Instagram is a great place to get inspired, and these women are some of the most inspiring black female Instagrammers out there. They’re also worth checking out for their talent and humor. 

What you might also be interested in knowing, is that many of the most popular celebrities and models on Instagram, aren’t actually as popular as it seems. The reason for this is simply that many of them will buy Instagram followers in order to make their count look much larger.

Let’s now take a look at some of the most popular black women on Instagram in 2023.

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o is a Kenyan-Mexican actress and fashion icon.

She has a large following on Instagram, where she shares pictures of herself and friends, family and pets, travel adventures and favorite books.

Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones is an actress, screenwriter and producer. She is the daughter of music producer Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton. Jones has starred in Parks and Recreation and The Office, as well as appearing in films such as I Love You Man (2009) and Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012).

In addition to her acting career, Jones co-founded Le Train Train production company with director Paul Feig after they met while working on The Office together. The company has produced several popular shows including Bridesmaids (2011), Spy (2015) and The Last Man On Earth (2015).

Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union is an actress, activist and author. She’s been in movies like Bad Boys II and Think Like a Man. In 2017 she wrote a book called We’re Going to Need More Wine, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.

In 2016 she married NBA player Dwyane Wade after they had dated since 2011.

Issa Rae

Issa Rae is an American actress, producer and writer. She is best known for creating and starring in the comedy series Insecure. She also starred in the film The Hate U Give.

Rae has won several awards for her work including two Primetime Emmy Awards (for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series) and two Golden Globe Awards (for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy).

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae is a famous black singer, songwriter and actress who has a net worth of $8 million. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri on December 1st 1985. She’s best known for her role in Hidden Figures where she played Mary Jackson alongside Taraji P Henson and Octavia Spencer.

Monae has been vegan since 2012 after watching the documentary Earthlings which highlights animal cruelty behind the food industry and cosmetics testing on animals.

Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay is a director, screenwriter, and producer who has made waves in Hollywood for her work on Selma, A Wrinkle in Time and 13th. She’s also the first black woman to direct a film nominated for a Golden Globe–and she won that award for Best Director! If you’re looking for some inspiration from one of the women at the forefront of our industry today (and maybe even want to follow her on Instagram), check out Ava DuVernay’s feed here:

Lena Waithe

Lena Waithe is a powerhouse. The actress, director, writer, and producer is best known for her role as Denise in the Netflix television series Master of None and her Emmy Award-winning episode “Thanksgiving”. In addition to being an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights (she came out as gay while accepting her award), she also co-created The Chi with Common–a show that explores life in Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods through the eyes of its residents.

Lena has always been open about who she is on social media–and we love it! She’s used Instagram as a platform to share important messages about race relations in America and advocate for the LGBTQ community. We love following Lena because she always has something positive or inspiring to say; no matter what happens in our world today, you can count on Lena Waithe being there to uplift everyone around her with positivity!

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg is a comedian and actress best known for her roles in Sister Act, Ghost and The Color Purple. She has hosted The View since 2007, and she was the first black woman to win an Emmy Award for comedy.

In addition to being an accomplished actress, Whoopi is also known for her activism work. She co-founded Kids Off the Block after learning about gang violence from her son’s school friends; this organization provides support services to youth affected by violence or poverty. In 2016 she became one of Oprah Winfrey’s ‘Legends’ at an event honoring women who have made significant contributions toward racial equality

Tiffany Haddish

Tiffany Haddish is an actress, comedian and author. She has appeared in several comedy specials and movies including the 2018 film Girls Trip. Haddish’s performance in this movie earned her nominations for Best Supporting Actress at the Satellite Awards and Golden Globe Awards.

She also hosts The Last OG on TBS which premiered in April 2019. In addition to her acting career, Tiffany is known as someone who speaks up about issues that affect black women such as police brutality against unarmed black citizens and unfair treatment by society overall (especially when it comes to beauty standards). She uses her platform wisely by speaking out against injustice while simultaneously making us laugh with her quick wit and comedic timing

Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross is a talented actress and producer with an impressive resumé. She has won an Emmy and a Golden Globe, starred in many movies and TV shows, and she’s even done some voice acting. In addition to her acting career, she’s also known for her fashion sense–she was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People magazine in 2017.

These women are worth checking out on social media.

These women are worth checking out on social media.

They’re all talented, inspiring and successful in their own right.


These women are worth checking out on social media. They’re funny, insightful and inspirational. Their Instagram accounts are a great place to find inspiration and motivation in your own life!