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Fashion Creatives to Follow on Instagram for Positive Vibes and Much-Needed Laughs

As news reports grow increasingly distressing, here's where to get your fix of joy and inspiration.
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How many times during a normal day do you find yourself taking a pause from your productivity to scroll your favorite internet destinations for a much-needed mental break? Take that same scenario, put it at the center of a global health crisis that requires almost everyone to stay at home all day for the foreseeable future, and the need for some positive vibes is more imperative than ever. 

The seemingly obvious solution for anyone living in 2020 would probably be to search the internet for the mood-boosting experience we seek. Yet our news and Twitter feeds, as well as email inboxes, are saturated more than ever with disheartening updates on the state of the world. So where do we turn for some much-needed positive vibes during an often emotionally draining time?

Beyond the legions of celebrities making TikTok dances, many people have turned to Instagram, putting their hopes in some of their favorite creatives for not only a mood boost, but a sense of normalcy. "We are going to need your art more than ever!" one user wrote on a recent post of comedian Benny Drama. "I adore you!!!!!" commented actress Zoe Kravitz on another recent post by comedian Rickey Thompson. Ahead, learn about some of our favorite fashion creatives who consistently deliver positive vibes on their Instagram accounts, using inspiration and humor to create the uplifting content we all need right now.

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Everyone knows that there is definitely no shortage of captivating dog accounts on Instagram (bless). Yet there are your typical internet dog accounts, and then there is canine style icon Boobie Billie. The fashionable chihuahua is all but shy about her social status (her Instagram bio reads "I am my own woman"), and she puts together the most detailed, fabulous outfits I have ever seen on the internet. Down to the shoes and accessories, each bright outfit is perfectly coordinated, and Boobie's poised modeling skills only increase the positive vibes. Each photo, seemingly cuter than last, has us wondering if her wardrobe comes in human sizes (but if you have your own fashionable dog, you may just be in luck).

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"I cannot go out with my Susan Alexandra bag without getting tons of compliments," is a common piece of feedback to accessories designer Susan Korn, best known by her mulltitudes of endearing customers as Susan Alexandra. The designer began creating her signature colorful creations on the side, as an escape while working a different fashion industry job that left her feeling all but creative. Taking inspiration from profound and unexpected sources, Korn's ability to produce products that bring out her clientele's inner child while honing a talent for storytelling within every piece has fostered much more than a wildly successful customer base. Fans of Susan Alexandra have formed a true community around the designer, her aesthetic, and her beloved chihuahua, Pigeon, keeping the positive vibes going in all directions.

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Benny Drama (also known as Benito Skinner) has long had a cult following for his uncanny ability to rule the internet. Fans know him best for creations including skits about shows like Keeping Up With the Kardashians (where he impersonates every character), monthly astrology installations in which he acts out each star sign, and impressions of songstress and L'Officiel USA cover alum Lana Del Rey. Skinner's genius seems to lie in his ability to personify the specific intricacies of being a millennial while simultaneously forcing his own generation to laugh at themselves, fostering positive vibes along the way since his followers understand the inside jokes.

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At first glance upon one of Nicole McLaughlin's creations, you might first wonder how it's done before asking, "Can I eat that?" The inventive artist uses unconventional and often edible materials to make clothing items like vests, shorts and shoes, and the result is utterly mesmerizing. You may recognize her work from a highly reposted image of her baguette vest, or perhaps from her gummy bear shorts, but one thing is for sure: McLaughlin is definitely the queen of multi-functional fashion.

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I am convinced that one simply cannot keep a straight face while watching a series of Rickey Thompson videos. The 24-year-old internet personality and comedian says his goal is to make people feel happy while viewing his content, and his humorous positive vibes have brought him much success. With his lighthearted but fully committed dancing videos, Thompson knows how to add just the right amount of silliness, while his pep-talk videos are altogether just as uplifting. With over 5 million Instagram followers and counting, as well as a slew of media awards, it seems that Thompson has found the perfect recipe for brightening spirits all around the world.

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Amidst the sea of neutral fashion feeds that populate Instagram, wearing black doesn't seem to be an option for Copenhagen-based influencer Anne Johannsen. Her affinity for dressing in head-to-toe pastels while putting together well-styled ensembles has often inspired her audience to take new risks with their own wardrobes. But whether you want to add more color to your life or keep wearing black while admiring the positive vibes from afar, scrolling through Johanssen's never-ending collection of multi-colored interiors and bright outfits will make her a rewarding follow for lots of time to come.

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Popular for pioneering some of last summer's biggest nail trends, like "jelly nails" and "seaglass nails," Jessica Washick is one of the most-watched accounts for all things manicure design. While her original creations are hard to recreate on your own, there's currently a lot of time to practice all the details, and when all else fails following her Instagram will give you strong inspiration for future nail appointments. 

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Sometimes it seems as though cats can be the underrated counterparts to dogs on social media, and for that reason, we definitely could not leave our feline friends off this list. Just as fashionable as Boobie Billie, Zappa the Cat emanates positive vibes with her colorful round sunglasses and luxe hoodies. The stylish Netherlands-based kitty also takes a realistic approach, as she repeats her exceptional outfits from time to time.

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A local hero in New York, the Green Lady of Brooklyn has been dedicating her life and Instagram account to full-on lime green outfits since as early as 2017 (her first recorded post). Since then, her posts have been filled with local fans who stop her on the street or subway platform to snap a picture with her and share how much her outfits bring them joy. Showing off her green hair and love of gardening, each selfie the Green Lady takes with fellow city residents resembles a celebrity sighting, as all parties sport ear-to-ear smiles and joyful eyes. 

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