Recently, I decided to be really strict with the celebrities or public figures I follow on Instagram. This decision is part of my conscious effort to be more mindful in every aspect of my life and to work harder on myself. You’re now questioning the correlation between celebrities/public figures and my wellbeing. Well the idea is that I follow people I know and the ones I don’t know personally should be somewhat relatable. The reason why I’ve highlighted these 5 is because they’re all young, black women working in competitive industries. They may be known for one thing in particular but are not afraid to publicise their views and be completely and utterly themselves in a world where black women are held account to so many negative stereotypes.
Ebonee Davis (@eboneedavis)
What can’t Ebonee do?! Even as I write this, Ebonee is using her platform to share people’s stories about mental health. She is an advocate for #BlackGirlMagic, mental health and everything that affects black women around the world including herself. Following her is encouraging because she constantly reminds me that I am enough for any industry I believe I can be a part of. I just need to believe in myself and take action – something I struggle with. Her TED Talk is also a must-watch where she publicly responds to the murder of Alton Sterling by expressing her struggles within the fashion industry as a young, black, female model.
Logan Browning (@loganlaurice)
The Bratz Movie is the first time I came across Logan on-screen however I fell in love with her as the lead actress on Dear White People. I’m one of those people that always likes to delve into the lives of actors who play these controversial roles to see if there’s any correlation with their personal beliefs. Just like her character, Samantha White, Logan is very politically savvy and educates her followers to engage in modern-day politics. She promotes the need for young people to be the change, encouraging them to be active voters. She embodies the #BlackGirlMagic movement wholeheartedly to uplift and empower others to do the same. Coincidentally she’s a soon to be birthday babe on the 9th of June -Happy Birthday Logan!
Bre Scullark (@brescullark)
I’ve loved Bre ever since she was on ANTM. She is so deep and spiritual but also quirky, giving me ‘good hood girl’ vibes. I feel as though her feed takes us along on her journey of womanhood by showing us how much she’s developed and learnt about herself following her time on-screen. She is the founder of the Urban Peace Squad which aims to endorse a peaceful way of living in urban and under-served communities. I admire that she still models, teaches yoga whilst being an activist in her community and other campaigns including being a brand ambassador for Honey Baby Naturals. She finds the beauty in brokenness and this is a trait I think we share and hope to act more on in the near future.
Sydney Porter (@thesydneyporter)
Though it may be her appearance that initially grabs your attention, Sydney’s storytelling captions will definitely be the next. I love Sydney because her aim is to demonstrate the realities of life vs the false showreel culture that social media endorses. Her captions and posts suggest that we should unfollow anyone we idolise based on their looks or because we envy or want to be them. I appreciate her keeping it very real for example in one of her captions where she discusses colorism as it is, regardless of whether it makes others uncomfortable. She fearlessly represents who she is and what she stands for unapologetically and in turn helping me to understand how to do that for myself.
Alex Elle (@alex_elle)
I’m sure the majority of you already follow her but there’s no way she could not make this list! Alex is not only an amazing writer but an honest soul – a rarity on social media. She, along with a few other writers on Instagram, have proven to me that my words and writing ability will always be valid because they’re mine – period. Her work has inspired me to write again and to practice positive affirmations. She’s also recently given birth to the cutest little girl and the way she mothers her makes me all warm and broody!
Each of these women have a huge following already and this post is not a campaign to further grow their fanbases. If anything, I want to promote inspirational, authentic and impactful content on the gram that will leave you pensive. Any suggestions for more inspirational black women I should follow?