In the fashion industry, Black bloggers, content creators, and influencers have long been leading voices in promoting racial justice, diversity, and body-positivity. Now, more than ever, their voices need to be lifted, and their feeds spotlighted.
In addition to donating, protesting, learning, and circulating resources about police brutality and racism in America, amplifying Black voices is instrumental to change. And it’s long overdue.
Ahead, click through our growing list of Black influencers in fashion to follow and support today and every day going forward. For a list of Black fashion designers to support, click here.
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Chrissy Rutherford @chrissyford
If you, like us, have a tendency to peruse every inch of fashion month street style, you’ve undoubtedly spotted the likes of Chrissy Rutherford, an
Elle contributor and Instagram style icon. With over 126k followers, this is one fashion account you can’t miss.
Jourdana Phillips @jourdanaelizabeth
Model and influencer Jourdana Phillips is a must-follow if you’re on the lookout for minimal fashion and beauty inspiration.
Arlissa Ruppert @arlissa
Arlissa Ruppert isn’t
just a British superstar who’s collaborated with musicians like Nas and BTS. She’s also a style icon and book club creator with over 250k followers on Instagram.
Temiloluwa Otedola @temiotedola
Temiloluwa — or, as most people call her, Temi — is the Nigerian-born, London-raised fashion, beauty, art, and lifestyle blogger behind JTO Fashion, which stands for Just Temi Otedola.
Vogue‘s Associate Market Editor and the founder of the podcast So What Do You Do Again?, Naomi Elizée is Fashion with a capital F. From building up under-the-radar designers both through her work at Vogue and her personal platform to speaking out on important topics, Elizée’s page has a little something for everyone.
Yaminah Mayo @spicy.mayo
NYC-bred Yaminah Mayo started her blog in the summer of 2015 to appease her mother, who thought she needed some mode of expressing herself. Since then, Mayo has amassed over 25k followers on Instagram. Known for her bold taste in fashion and makeup, Spicy Mayo is a one-stop-shop for content that’s, yes, spicy, stylish, and always colourful.
Tamu McPherson @tamumcpherson
All The Pretty Birds founder Tamu McPherson was born in Jamaica, raised in New York, and now lives in Milan. Not only does McPherson helm All The Pretty Birds, a multi-ethnic fashion and wellness editorial platform, but she also continuously keeps her 270k Instagram followers enthralled on her personal account, be it through highlighting new brands or showcasing her great style.
Grace F Victory @gracefvictory
Grace Victory is one of the UK’s most successful bloggers and YouTubers, often dubbed “the internet’s big sister,” thanks to her honesty in unpacking everything from wellness and sex to body positivity and therapy. With two documentaries and a book,
No Filter, on her ever-growing list of accolades, her style isn’t the only thing we follow her for.
Ellie Delphine @slipintostyle
Anyone who regularly follows fashion month’s street style scene has probably spotted one of Ellie Delphine’s many colorful ensembles. The model and style influencer has a knack for showcasing new designers and brands, as well as showing her 67k followers how to put together one hell of an outfit.
Mecca James-Williams @meccajw
Mecca James-Williams really does do it all. A stylist, consultant, editor, influencer, and activist, James-Williams’ feed has your style needs covered with content that ranges from what stories to read up on to what brands to buy, and so much more.
Char Ellesse @ellessechar
Founder of girlswillbeboys, a series of short films opening up conversations on modern-day gender-assigned roles, Char Ellesse’s feed is as educational as it is fun. From her experimental eye makeup to her excellent use of animal print (plus a heavy dose of interiors inspiration), Char will brighten up your feed, as her 40.7k Instagram following know.
Lillian Ahenkan @flex.mami
A Sydney-based Ghanaian, Lillian Ahenkan, a.k.a. FlexMami, will likely be the most colorful account on your entire feed. In addition to having incredible style, Ahenkan is also a DJ, podcaster, model, and author.
Stephanie Yeboah @stephanieyeboah
We’re very excited for Stephanie’s debut book
Fattily Ever After (available for pre-order here) to drop in September, but the London-based content creator’s Instagram is brimming with body positivity, self-love, and style inspiration for you to dive into in the meantime. She addresses issues of race, body image, and mental health as well as inspires followers to embrace bolder prints and brighter colors in our wardrobe, too.
Simone Mariposa @simonemariposa
LA-based blogger and model Simone Mariposa is passionate about a lot of things: fashion, travel, culture, and wellness, to name a few. But of all the areas she puts energy toward, creating a size-inclusive space for her community of followers to share their style is the most important one. In her effort to uplift women of all sizes, Mariposa created the hashtag #WeWearWhatWeWant, which has since accumulated over 56k submissions.
Christy & Shelcy Joseph @nycxclothes
Christy and Shelcy Joseph are sisters with a passion for storytelling. They share their style, Haitian culture, and lives in New York via video blogging on YouTube, documenting their outfits on Instagram, and in print on their mutual blog NYC x Clothes.
Gabi Gregg @gabifresh
Known for designing sell-out collections for her legion of adoring fans (763k followers and counting), including her lingerie line for Playful Promises and 13 (!) separate swimwear collections for Swimsuits4All, Gabi Gregg — or as her followers know her, @gabifresh — is a force to be reckoned with.
Amarachi N. Ukachu @amarachiukachu
A psychotherapist in training, this Louisiana-based style blogger is known for celebrating her curves, educating her followers on important topics ranging from mental health to Black Lives Matter, and being an all-around uplifting presence on social media. All that while having an incredible sense of style.
Kelly Augustine @kellyaugustineb
This NYC-bred style enthusiast has over eight years of blogging experience. But writing isn’t all Kelly Augustine excels at. She also founded her own multi-brand boutique August Raye which specializes in supporting small brands that offer sizes 10 and up.
Kellie Brown @itsmekellieb
Plus-size influencer and advocate Kellie Brown has a lot on her plate. Not only is she the founder of And I Get Dressed, a source of size-inclusive style inspiration, she also created #FatAtFashionWeek and AIGD Home, a line of vintage home goods.
Enam Asiama @enamasiama
Anti-Agency model Enam is perhaps the best person on our follow list: The London-based plus-size advocate brings the most innovative makeup looks as well as serious style (think: check suiting, sheer crop tops, and metallic knitted dresses.)
Lauren is a London-based influencer and model who also founded content platform Fashion Killer, which covers everything from horoscope-inspired fashion to skincare. We’ve been loving her lockdown style shoots, featuring sunshine-bright dresses and pastels.
Nnenna Echem @nnennaechem
Anyone worth their fashion salt will recognize
Elle Norway contributor Nnenna in street style galleries from London to Copenhagen. Her wardrobe is a celebration of color and statement accessories, and her account is a must-follow for good jewelry and vintage finds.
Sophie Tassew @manlikesophia
You may recognize Sophie from ASOS’s site, where she models and selects the brand’s best Curve collection looks daily. From tie-dye dresses to cropped cardigans, her inspiration has had us clicking “Add To Bag” too often to count. She’s another influencer to follow for creative makeup looks, too.
Freddie Harrel @freddieharrel
One of the most uplifting accounts on our timeline, Freddie is bursting with positivity as well as sartorial inspiration. We can’t wait for her beauty brand RadSwan, which is launching this summer and is “built with and for the global African diaspora.”
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