Love Lang Leav? Check Out These Instagram Poets Next | Clozette


Technology may have its extreme highs and lows, but one thing we absolutely adore about it is how it has made many art forms accessible. Now, taking an entire library with you on something as slim as a Kindle is possible. Then there's also how it can help us discover many budding artists, novelists, and poets at a single tap. It's worth noting that people who can partially thank technology for their success are Instagram poets like Lang Leav.



Aside from winning many writing awards when she was still starting and her first book, Love & Misadventure, immediately gaining traction in its release in 2013, there's no doubt that her Instagram presence truly helped her career. Her relatable words dressed as poetry and prose captured more audiences on the platform. Furthermore, their shareability through social media made her a famed personality to those who already enjoy poetry and those who are just starting to like it. And now, whether it's on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, you will definitely find someone quoting her words, changing how we take art as we know it. With this, it's no wonder why many others followed suit, paving way for Instagram's growing poetry community.

So in celebration of International Poetry Day, here are other Instagram poets you need to check out if Lang Leav's words are your cup of tea.  


Amara Malik (@amaramalikpoetry)



One of the most popular Instagram poets burgeoning in the scene is Amara. Though she may still be a student, her passion for creating poetry has already garnered her more than eight thousand followers (and counting) on Instagram. In contrast to Lang Leav's minimalist white aesthetic, Amara uses a black background for most of her works, complementing the melancholic themes of her writing. Her words often focus on issues of love, loss, and empowerment for both self and others, making them relatable to anyone seeking words that can resonate with their thoughts on these matters. 

D.M. (@d.m__poetry)



Only known from her initials, D.M. refers to herself in her IG bio as an "encourager." Aiming to write words that will spark light during your not-so-good days, her feed is as refreshing as her writing. Straying from tones that might be too solemn or pensive to some, her words will truly help you stay on your feet on days that are challenging. D.M.'s works will surely have something for you. Sometimes, she also adds annotations and extensions of encouraging words in the captions of her poetry to explain the inspirations behind her piece. 


Atticus (@atticuspoetry)



If you think that D.M. is already as mysterious as these Instapoets are going to get, Atticus will prove you wrong. Despite his growing popularity with more than 1.1 million Instagram followers to boot, this writer keeps his real identity secret. He dons a mask during rare public appearances and interviews and exposes very little about his private life, making him as interesting as his writings. This New York Times bestselling writer follows the minimalist appeal of Lang Leav, keeping words sharp yet relatable. His themes are usually of love and relationships that every romantic will have difficulty staying away from. 



Caroline Kaufman (@poeticpoison)



We have another youngster on the list. Nineteen-year-old Caroline Kaufman started writing poetry at a tender age to cope with depression and anxiety. It came as such a surprise that when she started sharing her work online, her words resonated so well with many people, garnering her followers instantly. It wasn't much of a shock that she eventually got her first book deal (which got published last year) following this success. Now, her encouraging words serve as a guiding light to those who are also going through tough times due to their mental health.


Nikita Gill (@nikita_gill)



There's a misconception that poetry portrays only sappy and romantic ideologies. But Nikita Gill rebuts just that with some of her works. The British-Indian poet loves focusing on themes that deal with migration, human rights, activism, and many other socio-political issues, embodying the adage "The pen is mightier than the sword." Still, her works also do not shy away from lighter themes like Greek mythology, love, and self-help, making them a hit no matter what you're in for. 


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Fill in the blank: I’m an entrepreneur, a fashion designer and ____________.


A musician


Tell us more about your transition from corporate finance to fashion design?


Wall Street to the fashion industry was a total accident. I never had illusions or dreams of being a designer or going into fashion. I approached it as a business. It was quite easy in the beginning. The craftsmanship of the embroidered collection became the DNA of the brand and was key to the distinctiveness of the Natori brand.



As someone who’s been in the fashion industry for a long time, what would you say are timeless trends or pieces that every woman should own?


No matter what era or decade, there is always an appreciation for artisanship and craftsmanship which are the main codes of Natori. The quality of the print, embellishments and distinctive shapes are all important factors that must be considered.


Your brand is known for its "East-West" mix. Where do you usually get your ideas when it comes to conceptualising your pieces?


It’s a lifetime of collecting artful objects and textiles from my international travels. I love art and believe in living in it and wearing it!



What collection of yours is your personal favourite and why?


I love all my various collections. I need them all.



What are your biggest challenges as a fashion designer and how do you overcome them?


In terms of fashion, the main challenge was that I had no formal education nor advisors when I was first getting into the business. I learned on the job, made mistakes and learned from them.


What’s next for Josie Natori?



The best is yet to come. We are going on our 42nd year and working very hard to evolve and transform the company to be relevant to the next generation. With our brands, Josie Natori, Natori, N Natori and Josie, we are on the way to building each brand into true lifestyle brands that encompass apparel, home, accessories. 


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