Excelling in your chosen field is a long journey. One does not simply succeed overnight. For many, it is the fruit of years and years of hard work, stumbling at times but never giving up. Whether in sports, music industry, entertainment, business, or health and wellness, people have learned to assert themselves and make themselves known to their audience. They’ve assumed niches that suit them well. And people, more recently, can’t help but get curious about their daily routines and the secret behind their success. What better way to do that than follow them on social media platforms like Instagram. LA Wire has featured the top 20 people to follow this 2020 on Instagram:
- Luca De Massis
Luca De Massis is a world-recognized professional Italian photographer and videographer who works in the cinema and fashion industry. He is originally from Italy and moved to the United States back in 2007 to pursue his career and master his skills as a photographer/ videographer. Over the years, he has earned his name in the industry and has already been featured in Vogue Italia, Elle Magazine, Yahoo News, Italian TV news, and other popular European and American magazines and major news.
Having worked with some well-known celebrities, it is fair to say that Luca has created a brand for himself in the fashion photography and videography industry. More so, he has developed a great relationship with popular actor/singer Robert Davi, after having collaborated with him on numerous projects worldwide.
- Elle Hari
Elle Hari is a #1 international best-selling author and twin flame and ascension alchemist, writer, teacher, and coach. She is the founder of Elle Hari Universal LLC and teaches people how to navigate their spiritual ascension paths, enabling them to attain perpetual happiness, love, their true desires, and their soul’s purpose while experiencing loving, abundant, and fulfilling lives.
Elle’s methods are unique in that she teaches how to harness the energy of the soul and wield its awesome power to change your world by your desires. They are also based on universal laws and divine truths that always work. Elle has worked with some of the world’s most successful, famous, and influential people, proving that you can have and enjoy a luxurious lifestyle and still be spiritual. In fact, the soul is abundant, so it’s impossible not to experience abundance in every area of life when you learn and implement Elle’s teachings.
- Valentin Siroon
Valentin Siroon is an entrepreneur who is into multiple ventures with no plans to slow down. She is a principal broker of her own real estate company for 18+ years alongside other ventures, including public speaking, and many more. Valentin is an investor and designer of flipping her own properties, and she has been featured on TV, radio, entertainment news, international publications. She is soon to add writer to the list. Her motto is, “YES, you can do it all.”
By looking at her, you wouldn’t know that she is fluent in numerous languages. Her multicultural background gives her an edge and an endless drive to conquer the world. Her goal is to show how anyone can achieve financial freedom by just wanting—really, really wanting.
Valentin has been featured in numerous publications such as LA Times, Market Daily, LA Wire, NY Weekly, Voyage NY, The Chicago Journal, San Francisco Post, The US News, Medium, American Reporter, Portland News and US Reporter’s Top 15 Entrepreneurs of 2020!
- Anthony Mendez
Anthony Mendez is a health and fitness entrepreneur and Puma Athlete with 10+ years of experience. His primary focus is business coaching for health and fitness coaches who are looking to take their online business to the next level using the power of social media to generate 6 figures or more a year!
Anthony’s also the co-host of the Sweat It Out Podcast, which talks about health, fitness, entrepreneurship, business, and mindset. He has appeared in publications like Forbes, Entrepreneur, Bloomberg, Men’s Health Magazine, Men’s Journal, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Sports, Future Sharks, Thrive Global, NY Weekly, LA Weekly, and La Progressive.
- Kevin Hart
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Kevin Hart is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and producer, popular for his movies and stage appearances on different stages across the US. The 41-year-old Philadelphia native has appeared in several movies like The Upside, Central Intelligence, Night School, and Jumanji movie series. He’s worked with Hollywood veteran actors like Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Laurence Fishburne, and many more. Kevin has received awards from NAACP, Teen Choice Awards, People’s Choice Awards, MTV, and has received a nomination from Emmy. He has over 100 million followers on Instagram and boasts a net worth of $200 million.
- Cristiano Ronaldo
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Cristiano Ronaldo, playing for the world’s #1 sport, is a name that is very hard to miss. As a child, Ronaldo was often described as a child who only “ate, slept, and played soccer.” He was born and raised in Portugal in a middle-class family. Cristiano’s father introduced him to the sport and he fell in love with it. In 2005 his father died due to kidney complications, and two years later her mother suffered from breast cancer. But the young athlete persevered and made a name for himself.
At 16, he was signed by Manchester United with a whopping 12 million euro deal. He subsequently played for Real Madrid, then Juventus, and then became captain of the Portugal National Team where he led the team to win their first national title.
The football superstar has more than 241 million followers on Instagram and is estimated to have a net worth of $450 million in 2020.
El-Jay’s high-energy neo-soul, R&B, and pop flow music captures the heart and transport audiences back in time as the era of classic soul. Entertainment and music have always been present in El-Jay’s life as he began to demonstrate creativity while showing interest in acting, music, and modeling at an early age. Apart from teaching himself how to dance at the tender age of five, El-Jay drew inspiration from Michael Jackson.
El-Jay was born in Northridge, California, and is the oldest of three children of multi-platinum artist, Rome, whose big hit was “I Belong to You.” He has a lifetime of musical influence from his father. In 2018, El-Jay won the Hollywood Music Media Award for Best Rap/Hip Hop, while his hit single, “My Bae: Remix,” amassed over 41 million streams. Recently, he released a new album Playgroundz through his record label he owns called Starz Music Group, of which he is the owner and creator. The album recently hit the # 8 spot on the USA iTunes Charts. Also, his new hit single “Drippin” is available now on Vevo. EL-JAY is under new management with LA BUCK to take him to the next level. Add his hot pop single “Slow Wind” produced by Mixedbyreplxy to your playlist and check out the music video on Vevo.
- David Drake
David is a stylish graphic artist with a keen eye for the absurd and the eccentric, which he effortlessly counterbalances with a genuine perspective for motivation, positivity, and a touch of sarcasm. His work is heavily influenced by his love of pop culture, rock n roll, and inspirational metaphors.
Thousands of unique individuals own David’s one-of-a-kind art. David’s art speaks to the heart of the free spirit, the nonconformist, and the eccentric. David’s rebellious rock n roll spirit and personal style are reflected in his art. His designs are bold and eye-catching, yet subtle in its design details. David Drake’s art serves as an outward representation of your inner maverick and ideal self.
MUZE by David Drake is his online store where he sells his one-of-a-kind creations.
- The Gore Boyz (TGB)
If you haven’t heard of The Gore Boyz yet, it’s time to sit up and pay attention. This Gastonia/Charlotte-based R&B and Pop group is set to become the next big boy band. And their latest single “Spend A Bag” is all the proof you need that they’re about to become a global phenomenon.
Apple Music: Spend a Bag
YouTuber: TGB Rocks
- Deisy Suarez
Deisy Suarez-Giles is the founder of DESUAR Spa in downtown LA and is the author of Marriage Material: How I Found My Husband. Deisy originally entered the beauty and wellness industry 16+ years ago as a makeup artist in NYC. She is now a well-known spa and wellness expert, speaker, and business owner.
- Santana Rodriguez
Santana Rodriguez is originally from Buffalo, NY, and lives in Los Angeles, CA. She is of Puerto Rican and Brazilian descent. Santana is a health advocate, entrepreneur, producer, and television host to the internationally popular home fitness television show titled Shaping up with Santana, an online as well as televised series airing on multiple platforms such as Roku, YouTube, and Fire TV. This is where you can exercise in real time with her in the comfort of your own home.
Santana is also an international fitness and print model who has been featured in over 30 magazine publications and has graced over 8 covers in her modeling career. She is currently on the cover of the November/December issue of Amare magazine’s special heroes issue, which recognizes humanitarians of 2020 during the pandemic. She shares the current cover with celebrities such as Oscar de la Hoya, Jillian Barberie, Garcelle Beauvois, to name a few. Santana has her own Roku channel and plans on expanding it with more TV productions in the near future.
- Eva Emmer
Eva Emmer has over twenty years of global experience in fashion and luxury events. She studied fashion design in London and worked in various sectors of the industry over the years from baby wear and menswear to bridal and jewelry design; as a result, Eva pretty much knows the A-Z of the fashion industry.
Eva loves helping people discover a new side of themselves that they may have not known previously, and she uses her pristine education from a private British boarding school, along with all the extra training she has continuously engaged to equip her clients with confidence while fulfilling their requirements to look and feel their best.
Most of Eva’s work has been throughout Europe and Asia and she is relatively new to the United States. She came to LA to bring fashion, movies, and arts together and Los Angeles is the hub of entertainment.
- Tracey Ellison
Tracey Ellison is a South African-born diamond lover who founded TheDiamondsGirl in 2014. Passionate about everything she does, Tracey has built a loyal following of jewelry lovers and industry insiders. Today, her Instagram page is the largest jewelry influencer page on Instagram, with over 750,000 followers. Her daily Instagram feed features original content from high-end jewelers, such as Graff, Cartier, and Harry Winston as well as creative and upcoming talent.
Tracey travels the world seeking out the rarest and most precious gems on her Instagram page, @TheDiamondsGirl. She has also been a guest speaker on several industry panels, providing insights to help the jewelry industry survive COVID-19 and continue to grow sales using social media. As an industry expert, Tracey has been featured and quoted in several publications including The Financial Times, NY Post, Robb Report, Forbes, among others.
- Akeem Mair
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Akeem Mair starred in many movies throughout his entire career in front of the camera. The 32-year-old up-and-coming movie star has also worked with several prestigious movie productions, including the Columbia College of Hollywood Production. He’s held lead and supporting roles in productions like All About Money, A Wonderful World, Limbo, Life of a Villain, Red, Fine Line, Silent Love, The Kidnap, to mention a few. He’s even appeared in one episode of The Ellen Degeneres Show which Ellen described as “the best episode she’s ever seen.” True enough, the video has over 5 million views on all media platforms. He’s also part of LA Wire’s this year’s issue of 40 Under 40.
Akeem is currently signed with Commercial Talent Agency (under Sarah Angeli) and Minc Talent (under Mariko Ballentine). He intends to work his way to the top of the entertainment industry with his excellent work ethic and noteworthy commitment to his passion.
Facebook: Akeem Mair
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YouTube: Akeem Mair
- Ariana Grande
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Pop star and singer-songwriter Ariana Grande is an international icon. The Break Free artist started her career in the music industry last 2013 after releasing her debut album Yours Truly. After that, Ariana’s musical career began soaring. She dropped another album, My Everything, when her global fame even soared high with hit singles Break Free and Problem. This year, she’s topping the charts with her new set of tracks for the album Positions. Ariana has graced and won several prestigious awards from Grammy, Billboard, MTV, American Music Awards, to mention a few. She’s estimated to have over $77 million in revenue.
- ONE ROQ
If you’re a vodka drinker and you’re not following (and drinking) @ONEROQ_Vodka, then you’re missing out on the opportunity, because this emerging vodka company is essentially poised to become the Bitcoin of the adult beverage industry—and they are just getting started!
It all happens through ONE ROQ’s pioneering brand experience and membership platform, ONE ROQ Vodka Club, where membership secures you company equity and a menu of posh digital privileges. In addition to your equity, get ready for exclusive members-only discount through your own 24/7 ordering and gifting concierge, VIP invites to special events, a white-glove bar and restaurant placement service, referral rewards, and of course, upside potential from your membership investment as ONE ROQ grows into a massive future luxury adult beverage company, owned by you.
ONE ROQ is the superior vodka that gives you what other brands can’t or simply won’t. Leave the others behind and follow @ONEROQ_Vodka now to get in on a little secret you won’t regret.
- 2K Ponce Juno
The international hip-hop sensation, 2K Ponce Juno from Staten Island, NY, by way of Antigua, is a recording artist of Sony Music Group, and owner of Ellipse Group Records Global LLC, Star Music Group LLC, and EGR Global Music Publishing/BMI, an entertainment music label that is the home of urban music and hip-hop. 2K Ponce Juno has worked with a collection of producers to release his first album titled Concrete. In 2012, as an entrepreneur in the music industry, he launched his first project Chicken Grease n’ Grits. He then released his first video titled, They Like This.
Hip-hop is his playground, and his good aura captures the hearts of all his fans. 2K Ponce Juno’s music most certainly embodies a Caribbean-New York flair. The energy he displays on and off the stage is nothing short of electric; his performance will have you mesmerized and asking for more. His most recent song, titled “Go Pretty Girl Remix,” featuring Beenie Man and Double K, produced by Max, recently premiered on Hot 97.1 by DJ Drewski, as well as DJ Digital Chris from Irie FM Ochos Rios Jamaica, DJ Sean Fens from World Music by Streaminn Hub Radio, DJ Motivatah and Suncity 104.9 FM, and DJ Sincere from Drtybsmnt Radio.
- E Da God
E Da God is an up-and-coming artist from Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the CEO of a record label called Thorough by Nature and also owner of multiple businesses such as TBN Apparel, TBN Cooking: The Best Nutrition, and Winters Auto Sales LLC.
E Da God was a property owner since the age of 21, along with many different businesses from ice cream trucks, barbershops, construction companies, landscaping, bars, pool halls, studios, and other properties. He is now in the West Coast Phoenix Arizona doing his passion and thriving his businesses. He recently released a new song called “Wave In Time” and is available on all major streaming platforms.
- Patrick Beck
Patrick Beck is a world renowned glass artist and entrepreneur. He was made an ambassador while traveling to Barcelona and more recently was nominated to run for president by the Marines. Patrick owns many businesses and has inventions that will help the global economy and future projects to achieve long-term success.
IamSoLitty is a highly anticipated musical mindscape from the Caribbean. A Los Angeles-bred entertainer, Litty is one of very few projects that cannot be labeled, as the music resonates with everyone. With records ranging from pop and radio friendly songs to R&B and all-out club bangers, the ultimate goal for the debut of the SoLitty Music Group released project is to challenge and motivate society to put their problems aside, dance, and find the fun in music again.
“Nobody Str8ght,” featuring Soulja Boy, is the stimulating first single off of the project. The record, and the message behind it, is what initially inspired the kickoff of the SoLitty Project, but the entertainers’ dedication is what’s keeping it going. “Nobody is Str8ght until we all Str8ght!” IamSoLitty says.
Possessing complete creative control, the Bajan-rooted entertainer is also bringing The IamSoLitty Movement—an avenue that promotes empowerment and accountability through art, finance, and music— to the forefront by way of encouraging fans to post creative videos, and even go live, expressing why they feel nobody is Str8ght in today’s society.