‘Girl power’ illustrators you should be following on Instagram

By Holly S on 20 November 2018

These fierce females are using instagram as a platform for discussion and expression. Their artworks challenge the norms of society and what it means to be a woman in an ever increasing consumerist and image perfect world.


Polly Nor’s debut show in London last year has led her to collaborations with the likes of Gucci as well as a second solo London show. Her trademark devil-human-skinned characters crept into our Instagram feeds reiterating ideologies of teenhood and female hardships.


Check out the satirical intricacies of Laura Callaghan’s illustrations. Hidden messages such as ’Win a free college education’ and ‘let them eat cake’ adorn her drawings challenging our consumerist and image-obsessed society.


You may have seen Helen Downie’s illustrations adorning the S/S 2018 capsule collection of Gucci. Her mythical, fashionistas live in a whimsical otherworld which will have you encaptured. Her message focuses on adolescence and innocence, giving girls and women the empowerment to ‘paint themselves’ as whoever they want to be.


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Sarcastic slogans and girls with resting bitch face. Representing the millennial female, the hilarious accuracy of her illustrations will immediately make you relate.


Her blocky, hairy-legged, colourful figures have picked up big clients such as Teen Vogue and The New York Times. And the message behind her work? Her bio says it all: ‘Dismantling societal tropes set upon women’.

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