“Who run the world? Girls!” It’s hard to believe it’s been six whole years since Beyonce first belted out those iconic words. But there’s no doubt that in 2017, they’re truer than ever. Everywhere we look, there are inspiring ladies absolutely dominating their respective fields. From startups to entertainment and the sporting world, there’s no shortage of amazing female role models across pretty much every industry. These inspiring girl bosses are more accessible to us than ever, thanks to the wonderful world of Instagram. Through their feeds, we get an inside look into the incredible empires they’ve built for themselves (as well as their jealousy-inducing lifestyles). So, if you need a little extra motivation to keep smashing goals in your career, these are the boss babes you should be following on Instagram.
Zoe Foster-Blake @zotheysay
It doesn’t get much more #lifegoals than Zoe Foster-Blake. Not only does she have the cutest family ever (with another bub on the way) she’s also the brains behind cruelty-free skincare brand, Go-To. Did we mention that she’s also authored four books (one of which has been turned into a TV show, The Wrong Girl) and is side-splittingly hilarious on social media? If you don’t already follow her, what are you waiting for?
Lisa Messenger @lisamessenger
If you’ve ever picked up a copy of The Collective, chances are, you couldn’t take your eyes off its gorgeous, minimalistic design. Founder and editor-in-chief Lisa Messenger’s Instagram feed is basically a digital extension of that aesthetic (but more personal). You’ll find inspirational quotes, wanderlust-inducing travel shots and glimpses into the amazing life Lisa has created for herself.
Sophia Amoruso @sophiaamoruso
Sophia Amoruso is pretty much the OG girl boss. The creator of Nasty Gal vintage wrote a book about her career journey called #GIRLBOSS in 2014 and that’s when the term took off! Since then, Sophia has started her own podcast, Girlboss Radio and the book has been turned into a TV show of the same name, airing on Netflix in April. One of our favourite things about Sophia is how real she is (despite her amazing success) and her Instagram feed is a true reflection of that.
Jessica Gomes @iamjessicagomes
Unlike many of the other women on this list, Jessica is pretty new to the whole entrepreneur thing — and we absolutely love watching her journey! The model recently launched her skincare range, Equal Beauty and her feed is a great snapshot of what it’s like to juggle multiple roles. That is, modelling, acting and running her new beauty empire!
Jane Lu @thelazyceo
The name of Showpo CEO Jane’s Instagram account says it all! While there’s definitely been nothing lazy about the fashion entrepreneur’s rise to success, we love her down-to-earth approach. Her feed is the perfect example of the work hard, play hard lifestyle, making it a must-follow for career inspo.
Leandra Medine @leandramcohen
Even if you don’t consider yourself a fashionista, we bet you’ve heard of Man Repeller. The blog has amassed a following of more than 2 million people per month, thanks to its satirical approach to the often ridiculous world of fashion. At its helm is founder Leandra Medine and we love following her on Insta for her hilarious sense of humour, quirky outfits and busy NYC lifestyle.
Sarah Holloway @spoonful_of_sarah
Ever wondered how entrepreneurs stay healthy while running a company? Then head on over to Sarah’s Instagram, as she owns not one but two successful businesses — Matcha Maiden and St. Kilda’s Matcha Mylkbar cafe. She does all this while posting snaps of her healthy lifestyle and delicious, colourful meals on Instagram — and we’re not complaining!
Emily Weiss @emilywweiss
In 2010, Emily Weiss started a beauty blog as a side project while she was working as a fashion assistant at Teen Vogue. 7 years later, she leads a team of 45 employees at Into The Gloss, as well as running its sister skincare company, Glossier. If that’s not inspiring, I don’t know what is! Her Insta is an absolute must-follow for anyone who wants to build a career in the beauty world.
Beck Wadworth @anorganisedlife
If you’re in need of some motivation to become more organised and productive, look no further than Beck’s account. The founder of stationary brand An Organised Life’s feed is all minimalism, meetings and monochrome. It’s pretty much impossible not to feel the urge to revamp your workspace when you check out her Instagram!
Jessica Alba @jessicaalba
If you’re not familiar with The Honest Company, you may be surprised to see Jessica on this list. But as the co-founder of the non-toxic household products company, you’re far more likely to find her in the boardroom than the big screen these days! Her Instagram gives us a glimpse into her fabulous life and how she balances being a mum-of-two with being a businesswoman.
Lauryn Evarts @theskinnyconfidential
The Skinny Confidential founder and creative director Lauryn definitely puts the girly in girl boss. Pretty much every one of her Instagram snaps features pink in one form or another, but don’t be fooled — she’s one business-savvy babe who has managed to transform a hobby blog into a bonafide lifestyle empire!