Five of Our Friends You Need to Follow ASAP

You know that person who’s just an absolute breath of fresh air in your life? Us too. Actually we have five in mind. Meet Gabby, Tonya, Deja, Carly, and Megan! They’re five vibrant, multi-faceted, women whom we’ve had the pleasure to connect with through social media!
Social media can oftentimes leave you feeling anxious, unworthy, and envious of others. We feel it’s important to acknowledge what is and isn’t serving you virtually and to be sure you’re incorporating influences who add to your life, rather than subtract. These five women enhance our online experience, leaving us feeling empowered, seen, and celebrated.  
Learn a bit more about them, their background, and how you can keep up with them! 👇
 
Gabby Male @gabbymale
Gabby is a health coach, self-love advocate, and, essentially, the human embodiment of sunshine. She presents vulnerable topics, like body image, diet culture, and relationships with food, in an optimistic, yet achievable way that inspires her followers to be their best selves. Her incredibly useful fitness tips focus on what feels good for the body and the mind. 
No subject is off limits with Gabby – from mental, physical, spiritual, financial, and sexual health, she dives into everything. One of our favorite series she does on her Instagram is when she asks her followers to share something they’ve been thinking about but would never say out loud. Not only does this destigmatize thoughts and feelings we believe are shameful, but it also is a testament to the safe online space Gabby creates for her followers to feel seen, validated, and loved.
Check out Gabby’s Instagram
Tonya Ingram @tonyainstagram
Overflowing with gratitude and beauty, Tonya is someone you want to know. Tonya is a Bronx-based poet, mental health & lupus advocate. She empowers her followers to be gentle with themselves, honor the small joys in life, and feel through anything needs to be felt. She’s everything you’d want in a friend, sister, and role model.
Her book, How to Survive Today, is a collection of thoughtfully written poems that will make you feel like you just received the best hug. And if you’re seeking a gentle reminder from Tonya herself, here’s some of our favorite words from her: “Make yourself room for joy. For it to arrive in plenty. To twirl & say you are the most beautiful person in the room.”
Check out Tonya’s book and website
Deja Foxx @dejafoxx
Look out – Deja Foxx is a name you won’t want to forget. She’s the founder of GenZ Girl Gang, former strategist for Kamala Harris, and Ford model. After experiencing homelessness during her teenage years, she made it her mission to advocate for social and reproductive justice, which fueled her desire for radical positive change.
Her digital presence isn’t just one of awe-inspiring activism but also one of a woman sharing her everyday wins, vivacious and electric personality, and life as a student at Columbia University. She paves the way for young women to believe they can “be both”. She’s beautiful and respected, smart and sexy, and is truly redefining women in politics. 
Check out Deja’s website, GGG’s Instagram, and link to shop GGG merch
 
 
Megan Exum @belleofthebudget 
Meet Megan! She’s a mid-sized fashion and beauty blogger whose candidness and big heart set her apart from the average Instagram influencer. Teacher by day, blogger by night, she defies the norm of the typical “size 0” fashion influencers that flood the app. By offering budget-friendly fashion advice from a midsize body type POV, she creates a safe and encouraging space that focuses on the joys of looking & feeling good. 
Her curvy girl fashion tips resonate with people of all body types, shapes, and sizes. From hopping on the latest fall trends to styling her Kitty, Megan’s lively content makes any fashion struggle a thing of the past – offering the easiest and most approachable outfit inpsos. 
Check out Megan’s Instagram
 
Let us introduce you to Carly. She is a self-love & confidence educator, eating disorder survivor, and podcast host. She’s a voice of inspiration and self-empowerment for her followers. She sheds light on her own past struggles with eating disorders and is a reminder you are not alone on your journey. 
Carly doesn’t just call out societal problems many plus-size women face, she actually empowers her followers to embrace their bodies – whatever size or shape they are. She reminds us that we’re enough, completely as we are, and it’s time to embrace the red, sweaty post-gym face, dimples on your thighs, saggy boobs, and chubby tummies. 
Check out Carly’s Instagram