Last week, Revolve, an e-commerce fashion site, came under fire for its lack of diversity after the brand posted an Instagram photo of a group of influencers that excluded darker skinned and plus-size women. The photo sparked a backlash, and an outpouring of responses from women of color about the serious lack of representation, not just at Revolve, but in the entire influencer and blogger community.
She went on to note, “It’s about what is celebrated on a larger scale, and what is not. When what you see being shared and praised and reposted and pushed out by brands and companies and media is the same look, aesthetic, and people, it tells a very clear story and sends a very clear message.”
And it’s not just about race—Gardner makes the point that this is about diversity of styles, too: “This is why the visibility is essential, and why representation matters. And it’s why I show up and share my life and try my hardest to inspire everyday.”Instagram’s own algorithm is part of the problem. The “discover” feed is based on people that you follow, so you’re only going to find accounts that are similar to what you’re already seeing.
But there’s an easy solution: Diversify your Instagram feed. You can start by following these 47 creative people of color, who are sharing their beautiful, inspiring designs every day. Many thanks to Gardner who highlighted some of these accounts in her own feed.
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Designer and founder of SG Style
, a blog dedicated to small space living, boho vibes, and colorful spaces.
Interior designer, owner of home decor shop The Black Home Design
Owner of the colorful and eclectic vintage furniture boutique Dressing Rooms Interiors
in Charlotte, NC.
Memphis-based interior designer and stylist, founder of Nubi Interiors
and the blog Cohesive Randomness
SoCal-based blogger and interior designe
r with plenty of plant knowledge, named
Domino’s Best New Design Blog for 2017.
Forbes + Masters
A full-service interior design firm based in Atlanta and run by two young designers, Tavia Forbes and Monet Masters, who bring a fresh, eclectic aesthetic to every project.
Product stylist, brand influencer, and blogger
from Rhode Island with a thing for DIYs and her pitbull, Opal.
Army wife, mama of three, and creator of Design Addict Mom
with a penchant for color.
The originalplant mom
living in Northern California. Owner of The Decor Adobe
, avintage etsy
Chicago-based interior design consultant with an eye for texture, founder of Mylene Raspado Design.
Lifestyle blogger, designer, best-selling author, and creator of The Jungalow
who brought boho to the everyday masses with The New Bohemian series
Artist, small-space dweller, and plant lover, Carter shares greenery-filled photos and inspiration on his feed and sells handmade products on Things by HC
. Take a tour of his home here
Blogger, interior designer, founder of Nicole Gibbons Studio
, and TV personality currently living in New York City.
has become the go-to designer for start-ups, so you’ll find a lot of minimalist lofts and co-working spaces on the feed of this NYC-based designer.
Product development consultant and founder of Stephen Burks Man Made
, a design-driven studio that puts authentic handmade goods and production first.
Creative director, graphic artist, DIYer, expert entertainer, and founder of Marabou Design
Brooklyn-based husband and wife design duo
known for their hospitality interiors and clean, minimalist designs.
New York-based interior designer and founder of her eponymous full-service design firm
. She was also the winner of HGTV’s Design Star in 2012.
New York-based artist and founder of Malene B. Atelier
, an art and design practice specializing in fine art, limited edition prints, textiles, and design products.
Interior designer, author, and entrepreneur best known for creating Harlem Toile de Jouy
, a wallpaper and textile pattern featuring stereotypes of the African-American experience.
Interior designer and founder of Halden Interiors
. Projects range from a penthouse in Tribeca to an estate in San Jose.
Charlotte Bravo Cannon
Baltimore-based artist and designer crafting minimalist trays and coasters (which you can buy on West Elm
), wall hangings, textiles, and prints. Founder of the Vintage Vogue
known for his use of bold colors, luxurious materials, stately furnishings, and intricate wallpaper to create elevated spaces.
Interior designer and fashionista working her magic in Baltimore.
Washington, DC-based interior designer
, author of two design books, and owner of an eponymous home design shop.
President and creative director of Keita Turner Design, an NYC-based firm serving both residential and commercial clients.
Based in South Florida and originally from Jamaica, White’s interior design work is inspired by the bold colors and textures of the Caribbean.
Interior designer, life coach, and creator of curated travel retreats for women.
Blogger and small space maven constantly improving and styling her family’s home in Sacramento. She also has a super cute cottage studio, pictured here.
Textile designer and founder of Bolé Road Textiles
, which works with artisans in Getachew’s native Ethiopia to weave colorful modern products that are ethically source.
Industrial and interior designer sharing her eclectic style, DIY, and secondhand shopping tips on her blog Domicile 37
Co-owner of Woodson and Rummerfield’s House of Design
and Save Iconic Architecture
, an organization that aims to spotlight significant sites in need of preservation.
New York City decorator with a love of bold colors andvintage rugs
A self proclaimed “handy wannabe” Ursula is a fabulous DIYer who makes the inexpensive look luxe. Tons of her genius ideas can be found on her blog, Home by Carmona.
Based out of West Palm Beach, Jackson-Bertrand’s style is full of bright colors, pretty pineapples, and seaside vibes.
Stay-at-home mom of three, photographer, and talented party planner, DeLangie makes sure all her tips and decor tricks are budget friendly.
Mother, blogger, and interior designer who embraces real-life messes and down-home, easy meals. Yuni shares her homelife ideas on Love Your Abode
D. Bryant Archie
A New York-based textile design studio
that works with women cooperatives in Guatemala.
Working with luxe Indian materials and styles like teak wood and jute, Shroff
creates modern, bespoke furniture with a traditional twist. His work with Spanish architecture firm Inaki Abalos
has also influenced his designs, featuring a minimalist twist with some loud accents.
Founder ofdiy blogGrillo Designs
, and winner of the Pinner’s Choice Award
in the inaugural Domino Design Blog Awards.
You’ll find clean, monochromatic home decor, craft tips, and more on the blog Fearfully and Wonderfully made by Carli
Globally influenced home and lifestyle tips from a homemaker to a biracial and bilingual family. Home DIYs, decorating guides, and more can be found on Casa Watkins Living.
Fashion and detail-obsessed celebrity interior architect, decorator, and founder of Joy Moyler Interiors
Glamorous, affordable decor and tasty recipes plus tons of black, white, and floral combos from Monica Wants It.
Atlanta-based interior designer Erika Ward shares her latest projects and design inspo.