“Ladies is pimps too, go and brush your shoulders off.” Jay Z got the sentiment that we’ve been feeling since basically forever—or as the main boss lady in both his (and our) life said best, “Who run the world? Girls.”
Now more than ever, female entrepreneurs are leading the charge when it comes to the world’s industries, and we don’t want to miss a second of it. So obviously, we’re taking the millennial approach and watching the action from afar the way that any self-respecting social-media addict would—from Instagram.
From Sophia Amoruso being a #GirlBoss in fashion to Ava DuVernay changing the film industry one movie at a time, here are 10 boss ladies you should be following on Instagram.
Sophia Amoruso: As the originator of the #GirlBoss, Sophia Amoruso is definitely a woman to watch in the near future. The Nasty Gal founder is expanding her already-ubiquitous empire with a Netflix series. We know we'll be tuning in.
Jennifer Fisher: Jennifer Fisher's signature jewelry has been seen on the likes of Rihanna, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Chrissy Teigen, but her high-profile clients aren't the only snaps you'll see on her Instagram. The designer also is a whiz with motivational quotes and does a pretty dope foodstagram as well.
Yael Aflalo: Those gorgeous floral dresses and perfectly cut jumpsuits you've been seeing on everyone from the girl in your local coffee shop to models Karlie Kloss and Emily Ratajkowski are all thanks to Yael Aflalo, who started the cult favorite brand Reformation. Her line isn't just easy on the eyes, though—it makes a concentrated effort to conserve the earth's resources by using recycled fabrics and sustainable practices. That's definitely style we'd like to endorse.
Emily Weiss: Emily Weiss turned her beauty obsession into a cool-girl online destination with a skin-care and beauty line to match. Her website Into the Gloss features an irreverent insider's view of beauty, while Glossier has become a new industry favorite with skin-care and makeup products that are destined for cult status.
Julia Fox: Julia Fox's fashion label Franziska Fox has been worn by the likes of Kylie Jenner, Rumer Willis, and Iggy Azalea—but the real draw of following Fox is to see her fierce version of feminism in real time; with slyly ironic selfies and an unapologetic embrace of her sexuality, Fox does as she pleases—and documents it all on the 'Gram.
Lisa Price: Lisa Price, or as you might know her, Carol's Daughter, founded her hair and skin-care company focused on bringing amazing natural products to the beauty market. She named her company after her mother, Carol Hutson; her feed is a celebration of diverse beauty and glimpses into her everyday life.
Claire Distenfeld: Distenfeld opened her boutique, Fivestory, on a whim after a series of existential life crises and job changes. Now her shop has become the destination for the ultimate designer curation, as evidenced by her selfies both in and out of the store.
Leah McSweeney: McSweeney started her streetwear brand in 2004 after seeing that there were no labels for women in the market. Using money from a police settlement as start-up collateral, she created Married to the Mob, proving that the need in the market was real indeed.
Miki Agrawal: Miki Agrawal made waves in the past year with her brand of period panties, called Thinx. She is also the author of a book called Do Cool Sh*t and a tech entrepreneur.
Ava DuVernay: DuVernay is the first African-American female director to receive a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination for her work on" Selma." Additionally, she's founded a production company called Array that focuses on creating films by women and people of color.