In fact, the number of people following Swift’s whimsical musings and fluffy cat photos is now larger than the population of many countries, including Canada, Australia and Spain.
“50 million followers! Thanks so much guys. I’m pretty sure this is just because I have cute cats though,” Swift told her fans.
Kardashian is next in line with 48.4 million followers, while Beyonce Knowles rocks in with 47.5 million, partially due to her adorable family photos with Jay Z and Blue Ivy.
Having won the summer with her sell-out 1989 tour and taking down Apple with a biting letter on her Tumblr page, the “Bad Blood” singer is now set to dominate the onset of fall by appearing on her first GQ cover.
Swift shared the smoldering photo on Instagram Thursday morning — and by that evening had already earned 1.1 million likes for it.
“If you don’t take Swift seriously, you don’t take contemporary music seriously,” writer Chuck Klosterman says in the accompanying article. “There’s simply no antecedent for this kind of career: a cross-genre, youth-oriented, critically acclaimed colossus based entirely on the intuitive songwriting merits of a single female artist.”