by: Sang Kromah
A lot of people travel, but how they do it and how they curate it is what sets the influencers apart from mere mortals. Some girls are truly into beauty and fashion and have the most expensive/luxurious brands, but that isn’t what draws followers in. People are drawn in by those with the capability to make anything look cool from $10 thrift shop finds to DIY coffee ground face masks. The trailblazers. The influencers.
The Internet is never short on influencers. If you aren’t familiar with social media and/or brand jargon, a social media influencer is a user who has established credibility in a specific industry or on a specific subject. You may not know this, but as an influencer, brands may recruit you to promote their products, visit their restaurants or destinations, etc., documenting it all for your many followers to see. Influencers are trendsetters, who have the power to influence followers to become consumers. People like effortless stylista, Miroslava Duma, fitness and beauty enthusiast, Hannah Bronfman and Hollywood-trained makeup artist and top beauty blogger, Huda Kattan are building empires by turning their names into brands, and once these girl bosses endorse a product, it’s almost a guaranteed best-seller.
I follow Miroslava, Hannah and Huda, but I also happen to follow many other badass girls that aren’t just pushing products, but living their lives to the fullest, exposing an unfiltered view of their lifestyles in the most authentic ways possible. My favorite influencers come in all shades and sizes, and are the kind of people that make you want to see that, eat that, go there, and show the world that there’s more to life than merely surviving and maintaining. Maybe you will see some familiar faces on this list…maybe not, but I think they are names to know and faces to remember. Basically, by following these 10 badasses, it will give your newsfeed major life.
1.) Wilhelmina Cooper- People often make lofty claims about having the time of their lives on social media. Some visit exciting places, but are so hellbent on getting the perfect shot or getting the lighting right that the magic of the adventure gets lost in translation. But following Wilhelmina offers a sincere and realistic look through her vintage rose colored glasses as she explores her home country of Liberia, and Africa at large. Wilhelmina is the founder of Myeonway Designs, an Affordable-Luxury Fashion handbag and accessories brand, based in Liberia. They deal in leather, fur & African country cloth. She’s also the founder and curator of Monrovia Pop-Up Shop, a national community of creatives and entrepreneurs, attracting inspired shoppers & promoting networking and collaborations. Her posts range from fashion to travel throughout the parts of Liberia the media often doesn’t want you to see, food, inspirational quotes, and much more. I will say this, never get too comfortable of a particle hair color or style on Wilhelmina, because stagnation is her enemy. From blue to yellow to orange to braids to faux lox, she’s never mundane, so she never disappoints. Follow Wilhelmina, follow Myeonway, follow Monrovia Pop-Up Shop, and don’t forget to Like Myeonway on Facebook.
2.) Authentically Ella– I randomly found Ella’s account on Instagram, because at first glance she gave me some serious Priyanka Chopra vibes. Clicking on her profile transformed me into an instant fan. First of all, she is absolutely gorgeous. Secondly, she’s a makeup and beauty guru, who honestly discusses products, and where to find them at reasonable prices. She also lives in London, and is a tunnel engineer. So beauty + brains + London = Authentically Ella and all of her awesomeness. She is the embodiment of an empowered woman, showing the world that you can be smart, assertive, and love fashion and makeup. It doesn’t have to be either or. Follow Ella on Instagram, Twitter, or subscribe to her website.
3.) Sunita V– Hair. That’s the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Sunita V. Huge, natural, wild, beautiful hair. The midwestern beauty is now a New York transplant and jetsetter, detailing city life, her unique style, hair and beauty tips, food, friends, love, and just life in general. Following her will pretty much make want to quit your job and wander through your city or the world, discovering and uncovering hidden treasures. Sunita’s social presence is a lot like a love letter to herself. Her happiness shines through in everything she posts. She’s comfortable in her own skin and it shows. Visit her website, follow her on Instagram, and follow her on YouTube.
4.) Jaime (Angloyankophile: An American in London)– Jaime has to be one of my favorite travel bloggers right now. She traded in life in Smalltown, USA for life in London. Yes, she curates food and fashion, and there are thousand, if not millions of other travel bloggers out there, but it’s the history, the interiors and unique take on her experiences that sets her apart from her peers. There’s an authenticity to her blog posts and warmth to her photos that make you feel like you’re along for the journey as well. Visit her website, follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
5.) Joanna Thangiah– There are artists all over social media. There are some, who curate spot-on illustrations of celebrities and others, who create scenes that so perfect, they’re more like photographs than paintings or illustrations, but the focal point of Australian artist, Joanna Thangiah’s art is body positivity, social justice, and feminism. Her wit and blunt approach at art is what many of us may be thinking, but are afraid to say. I love her and her shop. So yes, her middle figure to gender norms, misogyny, stereotypes and racism are sold in prints, tights, shirts, etc. Visit her online shop and follow her on Instagram.
6.) Nandi Mngoma– I love Nandi Mngoma. She’s stylish beautiful, unique, and an empowered South African woman, who knows what she wants and how to go about getting it. Nandi, who’s name comes from the African Zulu Queen Nandi is an African musician and media correspondent and TV presenter for BET Africa and Coke Studio. Have I mentioned how much I love her? I love it so much that I once cut my hair like hers…#GameChanger. Nandi has also collaborated with fashion designer, Inga Madyibi to create the fashion label, Colour. Check out her website and follow her on Instagram.
7.) Niveda– Niveda happens to be one of my faves simply because of her ambition. Yes, this beauty vloggers makeup tutorials are always on point and her tips make beauty on the go just a little easier, but vlogging isn’t a full-time job for her. She’s a full-time veterinary student at University of Pennsylvania. Her YouTube channel isn’t that old, but I’m impressed by her and her tutorials, but just see for yourself how cool she is. Follow Niveda on Instagram.
8.) Yara Shahidi– It’s nearly impossible to scroll through your timeline on any social network without seeing Yara Shahidi. The 16-year old star of ABC’s award-winning sitcom, Black-ish is an outspoken force to be reckoned with. As the daughter of an African-American commercial actress mother and an Iranian father (who was Prince’s photographer), Yara understands the importance of diversity, cultural representation, and inclusion, refusing roles before landing the lead in Black-ish in an effort to stay away from negative depictions. The reach of her consciousness extends far beyond entertainment as the gifted 16-year old; she has great interest in STEM and has a black belt in karate. Yara has a penchant for uploading hilarious videos and is one of the most down-to-earth celebrities I have ever followed. Follow Yara on Instagram, Twitter, and SnapChat.
9.) Taylor of Bibliophile Gathering– Taylor is one-half of the book blog, Bibliophile Gathering. I follow many book bloggers, but there is something about Taylor that stands out. Maybe it’s the fact that her hair is always some shade of awesomeness that looks like it’s straight out of some YA-Urban Fantasy novel that includes the fae or merfolk. Or it could simply be the fact that even though her reviews give you a thorough idea of a book and its characters, you’re still enchanted enough to want to read said book as well. Follow Taylor of Instagram.
10.) Tara Milk Tea– It’s impossible to look through Tara Milk Tea’s content without wanting to get up and go, go out and eat, or just live a live you may be missing out on. This Sydney-based blogger gives you the impression that this is a mere travel blog, but she immerses herself in the culture, beauty, and lifestyle of every place she goes to the point where you can almost taste the food she presents so idealistically. He content is whimsical, enthralling, and simply beautiful. Visit Tara’s website, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Instagram.
Interested in talking to me about #The10Spot or Project GirlSpire in general? Email me firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m always open to talk and interested in discovering new trends for girls and/or by girls.