7 Empowering Instagram Accounts You Need to Follow #UnifiedFem

With all the negativity circulating around social media nowadays, it’s a good idea to have uplifting and positive content when you’re scrolling through your feed. Especially when we spend an average of 2 hours a day on social media platforms. Spice it up with some Girl Power material.

These Instagram accounts deliver strong female voices who aim to inspire, comfort and motivate us. And it’s absolutely great.

The Slumflower

Chidara (a.k.a The Slumflower) is an award-winning blogger and presenter who encourages women to love themselves wholeheartedly. She recently started a movement called ‘Saggy Boobs Matter‘ after being body shamed on Instagram.

The social media influencer addressed the mean comments in a blog post which oozed confidence and self-love. *applause* 

Nissy Tee

Nissy Tee is all about MOTIVATION. She’s just graduated from Cambridge University and pursuing a career in media – and she’s killing it. Nissy urges us to set goals and keep persisting to reach them.

From her inspiring captions to her motivational quotes, Nissy can be your guide to conquering the world.

Najwa Zebian

One of my absolute favorite pages from #mindplatter What's your favorite? And why?

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Girl, if you’re heartbroken or going through something, Najwa‘s poems will be your remedy. She empowers and strengthens those who are in need through her words. Najwa has two published books filled with graciously vulnerable poems that tugs on everyone’s heartstrings.

Her work is like a whole tub of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream but in literary form (but better because there’s no aftermath of self-loathing). They’re comforting and endearing, it’s the sort of wisdom you need to hear when you feel like you’ve lost it.

Grace Francesca

You rarely see bodies in this position, let alone a body that looks like mine. We're conditioned to think about how we look ALL the time, especially when taking photos. Truth is, our bodies fluctuate through the day & we'll look different in different lighting and different angles. It's SO draining trying to slim down a double chin, suck in your stomach or position your arms so they look smoother and slimmer. Photos are supposed to capture & to create a memory. They aren't supposed to be perfect and curated all the time. When I look back at this photo I'll remember feeling confident and worthy and loved. I'll remember feeling emotionally strong but vulnerable enough to allow my insecurities to fuel me. I'll also remember a body that has been able to carry me through the good times and the bad times, through the trauma & through therapy. A body that has protected me from others, but that has also protected me from myself. A body thats maybe "too much" or "too large" but a body that houses courage, kindness and love. And maybe all of those things are so strong and powerful that a bigger vessel is needed to carry them 💗 #iamenough

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Previously known as TheUglyFaceOfBeauty on Youtube, Grace has always kept her strong, independent vibes from day one. She’s like the fierce elder sister we’ve always wanted – a total sass-powerhouse. She discusses a range of topics from mental health to sexual identity. Keep her on your Instagram feed for your daily dose of honesty and fierce.

As she rightly says, ‘A sass a day keeps the basics away‘.

Emma Watson

I had the most amazing day in Malawi today. Thank you President Mutharika for being a #HeForShe Impact Champion and for making gender equality a priority in your Government! Thank you to all the traditional leaders who are implementing President Mutharika's policies – especially Chief Kachindamoto (she’s in the photo with me, she’s formidable and has been nicknamed “The Terminator”!). She gave me such a warm welcome today. She has implemented the annulment of so many child marriages and restored the futures of these girls. With the help and collaboration of her local chiefs, mothers’ groups and religious leaders she has managed to annul almost 1500 child marriages, sending the girls back to school. President Mutharika has committed to make child marriage a thing of the past in Malawi within the next five years. It was amazing to be on the ground with @UNWomen and Chief Kachindamoto to witness their work! My @tomenyc white shirt is made from organic cotton and is part of their 'White Shirt Project’ campaign. The project was conceived in 2014 to raise funds and awareness for the Freedom for All charity, which is fighting human trafficking and modern day slavery. The silk skirt is by @zady. Zady partnered with @cocccon_prakesh, founded in 2012 by Chandra Prakash Jha, a fashion designer who wanted to help his community through fairer wages and a safer, more sustainable process. Instead of using toxic pesticides on the plants that the silkworm caterpillars eat, the farmers protect the trees by covering them with mosquito nets to protect the leaves from harmful birds and insects. Then the silk is brought to New York where expert sewers in New York’s famed Garment District create each piece. Sandals by @nisoloshoes. The sandals were made by a team of expert shoemakers in Trujillo, Peru in a factory owned and operated by Nisolo that celebrates fair trade wages, safe working conditions, healthcare for all employees, and financial literacy & wellness training. All fashion info verified by @ecoage

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Obviously, I had to include Hermoine on the list. Emma Watson is practically her character in Harry Potter but in true life ‘muggle‘ form and 10x better. When she’s not being a Disney princess, she spends her time being an activist around the globe. She has her heart set on improving the social and economic status of women from every culture.

Emma’s changing the world for the better and there’s no signs of her slowing down. She’s a ridikulus-ly good role model for young women.

Ashley Graham

She’s the perfect concoction of brains, beauty and BOOTY. She’s not only a model for her outter appearance, but she also a model for people to love their bodies regardless of shapes and sizes.

Ashley is one of the most influential figure in the model industry because she embraces all her curves and imperfections, and she is certainly not afraid of flaunting them. So let her bless your Instagram feed with a whole lot of self-confidence.

Joanna Thangiah

Rainbow art infused with feminism – a great pair! This one will definitely brighten up your feed. Joanna portrays her opinions on sexism, racism and mental health through her quirky graphics and we’re totally digging it. Empowerment + aesthetic = Instagram follow-worthy.

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Claisse Opulencia

Claisse is a second-year journalism student and a solo-travel enthusiast. She’s Unified’s Features Editor and curator for #UnifiedFem. She mostly writes about lifestyle, travel and discussing the topics of feminism.

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