Here’s how Bella Hadid, Victoria Beckham and more always look so good.

By Tara Gonzalez
Updated Jan 09, 2020 @ 2:45 pm
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On the first day of 2020, Kaia Gerber welcomed the new decade with an Erewhon sweater (yes, really), a pink toothbrush (mid-brush), a pair of black Ray-Bans (worn inside), and an iPhone case featuring Adam Driver’s tongue (his face was also present). These weren’t the contents of her bag or everything sprawled out on her desk, but the four essential elements that made up her first selfie of the year — one worthy of 303,708 likes.

Nearly a month earlier, Bella Hadid ended the decade with a bourbon neat, no clothing, and a Moschino iPhone case — 1,624,829 likes. Supermodel selfies, they really have the range.

And as the Instagram audience’s interest shifts from flawless perfection to sincerity and authenticity, a point Instagram’s Head of Fashion Partnerships Eva Chen has stressed for months, we’re about to see more of these selfies, toothbrushes and lingerie in all. More often than not, these photos get more engagement or likes than professional editorial shots celebrities and models share online. But what makes us like Instagram selfies celebrities take so much?

For one, not all of us will get our own Vogue cover shot taken by Annie Leibovitz to repost, but a quick selfie taken in our parents’ bathroom? We’ve all been there, even the Kardashians. Selfies are relatable. They confirm we’re all just narcissistic humans who like to indulge every now and again. Of course, like the case with most things, selfies taken by the world’s most famous from Victoria Beckham to Chrissy Teigen just look better. How?

We’re pretty sure it’s something that’s predisposed. A blessed side effect of winning the genetic lottery. That, and the fact that they have a team of professional makeup artists, hair stylists, and personal trainers behind them. And since they’re on set so often, they are way more likely to be around very good lighting at any given time. But after looking at hundreds of celebrity mirror selfies, I’ve noticed there’s a very key element we’re not talking about nearly enough: iPhone cases.

Like the desire to take a selfie every time we catch our reflection in the nearest mirror, iPhone cases confirm we’re human — albeit accident-prone ones who don’t want to pay for that dreaded screen replacement. iPhone cases do more than protect phones, too. They dress the accessory we undeniably use the most. We may put down our bag every now and then, but we’re on our phones practically every second of every day. Personally, I clutch onto mine like it’s my firstborn and I’m not going to dress my baby in just anything. Celebrities clearly feel the same.

From designer cases that are surprisingly affordable to cases that’ll draw more attention than the actual selfie itself, below are the four different kinds of phone cases the world’s most Instagrammable can’t stop using.

For When You Need an Extra Accessory for Your Outfit: Designer iPhone Cases

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Designer iPhone cases are often the most affordable thing you can buy from any individual high-end brand. Moschino iPhone cases are the most popular amongst supermodels everywhere and they typically cost around $50. As Bella Hadid demonstrates, if you feel like your outfit is missing, uhm, a little something, a designer case adds an extra element. Plus, it’ll elevate any selfie because, well, it’s designer.

Gucci Ophidia GG Supreme iPhone 7/8 Case

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Shop now: $720; nordstrom.com

Tory Burch Lee Radziwill Silicone iPhone Case

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Shop now: $118; nordstrom.com

Chloe Vick Leather iPhone Case

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Shop now: $275; nordstrom.com

Burberry Tricolor Monogram iPhone Case

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Shop now: $180; nordstrom.com

Prada Lipstick Rubber iPhone Case

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Shop now: $195; nordstrom.com

Prada Logo Ring Saffiano Leather Case

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Shop now: $340; nordstrom.com

For When You Want to Upset Your Significant Other or Stan Your Celeb Crush (or Both): Customizable iPhone Cases

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Kaia Gerber looks just like her supermodel mom, but with every passing day she’s resembling her new boyfriend, Pete Davidson, more and more. Despite how serious the two are getting, the supermodel clearly isn’t afraid to show everyone she’s just as obsessed with Adam Driver as the rest of us. Whether you want a photo of him and his tongue or another photo entirely, customizable cases are the way to go. And if you’re the indecisive type, a clear phone case is perfect for slipping polaroids, magazine cut-outs, or printed photos in and out of.

Mundaze Design Your Own iPhone Case

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Shop now: $16; amazon.com

Belongme Crystal Clear iPhone Case

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Shop now: $8; amazon.com

Casetify Custom Photo iPhone Case

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Shop now: $29–$65; casetify.com

For When You Want Your Outfit (or Lack Thereof) to Speak for Itself: Subtle iPhone Cases

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When it comes to adjectives that describe Kendall Jenner, most people wouldn’t use the word subtle. This is the girl who rode in on a horse while dressed as a gold fairy for her birthday party in November. But with looks so elaborate, it makes sense why Jenner’s iPhone cases practically blend into her photos. She keeps it low key so the outfit can do the talking. And as for all the times where her outfit wasn’t really an outfit at all? Same idea. If you’re going to take a selfie in a bathtub you might as well go for it, right?

Casetify Classic Impact iPhone Case

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Shop now: $45; nordstrom.com

Native Union Clic Card iPhone Case

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Shop now: $50; nordstrom.com

Incase Designs Facet iPhone Case

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Shop now: $35; nordstrom.com

Recover Squared Pink iPhone Case

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Shop now: $20; nordstrom.com

For When Your Selfies Are Basically a Work of Art: Arty iPhone Cases

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Solange is the kind of celebrity who you’re surprised even has an instagram because she just seems too cool for it. Of course, all of her Insta photos look more like an avant-garde lookbook featuring outfits made of glass and shirts held together by a single piece of string. When she takes a selfie they’re just as artistic and refined as everything else she does and her iPhone cases fit right in, looking like watercolor paintings that also have a built in camera.

Casetify Customizable Neon Sand iPhone Case

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Shop now: $45; nordstrom.com

Recover The Wine iPhone Case

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Shop now: $24; nordstrom.com

Casetify Glitz Glam iPhone Case

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Shop now: $36; nordstrom.com

Moglea Unison iPhone XR Case

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Shop now: $36; nordstrom.com

Recover Agtate Print iPhone Case

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Shop now: $12 (originally $20); nordstrom.com