Fine Feeds To Follow
It’s Black History Month! I can’t believe it’s been a year since my first post celebrating black influencers. Ever since I finished Black, British & Blogging, I’ve tried to talk about some of the issues I’m passionate about in a creative way. People were constantly asking me for blogger recommendations and I was getting frustrated by ‘inspirational’ feeds that featured no one darker than a ‘Warm Sand’ complexion.
It’s also been a year since I had to make an important decision and leave a campaign due to ethical reasons. From my point of view, I always have to have in the back of my mind ‘Has this brand fired a model due to their beliefs?’ or ‘Do they sell skin lightening creams in other markets?’ I can’t afford to stay silent à la Taylor Swift. My blackness is a part of me and I’m increasingly finding that it’s affecting work-related decisions.
Despite this, I feel more passionate than ever about celebrating black influencers and I’m constantly inspired by the feeds I find. I have to also thank Sade and Valerie for introducing me to a few new faces, as well as the Instagram ‘Suggestions’ feature. There seems to be an exciting scene happening in South Africa and it could do us all a bit of good to get out of our usual bubbles.
Read on for 20 stylish feeds, each with a different story to tell.
@mamacaxx – Mama Cax is a model who’s walked the Chromat runway at New York Fashion Week and uses social media to ‘dismantle the image of what people with disabilities should look like.’ She often switches the design of her prosthetic leg to match different outfits and feeds back to brands on whether their locations are accessible. If that’s not enough, she’s also a motivational speaker with a masters degree in international relations.
@theyusufs – You need to follow the Yusuf sisters for coordinated looks and perfect print clashes. Nasteha and Nuni were born in Somalia, raised in Canada and now run a jewellery brand together from different cities. They use fashion to tell a story and aren’t afraid to play with proportions.
@thealmachronicle – This Toronto-based blogger mixes polished outfits with funny captions (I loved her latest about choosing sleep over drawing on eyebrows). She also admits to being an introvert and recently hosted a networking event to geared towards women navigating careers and life in the digital age.
@micaelaverrelien – Excuse me whilst I pin all of Micaela’s images to my secret ‘How Can I Glow Like This In Photos?’ board. Not only is she an inspiring creative director with a degree in accounting, but she can also sing, dance and act. Follow her for glimpses of New York and the odd colourful hotel in Boston.
@lifebymary_ – Mary-Anne is a Dutch model who’s also fond of a wrap dress (her red number is giving me dancing lady emoji vibes) and expecting her first child later this year. She’s also launching an online jewellery store very soon.
@onacurve – You may have noticed that I use the #YouBelongNow hashtag on some of my outfit photos and Valerie Eguavoen started the inclusive account after feeling frustrated by a certain Revolve trip. She constantly writes about the importance of using your platform to create change and contacted the Fohr Card founder James Nord to advise on how best to tackle the lack of diversity in influencer campaigns. It’s well worth watching their conversation on YouTube.
@nia_renteria – I discovered Antonia’s feed via Medina and I’ve finally found someone who’s putting my cushion collection to shame. Originally from Miami, she’s now based in Japan as a military wife and the situation has forced her to get creative with interior design (80% of her home is thrifted or DIY). Her colourful rented home has been featured in Architectural Digest and she’s great at working with a budget.
@thisislavinya – I wish my bedroom outfit snaps from 2010 could have looked as polished as Lavinya’s! She’s also noticed that some influencer inspiration accounts lack diversity and has mused about the pressure to achieve specific numbers for self-serve apps.
@laurennicolefk – Why don’t I have a Clueless-style skirt suit in my life?! Lauren has an interesting perspective as a curve model (she’s written about the realities of castings) and I can also relate to some of her anxieties about writing. Hopefully we’ll see more thinkpieces on her blog soon.
@thelanguageofyolande – I can relate to Yolande as she’s always wanted to work in fashion, but has often felt left out by the industry (this is also a great read that offers other viewpoints). You need to watch her Story Highlight about being a black blogger in the U.S and how she’s trying to carve out her own path.
@nycxclothes – Haitian sisters Shelcy and Christy are a recent discovery of mine and I’m so excited to catch up on their stunning looks and meaty captions. The duo host creative networking events, so you may find yourself bonding over meditation or making body scrubs.
@epiphanniea – Annie’s feed of lipstick swatches is so invaluable, as it can be tricky to work out whether a shade will work for my skin tone. She features a mixture of budget and High End brands and posts unbiased mini reviews.
@fisayolonge – Fisayo went from working in finance to blogging and running two fashion brands. I love her gorgeous travel photos (I’ll definitely be stalking her blog for tips on Mexico) plus she’s also open about what it’s like growing up in Nigeria.
@pamzokuhle – Pamela had me at basket bag collection, please tell me you ship to London?! She’s a South African influencer who’s passionate about her home city of Durban and shares glimpses of the creativity through her feed.
@emma.brwn – Now this is one way to keep up my A Level German. Stylist Emma is based in Hamburg and her feed is great if you like a neutral colour palette. I’m also curious to find out her opinion on the rather strict German Influencer laws, as most of her posts need to be tagged ‘Anzeige’ (advert).
@eniswardrobe – The pink suit! The smile! Follow Eni for a colourful edit of High Street trend pieces and clever layering tips. She also works as a stylist at All Saints and has shared her experiences interning at magazines.
@abimarvel – Abi is an astute businesswoman (she founded The Apartment, which was the first LFW event for influencers) and I’m so glad that she’s posting more style on her feed. This Fashion Month, she decided to interpret a few key trends showcased in magazine editorials and I was not ready for her creativity and posing skills.
@aude_julie – I can’t get over Aude-Julie’s perfectly coordinated laundry bag look. I’m not normally a streetwear kind of person, but her feed makes me want to play around with proportions and wear chunky trainers with everything. It’s probably telling that she works as a junior fashion designer in Paris, as her colour combos are on point.
@mariapearly – Maria is a fashion stylist who’s giving me serious Solange vibes with her creativity and art direction. She’s also the founder of denim brand RZR, which reworks vintage pieces in her distinct style.
@nerdabouttown – A literal angel. Steph has been blogging for a similar amount of time as myself and she’s written some amazing pieces on representation in the body positivity movement and dating whilst plus-size and dark-skinned. I hear she’s writing a book proposal and her perspective is definitely needed.
Fancy following more feeds? Here’s my post from earlier this year, let me know your faves!