It goes without saying how important social media has become in our everyday lives – especially in public relations. Once used solely for entertainment purposes, social media is becoming B I G business – fast. People are often criticized for having their noses stuck in their phones or their faces buried behind a computer, but the thing is we kind of have to do it. I don’t really find myself craving that “blue light” like some people, but in order to stay successful in my career I do need to be on my phone, and honestly, I find myself caring less and less about falling into the typical millennial stereotype. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy being present and taking time to “unplug,” but the more time I spend on social the more I am persuaded to be my own person, regardless of molds society thinks I fit into.

Growing up with two older brothers, I was always unapologetically a tomboy, and in high school, that wasn’t “cool.” While I hate to admit it, I found myself wanting to become more girly, leaving my tomboyish ways behind. That’s not to say I was comfortable, but like everyone else, I wanted to be liked. So, slowly, I began to change my ways; until I found myself through social media.

I followed people I thought I could learn from, and they taught me to not care – simple as that. As I stopped adhering to what I thought was “cool,” my self-esteem skyrocketed, and let me tell you, I am THRIVING. Just by seeing how these people behaved on Instagram, I was inspired to do my own thing and not care what anyone thinks in the process. Below are 5 kick-ass Instagram ladies who inspire me to be myself, regardless of what everyone else is doing.

If you know me, you know how much I love The Salty Blonde. Halley Elefante’s style is amazing, she swears like a sailor and she can always be found with a beer in her hand. I don’t know how she does it, but I’m here for it.

Ivy Miller is the ultimate cool girl. Most models on Instagram post selfies and call it a day. Ivy does whatever she wants and never apologizes for it. AND she’s dating pro snowboarder Scotty James so it’s nice to see a photo of him every once in a while.

I like to amuse the idea that I’m creative, so it’s important to me to feel inspired artistically. Lauren Webster is an Australia-based artist with a western vibe, mixing in surfing, skating and fashion with her painting. She’s super talented and unique and I’m obsessed.

After going to school in Vermont, surrounded by snowboarders and skiers, I became a little too interested in watching edits. But the sport has brought some pretty cool people into my life. Maude Raymond is a pro skier, and a tomboy who has rocked the ski industry to its core. She reminds me it’s okay to not be girly all the time and to keep doing the things I love.

The Founder of Man Repeller, Leandra Medine is both hilarious and intelligent. She’s also insanely stylish and has a way of making things work then they really shouldn’t. By watching her presence on social, I’ve learned not only what to buy, but how to not always take myself so seriously.

When people ask me who I’m most inspired by, it’s hard to pinpoint just one person. While I’m certain my mom is my ultimate role model, these ladies sort of molded me in different ways and constantly remind me that being different is a good thing. Who inspires you to be true yourself?

Meagan Smith


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