15 Instagram Accounts to Brighten Up Your Feed

Social media can be an intoxicating place but if you choose who you follow wisely, your feed will almost always be filled with bright posts.

Check out a few of our fave local and international gals so you can celebrate #WomanCrushWednesday everyday.

Zoe Sugg @zoella
Zoe Sugg – known better as her YouTube alias – Zoella, regularly shares cute snaps of her pug Nala and candid laughing shots with her besties and boyfriend Alfie to her 11 million followers. That palm-tree wall in her house was made for grams like that…

Lilly Singh @iisuperwomanii
When this girl boss isn’t making funny videos for her YouTube channel, she’s involved in acting, posting cute puppy snaps and contributing to the world with her #GirlLove campaign. It’s no wonder Smashbox named a lipstick after her – she’s a Bawse!

Matilda Rice @matootles
Matilda recently launched a ready meals company, Plate Up with her partner Art while promoting her book The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Living a Beautiful Life and attending to her Maybelline ambassador duties. Matilda often updates her 141k followers with all the fun and travels along the way.

Liza Koshy @lizakoshy
The 22-year-old YouTuber has the black and white aesthetic down in her gram feed (which has amassed 15.4 million followers btw). The funny gal who regularly does skits as her male alter ego also has another gram (@lizzzak) for more laughs with her friends and fellow creators, including YouTuber boyfriend David Dobrick.

Lele Pons @lelepons
Lele started on the 6-second-video platform Vine before moving her comedy clips to YouTube. She regularly posts skits, dancing clips and comedic short videos to her Instagram, which has proved very popular on the platform with 23.5 million followers and growing…

Lauren Riihimaki @laurdiy
In what seems to be a bit of a pattern (I love dogs ok!) YouTuber LaurDIY keeps her fans in the loop when she’s not posting her weekly vlogs with adorable pics of her pup Moose, selections from her shoots with photographer pals and generally having the most colourful and inviting Insta feed…

Shannon Harris @shaaanxo
Shaaanxo, as she’s known online has a beauty-goals Instagram feed to her name. The YouTuber and entrepreneur shares upcoming video looks and new beauty products to her 1.5 million followers.

Aly Michalka @iamaly
You may know Aly from her role on iZombie or have listened to the music she makes with her sister AJ but after meeting her on the weekend when she was in town for Armageddon, I have a bit of a girl crush. Aly’s feed is bright and colourful, and looking at the recent additions, it looks like she loves NZ already!

Maddie Ziegler @maddieziegler
Maddie burst onto the scene in TV hit Dance Moms and was soon known as the crazy talented dancer in Sia’s music videos. Since then she has released her own clothing line and toured the world with Sia (including NZ in December!). She keeps her 11.3 million followers up to date on her travels including hang time with her bestie, Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown.

Lea Michele @leamichele
Actress Lea Michele’s feed is full of her travels, friends and behind the scenes shots at her always on-the-go life. She is also an active sharer via her Instagram stories, including a weekly ‘Wellness Wednesday’ segment for her 5 million followers.

Shay Mitchell @shaymitchell
If there’s one Pretty Little Liar that knows how to create travel (and fashion) FOMO for literally everyone else, it’s Shay Mitchell. Lucky for her fans, she also films her adventures for her YouTube channel so we can live vicariously through that. 19.1 million followers and counting…

Jess Quinn @jessicaemilyquinn
Jess Quinn lost her leg to cancer but that hasn’t stopped her conquering in life and becoming an inspiration to others (especially her 161,000 Instagram followers). Jess has now been announced for the next kiwi version of Dancing with the Stars – proving once again that you can do anything you set your mind too – I can’t wait to watch her kick butt on the dance floor!

Ashley Tisdale @ashleytisdale
Ashley Tisdale is known for her early acting roles in High School Musical and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. Now she has a YouTube channel, runs her own production company – Blondie Girl Productions and launched a beauty line called Illuminate Cosmetics, all while updating her 9.6 million Instagram followers.

Hilary Duff @hilaryduff
Hilary Duff grew up on screen (remember Lizzie McGuire?!) so it’s no surprise she’s continued in the TV realm – she’s currently on Younger alongside being a mother to her 4-year-old son Luca.
The former Disney star shares pics of her dogs, adorable child and all of her daily adventures.

Lydia Connell @lydia_connell
Lydia’s got Instagram background’s and poses down pat. When she’s not on the gram, Lydia shares a YouTube channel with her twin sister Lucy and has a collaboration with make-up brand, Eylure. Just a heads up, you may get serious travel envy from her feed.

Who are your faves to follow on Instagram

(my full list could easily be much longer than this!)