5 Instagram Accounts to Shake You Out of Your Social-Media Rut

Oct 9, 2017 | Jessica Ogilvie

Are you feeling uninspired when you scroll through Instagram? Or worse, are you getting stuck there for hours every day, sucked into other people’s pretty pictures but not motivated to make any of your own? If so, you may need to start following some people who will kick your ass — and, ironically, kick you off Instagram with their messages of empowerment. Here are a few of our favorites.

Iris Apfel

If you’re worried that you’re too old to start something new, or that the best years of your life have passed you by, head over to @iris.apfel STAT. The nonagenarian fashion icon proves that it doesn’t matter how old you are — for reals. It’s what you do with your time (and how you make it look online) that makes a difference.

Mark Cuban

We know, we know — Mark Cuban. But the man hasn’t amassed over 800,000 followers for nothing — his posts demonstrate a work-life balance, a realistic approach to business, and quite frankly, those (and we apologize in advance for this) are #goals.


Refinery29 Refinery29 started out as primarily a fashion site, but has become into an inspirational, progressive brand with a focus on social justice, identity, and self-love. Give it a follow if you’re interested in what 18-to-34-year-olds are up to these days; you know, your target demographic.

Luis Garcia

If you don’t mind a steady stream of quotes — or indeed, if your feed is somehow bereft of them — check out entrepreneur Luis Garcia’s account, “Law of Ambition.” Just knowing that he’s a vet is enough to motivate; after all, if he can fight for our freedom and come back ready to kick his own ass (and yours), there’s no reason for you to be doing anything less than living up to your full potential.

Desi Perkins

Want to know what the Instagram monster really wants? Follow Desi Perkins. With 3.5 million followers already, the lifestyle and beauty ‘grammer has perfected the selfie, the filter, and the steady stream of content — all while making it look effortless. She’s the influencer you love to hate.