Influencers to follow to educate yo’self in 2022

Posted: 10 January 2022 2:13 pm

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Make your daily scrolls more meaningful with these inspiring icons on your feed.

Tired of doomscrolling? Sick of seeing the same recycled content? We know all too well that it's easy to get lost in the rabbit hole of toxic comment sections and mindlessly scroll for hours. So, if you're looking to add in a splash of positivity and some important discussions to your feed, we've put together a list of influencers we think you'll love, and maybe even challenge you.

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AJ Clementine | @ajclementine_


AJ Clementine is a Filipino-Australian trans model and TikTok sensation. Beyond her fairytale-like aesthetic, she uses her platform to share her experience on transitioning and openly discusses difficult conversations surrounding being both a trans woman and mixed-race. AJ is also the author of 'Girl, Transcending', a book about her experience growing up with transphobic jokes, racist comments and how she overcame them.

What you'll learn: Insight into the transitioning process and breaking down stereotypes.

Aretha Brown | @_enterthedragon_


Aretha Brown is an accomplished Indigenous youth activist and artist. At just 21 years old, Aretha has acted as the Prime Minister of the National Indigenous Youth Parliament and performed speeches and acknowledgement of country at various ceremonies. She now continues her activism through her art and is a must follow for anyone looking to educate themselves more on Aboriginal history.

What you'll learn: The truth about Aboriginal history and the importance of continuing to listen to our First Nations people.

Girl smiling wearing a pink tank top standing in front of a black and white painted mural

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Girl smiling and taking a selfie in an all blue outfit

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Lillian Ahenkan | @flex.mami


Lilian Ahenkan, better known as FlexMami, is an entertainment industry superstar. A podcaster, TV presenter, semi-retired DJ, author, entrepreneur and influencer - this girl truly does it all. FlexMami is passionate about topics including identity and diversity, preaches kindness and educates her audience all while maintaining a comedic tone.

What you'll learn: Tips and tricks on empowering yourself and getting what you want.

Grace Tame | @tamepunk


Grace Tame was recently named the Australian of the Year 2021 for her activism against sexual assault. From being horrifically groomed and repeatedly sexually abused at just 15, Grace uses her own story and voice to educate others about predators and sexual assault. She has also co-created the campaign #LetHerSpeak and continues to use her platform to educate and encourage others to speak out against sexual violence.

What you'll learn: The scope of sexual violence and the importance of normalising speaking out.

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April Hélène-Horton | @thebodzilla


April Hélène-Horton, has dedicated her platform to being a space of self love and body positivity. The Bodzilla has already begun to break down barriers, being the first plus size bikini model to be featured on a billboard in Australia! On her platforms you'll see her discuss topics like body image anxiety, fat positivity and body acceptance.

What you'll learn: How to stop allowing other people to tell you what you should do, eat or look like.

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Clare Press | @mrspress


Clare Press is another all-rounder, being a podcaster, writer and founder of @thewardrobecrisis. She discusses the ever-relevant topics of sustainability and ethical fashion, helping you think more critically about what's in your wardrobe. If you're interested in improving your consumption habits or are looking for more information on sustainable fashion, Clare's platforms are a great place to start.

What you'll learn: Current eco-solutions in the fashion industry and what else we can be doing.

Carly Findlay | @carlyfindlay


Carly Findlay is an inspiring appearance activist, writer, speaker and online influencer. The activist faces a rare genetic disorder that affects her skin and hair, which has encouraged her to speak out about disability and ableism. She is particularly passionate about increasing representation and inclusion of disabled people in both media and everyday life.

What you'll learn: Insight into how disabled people are commonly unintentionally, or intentionally, discriminated against.

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Margaret Zhang | @margaretzhang


Margaret Zhang is an Australian-born Chinese filmmaker, photographer and writer who has always been ahead of the fashion game. Her iconic style and hard work has earned her the position of youngest ever editor of Vogue with Vogue China, and gained great praise from Anna Wintour herself.

What you'll learn: Great success can come from humble beginnings.

Meggie Palmer | @meggiepalmer


Meggie Palmer is an entrepreneur and founder of @peptalkher, which is a service and community, aiming to close the gender pay gap. Whether you're trying to negotiate a pay rise or are questioning your worth within the workplace, PepTalkHer has got the support and inspiration that you might need.

What you'll learn: How to understand your worth and get what you deserve.

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Moreblessing Maturure | @moreblessingma


Moreblessing Maturure is a Zimbabwean-Australian actor, writer and founder of @thefolkmag. She is a strong advocate for diversity and representation. Moreblessing has produced thought provoking theatre productions, performed a Ted Talk and created a magazine which showcases and supports Australian artists of colour. Moreblessing is an upcoming Aussie you'll want to keep on your radar.

What you'll learn: Stories and experiences from people of colour who have been deprived of their voice.

Zoe Foster Blake | @zotheysay


Zoe Foster Blake is an author, mother and founder of Go-To Skincare. From transparent and clean beauty to top tips on how to get over a break-up, Zoe will inspire you to have it all and enlighten you with her sense of humour along the way.

What you'll learn: The art of juggling multiple projects.

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Yasmin Poole | @yasmin.poole


Yasmin Poole is an unstoppable force of nature who is making space for young people to have a voice in Australian politics. At just 21, she is Plan International's National Ambassador and Advocate for girls' rights and the Non-Executive Board Director of both OzHarvest and the Young Women's Christian Association. Earlier this year, she was also awarded Youth Influencer of the Year by The Martin Luther King JR Center.

What you'll learn: There is space for young people to be heard in policymaking.

Dani Adriana | @iamdaniadriana


Dani Adriana is a body positivity activist who posts body healing content and fat joy. Dani not only shares her own experiences on being a bigger person, she has also starter her own Fat Peer Support. In these sessions, Dani leads conversation and creates a safe space for people to discuss their body image journeys. Her Fat Peer Support groups also allows members to seek validation and friendship in people who share similar experiences. We love to see it.

What you'll learn: All bodies are worthy bodies.

Woman standing in lights at the Van Gogh exhibition wearing a light purple summer dress

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Woman with brown curly hair laughing and seated. She wears a big beige coat and blue denim jeans

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Kat John | @kat.john


Kat John, aka The ZEROFKS Chick, is an authenticity coach who teaches her audience how to give zero fks. Her Instagram page features motivational quotes, speeches and jokes to help you overcome various guilts, unnecessary worries and self-doubts. She is the gal that will trump that annoying and limiting voice in your head!

What you'll learn: How to stop basing your worth on the people and things around you.

Still looking for more people to follow? Check out our article on the 20 Australian fashion Instagram accounts you need to follow or our fave top 10 Aussie fashion TikTok creators.

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