10 Inspiring Women You Should Be Following on Instagram

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It’s a new month, and we can feel the change emanating in the air already. With autumn finally here, it’s the perfect time to refresh your Instagram feed. Believe it or not, the people we follow on social media can greatly impact our mental wellbeing and also the way we view ourselves. 

Let’s face it. We all use Instagram to share our highest highs, we rarely show our lowest lows. And while that’s all well and good, it can sometimes cause people to draw comparisons. If you ever find yourself questioning why your life doesn’t resemble that of an influencer, it’s high time to make some changes.

Instagram is filled with strong, inspirational women who will help you look at life through a different lens. Social media doesn’t always have to be a negative, mind-numbing space. Instead, following the right people can turn it into a platform that makes you feel empowered and confident.

But with millions of people on Instagram, how do you know who is worth following? That’s where we come in. We’ve explored the app to find the most positive Instagram accounts, so you can start your day off on the right foot each and every single time. It’s time to give your feed a makeover.


If you’re a lover of poetry and beautiful writing, then chances are you’ve come across Rupi Kaur before. The author of the bestselling book milk and honey regularly puts her experiences as a woman into words. Paired with minimalist imagery, Rupi spreads the message of self-love, growth, and self-pride.


Illustrator and all-around cool girl Haley Weaver is the genius behind @haledydrewthis. Her style of art is aesthetically pleasing, but more importantly, the messages she shares through her drawings are unabashedly honest and relatable. 


Sonny Turner is a plus-sized model who advocates for more plus-size representation in high-end fashion. Walking in shows for London Fashion Week, it’s a miracle she finds the time to run her impressive body positivity Instagram account. 


You may know Maria Thattil as the former Miss Universe Australia, or even from her recent appearance on I’m a Celeb Australia. But alongside being an overall boss babe, Maria is an advocate for the LQBTQIA+ and the South Asian community, fighting for their voices to be heard in mainstream media. 


Disability campaigner, actress, writer, and influencer — Sam Renke can do it all. Her Instagram is a beautiful collection of fashion campaigns and disability advocacy and activism. 


Influencer and content creator, Aj Clementine, is a force of nature. Not only does she promote the message of self-acceptance and positivity, but she was also the first trans woman to model for brands such as Bonds and VAMFF. 


Indigenous activist and artist, Aretha Brown, will teach you how to be a better ally for our First Nations Peoples. Her honest posts and stunning artwork inspire her followers to think more critically and raise questions about the mistreatment of Australia’s Indigenous population. 


Carly Findlay was born with a rare skin disorder called ichthyosis, and her Instagram is used to educate others on the condition and also advocate for people living with disabilities. The author, activist, and speaker has over 40,000 followers on Instagram, and we can definitely see why.


In need of some good vibes? Then you need to follow Dani Adriana. She’ll teach you how to love yourself from the inside and out, while also sharing ways to take care of your mental wellbeing. Where was she when I was in high school!?


We’re all familiar with Grace Tame, and if you’re not, you should be. A survivor of horrific and prolonged sexual assault that began at the age of 15, Tame is a fighter. Now, at the age of 27, she is a voice for the voiceless and co-created the Let Her Speak campaign alongside journalist Nina Funnell. As 2021 Australian of the year, Tame uses her platform to amplify the voices of survivors.

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