Be Prepared For A Liking Spree
‘We see it as a blessing that our book has coincided with a trend for diversity. We can see that just as it is in fashion now it can fall out of fashion. But then again, black women are not going anywhere. We don’t fall off the planet when we’re not in fashion.’
I had to chuckle when I read this paragraph by Slay In Your Lane authors Elizabeth Uviebinené and Yomi Adegoke in a recent Guardian article. I’ve been seeing so much press around black female authors, entrepreneurs and creatives, but for every success story there’s still an example of companies ticking a box without understanding the wider issues around the word ‘diversity.’ Just look at Love Island for example. I don’t even watch the program, but it’s opened a lot of people’s eyes to why Samira’s being shunned and that saying your type is ‘mixed-race’ is problematic.
I spotted another non-diverse trip on my feed a few weeks ago and it prompted me to get this post together sharpish, since my last one made such a big impact. There’s so much that needs to be considered at the campaign planning stage, so that there’s not a backlash when the end result is on social media. It also needs to be genuine and part of a bigger desire to empower marginalised groups and respect their humanity. Despite the algorithm issues (plus me freaking out about IGTV), Instagram has led me to discover so many inspiring women who look like me and it’s had such a positive impact on my life.
This post is a celebration of the black female influencers producing amazing content and telling important stories through their work (don’t worry, I’m only using the ‘i’ word because it’s the industry term and not something I tell my Nan). I’ve discovered feeds hailing everywhere from Helsinki to Houston, covering fashion, art, travel and lifestyle.
Read more of my posts about the importance of diversity, afro hairstyles and my honest experiences.
All images and accounts are shown clockwise, left to right.
@shelleymokoena – I had to feature Keneilwe’s creative partner Shelley, who’s also based in the trendy Maboneng neighborhood ofJohannesburg. They met at University and often model for their brand Prime Obsession, which offers a fresh twist on minimalism.
@sylviemus_ – If I was going to do a complete 180 and switch to a monochrome palette, then Sylvie’s snaps would be all over my moodboard. She was born in Rwanda and works as a model, stylist and fashion writer in Helsinki.
@adrienneraquel – Excuse me whilst I spend several hours scrolling through Adrienne’s feed. She’s an art director based in NYC and adds her playful aesthetic to any project. Check out her inspiring portfolio here.
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@theglossier – Follow Tasha for beauty recommendations and perfectly composed monochrome shots. She’s based in Washington and also works as an art director.
@theworldupcloser – I spent many jetlagged mornings in Jamaica browsing Shea’s blog and love how she inspires others with ‘third world passports’ to travel. Hopefully I can meet up with her next time in Negril!
@alexis_adjei – I’m so glad that the Blogosphere Awards reminded me of entrepreneur Alexis Adjei, since I’d (read her inspiring story on Buzzfeed ages ago). She founded her award-winning salad brand ‘Gym Bites’ in 2015 and her feed is a feast for the eyes as well as the belly.
@daraoke_ – Dara’s posts are a visual diary of her life in Lagos, featuring the coolest spots and bustling markets. She needs to start exporting those basket bags!
@darling_tee – Tania makes NYC seem as dreamy as Paris and she seems to know all the best backdrops. I wish I could pull off her red thigh high boots!
@candicenikeia – I’m definitely saving some of Candice’s posts to my secret Pinterest ‘Poses’ board, plus I appreciate the fact that she’s always smiling.
@nnekaj Can Nneka release some Lightroom presets asap please? Her feed is flawless and her captions are just as thought-provoking.
@onegrloneworld – I’d quite like to be an expert in Caribbean travel like Francesca. She’s also spoken about the issues around non-diverse travel pages and always manages to add cultural insight into her captions.
Here’s 8 black women with amazing street style
@oneikatraveller – Oneika is the queen of getting people to interact via captions and she doesn’t shy away from talking about difficult topics when it comes to travel. I loved seeing Memphis through her eyes and her experience of the Civil Rights museum.
@dosblog – Every time Natalie posts I’m mesmerised by her beauty. She’s a great resource on the best black-girl-friendly brands and isn’t afraid to experiment with makeup.
@thecatchmeifyoucan – Jessica’s set herself a challenge to be the first black woman to visit all 195 UN countries (she’s currently on 122) and her feed documents her journey. As expected, I was mesmerised when she posted the ceramics of Uzbekistan.
@grillodesigns – I met Medina at a recent Hobbycraft event and her posts are great if you like chatty captions and upcycled furniture. I love how she’s creatively used wallpaper as flooring.
@authentically.b – More colour! Brandy’s feed is a masterclass in pairing different hues together and I need her to give me headwrap tips.
@les_coquetteries_demilie – If you’re looking for consistent colour pops, then Emilie has a bit of a theme going on. She currently lives in Toulouse and makes full use of its cutest corners.
@whitneymadueke – Whitney splits her time between London, Lagos and NYC and is also a fan of creative self-portraits. I need to try it out!
@nnennaechem – Nnenna hails from Oslo and has been featured all over the place (hello Who What Wear and Man Repeller). Her tip is to team floral dresses with white Converse, for a bit of Norwegian flair.
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