Believe it or not, Instagram was founded seven years ago but has become an integral part of American culture. In addition to being the easiest application to share photos on a global platform, it’s also become a way for people to monetize their brands and businesses. The following ten women have mastered the art of community and are #winning on social media— through fitness, beauty or comedy.
(@thekitchenista) Angela is a self-taught cook and food blogger whose cooking tips, tutorials, and recipes have amassed a 60,000+ Twitter following with fans who tune into her live-tweeting cooking sessions. Her recipes are up for sale in several cookbooks.
(@momcrushmonday) For Destiney, parent blogging isn’t just a hobby. It’s a business. She wants to inspire other moms to learn the ropes of entrepreneurship and offers a Majoring in Motherhood course to her more than 200,000 followers, as well as real-life meet-ups and retreats.
(@scoutthecity) Sai De Silva and her two kids make parenting and family life look flawless. But the perfectly-curated Instagram pro knows that parent blogging is big business. She credits securing 10,000 followers as the starting point in which she began to charge brands for her posts featuring them. Today, she’s been featured on The Today Show and worked with big and small brands to reach her more than 300,000 followers.
(@luv_jjp) Known for hilarious commentary on relationships and friendships, Jasmine plays the protagonist and antagonist in her viral clips that accurately and hilariously showcase ordinary and relatable moments between lovers and friends. Working in the content of brands, she reportedly charges $5,000 per brand mention in her posts.
(@itsmyrayeraye) With 1.6 million followers, Raye Boyce spreads viral beauty tutorials. Her expertise and data to back it up resulted in the launch of her own beauty brand, It’s My Raye Raye Beauty.
(@watchjazzy) Jasmin Brown is known for her in-the-car rants that have gone viral and landed her a spot on BET’s late-night comedy sketch show 50 Central BET. Like the other funny ladies of Instagram, Jasmin has also taken her talents on the road, performing stand-up comedy IRL too.
(@iamminglee) Consumers crave authenticity and Ming Lee offers just that to her nearly one million Instagram followers who helped drive her hair sales. An entrepreneur, Ming Lee began selling hair as a side hustle, then turned it into a business – Snob Life – which now offers personal care products like lip gloss and hair care.
(@premadonna87) Seasoning salt has been upgraded thanks to the flavorful recipes by Premadonna. The brains behind Premadonna Seasoning and Waist Gang Society, Premadonna leverages her personal brand to push products to her more than 600,000 cult followers.
(@jesshilarious_official) This Baltimore native is a stand-up comedian with three million Instagram followers. She gained notoriety on Instagram through her hilarious skits, and has taken her talents offline, appearing on VH1 and BET. She is currently on a nationwide tour, bringing the laughs to a city near you.
(@massy-arias) This powerhouse mom is gym goals and an inspiration to her 2.5 million followers who tune in for snippets of her workout regimen and parenting lifestyle. The bilingual certified personal trainer recently covered Parents magazine, where she opened up about anxiety and depression as a new mom and how she used exercise to cope.