Before celebrities like Bella Hadid and Kylie Jenner became some of the most followed people on the planet—and more importantly, before Instagram—they were regular girls with regular best friends. And as they've risen into prominence, so have their loyal companions. Even Rihanna has kept her childhood friend from Barbados, Melissa Forde, by her side the entire time—from the club to the basketball court.
Today, Forde has over 800,000 followers of her own, and flaunts an equally bold sense of style, as well as a taste for hilarious memes. (It's no wonder she and Rihanna are friends.) But unlike other celebrity BFFs, being there for bad gal seems like Forde's full time job. Women like Jordyn Woods, on the other hand, who is Kylie Jenner's best friend, have almost 3 million followers and modeling contracts of their own. Jesse Jo Stark as well, who is one of Bella Hadid's closest acquaintances, is an aspiring musician and member of the Chrome Hearts fashion family.
As these celebrity BFFs demonstrate, with the help of Instagram no one has to live in the other's shadow. Below, a guide to those friends whose faces you know, but stories not so much.
Who: Jesse Jo Stark
Famous best friend: Bella Hadid
Why they're tight: Both growing up in Los Angeles, their parents were close. Stark's family founded Chrome Hearts, which Hadid recently collaborated with for her own capsule collection. They can often be seen vacationing together or hanging out at the brands headquarters. ****
Individual merits: Stark is an aspiring musician, and a member of a rock band called Driftwood. She's also in line to help run the family business.
Who: Jordyn Woods
Famous best friend: Kylie Jenner
Why they're tight: Woods grew up in Los Angeles with the Kardashians as well as the Smith children (Willow and Jaden). Her mother is a socialite of sorts, and when her father passed away this year, Kylie Jenner donated $10,000 to help the family cover medical bills. Woods can often be spotted either behind the camera on Jenner's Snapchat, or modeling her "Thick" merch.
Individual merits: She's signed to Wilhelmina International's Curve division.
Who: Carlotta Kohl
Famous best friend: Petra Collins
Why they're tight: Peers with a proclivity for Millennial Pink. ****
Who: Melissa Forde
Famous best friend: Rihanna
Why they're tight: Ford was Rihanna's childhood best friend back in Barbados. She's always by her side, from events to basketball games. They seem to have a ton of fun together, and according to Forde's Instagram, they share the same sense of humor and bold style.
Individual merits: She knows a good meme when she sees one.
Who: Shamari Maurice
Famous best friend(s): Sarah Snyder, Sofia Richie, seemingly everyone.
Why they're tight: Through his relation to Justine Skye, another member of the Instagram A-list inner circle, Maurice is trying to break into the entertainment industry seemingly by selfie association.
Individual merits: Good style helps.
Related: Watch BFFs Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, below.