15 Women And Femmes Who Are Inspiring AF On Instagram

15 Women And Femmes Who Are Inspiring AF On Instagram

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We all have hopes and dreams. Still, it’s hard to keep the faith in yourself and your aspirations when times are hard. Sometimes, you just need a little reminder that you’re a badass. The best reminder that things will improve is looking to the stories of individuals that have achieved their dreams.

The following list includes 13 inspiring AF women and femmes whose Instagrams you need to follow ASAP. Now get out there, and get inspired!

1. supa_cent

Raynell ‘Supa’ Steward is a Jill of all trades with skills ranging from being a cosmetics line founder to music manager. Not long ago, she was doing customer service as a housekeeper and waitress — now she’s a millionaire because she believed in herself.  You might like her because her latest venture, the “Crayon Case” is gaining widespread popularity among amateur make-up artists. But you’ll love her because she’s true to herself and refuses to conform.

2. iconaccidental

Lyn Slater or “Accidental Icon” started a fashion blog in her mid-60s after she noticed there weren’t many mediums for folks with typical lives to go to for fashion advice. So the Fordham University instructor got to work and “accidentally” developed her own following. And for good reason, her aesthetic is AMAZING! Sometimes fame takes a little longer to get to you. But that doesn’t make the moment any less sweet.

3. demure_lyfe

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You are the center of your own Universe.

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Sienna is a self-identified witch and healer who does all your favorite “witchy” readings/interpretations — she also makes a badass Custom Auragonyte™ Pyramids. Her page is filled with chronicles of her energy work. It’s a great place to learn about a wide-range of spiritual topics although you might get distracted by how gorgeous she is.

4. Marie Forleo

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This is how we roll — in life and on the brand-new #MarieTV call-in show today⁣⁣ ☎️ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Look, every one of us can serve and help others. We don't need to be perfect in order to do so. STOP underestimating your intrinsic value. In today’s episode, we tackle questions like:⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ → Are you ready (and qualified) to start teaching others about your journey? ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ → How exactly do you ask friends to help with your business without making it weird?⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ → What’s the best way to motivate yourself to get going — especially if you’re in a funk?⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Great conversations today. Watch now at MarieForleo.com/blog and please tag a friend you love 👇🏻 💝 👇🏾 sharing is caring 👯 ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ #SmallBusiness #GirlBosses #Entrepreneur #MarieTV #MarieForleo #GirlBosses #Motivation #Entrepreneur #Hustle #TipTuesday #BossBabe #CreateCultivate #CareerClarity #LifeSatisfaction⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

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Marie Forleo is career goals. She’s done so well as a motivational speaker and entrepreneur that even Oprah took the time to acknowledge her and calls her the “thought leader for next generation.” She describes herself as “a multi-passionate entrepreneur,” and thinks we should all live life in pursuit of our dreams.

5. Virgie Tovar

Virgie Tovar is an author and activist on a mission to end fat discrimination and help others improve their body image. She’s started the campaign #LoseHateNotWeight, writes for Forbes, and has a weekly column for Ravishly. Ted Talks, books, and features in The New York Times all boost her efforts to increase body positivity.

6. Tara Milk Tea

Tara Whiteman is a creative whose work focuses on travel related material that focuses on food, places, and people. Her Instagram has to be one of the most eye catching (and color coordinated) Instagram’s ever. The images she uploads make it impossible not to see the astounding beauty of the world.

7. Roxane Gay

Everyone knows Roxanne Gay is a BOSS. In between reading her cultural commentary and books, you can scroll through her IG timeline. This New York Times Bestselling author has a lot to say. Maybe if we listen, we can learn something.

8. watchshayslay

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You don’t get to pick and choose, to accept the parts of my body, that do or don’t turn your stomach sour. . 📸: @underneath_we_are_women . You like a wide ass, but not my thick thighs to carry it. You like my breasts, but not the stomach underneath it. You like my full lips, but not my strong opinions. You like the arch of my back, but not the societal weight I carry. . My body and mind aren’t dividable. All the parts that make me, the person I am today, are cumulative. They are layers of work, time, abuse, self-awareness, body image issues, self-love, and insecurity. Each a lesson… ever growing always. . My penis isn’t optional. It doesn’t detach. I will never be a cisgender woman. My cellulite takes up space. It’s not picky. I will never be fit. My thighs are discolored, my belly hangs, I’m moody. Oh well! Guess what? All still a part of what makes me, me. . I will not lessen my strength, to balance your inadequacy. I will not feel insecure, to validate your power. I will love you how you need me to love, but will you return it? Or will you love me, how you want to love me, irregardless of how I feel? . When we love, we must account for the people we are falling for. We must love them in their language, not our own. We don’t get to play with people’s feelings, when we have no idea what we truly want. We have to take people as they are, in the moment, not how they could be. Not how we want them to be… Not how we change them. . Sometimes it’s not meant to be: Sometimes it doesn’t work out. Sometimes we can’t get over our personal discomfort. Sometimes we must choose ourselves over being vulnerable. You should want to be cherished. You should want to be loved, for all of you… not just what’s seen as desirable. . Desire is selective. It is raw… I desire… I desire to choose myself always. For I am the only person, who will take care of the “my’s” during my limited time in this world. . My body, my mind, my life, my rules. . #plusmodel #selflove #transgender #trans #fat #femme #nude #body #gender #diversity #acceptance #vunerability #writer #writersofinstagram #fatgirl #girlslikeus #bodypositive #selfawareness #bopo #mybody #myrules #bodyimage #plussize

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Shay Neary lets us know she’s not afraid to slay — despite what others think about her gender identity or size. Her page has comforting messages on body positivity, sexuality, and overall self-acceptance. I love it,  you will too.

9. Jaclyn R. Johnson

Jaclyn Johnson is the creator of “Create and Cultivate” — an online platform that encourages career growth for women. A lot of big names — like Chrissy Teigen, Kim Kardashian, and my personal favorite Issa Rae — are Create & Cultivate alums. Her efforts landed her on the Forbes 30 under 30 list. Her podcast “Work Party” is the Top Rated Weekly Biz Podcast.

10. Oh Joy!

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Being a business owner is not for the faint of heart. This morning, I cried in my office bathroom trying not to let anyone see me as anything less than perfectly ok. I love having a business but sometimes the big responsibility, the big decisions, the big juggle…it just gets hard some days. Some days I feel like I’m on top of the world and dancing in a pool of confetti, and some days I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing. If you’re a fellow entrepreneur having one those bad days along with all the good days, know that you are not alone. We ALL go through it. The passion for your work and the end result IS all so worth the blood, sweat, and even the tears (in your office bathroom). / 📷 @the_confetti_project

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Joy Cho is the founder and creative director of OhJoy! Her page is great for folks who love crafts or eat sleep and breathe décor. Joy is pretty big time too — she’s done several awe-inspiring projects including collaborations with Tula, Band-Aid, Petco, and even Target!

11. jasminelosingit

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Today is the last Saturday of 2018. The last weekend of the year. People like to joke about weight loss New Years resolutions, and say they never stick etc. That may be true SOMETIMES .. but it doesn’t have to be. January 1st of this year I set a New Years resolution to “lose 40 pounds by the summer” and well .. 120 pounds later haven’t looked back. ⁣ If you are making a similar New Years resolution in the next few days and want to avoid another failed attempt my tips would be this: ⁣ 🔸Write down your goals⁣ 🔸Speak them in to existence starting today ⁣ 🔸Tell AT LEAST one person these goals (the more people the better) ⁣ 🔸Have a few short term goals and one overall long term goal⁣ 🔸And write down your methods (HOW you are going to achieve these goals)⁣ ⁣ I achieved these results with the @21daymealplan, 12 months of hard work and commitment (only 2 of which were spent in an actual gym). Throw out your excuses and make a plan .. you WILL thank yourself later 💕🙌🏾

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Body positivity is important, still, some women choose to make lifestyle changes that promote weight loss. Jasmine Parent is an awesome Canadian chick who has lost more than 120 lbs. in 10 months through diet changes and consistent fitness — with her fiancé as her fitness partner (he’s lost a sh*t ton of weight also). Since then, she’s consistently motivated people all over the world by being #fitness and #relationship goals.

12. leat

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Seus olhos Edù @bravin #partiucoala 🌌

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Lea T is a transwoman and supermodel from Brazil whose looks would easily take your breath away — at least, Givenchy and Vogue France believe so. Her page is filled with indigenous artwork, portraits and even a good bit of political messaging.

13. Nataly Osmann

You know those awesome couples pictures where you see the couple holding hands in a variety of outfits at countless breathtaking locations? Well, it’s called the #followmeto movement and it was founded by Nataly Osmann and her boo thang. The images they take can inspire you to go on awesome travels with your partner, your friends, or even yourself.

14. camixvx

Camila Rosa is a Brazilian artist and designer. Rosa’s work can be seen in a wide range of mediums, including as street art and is included in exhibitions around the world. She rejects mainstream beauty standards and is deeply committed to global educational equality for women and girls.

15. joythebaker

Joy Wilson, is a baker, author and blogger affectionately known as “Joy the Baker.” A quick look at her page will have your mouth watering as you say “salads, pastries, and soups. OH My!” Guess what, she has written a cookbook that allows us to give her delectable treats a try in our own homes.