Women of Color Are the Future of Instagram
Social media has quickly become people’s one-stop resource for news and inspiration, and these exceptional women are using their voices and Instagram platforms to advocate for veganism through a variety of approaches: organizing community-building events, hosting thought-provoking podcasts, developing innovative recipes, and creating much-needed change in the meat-heavy, healthcare industrial complex. So pull out your phones and queue up your Instagram, because you’ll want to follow these 15 standout accounts immediately.
1. Amy Quichiz
This co-founder of vegan women of color collective Veggie Mijas, and contributing writer for Bold Latina, raises awareness about social justice issues, mental health concerns, and making veganism inclusive with her thought-provoking, pink-hued account.
2. Tabitha Brown
Creator of the gone-viral TTLA Whole Foods trend and hilarious vegan food vlogger, Brown posts about her favorite vegan eats, fashion items, and her new role as a Plant-Based Ambassador for Whole Foods on her sunny profile (don’t miss her recent appearance on VegNews’ Facebook Live).
3. Steph Yu
Incredibly poetic ponderings on life and all of its intricacies are common themes in Yu’s captions, but this world traveler and host of The Beautiful Mess podcast also shares a wildly diverse array of vegan eats and treats on her happiness-inducing platform.
4. Jessica Piñeros
This South Florida-based vegan food blogger and YouTuber shares mouthwatering pictures of all of the amazing plant-based eats in Florida (cookie dough loaded cinnamon rolls, anyone?), as well as her recipes for mac and cheese, flan, strawberry cashew milk, and much more.
5. Sabrina Anne
Based out of the Philippines, this young blogger takes onlookers along on her travels through East Asia, letting us in on the best local street food finds, traditional plant-based dishes, and unique, local vegan products she enjoys along her journey.
6. Haile Thomas
This 17-year-old CEO of nonprofit The Happy Org—which empowers young people with the knowledge of plant-based food and nutrition—fills her feed with shots of beautiful meals, meaningful messages, and snapshots of her work as a youth activist (including inside glimpses into her Girl Empowered podcast and her first-hand account of speaking on a panel at the Teen Vogue Summit).
7. Amanda Victoria
Popular YouTuber, yogi, dietetics student, and açaí bowl fanatic (topped with lots of coconut!), Victoria shares her world travels, yoga practice, product reviews, and self-care messages to her more than 83K followers on her vibrant, feel-good account.
8. Jenné Claiborne
Scroll through Claiborne’s colorful posts and you’ll be hungry within seconds. This creative chef and cookbook author’s feed is perfect for the obsessed foodie, featuring Southern-inspired recipes, where she dines while traveling, and tips for the home cook (press that tofu!).
9. Raoum Alsuhaibani
This Saudi Arabia-based yoga teacher and certified plant-based nutritionist takes us along on her sustainability journey, offering everything from zero-waste tips and tricks (never forget your mason jar!) to how to find and support ethical fashion companies. Each post is a remarkably helpful resource for those who want to truly go green.
10. Ruby Ortega
SoCal-based food blogger and Orange County-organizer for Veggie Mijas (a vegan women of color collective), Ortega not only reviews widely available vegan products, but creates plant-based recipes for traditional meat-laden Mexican dishes such as Caldo De “Res” Vegano, Vegan Tostadas De Tinga With Tofu Queso Fresco, and Ceviche Vegano.
11. Charity Morgan
This professional Le Cordon Bleu-educated chef is influencing NFL players to go vegan one meal at a time—she’s already prepared plant-based food for 15 players on the Tennessee Titans. On her inspiring feed, she shares the nutrient-packed meals she loves to create, and regularly posts photos of strong and muscle-bound athletes (keep in mind that these guys are powered solely by plants).
12. Janette Fernandez
If you’re a Southern California vegan (or planning a trip to Los Angeles), this account is your one-stop guide to the hottest eats the area has to offer. Each photo is more drool-worthy than the last (hello, mac and cheese grilled sandwiches!) and each of her bilingual captions are written in both English and Spanish.
13. Shana Moore
This health and wellness blogger shares her weight-loss journey, fitness tips and inspo, recipes she makes using her community-supported agriculture (CSA) box, and motivational messages to embolden anyone to start their own health journey.
14. Sadia Badiei
With over one million subscribers, plant-based dietetics graduate Sadia Badiei is a YouTube phenom, but her bright and rainbow-hued feed is also sprawling with tons of ideas, featuring nutritious recipes, essential tips for new vegans (meal-prep is a must!), and scientific breakdowns of common health myths.
15. Katie Lee Roque
From Los Angeles to Portland to Tokyo, Roque captures all of the best vegan eats around the world while sharing her favorite cruelty-free beauty finds (eco-friendly sunscreen, liquid lipstick, and smokey eyeliner, oh my!) and opening up about the importance of self-care—all with a vintage glam flare. Sarah McLaughlin is an assistant editor at VegNews and is endlessly inspired by the vegan community on Instagram. GET THE MAGAZINE The Summer Issue
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