Are you the kind of person who has to approve who follows you on Instagram? Is your account on a private setting? If yes, then you may never get as popular as your favorite celebrity is on instagram. Just take a moment and think of all the famous people you know of on Instagram. Do they have their accounts private? Well, most probably not. Similarly for you, if you want to get many followers and instagram likes, just ensure that you are accessible to all.
Instagram was created for people to connect with one another albeit with beautiful images and pictures. It is not about narcissism even though people flood their accounts with selfies or self-aggrandizing posts. Again, cultivate a great relationship with your followers. Thank them for making positive comments about your posts. Follow some of them and like their posts; and in the end you would be amazed at how many instagram likes your posts would soon begin to attract.