for Halloween last year. Its safe to say that there are plenty of guys out there would love to see Setler show up their door to trick or treat in this little number. The stunning shot helped her gain an impressive 336,000 likes on Instagram.
Fanny Fact: The word “Fanny” has long been a socially acceptable term used to describe the human backside. This is due in large part to the fact that places such as Canada and the United States viewed the word as being suitable to print.
1 Ray: Happy Holidays
Sommer Ray looks like she is ready for a visit from Santa Claus in her dashing red attire. That being said, Mr. Claus won’t be too pleased if the gorgeous model ends up eating all of his cookies before he makes his way down the chimney. Moreover, with some of her Instagram photos, Ray might qualify as too naughty to receive any gifts from the big man. However, one this is for certain, the 21-year-old produces another amazing photograph in her breathtaking holiday outfit.
Fanny Facts: The human backside has inspired a great many songwriters over the years. Hits such as KC and the Sunshine Band's “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” Meghan Trainor's “All About That Bass,” Sir Mix-A-Lot's “Baby Got Back,” and Queen's “Fat Bottomed Girls” all used the buttocks for inspiration.