In a nod to our annual "Beautiful People" series, we're starting a new column featuring the most interesting people you should be following on Instagram every month. Our first batch includes illustrators, nightlife personalities, photographers and more whose feeds are a good anecdote to pictures of your friends' cats and endless memes. Check them out, below.
South Londoner Laura Callaghan draws girls you'd stalk on Instagram but would never dare approach in person. Her characters are lavender and teal-haired badasses, adorned in meticulously patterned outfits, smoking and boozing, eating In-N-Out burger and getting into fights while friends record the debauchery on smartphones. Callaghan's characters feel completely 'now' while her aesthetic mixes '90s design and fashion references with hints of Patrick Nagel's iconic '80s pop art.
Juliana Bernstein is a 23-year-old photographer from NYC, currently based in LA. Her Instagram boasts some of the most beautiful photos of EDM festivals like Electronic Daisy Festival and Lighting in a Bottle, making crowds of sweaty kids and DJs onstage look like they're straight out of a fairytale. She shoots her striking images using a Nikon d800 with a wide-angle lens she's come to call "her baby." Her passion for photography started after her famous concert photographer uncle, Joel Bernstein (who partially inspired the film Almost Famous), gave her her first camera when she was eight.
Fashion illustrator Richard Haines sketches everything from Bushwick streetwear obsessives to portraits of fashion icons like Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington and Iris Apfel, all of which you can find on his Instagram interspersed with nostalgic family photos from his life. Having come to New York as an illustrator before eventually switching lanes and designing for brands like Calvin Klein and Perry Ellis, among others, Haines has now returned to his first love and you can find him sketching front row at shows like Prada and Dries Van Noten. Along with Instagram, you can also find his drawings on his blog, What I Saw Today.
Adeline Mai is a fashion photographer and blogger who lives in Paris, but the 27 year-old's hometown is hard to guess based off her Instagram, which shows frequent travels for both work and pleasure to destinations like Tokyo, Istanbul and Tulum. Her portfolio features photos of Sky Fereirra, Rupert Grint, and handsome French actors like Niels Schneider, on top of recent work for fashion brands like Hermès and magazines like Jalouse. Contrasting her high-end professional work, Mai's Instagram also features her collection of international friends and family, adding a candid side to the account.
Edsta is a 23-year-old photographer and YouTuber whose Instagram feed is full of beautiful, black, white and slate portraits of friends, selfies and architecture. If your wardrobe is averse to color and you love the monochromatic designs of Snarkitecture and lots of marble, add this account to your feed.
Aleali May kicked off her career in fashion while studying at Columbia College Chicago in 2010, during which time she began working for Louis Vuitton and RSVP gallery. Truly a member of the "Slash Generation," May currently works as a model, image consultant and blogger. Her Instagram feed is a look into the life of a sneaker-obsessed traveler, fashion addict and music lover.
Monling Lee is a godsend to fans of color blocking. As an architect and urban designer based in Washington DC, Lee's personal hashtag #COLORINDEX has become a striking collection of the beautiful hues and palettes we find in fashion, cities and nature. Her photography has caught the attention of both fashion and lifestyle brands, including Coach, J. Crew, and Stella Artois.
Blaise Cepis moved from Philadelphia to New York City to study photography and design at Parsons. For a little over ten years after graduating, he served as an art/creative director in the world of advertising before he transitioned to working full time on personal photo shoots, for which he could take complete creative control. His account contains interesting compositions of the female form, often capturing several women as they intertwine their bodies with one another, if not with surrounding objects like disco balls, sofas, and escalators. They're all the more intriguing for the minute it takes to figure out what exactly you're looking at.
"Miss DeSe Baby" is one of New York nightlife's rising stars. Having previously described herself as "House of Slytherin but Hufflepuff rising," DeSe is an a DJ, artist, and fashion illustrator. Her Instagram serves up lots of selfies, Kardashians, fabulous shoes and accessories and runway shots.
Natalie O'Moore is an LA-based photographer who uses friends and identical twin sister Madeline as her greatest sources of inspiration. Her portraits often see her subjects in the dusky light of sunset or sunrise, hanging out in California's gorgeous parks and canyons or on rooftops and street corners. The 24-year-old is currently working on a series of photographs and short films that tell "scary" stories about the modern woman and her troubles -- a recent film finds girls sitting around a fireplace, telling a horror story of a boy "ghosting" a girl over social media.