4 Inspiring Women On How They Use Instagram to Share Their Amazing Stories
There's no doubt that as far as social media platforms go, Instagram is one powerful community. It's birthed super models and crazy makeup challenges. But most importantly, it has created connections. Sure, we follow some of our favorite brands and celebrities, but the true power of Instagram is discovering "ordinary" people using the platform to showcase their extraordinary gifts.
That's why we talked to four amazing women from all different walks of life who are using Instagram to share empowering messages in their daily feeds. They told us in their own words what it means to share their stories. Meet the activist, two artists, and engineer you'll be happy you followed.
1. Alli Meade
Meade (@oldsoulstudio) is a 29-year-old female firefighter with a passion for welding and art. She uses Instagram to show how her professional and art careers unite when she utilizes her arc welding skills to create metal sculptures and furniture.
"Like most people, I use Instagram to tell my story. I live a very busy life, and Instagram has been the perfect tool for me to exhibit my passions to my friends, as well as the rest of the world. I'm a firefighter, artist, and welder... but my life doesn't stop there. I share my experiences with dog rescue, staying fit, riding my motorcycle, traveling, and so much more. It's a great way to document my adventurous life for my own amusement, but also to show, and hopefully inspire a few people along the way. Instagram has also been a great way to meet like-minded people who share my passions. I'm grateful to be part of such a diverse global community."
Johannet — who posts as [@codergirl] — is a 24-year-old female software engineer. She uses Instagram to capture the humor, challenges and excitement in her industry.
"I use my Instagram account to share my experiences working as a software engineer. The platform allows me to connect with people from all over the world, from different backgrounds and learning experiences, by capturing the passions and frustrations in software engineering and finding the humor in such moments. Through photography I am also able to include my own voice and sense of style (literally, I love fashion and lipstick and decoration) when capturing those moments. In doing so I try to challenge stereotypes about the software engineer and show that regardless of differences in style, we can all laugh about the same joys, struggles and pains. Hopefully I can show the world that you can love fashion and lipstick or whatever else interests you, and also love algorithms and designing systems!"
@roxx is a tattoo artist, and Instagram is the way she documents her work before it walks out the door. This image captures the transformative power of the tattoo, and celebrates her subject's survival and victory over breast cancer.
"As an artist, Instagram is a way of storytelling; keeping alive the idea of a oral history, but re-appropriating it as a visual history in order to meet the needs of our modern society. For me, the beauty of Instagram is that it is a seamless meeting of two of my greatest passions; photography and tattooing. I am able to take each of my clients incredible, and unique stories, not to mention the achievement of them enduring the process of getting these intense tattoos, and share it with a global audience, all from my studios in San Francisco & Los Angeles. Whether its getting tattoo to heal the wounds of breast cancer, a rite of passage, or a milestones of transformation, Instagram allows me to celebrate my clients and the warriors they are, as a living, breathing, constantly evolving portfolio."
4. Katie Meyler
My good friend @itsarchel started The Bombchel Factory (@shopbombchel) a way to teach women in Liberia how to sew. The women make incredible skirts like this one!!Become a #bombchel and help support the mission and more women in Liberia here: http://www.tinyurl.com/shopbombchel She's even bringing some of the older @morethanmeorg students in as interns! #proudofmyfriend #togetherwecan
Meyler, aka @katiemeyler moved to Liberia 10 years ago, when she was 23. She started More Than Me, a school with wraparound services to empower vulnerable girls. Then Ebola hit. She fought with everything she had—Instagram being one of her tools in which she showed photos and stories of people on the front lines. Today, More Than Me is working with the government of Liberia to rebuild the entire education system.
At @pttow the energy and messages here from some of the strongest brands in the world are feeding my soul. I 100% believe that we are in charge of what happens in our lives and I have decided that my dream is to #makeherdreamscometrue and my girls dream of a Liberia where every child has access to their basic human right to safe, healthy quality education. I need your help to do it. #togetherwecan
"I was standing in the middle of chaos. My neighbor was knocking on my gate with a dying baby in her hands asking for help, another 17-year-old boy was already deceased and laying in a room and no one was coming to get his body. Dede and her four children were all sick, they called for an ambulance and no one was coming, the world was frozen in fear. News reported the science behind the Ebola virus, the symptoms over and over again. They talked about the region it was coming from but no one knew my neighbors, Dede and her four children. They didn't know 3-year-old Pearlina who sat on the stairs of an ambulance in a pink party dress after watching her mom pass away next to her with no where to go because the community was too afraid to take her in. People outside of Liberia didn't understand that this was not another planet or universe, this was Liberia, a place with kids like my namesake, Baby Kate who is obsessed with dress up, dancing and playing with my iPhone. This is a place filled with people, families and children who have dreams, friends and lives that may look different on the outside but at the core are very much similar to all of us. The Instagram community has been on my journey with me. We have gone from starting a school together to fighting Ebola to now joining together to help Liberia rebuild and strengthen it's entire education system so that every child has a right to her basic human rights. The dialogue gets very real and the people behind the comments and likes are more than just numbers they are the family that makes this journey possible and continues to inspire me and our team along the way. Together we really are making history and this is just the beginning." #doingtheimpossible #together #forthegirls
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