1. Bretman (Da Baddest) Rock @bretmanrock
If you need a laugh, Bretman has you covered. His account features an impressive range of content, from his iconic coconut water of the day recommendations to his flawless makeup looks, and some majorly fashionable OOTDs. Bretman keeps it real in everything he does, whether it’s joking around with his siblings, or singing to his plants. His upbeat personality will add some fun to your feed.
2. Jonah’s Hands @jonahhands
Jonah is possibly the most wholesome account in my following list. At just 12 years old, he’s a self-taught crochet king (his speed is seriously impressive—go check him out!), who has written two books on the craft. His account, which is managed by his mum, is full of his latest projects and crochet tips. Jonah’s message is “crochet brings everyone closer together”—how cute is that?!
3. Greta Thunberg @gretathunberg
Needless to say, Greta is amazing—and so is her Instagram. She uses her platform to continue to fight for climate action, with a mix of informative, political, and personal posts. We all know how important it is to save the planet but, at only 17-years old, this Swedish activist can teach us all a new thing or two.
4. Ryley Isaac @ryleyisaac
Ryley is a glam queen, who isn’t afraid to show off her natural hair, facial birthmark, and unfiltered beauty. She uses her platform to combat self-esteem issues, encouraging her followers to remember that “we are all beautiful in our own unique way” and not to “let anyone tell you different, ever”. Not to mention her amazing makeup skills, which inspire me to get more creative in my own beauty habits.
5. Humza Deas @humzadeas
If you saw Social Animals on Netflix, you might already be familiar with Humza. He’s an urban photographer, who goes to impressive lengths to capture his cityscape shots. The 23-year-old has an eye for this photography niche, making his work both stunning and unique. Humza is the perfect example of chasing your passion and reminds me to keep practising creativity. Check out his account to see New York City through a whole new lens.
6. Accidentally Vegan Australia @accidentallyveganaustralia
This Instagram user points out products from Australian supermarkets that we may not realise are vegan. I’m not a vegan myself, but the more accounts like this that I follow, the more achievable the switch seems! I always tell myself I’m too busy/broke to maintain this kind of lifestyle, but this account reminds me that I’m already consuming a lot of vegan snacks, and that animal products don’t have to be part of our diet.
7. Grandpa Chan & Grandma Marina @drawings_for_my_grandchildren
This account was created by a 78-year-old Korean couple, who write and draw the stories of their lives. As the name suggests, they set up the account to share their creations with their four grandchildren. Always smiling and the apotome of wholesomeness, grandma and grandpa have even jumped on the TikTok dancing bandwagon—see it all on their Instagram account (and TikTok too if you’re interested!).
8. Kiera Please @kieraplease
Kiera is a cosplayer whose skills never fail to impress me. She’s done everything from Alice In Wonderland, to Kim Possible, KISS, and even Shrek—and her non-cosplay outfits are also super trendy! Kiera’s Instagram Reels, of her transitioning between different costumes to funky music, are my favourite. Unapologetically herself, Kiera is a happy-go-lucky ball of energy who is guaranteed to light up your feed.
9. Oumi Janta @oumi_janta
This beauty is the perfect example of dancing your troubles away—but, even more impressively, she does it all on roller-skates. Let Oumi Janta captivate your attention with her unique choreography and funky song choices. She might even inspire you to pick up a new hobby (or at least get back to one you’ve forgotten about)!
10. Shannon Downey @badasscrossstitch
We love a crafty queen who encourages social change! Shannon Downey, the face behind @badasscrossstitch, creates insightful embroidery with powerful messages. Her unique creations speak out on voting, internalised misogyny, black lives matter, and many more important issues. She’s unafraid to ruffle feathers, using any language necessary (hence the explicit name).
11. Lizzo @lizzobeeating
Lizzo has captured hearts across the world since rising to fame, but her music isn’t the only reason! Her Instagram is a mix of plus size appreciation, unfiltered fun and dance, and pure bad-assery. There’s plenty of funny photos, videos and stories that show how truly down-to-earth Lizzo really is—did you know she even led a (much-needed) livestream meditation during lockdown? Her combination of empowerment and humour makes Lizzo a must-follow in my eyes.
And there you have it, a short list of some of my favourite Instagrammers. This platform gives us a unique ability to consume content from a whole range of different types of people, so let’s make the most of it. I hope this list brightens and diversifies your Instagram feed—I truly believe these warm personalities can help encourage change in all of us. Do you have any recommendations that aren’t listed? Slide into the DMs and let us know.