This Is A Story All About How Will Smith Started The Perfect Instagram Account

With advice from Ellen DeGeneres.

Ellen DeGeneres is a great friend to many and proved just that when she helped pal Will Smith start his new Instagram account — @WillSmith, by the way — off in the most picture-perfect way. The singer-actor went on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and got a few tips for taking selfies, with a scare and trip down memory lane to top it all off.


Given the fact that DeGeneres has about 50 million followers on Instagram, she is definitely a pro, and has a lot to teach Smith in regards to engaging an audience and growing his followers. "So it seems to be going well for me," DeGeneres humbly bragged before launching into a slew of tips for Smith that resulted in some pretty adorable pics.

Lesson No. 1: Duck Lips

The first suggestion was for Smith to ditch smiling in exchange for the duck lips, which he did enthusiastically. Maybe duck lips *can* be cool?

Lesson No. 2: Mirror Selfies

Next up, DeGeneres explained that some people like to take selfies in the mirror. And, to take Smith's photo to the next level, she joined him in the snap.

Lesson No. 3: Babies = Likes

Who doesn't love babies? The talk show host brought out a random lady carrying a baby to provide Smith with a bundle of joy to pose with that should result in more likes.

Lesson No. 4: Veggies Also = Likes

Taking a cue from Oprah, DeGeneres suggested Smith hold veggies. If it works for Oprah — garnering her nearly 500,000 likes — it should work for him.

Lesson No. 5: Scary Can Be Funny

In true DeGeneres tradition, she told Smith to focus really intensely on the camera with the end goal to scare him. When Smith was least expecting it, someone jumped out of the table to help give us a hilarious montage of reaction photos. "Y'all gonna have to clean this chair up," Smith joked.

Lesson No. 6: Throwback Thursdays

Last, but certainly not least, Smith and DeGeneres delivered a huge wave of nostalgia by recreating a scene from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's opening theme song for #ThrowbackThursday. We already want to binge-watch it again.

Consider this Instagram 101, courtesy of Professor DeGeneres.

Watch all the fun unfold for yourself:


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