Cast YOUR Vote: Meet The Inspirational InstaStar Nominees, Sponsored By Iconic Bronze

Everything you need to know about our first ever InstaStars!

The hayu STELLAR InstaStar Awards 2021 will take place on Saturday, November 6th in The Alex Hotel in Dublin, and will honour the best and brightest in Irish content creation across the social media spectrum.

Yes, an actual IRL awards ceremony which is sure to be most glam and glitzy event of the year, with those in attendance coming from all aspects of the ‘gram, including beauty, fashion, podcasting, comedy, food and those who inspire us, to name just a few categories.

As I’m sure you’re aware of by now, the voting system is OPEN and we’ve been blown away by the response so far, but if you haven’t cast your vote yet or you want to know a little bit more about our nominees, over the next two weeks we’re going to introduce you to everyone nominated across all 10 categories, showing you why we think they’re InstaStars.


Next up, we’re looking at those in the Inspirational category. Those who are nominated in this category are one outstanding bunch. From lifting our spirits over the past year, to inspiring us to be the best version of ourselves, leading by example, it’s time to meet the inspirational nominees, sponsored by Iconic Bronze.

Denise Kenny Byrne

Co-founder of The Head Plan, wellness coach and expert, as well as all round spreader of good vibes, Denise Kenny Bryne is a tonic, friend and teacher on social media. Sharing how her ‘believe to achieve’ mindset got her to where she is today, highlighting the bad days, as well as the good, Denise is as real as they get and her advice and business are tribute to that.

Erica Cody

Irish singer, songwriter and activist, Erica is a true example of someone who puts their heart and soul into everything they’re passionate about. Getting bitten by the music bug at the age of 15, Erica is now one of Ireland’s leading artists. Over the past year, Erica also found herself at the forefront of a growing movement championing Irish diversity, educating, inspiring and uniting her growing fanbase.


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Geraldine Carton and Taz Kelleher

The ladies behind The Useless Project, Geraldine and Taz have been helping us take practical and easy steps towards more sustainable living with tutorials, workshops, and tips on everything from food waste prevention to fashion and upcycling. All about the power of making small changes that amount to something impactful, Geraldine and Taz  have been our positive pals over the past year, helping us to think and act more consciously.

Kate Grant

As the first model in Northern Ireland with Down’s Syndrome, Kate Grant truly is a trailblazer and rising catwalk star. Championing that different is beautiful, Kate’s career and work is inspiring to others, reminding young girls and those who aspire to become a model or lead a successful career that no matter what, you are enough. Her positive can-do attitude is a breath of fresh air.


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Leon Diop, Femi Bankole, Amanda Ade and Boni Odoememe

Black and Irish is an organisation that is here to highlight and celebrate the identity of black and mixed race Irish people. Set up by four incredible creators, it aims to spread awareness around the world of the experiences, struggles and successes from within the black and Irish community, and celebrate identity as well as coming together.


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Sinead Burke

Writer, influencer, activist, and broadcaster, Sinead is a force to be reckoned with. Her TED talk “why design should include everyone,” advocates for inclusion for all, and her work continues to amplify the voices of who are oft not considered, challenging officials to legislate with the most marginalised members in our communities.


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The countdown to our first annual InstaStar event is now on, so get voting and mark Saturday 6th November in your calendars!


While this is a glitzy, invite-only event, hayu and STELLAR are giving some lucky voters the chance to attend this very exclusive evening as a special guest, to mingle with their favourite social media stars and experience the glamour for themselves! So be sure to stay tuned for all of the details, either here or over on our Instagram!

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