5 of the Most Inspiring Women on Instagram
What would it mean if the world knew your story—and how would it change you, enrich you? O has partnered with Instagram on a game-changing new initiative, #MyStory, that gives you the chance to find out. Here, five Instagrammers tell us where they're coming from—and reveal the power of sharing their true selves with millions of others.
Photo: Courtesy of Patricia Lay-Dorsey
"I've been an artist for decades and have always preferred to see only the sweet stuff. But now that I'm 73, I want to be a part of what really is. And being a photographer gives me an excuse to meet new people, whether I'm scooting around downtown Detroit or going to an electronic music festival (I'm known as Grandma Techno around here). I view my Instagram as my living room. It's a place for people to feel safe and live in the present." —@patricialaydorsey
Photo: Courtesy of Allison Meade
"I've always loved old cars and building things. In sixth grade, I desperately wanted to take shop, but my friends wanted me to take home economics with them, and I followed their lead. I deeply regretted it and decided I was never again going to choose a path just because it was expected of me. Now I'm a welder, artist and firefighter. Women have told me, 'I thought it was fireman for a reason.' That's not okay! I want sixth-grade girls to know they can be firefighters, too." —@oldsoulstudio
Photo: Courtesy of Denisio Truitt
"When I got divorced in 2014, I was ready to get out of the Washington D.C. area, where I'd spent my entire adult life. I visited a friend in New Orleans and fell in love with it—the heat, the architecture, the people. It reminded me of Monrovia, Liberia, where I lived for about a year as a child. When I moved here, I felt like my life had come full circle. And the friend? We fell in love, too. Now we co-own a clothing design company. I'm still on a journey, but my hope is that people will see me sharing all parts of myself—as a black woman, as an entrepreneur—and relate, wherever they are on their journey." —@denisiotruitt
Photo: Courtesy of Jenn Zeller
"I live on a cattle ranch in South Dakota in the middle of nowhere. It's a 20-mile round trip to my mailbox. My photographs are a way to show people that a cowgirl isn't necessarily somebody you'd find at a rodeo—I'm out there bundling up to feed the cows when it's -30 degrees outside—and to start a conversation about where our food comes from. I want everyone who might not get to visit this beautiful place to see it through me." —@thesdcowgirl
Photo: Courtesy of Tess Holliday
"I've been a model for six years. In the industry, people with my body type are usually overlooked, so I use social media to share my life. I've gotten bullied with comments like 'How could you show off your body at your size?' But I want to motivate someone to look at herself differently—try on a dress she normally wouldn't wear or do something that scares her. We're told that when you're a certain size, you're not allowed to be happy. But I'm showing that I get to do what I love." —@tessholliday
Now we want to hear from—and see—you!
Just post the pictures and words that capture who you really are and share them using the hashtag #MyStory to join this empowering community. Remember to tag @oprahmagazine—and you just might end up in our pages, too!