On Instagram, everyone likes to keep up with the biggest celebrities. This is one of the main reasons why I first opened an account.
What I like most about the platform is how everyone expresses themselves through sharing pictures of their passions, art and lifestyles. To help you get a feel of Instagram’s real beauty, here are some of my favourite accounts that help my feed flourish with colourful, inspiring positivity!
@tropicallylina – Lina Saber
This is one of the first accounts I ever followed. If I were to describe Lina in one word, it would be ‘foodie.’ I love fruit and colourful plates, so when I first saw one of her amazing acai bowl posts, I had to follow her and join in on her inspiring culinary journey!
Lina doesn’t just prepare yummy and beautiful smoothie bowls, she also prepares a range of savoury plates to vary her feed and to satisfy the huge range of tastes that exists among her followers. My favourite thing about her posts is how she uses tropical fruit and common fruit together to create the different bowls based on set colour schemes. She also shares videos which tutor her followers on how to imitate her creative breakfast plates, inspiring everyone to not only be healthy, but also to enjoy preparing their own food and discovering new fresh flavours to experiment with!
@iskra – Iskra Lawrence
One thing that I’ve learned about Instagram over the years is how following certain people can really bring down your self-esteem, especially when it comes to body image. When I realised this, I decided to start following more accounts that would make me feel confident in my own skin and not afraid of showing my body just because it didn’t look a certain way.
Iskra Lawrence is a British model who inspires so many women to feel good about themselves by posting untouched photos along with inspiring captions. Her natural and unfiltered beauty helps young people to believe in themselves. Just remember that Marylin Monroe once said “to all the girls that think you’re fat because you’re not a size zero… You’re the beautiful one, it’s society who’s ugly.”
@kopi.cat – Catherine Wong
I looove to follow accounts belonging to people who travel around the world. Posts like Catherine’s are fantastic, because they help me find ideas for trips I’d like to take in the future. Her pics not only show me how amazingly varied the world is with its different cultures, languages and customs, but they also help me appreciate Instagram as a social media platform.
Catherine makes me realise how one app can bring together millions and millions of people worldwide with one common goal: to share their life and passions with others. The vividly colourful places Catherine Wong shows me through her professional shots make me realise how lucky I am to have visited so many places myself. A bonus benefit to following Catherine is the wide range of stylish outfits which she likes to sport; I always appreciate some ‘girly’ content as part of my feed.
@jvn – Jonathan Van Ness
If you’ve seen Queer Eye, you must follow Jonathan! In my opinion, he’s the most extravagant of the show’s 5 presenters, which is why I adore his account He goes against stereotypes associated to gender and isn’t afraid to be himself and live without filters.
Quite often, Jonathan posts his dance routines on his story while preparing coffee with no makeup on or hair done while wearing his pyjamas, which I find to be very brave; I wouldn’t be able to ignore the negative criticism it might attract if I did the same thing! The confidence he portrays through his posts, not only regarding his body but also his sexuality, tell me to love myself and to always remember that different is beautiful.
With Jonathan, I find daily positivity radiating out of my phone. His bravery in subverting ale beauty standards, with his glorious hair, long dresses and high heels, help society to be more welcoming of the LGBTQ+ community.