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.
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.
My goal to create quality considered clothing by working solely with fine materials and pay close attention to detail for each design. We are currently our latest collection retailing at The Hub in Karen, Mon Âme in Johannesburg. #katungulumwendwainjozi#katungulumwendwa#africaninspired#fashiongram#womenswear#chic#buyke#madeinke#fashion#
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Ichyulu is an online store offering select designer edits for anyone looking to find cool new clothes from labels like LaLesso and Katungulu Mwendwa.
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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.
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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.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to meet and hang out with Nigerian-American photographer, performance artist and style ikon Ike Ude @ike_ude. I love his conceptual portraits that explore issues of identity like sexual and cultural identity for example. The whole time we were together, he did not so much as look at his phone, he said "I like to be present." #makeportraits #Arles #France #fashion
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15. Kepha Maina
This designer is a trained architect with a reputation for having excellent detail in his work.
KEPHA MAINA EAST AFRICAN TYPES. #newcollection Photo by Joseph Baraza@josephbaraza Lighting/Artwork by Bazil Ngode@bazmatters Styling by Bryan Emry@iambryanemry Model;Rosemary Kimani@misskimani #EastAfrican#African#art#fashion#highfashion#fashion254#Africanfashion#fashionkenya#fashioneditorials#highart#Africanart#design#fashionstory#futurefashion#newfashion#identity#authentic#style#womenswear#edgyfashion#luxury
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16. This Is Ess
The popular award winning fashion blogger has 177,00 followers and is a photogenic media personality with a loyal following.
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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.
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.
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20. Annabel Onyango
Fashion Watch TV host and Sauti Sol’s stylist posts about her projects and travels.
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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.