The top five Instagram accounts you need to follow now
Remember a time when Instagram didn't exist? No, us either.
Instagram turned five this week and to celebrate this amazing tool, we share with you our favourite Intagrammers that have the 'Selfie', 'Wefie' and 'Groufie' down to an art.
Huda Kattan is probably the face of the Middle East's social media circles. What started as a beauty blog has now turned into a cult following with more than 650k subscribers on YouTube and an astounding six million followers on Instagram. Not to mention the Iraqi-American has turned her tutorials into a make-up empire after launching her brand Huda Beauty in 2013. But it's her Insta account we can't get enough of, what with her smouldering looks and tons of quick tutorials on how to look good, all day, every day.
Travel the world with Egyptian photographer Laura El-Tantawy! As far as photographers go, there's a realness to Laura's photos that draw you in and have you dreaming for days. From the pilgrims in Mekkah to a Japanese wedding in Hiroshima, there's a certain connection her 26k followers feel towards her subjects, proving that beauty doth not always maketh an image, affinity does.
One of the most photographed subjects on Instagram is food and Karen McLean knows more than just a thing or two about shooting everything mouthwatering. Many of her food pics are taken from a bird's eye view but it's her food arrangements and ability to mix colours that make us, and her 111k followers, want to devour her divine dishes.
One half of the duo Ahmad & Ascia, the Kuwaiti is a trendsetter transforming Middle Eastern style. Her Instagram photos point towards a woman who doesn't shy away from bold colours and designs yet pairs them with modest oversized coats and baggy pants. The photos are mostly simple, leaving the clothes and her savvy fashion sense to speak for themselves.
Debbie Fortes has an eye for detail — one that can capture a seemingly mundane moment turning it into a picture perfect one. Lines and shapes are a big part of Fortes' style and more often than not, are contrasted to bring subjects to life. Compared to others, her colour palette is more muted though it never diminishes the story that she's trying to tell. Documenting Dubai's everyday life in a unique perspective, she has a way of opening our eyes, and 55k others, to the littler things, things that would otherwise be neglected. Oh, and did we mention she's one of the lucky few participating in the Apple World Gallery #ShotOniPhone6?!