The 20 Most Stylish Kenyans on Instagram

These 20 fabulous Kenyan Instagram accounts should be your go-to style guides.

Kenyans are known for style and these instagrammers are the best of the bunch.

Some on this list have been noticed by the likes of Vogue, Elle, and African Digital Art—to name a few. Others have started businesses based purely on their love for fashion.

For the experimental makeup addicts among you, budding photographers and fashion lovers, there's plenty of East African talent worth following on Instagram.

Take a look.

1. Katungulu Mwendwa

One of Kenya’s fast-rising designers, Mwenda’s aesthetic is modern and minimalistic. Her designs have featured on Vogue Italia’s Talent Platform page.

2. Silvia Njoki

The Central St. Martin alum is a fashion stylist and blogger, whose DIY blog for her infant developed into a legit fashion resource that landed her a 2015 Nickelodeon ‘Favorite African Blogger’ nomination.

I just shared 10 outfits for every occasion in the cold on Stay warm and stylish ??

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3. Sunny Dolat 

He is the brains behind the Nest Collective’s fashion videos, one of which featured Vivienne Westwood model Ajuma Nasayena.


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4. Ami Doshi Shah

The jewelry and adornment designer features her statement pieces on Instagram, and has showcased her work at the Festival for Fashion and Art (FAFA).

5. Adele Dejak 

The Nigerian-born designer started her own label after failing to find pieces she wanted to wear in stores. The brand collaborated with Salvatore Ferragamo in 2013 and continues to create world class accessories and jewelry.

>> Amandla Capsule collection will be launched on Saturday. <<

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6. Diana Opoti 

One of the few fashion PR pros in Kenya, Opoti regularly features fabulous designers on her Instagram page. She was named one of New African’s 100 most influential people in 2014.

7. Nancie Mwai 

Kenya’s first famous fashion blogger had a baby, took some time off and came back with a more mature look for her blog, The Fashion Notebook. Expect picture-perfect posts from the fashion lover on fitness, fashion and beauty.

8. KenyanStylista

Franklin Saiylel made a name for himself as Kenya’s leading blogger for men’s fashion, and even started a made to measure suits business.

9. BryanEmry 

He worked as an assistant stylist for Annabel Onyango on the set of Sauti Sol’s smash video, "Sura Yako," and continues to collaborate with photographers and designers on new projects, including Suave Kenya.

10. 2manysiblings 

Kenya’s leading stylepreneurs, Velma Rossa and Papa Petit, are behind the “Thrift Social" events in Nairobi. The duo featured in the book Fashion Cities Africa by fashion journo Hannah Pool.

london crossing Ph: @amaalsaid #2manysiblings #2msinlondon #londonstories #london

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11. Ichyulu 

Ichyulu is an online store offering select designer edits for anyone looking to find cool new clothes from labels like LaLesso and Katungulu Mwendwa.

12. Joy Kendi

The scriptwriter is loved for her personality, fashion sense and fun makeup looks that can be found on her Instagram page.

13. Ann McCreath 

The Scottish-born head designer and CEO of Kiko Romeo, Kenya’s oldest contemporary label, showcases all things arts and culture in and around the country.

With the lovely Annabel, stylist extraordinaire...those specs

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14. Sarah Waiswa 

Lafrohemien is a popular photographer who the British Museum, London commissioned to contribute images for Fashion Cities Africa. The Nairobi-based, Ugandan-born Waiswa's striking portrait and travel photography is a hit with her 29,000 followers.

15. Kepha Maina

This designer is a trained architect with a reputation for having excellent detail in his work.

16. This Is Ess

The popular award winning fashion blogger has 177,00 followers and is a photogenic media personality with a loyal following.

#Repost @edithkimani Rise and shine! ☀️☀️☀️ #ThisIsEssExplores #ForodhaniHouseLamu

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17. Lyra Aoko 

The blogger and journalist posts beautiful pictures on her Instagram page of Kenya’s entertainment and fashion scene. The former singer has rebranded as a content creator who is loved by photographers and fashionistas alike.

18. Afroshoes 

Designer/Model Emo Rugene is the CEO of “Afroshoes” who got his start as a model and actor (“Veve”). He posts about his life as an entrepreneur, dad and fashion enthusiast.

19. Cultured Ego 

Former MAC makeup artist Sinitta Akello collaborates with local photographers, models and fashion professionals to create bold and beautiful looks.

20. Annabel Onyango

Fashion Watch TV host and Sauti Sol’s stylist posts about her projects and travels.

? @tacaka Tahir Carl Karmali

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Josephine Opar is a Kenyan-born arts & culture writer, womanist and magazine hoarder. You can keep up with her on Twitter at @viewfinderSS.

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