My past few blog posts have all been pretty powerful and heavy, so now that it’s Summer and I have some more time on my hands, I figured it was time to write about some lighter and more fun topics! I’ve talked a lot about the power and deceptiveness of social media in my previous posts, so today I would like to talk about it in a more positive light.
For those of you who don’t know, Instagram is without a doubt my favorite social media platform. I’ve been in love with photography for longer than I can remember, and I admittedly (and i’m ashamed of this might I add) spend A LOT of time scrolling through my feed and the explore page every day, stalking supermodels, shopping for new bikinis, and searching for new photo ops. Even though I know social media can cause a lot of negative effects, I can’t seem to pull myself away from Instagram for longer than a few weeks, so without further adieu: My favorite instagrammers!
1. Tammy Hembrow (@tammyhembrow)
I’ve been following Australian-born Tammy on Instagram, Snapchat, and Youtube for a little over a year, and I am OBSESSED to say the very least. I love fitness, and I am a huge supporter of eating a lot and heavy lifting rather than all cardio, and Tammy’s feed was what sparked this initial interest. Tammy not only boasts a following of 8.4 million Instagram users, but is a mother of 2 who has dedicated her personal brand to a healthy lifestyle centered around nutrition, fitness, and family.
If you love fitness Tammy is definitely an influencer you should be following! She also just recently launched her own active wear collection SASKI (@saskicollection).
2. Debi Flugge (@debiflue)
Debi is definitely one of my favorite influencers, if not my very favorite. Her feed is a mixture of travel, photography, and her incredible lifestyle. Her photography style is very unique, and many of my photos were inspired by her editing style! One look at her Instagram will make you want to book a flight to Tahiti tomorrow.
If you love her photos as much as I do, and are photoshop and lightroom savvy, her presets are available for purchase here.
3. Helen Owen (@Helenowen)
Helen is without a doubt the queen of fashion, luxury travel, and perfect teeth. I’ve been obsessidly following her Instagram and blog for over three years now, and she does not disappoint! Her photos are filled with exotic places, adorable clothes, and romantic travel pictures of her and her boyfriend Zach (@Zachkalter). Whether you’re looking for outfit inspiration, tropical photos, or destination ideas for your next getaway, Helen is one of my favorite people to follow.
If you can’t get enough of her feed, her blog is equally as enticing, and you can read it here.
4. Nolan Omura (@nolanomura)
Nolan is one of my more recent finds, so i’ve only been following him for a few months, but have quickly fallen in love with his dreamy underwater photos. He actually attends the same school as me (The University of Hawaii at Manoa) but I have sadly never met him. If you’re looking for jaw-dropping incredible photos of Hawaii and the tropics, he’s your guy.
If you love Nolan’s photos he has presets available to purchase as well! You can find them here.
5. Jenah Yamamoto (@gypsyone)
I’ve been following Jenah for a little over a year now, so I was delighted to learn that she grew up on Oahu! I even saw her once on a hike with my friend and was completely starstruck. Jenah travels, models, and partners with big brands such as Gooseberry Seaside (she even has her own line of to-die-for swimsuits with them). Her look is completely unique and edgy, sporting two full tattoo sleeves on both arms. If you’re looking for someone different to follow with vintage yet modern vibes, checking out her profile is definitely worth a shot.
6. Jorden Keith (@jordenkeith)
Jorden is absolutely, 100% my favorite photographer of all time. Shooting in almost exclusively black and white, his photos are mysterious, eerie, and above all tell a story. If you’re looking for portrait photography inspiration, and you haven’t checked his profile out already, it’s time to do so now.
7. Andrea Hannemann (@earthyandy)
Canadian born Andrew Hannemann moved to North Shore Oahu in her teen years, and soon found not only a home, but a fire in her for nutrition! After suffering from many health conditions that doctors could never seem to cure, Andrea took matters into her own hands and began to dedicate herself to becoming an expert on her own health. It was during this time she discovered the power of a plant-based diet. Her Instagram features healthy recipes and tips, as well as her ADORABLE family. If you’re looking for some serious health inspiration, you can find it on her Instagram!
If you just can’t get enough of her, her blog can be found here, and is chocked full of detailed information and recipes to help you convert to a plant-based lifestyle.
8. Gigi Hadid (@gigihadid) & Bella Hadid (@bellahadid)
If you haven’t heard of these two famous sisters, there’s a chance you might be living under a rock. The two daughters of famous ex-model Yolanda Hadid dominate almost every magazine cover, have dated celebrities such as Cody Simpson, Joe Jonas, ZAYN, and The Weeknd, and somehow manage to look flawless in every photo ever. They not only date celebrities, but are best friends with them too; Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, and various supermodels are seen at their sides at every red carpet event.
9. The Entire Kardashian Family (@kimkardashian) (@khloekardashian) (@kourtneykardashian) (@kendalljenner) (@kyliejenner) (@krisjenner)
The Kardashians have been my guilty pleasure since forever, and who can blame me? The family has completely taken over Instagram, reality TV, Snapchat, and the makeup industry. Each family member has accumulated a multi-million dollar empire, millions of followers, and they don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Not to mention Kim’s Instagram is incredibly aesthetic.
10. Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata)
I first saw Emily Ratajkowski as Gibby’s girlfriend on the kids show iCarly when I was a teenager, and I never could have guessed at the time how much she would blow up! Emily is one of my personal role models as a women’s right activist & feminist, but her seemingly endless resume doesn’t end there. Emily is a top fashion model, actress, and designer as well; she recently launched her own swimwear line, INAMORATA.
11. Sofia Jamora (@sofiajamora)
Put simply, Sofia Jamora is body, hair, tan, skin, and life goals. She rose to fame quickly as a model and influencer after being discovered by a top designer who saw a bikini photo on her Instagram a few years ago. She recently starred in ZAYN’s new music video, “Let me,” and it’s likely we will be seeing a lot more of her in the near future.
12. Sahara Ray (@sahara_ray)
Saharas Instagram is a mixture of vintage aesthetics, sarcastic captions, and photography & modelling shots. With over 1 million followers to date, a booming swimwear line, and campaigns for YEEZY, Sahara’s following will only continue to grow. I first started following her a few years ago, when the uniqueness of her account caught my eye. If you’re looking for someone different to follow, or simply some photo inspiration, her account is one of my favorites.
13. Scarlett Leithold (@scarlettleithold)
Anyone who knows me personally knows that my closet is completely overflowing with clothes from Brandy Melville, and that’s how I discovered Scarlett. The now 21 year old model was one of the first to model for Brandy when the company was still making a name for itself, and her career has only continued to grow. Now walking for designer Sherri Hill on the runway, her signature waist-long hair has landed her partnerships with multiple beauty and cosmetic companies. They say nobody’s perfect, but she comes pretty freaking close in my opinion.
14. Sophia Esperanza (@sophiaesperanza)
Formerly known as Sophia Miacova, Sophia Esperanza is enough to make you drop what you’re doing and head to the gym ASAP. The plant-based model has dedicated her Instagram to drop dead gorgeous selfies combined with her passion for veganism. With over 3 million followers on Instagram, and mass following on youtube, Sofia has made a huge impact on spreading the benefits of a plant based diet, her support for animal rights, and environmental advocacy. If you can’t get enough of her Instagram, her Youtube is full of workout routines, skincare tips, and more!
15. Myself! (@belavanacore)
If you’re not already following me, be sure to check out my personal Instagram; I post my modelling, photography, and blog updates often if you’re looking to read more about me!
I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post, stay tuned for more & let me know what you’d like me to write about next!