Bella Thorne’s acting talents have earned her roles in TV shows like Freeform’s Famous in Love and movies like the Netflix horror-comedy The Babysitter, but it’s her bluntness and authenticity that make her a social media star. (Her beauty helps, too.) Thorne has more than 16.3 million followers on Instagram, 9.9 million on Facebook, and 6.8 million on Twitter, and she knows exactly how to keep them interested. In honor of her 20th birthday, here are seven things we love about her:
Yes, it’s her birthday, but this girl doesn’t need an excuse to party. If Bella Thorne wants to invite a bunch of friends over and get wild, she does. If she wants to go out to a club, she does. And she doesn’t care if the paparazzi snap pics of her in a see-through mesh bodysuit, because she has probably already posted similar photos herself.
She wears whatever the hell she wants. Some days, Bella Thorne dresses like a rainbow. Some days, she wears all black, with thigh-high boots and no pants. No matter what she has on, it seems to fit her body (and her personality) perfectly.
In a world of perfectly-retouched selfies, she keeps it real. Every once in a while, Bella Thorne posts a close-up pic of her face and reminds her followers that she struggles with acne. Bella IS ONE OF US.
She keeps it real on the good days, too. Whether she’s posing nude for GQ Mexico and asking them not to retouch her, or she’s snapping a few selfies because she’s in a silly mood, she always seems to feel comfortable being herself on camera.
She just seems fun. We know Bella Thorne’s life isn’t always perfect—she admits that she hates being single and that she has struggled with depression and dyslexia—but don’t you just know she’d be a blast to have around?
Her love life is an open book. Some celebrities go out of their way to keep their romantic lives private, but Bella Thorne flirts with her crushes on Twitter, and does interviews about the challenges of dating as a bisexual celebrity. She recently told Style Caster, “It’s so hard. I can’t tell if a girl is trying to be best friends with me or if she wants to get with me or if she just wants social media followers. I’m just so confused when a girl talks to me. Girls can be very flirtatious, so I don’t want to make a move, and then you be like, ‘Whoa, girl. Not what I was thinking, I don’t roll that way.’”
And last but not least, we love her because she posed for Playboy. Bella Thorne’s No Filter shoot earns a spot on this list, and so does her quote about how people are always trying to change her. She said, in part, “I’m not fed up with social media—I understand it—but people like to comment on how my image is too edgy, that I’m too edgy, and on how they wish I looked. It’s a lot of ‘do this, don’t do that.’ To them I say, fuck off.” You tell ‘em, Bella.