From the beauty mavericks fighting for diversity to the fashion influencers who don't just dress like everyone else, welcome to Marie Claire's first ever influencer power list - thank you 51.5* million followers
Influence: the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behaviour of someone or something.** In a rapidly changing and increasingly uncertain world, sharing thoughts, ideas and inspiration with like-minded women has never been more important. This month, we bring you our inaugural #MarieClaireVerified power list in partnership with Freixenet, a carefully curated network of game-changers from the worlds of fashion, beauty, lifestyle and health.
From micro-influencers with the efficacy to engage and start conversations, to Instagram icons who are changing the face of fashion and beauty for a new generation, over the coming months, we’ll be collaborating with these 30 women. Why? Because their voices are shaping the way we think, behave, and actually live, and their passions and values chime with our own. Prepare to be inspired.
*Number of followers based on combined figures across Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook
**Oxford Dictionaries definition.
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The fashion game-changers inspiring style and individuality...
Shini says: ‘I want to encourage more women to create rather than just consume. It’s easy to scroll Instagram passively, but better to use your experiences to tell your own story.’
The stylist built up a huge following by documenting her fashion finds and styling tips on her website Wearing It Today. She is also the co-founder of digital magazine and shopping destination Wardrobe ICONS.
She speaks six languages and turned down a job at JP Morgan to become a style influencer. Passionate about gender equality, Tchoumi recently spoke at the UN about the power of digital women.
She’s passionate about showing that confidence comes from acceptance, and that size is no barrier to style. What started as a diet diary has now morphed into a ‘body-shame free’ corner of the internet.
At the age of 24, Davies was Fleet Street’s youngest-ever fashion editor. She’s since become a mother, stylist, fashion journalist and brand consultant, who shares insights and inspiration on her blog The Edited.
Stedman is author of The Frugality blog – luxury living for the cash-strapped millennial. Think tips for scouting the best high-street buys, while still funding the occasional Gucci bag.
The mental-health hero kick-starting the important conversations...
She turned to YouTube for help with her own mental-health issues after feeling let down by professional therapy, and soon began uploading candid videos talking about her struggles. Lejeune now has an online community of 100,000 subscribers.
The lifestyle gurus giving us daily inspiration...
After moving nine times in 14 years, the former fashion-retail worker began documenting her love of interior design on Instagram. Her thrift-shop finds attracted so much attention that she began blogging full-time.
These two friends with a mutual obsession with food joined forces to share their love of cooking and entertaining. They also have a cookbook and homeware range and are our food columnists.
After bursting on to the food scene alongside her sister Jasmine, Hemsley became an author, cook, presenter and blogger. She continues to promote health and nutrition through her feel-good recipes, including for the fundraising initiative #CookForSyria.
The beauty mavericks encouraging diversity...
Dina says: ‘People assume young Muslim women should be a certain way. I started [my blog] because I couldn’t relate to other beauty blogs, and it turns out that lots of women felt the same.’
Also known as Sprinkle of Glitter, Pentland began blogging about beauty and moved on to document the highs and lows of motherhood. She soon launched on YouTube where her vlogging career went stellar. She’s now a change ambassador for the UN, fighting for gender equality.
The parenting bloggers telling it how it is...
A blog for ‘people who happen to be parents’, Whitehouse is the ultimate example of how the fun doesn’t end when you have kids – in fact, it’s just the beginning. Her favourite hashtag? #Parentingtheshitoutoflife.
The health pros championing body positivity...
AJ says: ‘There was a time when I had to define my career as one thing, but now I can embrace all my passions – writing, presenting and fitness.’
Shield quit her corporate job in advertising to travel around South America after having a ‘full-on meltdown’. She’s now a motivational speaker, author of LifeTonic and meditation ambassador for Lululemon.
The badass women reminding us not to take life too seriously...
Younger is the antidote to ‘clean eating’ we didn’t know we needed. Regularly uploading pics of her, erm, ‘healthy’ recipes with a twist, she serves up a side of humour with every post.