Instagram African Influencers You Should Follow
Instagram African Influencers by Elora Pindell
Instagram may have started as a social media site where people can share their photos of their food and days at the beach, but over time, Instagram has become a wonderfully lucrative place to be. Whether you’re looking for the next fashion trend or scrolling for more diversity, Instagram has your back. One of the many reasons it can be so difficult to stop scrolling is the diversity I find there. I love finding African fashionistas that are hidden from mainstream media, but have taken Instagram by storm with their unapologetic nature. The following women are some of my favorite African Instagram influencers who consistently bless their followers with beautiful makeup, clothing, and jewelry. Which were all inspired by the beauty of African style (and will hopefully provide a discount code).
Ami Dunn McClure @justaminat
Ami McClure is a Nigerian blogger and brand ambassador who has made a name for herself through chronicling her family life and fashion as a modern African woman. Ami’s posts often consist of her wearing beautiful pieces by African designers and promoting new-on-the-market natural hair care products. Ami is in part famous for her silly and adorable twins, Ava and Alexis McClure (who have their own Instagram page (@mccluretwins) and has created a brand through her family blogs, balancing a work schedule and her family alongside her photographer husband, who helps to document Ami’s success and assists with photoshoots. Having just had her third child, it is a wonder watching Ami McClure take care of her family while taking charge of two social media accounts with such grace and apparent ease. Ami has had quite the following for a while now, but has recently hit the explore page with gorgeous gown and headdress that matched perfectly with little gowns matching her daughters, Ava and Alexis. You can follow her and expect beautifully crafted African clothing and adorable pictures of her children. Her page is also a great motivator for raising children with a strong base in their cultural roots.
Kristia Tolode @kristiatolode
Kristia Tolode, a West African (Benin specifically) lifestyle blogger, brand ambassador, model AND actress is the true definition of #carefreeblackgirl. She has a large following and has recently made jaws collectively hit the floor with her outfit to the 2018 Afropunk Brooklyn festival. When Tolode isn’t breaking the internet, she can be found posting picturesque photos of her in beautiful restaurants, vacation spots and trendy African clothing lines around New York City. Tolode supports the arts, fitness and is the reigning headwrap and accessories queen. Followers can expect motivational words attached to Tolode’s posts, encouraging women to support one another and look great doing it. Tolode puts it best, “I hope to one day make all girls realize that the world is much bigger than where they are from, and encourage them to love their skin, body and embrace their culture — no matter where this life takes them.” Tolode also has a Youtube channel that features videos ranging from make-up tutorials to self-healing advice, with a healthy balance of silly videos like putting on her make-up with her eyes closed.
Senami Atinkpahoun @senamijesuis
Senami Atinkpahoun is the incredible designer behind Jesuis NYC who uses bold African prints with rich color combinations and custom pieces. She has a page for her line, @jesuis.nyc, where you can find photo after photo of incredible designs by Senami herself. The page is filled with her original designs, worn by models and clients wearing their custom pieces for the first time. Atinkpahoun’s pieces are so original and varied, it is a wonder that she doesn’t have more followers. She has a surprising portfolio for someone so “new” to the fashion scene, but definitely holds her own with her unique designs. Followers can find picturesque selfies, new pieces released from her fashion camera angles that are incredibly flattering to her pieces and even inspiration for menswear. Her annual fashion show, The African Millennials, only grows bigger with each passing year. She has also been featured on MinaTV Africa with her most recent shows and designs, and puts an emphasis on trusting that there is a bigger plan at work, and to trust the process. This is a great page for anyone hoping to get inspiration from a fellow woman following her dream.
All of these ladies are worth a “follow” if you’re looking to find inspiration on Instagram from beautiful and talented African women!