From Best Belfie to the Hottest PDA: The Superlatives of Summer 2016
BEST PARTY HOST: KYLIE JENNER
Though it seemed like Taylor Swift would have this one in the bag (given her epic Taymerica party and all), Kylie Jenner swooped in just in time for her 19th birthday to prove she and her squad know how to have a good time. Kylie and her pals, Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin, posted enough bikini-clad selfies on social media throughout their Turks and Caicos vacation to give us FOMO until next summer.
MOST ENVIABLE SQUAD: THE FINAL FIVE
But if there's one squad we wish we could be a part of, it has to be the U.S. women's gymnastics team. Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and Madison Kocian's summer highlights include winning gold, meeting Zac Efron and attending the VMAs (while snapping a selfie with Kim Kardashian West, obviously). With Hernandez set to compete on Dancing with the Stars this fall, we're confident we'll be seeing more of the Final Five.
BIGGEST SWEETHEART: ZAC EFRON
GREATEST COMEBACK: BRITNEY SPEARS
BEST BELFIE: KIM KARDASHIAN WEST
Really, could this superlative go to anyone else? Kim Kardashian West's Mexico vacation was pretty much a lesson in how to take selfies … and butt selfies. She had butt-baring photoshoots on the beach, brought the peach emoji to life in an orange dress and produced a twerking video that's certainly a contender this upcoming awards season.
MOST UNPREDICTABLE: JUSTIN BIEBER
What a summer it has been for Justin Bieber! All of a sudden, he was traveling the world with girlfriend Sofia Richie and showing off PDA for days. In other unpredictable behavior, he deleted his Instagram, which was clearly his favorite social media platform given all those selfies. We can only guess what the next season will bring for the Biebs.
MOST ADORABLE: BOOMER PHELPS
CUTEST COUPLE: RIHANNA & DRAKE
These two have kept us guessing for a while, but nothing solidified their feelings like Drake's speech while awarding Rihanna the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs, in which he said, "She's someone I've been in love with since I was 22 years old." Afterwards, they hit up an after party together, and a source told PEOPLE they're "stronger than ever," and sorry, we can't go on, because we've completely melted.
HOTTEST PDA: KATY PERRY & ORLANDO BLOOM
Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom's romance has seriously heated up this summer; just look at the sweet way he supported her at the Democratic National Convention. A source added they're becoming "more serious," and their vacation in Italy proved that Perry and Bloom aren't afraid to show their affection – and look great while doing so.
MOST INSPIRING: ALICIA KEYS
Alicia Keys has been going makeup-free this summer, a look she rocked at both the BET Awards and the VMAs – but it's the reason why that's so inspiring. In an essay penned for Lenny, Keys revealed she had been thinking about the impossible standards of beauty and perfection that hold women back. Once she was photographed sans makeup for her album cover, she felt "the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful" she's ever felt, and has continued the #nomakeup movement ever since.