Instagram is often thought of as a playground for self-indulgence and promotion, littered with throwaway selfies and hollow hashtags (er, #spon that’s you). So it’s really easy to totally overlook how this social media platform has hatched an entire generation of young women who use the channel as a springboard for activism, and as an opportunity to put their follower count to good use.
Below, we will be introducing some of the influential women who are aiming to make Instagram, sheesh, the world, a better place. Some of the names we s/o, you may already be familiar with, such as the Internet’s most colourful girl-gang the Confetti Crowd. Other women you probably won’t have come across, like Laetitia Duveau founder of @curatedbygirls—a platform for emerging creatives.
While these girls may not match Swifty’s levels of followers, they are all striving to change the world a little, and the proof is in their kick-ass mantras below.
School of Doodle
“School of Doodle is a learning lab, by and for girl and gender non-conforming Gen Zers, that gives them the tools to turn creative potential into future success. From photography and feminism to art and activism (and everything in between), Doodle’s content and community events provide girls with education, entertainment and opportunity to develop critical life skills and confidence to rule the world. School of Doodle was built on the belief that by closing the Confidence Gap, we can guarantee that for the next generation ‘leaning in’ looks like standing up straight.”
“We hope to inspire girls who may dream of owning their own business, of working from home, or of generally being a girl boss. Our aim is to create a community of successful girl bosses who support each other rather than compete against each other. It’s important that young women feel they can be completely and truly themselves when growing up. From finding your style at an early age, to building confidence and skills for a successful life, we are here to act as your big sister. As individuals we were all picked on for dressing ‘weird’, but remember that first they laugh, then they copy.”
“Gurls Talk is a movement that strives to create a platform where girls can openly share their experiences in a safe and trusting environment. We are working together here at Gurls Talk to create a community of girls from all different backgrounds, looking beyond external differences and focusing on what it means to be a girl today.”
Curated by GIRLS
“Curated by GIRLS is a platform for talented creatives, emerging and established from around the world. We believe in equality, and try to include all genders, ethnicities and body types in the work we feature. It is very important that we give every artist out there a chance, not based on who they are but what they do. The world is full of unknown talents and our aim is to find them and give them the opportunities they deserve.”
“gal-dem is a magazine (online and in print) and creative collective comprised of over 70 women and nonbinary people of colour which launched in September 2015. The aim of gal-dem is to open up our take on the world to a wider audience. We want people from all backgrounds to engage with the work we are doing. It’s no secret that the mainstream media doesn’t represent or reflect us, so we are doing it for ourselves.”
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