It’s often said that what’s portrayed on Instagram is not an exact representation of real life. This is the truth, particularly among the ever-growing community of social media influencers posting filtered photos, adorable Boomerangs and now live videos on the website.
There are so many influencers out there that seem to lack a genuine feeling of connection with their followers, but even more whose pages serve as inspiration, positivity and empowerment. There are so many women on Instagram whose pages immediately have followers rooting for them, looking for their continued success and double-tapping every damn post with a quickness.
Whether you’re a nature-lover, a music aficionado, a makeup addict or a major art fan, there’s a new Insta girl-crush to follow. Check out these ten accounts and get connected with these up-and-coming influencers.
1. Emily Oberg
An editorial producer and video host at Complex, Emily Oberg is a style and music journalist’s dream. She constantly posts photos of her #OOTDs, most often enviable normcore threads, as well as photos of her travels and the latest from her line, Sporty & Rich.
Elizabeth De La Piedra’s page is filled with colorful and gorgeous snaps and because she’s a photographer and artist, it’s no surprise that she’s pretty good with the camera. Her style is the opposite of minimal, her child is adorable and with her husband, one half of the popular music duo Flosstradamus, is #goals.
3. Arnell Armon
Arnell is a talented makeup artist with a passion for hair styling as well, and her feed serves as major beauty inspiration. She’s a YouTube creator as well, and is super bubbly, with a positive social presence and a constant desire to improve at her craft.
4. Hari Nef
Hari is a successful model, breaking barriers in the fashion industry with a sense of humor and a realistic outlook on life. Her posts are glamorous, quirky and perfect for the eclectic fashion addict with a vintage-inspired sense of style. She also photographs her NYC adventures as she takes on the modeling world, giving night owls plenty of an idea for where to go next.
5. Caila Quinn
After The Bachelor and Bachelor In Paradise, it was hard to imagine what Caila Quinn could do next. She moved to New York, took on the city and is now a lifestyle blogger with a burgeoning website and engaged social following. Caila is friendly, relatable and adorable, always optimistic about dating and what’s to come. Any aspiring Big Apple dwellers will want to check out Caila’s many photos of the city.
6. Kaitlyn Nguy
The eyes have it! Kaitlyn Nguy’s eye makeup is beyond astonishing and her skills have earned her over 20,000 followers. The self-taught makeup artist is known for her bold eye looks with perfectly blended shadows and cat eyes galore. Any beauty lover looking for some inspo should hit follow.
Most recently seen on MTV’s The Real World: Bad Blood, Kim Johansson (aka Kim J) has been an online influencer since 2009, beginning with a Tumblr page. She’s now signed to Wilhelmina as one of the esteemed agency’s “Curve” models and her page serves as a hub of aesthetic inspiration, fashion envy and hilarious meme aggregation. She is funny, open and drop-dead gorgeous.
8. Ryan Destiny
Ryan Destiny’s star is on the rise, literally and figuratively. Until now, the actress has been working as a model and doing side gigs in smaller roles. Her recent starring role on Fox’s new soon-to-be hit series Star should change everything. Keep Ryan Destiny on your list of people to watch in 2017, as she may be the year’s latest breakout.
SZA is mainly known for her music, having released successful LPs and being featured on hit records, and this year should only get bigger with the release of her debut EP, A. SZA is unapologetic, with a tomboyish sense of grungy style and a passion for the outdoors. Any nature lovers should check out her Instagram for both its amazing pics of her travels and for sneak peeks into some of her upcoming songs.
10. Cardi B
Cardi B is the queen of turning Instagram into a livelihood, with her hilarious videos and ever-growing following earning her a spot on Love & Hip Hop: New York. Her mixtape is superb and as she tours all over the world, Cardi continues to grow her fanbase even more. Her profile is full of LOL-worthy videos, new music and eclectic (and surprising!) fashion.