Admit it. You’ve social media-stalked your ex before. It’s okay, we all do it. Selena Gomez finally called it quits with Justin Bieber for good in 2018, and she knew very well that Justin would be stalking her Insta post-breakup. After Justin and Hailey Baldwin announced their engagement, Selena subtweeted them in a gushy birthday post a few weeks later.
In classic revenge fashion, she was beautiful and happy in all of her pics. The first photo in Selena’s Insta-revenge carousel featured a blurry candid shot of the actress-slash-singer looking glowing and radiant. She celebrated her birthday surrounded by her besties and wearing an off-the-shoulder floral boho dress. Posting birthday photos of yourself looking hot and happy while surrounded by your equally hot friends isn’t petty if it’s for real.
The Revenge Dress: Gen Z Edition
The revenge dress isn’t reserved for just elder millennials and older Hollywood stars. In classic Gen Z fashion, younger Hollywood stars have brought their own twist to the tried and true tradition. Actress Madelyn Cline got her revenge at the American Music Awards in 2021 when she brought her own take to the classic LBD.
A few weeks after she and costar Chase Strokes broke up, she rocked this daring black gown with geometric cut-outs. The gown showed just enough to be risqué, but the long silhouette brought in a feel of Old Hollywood glam. Madelyn topped the look off with black leather gloves and patent leather heels, which made her look even more like a vixen.
Booked and Busy
Ah, the Instagram revenge selfie. It’s an art form in and of itself. No other celebrities can do it quite as well as the Jenner-Kardashian fam. Kendall Jenner and NBA star Devin Booker allegedly called it quits in November 2022, and Kendall posted a mysterious round-up of photos shortly afterward.
Devin was notably missing from all the photos, but Kendall’s amazing sense of style was ever-present. The first photo in her Instagram carousel was, of course, a gorgeous revenge selfie. She wore semi-sheer black tights, heels, and an oversized black sweatshirt. This may seem like any old outfit, but Kendall’s modeling skills took it to the next level into revenge territory. Her hair is immaculate, her pose is sexy, and her face looks serenely unbothered by the breakup.
Serious Drip at the Latin Grammys
Halsey had some relationship ups and downs in 2018. She and her on-again, off-again boyfriend, G-Eazy, had apparently broken up for good toward the end of the year. PEOPLE reported that G-Eazy “was partying over the weekend, and girls were all over him.” Yeah, that’ll do it. Halsey didn’t let the rumors and tabloids get her down, though.
She showed up to the Latin Grammy Awards with some major drip– literally. She rocked a Jean Paul Gaultier gown, giving the illusion that strands of diamonds and pearls were dripping off her bare body. She also rocked a new edgy pixie cut and rocker-chic eye makeup.
Solo in the Sun
Bella Thorne is known for her complicated and public relationships. She was in a throuple relationship with Mod Sun and Tana Mongeau for a few years before they all agreed to break up in 2019. Bella posted this mysterious revenge look shortly afterward with an equally mystifying caption. She posted a picture wearing a subtly sheer black mini dress with strappy heels, looking hot and unfazed.
Translated, her caption read, “The sun is a beautiful place to be. I’m not using SPF and I don’t care.” Considering that Tana and Mod Sun would go on to date each other sans Bella, could this oblique reference to the sun be a subtle jab at their breakup? Only Bella knows. What we do know is that she showed Tana, Mod, and the world that she wasn’t losing sleep over lost love.