Ditch the Instagram influencers, follow these people instead

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Let’s face it. That girl you follow on Instagram does not actually look like that.

In recent years the platform has become a breeding ground for perfectly tan and beautiful Kardashian-wannabe-influencers. In 2018, Instagram had 3.7 million sponsored posts from users selling perfect lifestyles, according to And unless you are one of these mythical people with perfect teeth, perfect clothes and a perfect life, chances are you might be feeling some negative vibes from the platform.

Before you go on a social media cleanse (like I did) try filling your feed with some more realistic and wholesome posts from the users below.

Mari Andrew @bymariandrew

Andrew, a poet, artist, and author, is known for her poignant and empathetic doodles she frequently posts on Instagram.


Celebrity Faces @celebfaces

Yes, we admit, following an account that mostly posts up-close shots of celebrity faces is a bit odd, but hear us out: Celeb Faces is well known for letting its followers see the imperfections of the ever-perfect celebrities we follow. Nothing like a nice zoomed-in shot of Ariana Grande’s bumpy chin to bring us back to reality.

Celeste Barber @celestebarber

And while we’re on the subject of reality, Celeste Barber is perhaps the most iconic Queen of Real. The Australian mom first got popular for her parodies of iconic Kardashian photos, and now uses her following to show how absurd celebrity fashion and photos look on your average person.

Jessamyn Stanley @mynameismynameisjessamyn

Stanley is a body-positivity advocate and seasoned yogi who focuses more on how you feel than how you look. Her feed is full of feel-good inspiration and yoga tutorials.

Bryan the Girl @bryanthegirl

Bryan, an artist from New Haven, Connecticut, not only shares pieces of her detailed, life-like drawings, but is also an avid supporter of mental health and hosts several podcasts with fellow artists. You can also pick up some quick tips from Bryan, who often posts little guides on sketching skills.

Bon and Pon @bonpon511

This Japanese couple has been married 39 years and like to match their outfits. It’s about as wholesome as Instagram can get, folks.

Chalk Magazine @chalkmag

Yes, this is a shameless plug for our own social media account. But what’s better than having your favorite student publication filling your feed with good stories?

Guy 1: Is the black market even real? Has anyone ever been on it?

Guy 2: I tried once but I couldn’t figure out how to get on.

Guy 1: I stayed up until 2 am watching Disney plus

Guy 2: I told my girlfriend I fell asleep but I was actually watching the Mandalorian.

Girl 1: How long have you guys been dating?

Girl 2: Since the summer, well actually for like two years but it’s a long story.

Girl 1: Who are you looking for?

Girl 2: This guy, wait I found him. Fanny pack boy. He flipped off my professor after a test and ran out of the classroom.

Girl 1: How did you choose KU? 

Girl 2: Honestly, I flipped a coin. 

Boy 1: Did I tell you? I think I had a three some this weekend.

Boy 2: Woah, hold up. You think?

Boy 1: I was born a Phi Delt.

Boy 2: Please don’t ever say that again.

Girl 1: How do you get your boobs to look like that?

Girl 2: I don’t ever wear a bra? I don’t know. 

Girl 1: I just really want a guy to bend me over you know?

Girl 2: How do you know? You’re a virgin!

Guy: Sometimes I wish I could just be a dog and sleep all day. 

Girl: You wake up at like three every day. 

Guy: I know.

Girl: So…

Guy: So does that make me a dog or something?

Girl 1: I wish I was a little bit taller.

Girl 2: I wish I was balder.

Girl 1: I wish I had a...wait, wait, wait balder?

Guy 1: Let’s slap dicks

Guy 2: You ever pee and it feels like throwing up?

Woman 1: *holding baby* He would have been safer at the Hawk

Woman 2: Oh absolutely.

Girl 1: I would never date that guy.

Girl 2: Well, it depends how much money he has.

Girl 1: I’m going to the doctor to see if I have bronchitis before I hook up with him again.

Girl 2: Yeah that’s smart so you don’t give it to anyone else. 

Girl 1: No I mean I want to make sure I infect him.

Guy 1: I'm cutting some of my unnecessary costs, starting with Juuling.

Guy 2: Ight man, good luck.

Guy 1: Actually I might just start chewing

Guy 1: How was work?

Guy 2: My manager was chastising me for not dressing up in a Halloween costume, she doesn’t understand I’m strictly here to get paid.

Guy 1: I am so tired of this week, man

Guy 2: Dude it’s Monday

Guy 1: I know

Person#1: I want to be on the first ship to mars

Person#2: Not me, I doubt they have Wi-Fi

Perons#1: Yeah but at least they’re evolving up there. We’re all just devolving.

Girl 1: Um, I don’t eat pig.

Girl 2: You eat bacon all the time, bitch.

Guy 1: You better get going. 

Guy 2: Yeah, see ya. I’m off to get some Adderall.

Girl 1: Are you home right now?

Girl 2: Yeah, why?

Girl 1: I bought a cat

Girl 1: I just don't understand what fishing is for.

Girl 2: I don't know. Food, maybe?

Guy: I’m just gonna have to like carry an entire box of spiders up the hill tomorrow.

Girl: What?

Guy: Yeah, just like a hundred spiders in a box.

Guy 1: Sometimes ya just gotta give yourself a haircut.

Guy 2: Dude, you shaved half your head. That’s not a haircut, that’s a mess.

Girl 1: Can you eat fruit raw?

Girl 2: How else are you supposed to eat it?

Girl: That class is killing us. ​But they say rest is for the dead.

Guy: Well, at least we'll be rested.

Girl: She's not in class this semester

Guy: Maybe she's dead

Girl: Or studying abroad