Does your Instagram timeline need some fashion inspiration? If you’re like many of us, you’ve probably spent more time inside during the pandemic—probably lounging in your sweats a little more than you would like to. Thankfully, some amazing black men are out there, ready to bless your timeline with their ensembles. From street fashion to sartorial perfection, you’ll get what you’re searching for with these fashionable African American male Instagram models.
Atlanta-based photographer, content creator, and model Brandon Rashad has a lot to offer his 15.8k Instagram followers: One day, he’s posting mouth-watering pictures of whichever delectable dish he’s prepared; other days, he’s lifting other creators’ and models’ voices by promoting his photography business.
But, as it turns out, he’s just as good in front of the camera as he is behind it: Rashad is also a seasoned model. He enjoys showing off sleek looks, street style, and some of the most dapper suits you’ll see all year.
And, as if being a multi-talented creator, chef, and model weren’t enough, he also loves sharing his thoughts about life, from fashion to success:
“I’d rather wear clearance rack pieces and be genuinely happy than have a closet full of designer clothes and things and still feel empty on the inside,” he says in his “B’s Thoughts” highlights. “The only person you should live life to prove anything to is you, and not these imaginary haters and enemies.”
Great advice, Brandon. We would all do well to remember that!
If you were to imagine a model, London-based digital creator, filmmaker, and fashion influencer Efe Efeturi may not be the person you thought of first: He’s several decades older than most models, and he typically wears clothing covering most of his body (although he does boast some toned arms in some of his summer ensembles).
But once you see his photos, you’ll understand why he and 108k followers consider him to be a perfect example of the modern black male model: He’s charming, with a perfectly-groomed silver beard and sharp, round glasses framing youthful eyes.
In each of his photos, he’s dressed sharply, posing as he fastens the top button of a double-breasted suit or observes passers-by on the sidewalk as he casually poses with his hands in the pockets of a cozy fall sweater.
On his website, Efe says that he wants to encourage older men to embrace their style and live life in a way that erases those restrictions. Efe is living proof that there is no age limit on fashion.
Deon Hinton is a New York-based model and photographer who has earned himself 260k followers by sharing enlightening, inspiring content alongside his smiling face. He grew up in Arkansas, raised by a single mother who had him at only 14 years old. Deon openly talks about the difficult things he’s overcome so far in his young life and uses these lessons to help inspire his followers to push through their own darkness as well.
He is also open about coming out and thriving as a young gay black man and inspires his followers who are going through the same issues.
Deon is a poet as much as he is a model, often writing insightful, beautiful captions to his posts. He frequently reflects on his gratitude and blessings and interacts with his fans. He’s truly an old soul at heart and a name you’ll want to keep on your radar.
Ghanian lifestyle influencer, model, tailor, businessman, and bassist Dinku Jr.—also known as Dynx—is undoubtedly an icon worthy of attention: he’s already gathered 23.2k followers on Instagram and shows no signs of slowing down. He is a fitness aficionado, enjoys food and music, and runs his own bespoke tailoring shop.
If there’s one thing about Dynx that stands out above all else, it’s that he’s a breath of bright, fresh air in a sea of neutral colors. He is a purveyor of “spiffy” looks, including fitted suits, jackets, trousers, Ghanian kaftans, scarves, and pocket squares. He’s been known to be bold with his fashion choices, opting for bright African prints and strong accent pieces.
Dynx is impeccably groomed and has a section in his Instagram highlights dedicated to teaching his followers how to indulge in some self-care routines. He’s even become a brand ambassador of the men’s hair care company Aaron Wallace!
And, if you’re looking for a little music to play while you get ready, you can check out his music highlights, where he shows off his skills as a bass player. All in all, he’s a multi-talented model well worth a follow.
Parisian model and professional image consultant Arone Cross is an up-and-coming name in the fashion industry. He currently has 33.4k Instagram followers who adore his sleek and sophisticated sense of style and thought-inspiring musings.
Arone has a reach on social media that extends well past Instagram: He creates short films about his life and vision on Youtube; invites followers to take a glimpse of his private life on TikTok; and has a polished website showcasing some of his best looks. Everything about this model screams haute couture.
If you love black style straight from the fashion capital of the world, you must follow Arone Cross.
Chicago-born stylist and model Jeremy Frierson is well-versed in finding his own way of expressing himself. He posts his latest looks to share with his growing following on his personal Instagram page. He shares his clients’ latest fashions on his Instagram account for The Frierson Way, his design and fashion agency. Here, he showcases his clientele alongside his keen eye for photography.
Jeremy has a background in finance but has always had a gift for identifying details and patterns with an artist’s eye. He utilizes these skills when working with his clients, but he also carefully curates his own look. He believes that when you look good, you feel good. And we couldn’t agree more!
Although he can rock a tailored suit with the best of them, Ibeneizer Giro Sá, hailing from Guinea-Bissau, is known for his casual looks—and the wholesome family moments he includes on his Instagram (just look at the photos of him and his son, Daniel!). Whether he’s wearing a basketball jersey and jeans or a fitted shirt and cargos, Ibeneizer can turn any casual ensemble into a polished look. Plus, he has a beautiful smile that will light up your timeline.
Aside from modeling, Ibeneizer also posts photos of the food he enjoys, the things he does while at work, and the fanart that his followers send to him. And with 478k followers, he has quite a few people who adore his style.
So whether you follow Ibeneizer for his magnificent sense of fashion or for his great smile, you’ll be happy either way. It’s a win-win!
When you look at Cameroonian native Franck Demaga, you see a stylish man with a penchant for wearing perfectly tailored suits and drinking the classic whisky. You may also notice his flair for accessorizing with watches, rings, and pocket squares. You may even know that Franck was given the title of “Mister Africa USA” in 2015.
But did you know you’re also looking at a man with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics? In fact, in addition to his first undergraduate degree, he just graduated with another degree in actuarial science. While this may not be a combination you often find in the modeling industry, it’s a refreshing way of life for Mr. Demaga.
Franck’s style can best be described as dapper or sartorial, but you can also find him modeling casual menswear and African styles as well. As a man with many talents, he’s sure to inspire your timeline with each new look he tries out.
George Myrie is a native Brooklynite whose style reflects the well-known borough where he was born and raised. From the classic Nikes to baseball jerseys and lettermen’s jackets, George is proud of his sense of “stuyle,” as he calls it. And with 113k Instagram followers, it’s clear that there are many people just as enamored of George’s “stuyle” as we are!
Mr. Myrie’s timeline features his ensembles ranging from business to casual to lounge. He defines his style as “WWIW” or “wear what I want” and claims he gets his inspiration from anyone or anything around him. He also showcases a lot of outfits with a variety of masks, bringing some much-needed normalcy to fashion during the ongoing COVID pandemic.
In addition to modeling, he loves writing, blogging, and photography. Like many of the black male models on this list, he’s a multi-talented creator with a lot of variety to offer. He also has a fantastic sense of humor—what more could you ask for?
Ooreofe Oluwadara is a Boston native residing in New York City – and the NYC vibes are certainly showing in the ensembles he chooses to promote on his Instagram. With just under 45k followers, Ooreofe has a good-sized audience to share his posts with. He loves the dapper and sartorial styles, with most of his outfits being tailored suits or fresh collegiate looks.
Ooreofe is also open to inviting his followers on his path as an entrepreneur, sharing videos of his income as it grows. It’s invigorating to see someone being transparent about the early stages of being a fashion influencer, especially for those who look to influencers for guidance as they begin their own entrepreneurial journeys.
Another interesting fact about Ooreofe is that he is young—still a student. And in addition to his Instagram, the style influencer has a YouTube channel, website, and online boutique. He also consults with clients on social media marketing plans and promotes eBooks about similar topics. He’s a wide-read and knowledgeable man just as much as he is fashionable.
Philadelphia-based Sabir Peele is a podcaster, brand consultant, model, stylist, and dad who has a passion for men’s style. He operates his own online store and has a popular Youtube channel where he interviews other fashion influencers, discusses grooming techniques, and shares his personal journey in fashion, family, and mental health.
Sabir is a lifestyle influencer just as much as he is into fashion. He is an avid fan of the Old Forester brand bourbon and frequently poses with his old vinyl records. He loves the scent of leather and promotes wood-scented candles alongside colognes with woodsy profiles. If you’re looking for the dapper style but with a worldly gentleman vibe, Sabir’s Instagram has it in spades.
Another important part of Sabir’s lifestyle is his activism. He encourages his followers to get out and vote and promotes local artists and businesses. He has even partnered with The Shot Card, a wallet-friendly COVID-19 vaccination card with a scannable QR code. It can be shown around Philadelphia or any other area requiring a vaccination card for entry.
As a man with many talents, Sabir offers all kinds of inspiration!
From musicians and poets to bloggers and chefs, these men are inspirational, multi-talented, and, of course, chic. As black men from all walks of life and areas of the world, they redefine what it means to be fashionable. Whether your timeline needs a little boost of fresh casual menswear or you’re more the type to seek inspiration in worldly gentlemen wearing bespoke suits, you’ll find your motivation in the Instagram posts of these 11 models.