David Beckham doing push-ups on a piano, anyone?
2016 was tough for celebrity fans, fashion houses and politicos alike. But it wasn’t all bad. People shared with friends, reaching out of apps and into hearts and minds. From Tom Hiddleston’s Met Gala moves to Victoria Beckham saving orphaned elephants, here are some of the happiest moments on social media in 2016.
Selena Gets Down
Queen of Instagram Selena Gomez (8 out of 10 of the most-liked photos on Instagram) got 22m views and counting on a video of her dancing with Audrey Nethery, a 7-year-old girl with a rare bone marrow disease to “Love You Like A Love Song”. No one really knows how to dance with kids exactly (Do you pick them up? Bend over?), but heart-of-gold Selena showed us how. You gotta get down, and whip your French girl fringed bangs around.
That Hiddleswift Met Gala Dance
The 2016 film The First Monday in May reveals that planning the Met Gala isn’t all that different from planning the Vanderbilt Ball, of late 19th century New York society fame. Only today, etiquette manuals are out, and early 2000s hip hop dance has been mixed in. The video that got the rumor mill churning about Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston’s relationship was filmed by Carlos Souza. Just the fact T.I.’s “Bring Em Out” (2004) is playing at the Met Gala is enough fun, but the painful pseudo-breakdance and twirl by Hiddleston in his Ralph Lauren tuxedo tailcoat is glorious. When celebrities are a little uncool, it makes people happy. Thanks for the dance, you two.
Rita Hazan’s Beyhive
Beyonce’s colorist Rita Hazan posted a “casual” video of Beyonce dancing on her Formation tour, hashtagging it #selfconfidenceinspo for days. The video was regrammed by Jessica Seinfeld and liked by Bey herself. Beyonce’s joie de vivre reached billions, and surely inspired fans–in the privacy of their own homes–to try this dance out. #Guilty.
Luna’s Legendary Halloween
Baby Luna, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s daughter, posed (or tried to) in various Halloween costumes on her mom’s Instagram. People loved the pics, but the armchair parental QBs sounded off about Teigen posting costumes that she got for free. Since giving birth, Teigen’s constantly been ripped apart on her parenting techniques, even though she comes across as a loving, attentive mother. Little Luna in a hot dog costume trumped all the hate, fans came to her rescue, and the photo was one of her most-liked for the year. But seriously, the social media parenting peanut gallery needs to get a hobby in 2017.
Tom Hanks, Wedding Crasher
It’s hard to nail down the most adorable thing about Tom Hanks. Is it his love of typewriters? His undying dedication to U.S. military vets? Or is it the quirky way he does his social media? Hanks posts everything from photos of himself trying to get into tiny cars, to abandoned gloves, to dishwashers in the kitchen. What got the most likes is when he posted a selfie with newlyweds Elizabeth and Ryan, who looked beyond elated. Tom Hanks: The Feel-Good Follow of 2016.
Saving Baby Elephants
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a non-profit that’s been saving orphaned elephants since 1977, received many celebrities followers this year, and was visted and regrammed by stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Victoria Beckham and Prince William. The orphans, often losing their mothers to poachers, are bottle fed by their keepers for two years. What catches people’s hearts is that the babies have to be swaddled in blankets, in order to keep them safe from UV rays. After losing the shade and shelter of their mothers, they can often die of sunburn and heatstroke. The account is a pet favorite of the fashion community as well, photographed by Vogue and followed by editors and models alike. DSWT took a very sad subject, and created an audience that adopts orphans, likes and shares the plight of Kenyan elephants. Just so cute that you have to smile.
Gucci’s Chair Cushions
Surely there has never been a more talked-about moment for the simple chair cushion than during Gucci’s 2017 Resort Show, held at London’s Westminster Abbey. Each guest had a velvet cushion to sit on, hand-embroidered with flowers and snakes, and seemed to Instagram them right away. Arguably the most (unintentionally) memorable pieces from the collection. Coming on the heels of Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s chair collaboration with Cabana magazine founder Martina Mondadori Sartogo for 1stdibs.com, the cushions were liked and ‘grammed up a storm. A clear message to Gucci: A home collection, per favore.
The O.G. Joins IG
Westworld star Anthony Hopkins joined Instagram this year, and the posts are glorious. Ever the consummate gentleman, Hopkins posts an elevated level of content; formalities and fine art. In the words of Cher Horowitz: “Old people can be so cute.” If you’re wondering, yes, fans are commenting on his page asking him to “please not die.”
David Beckham Raises Awareness
The eye candy king tipsily joined the 22 push-up challenge, a call for the world to do 22 million push-ups to raise awareness for the cause of military veteran suicide prevention. Now, sports superstars like David Beckham don’t just get on the floor and do regular push-ups. No, he did the push-ups in his underwear, on top of a piano with a pianist playing Ave Maria, complete with glasses of wine. Bravo.
The Little Prince Meets the President
Pete Souza, arguably the best White House photographer of all time, captured POTUS meeting Prince George, in his robe and pajamas, much to the world’s delight. Everything from the raised eyebrows–a universal signal in small children that they’re on their BEST behavior–to the President kneeling down is just a feel good moment. “Afterwards, this photograph garnered the most attention,” said Souza on The White House’s Facebook page, “but at the time all I could think was how the table at right was hindering my ability to be at the optimum angle for this moment.”