From travel attractions to culinary variety and healthcare and fitness, Sri Lankans now never run out of topics to post about and hence there is a growing list of Instagram influencers in the island. Our curiosity to identify the top influencers in Sri Lanka has led us to compile a list of influencers who have Sri Lankans looking forward to their Instagram activity on a regular basis.

NOMINATION MECHANISM

A survey was conducted among 300+ participants who were asked to nominate any Instagram influencers they follow or know of. All responses were compiled, documented and analyzed.

SELECTION METHODOLOGY

Celebrities including actors, popular musicians, and sports personalities who have gained a following through their celebrity status and not mainly through their Insta behavior and activity, have been omitted from the list.

SHORTLISTING METHODOLOGY

The 100 influencers with the most followers were shortlisted.

RANKING METHODOLOGY

The ranking was based on the engagements (views, reactions, comments) they receive on their posts.

HOW DID WE CALCULATE THIS?

  1. We looked at all 100 influencers.
  2. We picked 30 consecutive posts from each quarter of the year (3 quarters in 2018)
  3. We then took the total number of engagements from these 90 posts as their engagement score.
  4. We arrived at our Top 35 based on the influencers who have the most engagement.

*Please note that the data gathered for the report is accurate as at October 2018

#1. Oshadi Himasha Chavindi

@oshadihimasha

Model/ Travel/Fashion

Followers: 331,000

#2. Maria Yusefovna Al-Kasas

@maria.yusefovna

Fashion/Model

Followers: 94,700

#3. Chanuk

@Chanux Bro

Techie

Followers: 115,000

#4. Gaia Kodithuwakku

@gaiakodithuwakku

Fitness/Motivation

Followers: 41,000

Total Engagement: 466,241

#5. Meliza Leitch

@leitchpeach

Fitness

Followers: 97,000

#6. Sachith De Silva

@sachith_de_silva

Cars

Followers: 42,500

#7. Chulakshi Ranathunga

@chulakshi

Fashion/Fitness/Motivation

Followers: 105,000

#8. Stephanie Sansoni

@stephanie_sansoni

Singer/Music/Events

Followers: 48,000

#9. Christina Plate

@love.plate

Fashion/Foodie/Travel

Followers: 47,700

#10. Christina Sirisena

@chrissansa

Fashion/Travel/Lifestyle

Followers: 29,700

#11. Stephanie Siriwardhene

@stephaniesiriwardhana

Model/Fashion

Followers: 48,000

Total Engagement: 311,275

#12. Sarrani Tillakaratne

@physique.by.sari

Fitness/Motivation

Followers: 30,700

#13. Ishini Weerasinghe

@ishiniw

Fashion

Followers: 20,300

#14. Senuri Ranatunga

@senurana

Travel/Fashion

Followers: 46,300

#15. Lalitha Epaarachchix

@lalitha_epaarachchi

Fitness/Motivation

Followers: 25,200

#16. Sarah Illyas

@sa5268

Fashion

Followers: 24,200

#17. Melissa

@exoticthingtwo

Foodie/Travel

Followers: 36,900

#18. Zuri

@zurifitnessofficial

Fitness

Followers: 25,400

#19. Natalie

@natalieshenelle

Beauty/Fashion/Lifestyle

Followers: 30,000

#20. Fazil Marija

@fazilmarija

Fitness/Motivation

Followers: 12,100

#21. Zainab Faizal

@queen_bae_1926

Foodie/Fashion

Followers: 27,200

#22. Rukshala Alwis

@choco_prettiness

Fitness/Healthcare

Followers: 32,700

#23. Tamara Senaratne

@tammy21288

Fashion

Followers: 27,700

#24. Nicky Desilva

@nickizzle

Travel Blogger

Followers: 33,100

#25. Alice Luker

@styleinsrilanka

Travel/Hotel/Restaurant Photography

Followers: 34,600

#26. Nikita

@nikitatehani

Fashion/Lifestyle

Followers: 12,200

#27. Sonali Silvaa

@sonalisilvaa

Fashion/Model

Followers: 24,500

#28. Sarah Faisal

@sarahfaisal98

Foodie

Followers: 9,636

#29. Tarja De Silva

@tarjadesilva

Dancer/Fitness/Motivation

Followers: 27,700

#30. Nadiya Fernando

@nadiyafernando

Make Up Artist/Fashion

Followers: 14,700

#31. Shalu Wijeratne

@shx.lu

Travel/Food/Fashion

Followers: 25,900

#32. Fari

@fari91designs

Fashion/Arts&Crafts

Followers: 9,361

#33. Shenelle Rodrigo

@sheneller

Fashion

Followers: 9,362

#34. Deepak Shanmuganathan

@deepak_shan

Fitness/Model

Followers: 5,197

#35. Melissa Stephen

@melissastephenofficial

Music/Events

Followers: 4,054

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