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7 fierce female illustrators to follow on Instagram

7 fierce female illustrators to follow on Instagram

If your Instagram feed is already laden with posts from eco-conscious brands, clean beauty influencers and feminist icons, you’ve come to the right place. Exploring everything from the #metoo movement to veganism and beyond, these seven female illustrators empower women and express their worldview through eye-catching illustrations.

Give your Instagram feed a bit of a spruce-up with posts from illustrators who are changing the world, one piece of art at a time.

Natalie Byrne

As a latina illustrator based in London, Natalie’s work “promotes intersectional feminism and tackles social issues such as sexual assault, mental health and equality.” Her use of vibrant colour highlights the importance of each image’s underlying message, and her work has been featured by the likes of BBC, Huffington Post and Refinery 29.

Follow her here.

Pink Bits

With over 112k followers and an inclusive approach to her art, artist Christine Emily Yahya (Pink Bits) has made a splash on both Instagram and in the body positivity space. Depicting everything from menstruating women to women with body hair and stretch marks, Pink Bits is normalising normal women – proving that true beauty lies in our imperfections.

Follow her here.

Jennifer Latham

Sussex-based illustrator Jennifer Latham’s work is visually playful, awakening the viewer’s inner child while providing commentary on issues such as LGBTQ+ rights, period positivity and the importance of self care. Her illustrations adorn the pages of the recently released book, ‘Welcome to your Period!’ by Yumi Stynes and Dr Melissa King.

Follow her here.

Sarah Epperson

Artist and activist Sarah Epperson’s true talent lies not only in her ability to create visually stunning artwork, but in her powerful social and political messaging. Speaking about the Global Climate Strike, abortion rights, queer visibility and everything in between, Sarah Epperson is one to watch as she does what she can to “pulverise the partriarchy.”

Follow her here.


Kelly Abeln of Hagsville creates many of her illustrations in a comic-style format, depicting young people navigating day-to-day struggles. Abeln uses her own experiences and opinions to shape her drawings, while commenting on topics such as the joie de vivre of 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren and the importance of knowing Instagram likes are in no way related to self worth.

Follow her here.

Erin Aniker

London-based illustrator Erin Aniker’s drawings celebrate the beauty of diversity in the big smoke and beyond. Inspired by her dual Turkish and British heritage, Aniker’s vibrant illustrations shed light on the inclusive community that has helped shape her into the artist she is today.

Follow her here.

Sancia Rose

For an artist who describes herself as having a “sensitive disposition,” Sancia Rose certainly doesn’t shy away from commenting on the taboo Rose’s thought-provoking artwork touches on issues such as sexual harassment, gender disparities and reproductive rights. Whether you consider yourself an eco warrior, a women’s right activist (or both), Rose’s feed likely offers something that’ll speak to you.

Follow her here.

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