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So that’s what those random light switches are for💡🙃 ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ Say hi to Remix, a new Reels feature that lets you create a reel next to an existing one. Whether you’re capturing your reaction, responding to friends or bringing your own magic to trends, Remix is another way to collab on Instagram. 🤩 Reels Remix by @quentinager and @jeezzaa
The cake of your dreams is just a swipe away. ➡️🎂💭🍰✨⁣ ⁣ Go to our story right now for more dreamy can’t-believe-it creations.⁣ ⁣ Photos by @yip.studio_ , @spool__oven , @yungkombucha420 , @steinkampf_flower_cakes and @dreamcaketestkitchen
POV: you’re someone who studies diseases for a living. As an epidemiologist, Jessica Malaty Rivera (@jessicamalatyrivera ) knows a lot about COVID-19 and the vaccines to fight it. “Being fearful of the virus, the data, and even the vaccines is a completely normal response. I want people to know that after spending a year analyzing devastating COVID-19 data, that these vaccines not only exceeded our expectations for efficacy, they are also very safe. The benefits of vaccination far outweigh any possible risk. This virus is cruel. And we finally have a tool in our toolkit to beat it.” That tool also means the end is in sight. “This pandemic will not last forever. The most important things people can do is to keep your risk low. That means: wear your masks, practice physical distancing, avoid indoor/large gatherings and get vaccinated as soon as it’s your turn.” For more reliable info about COVID-19 and vaccine safety, check out the COVID-19 Information Center at our link in bio. Reel by @jessicamalatyrivera
Dog overboard.⁣ ⁣ On today’s #WeeklyFluff, meet Ben and Tim (@bigbentinytim ) — two rescue BFFs who despite their differences in size and personality, have a relationship that’s going just swimmingly.⁣ ⁣ Video by @bigbentinytim
No one knows how to have more fun with a freestyle than artist Xavier Goodman (@xaviergoodman ). 😁 🎶 🎭 👑 “My creative process for writing music is like coming up with a script that I can see myself performing onstage, like ‘Hamilton’ or Shakespeare,” explains Xavier, who started rapping at age 16. “I’m an actor, so being a theater kid and watching movies made me fall in love with words and how they make you feel. It made me want to make music.” ❤️ Reel by @xaviergoodman
Color, love, exuberance and joy are central to #Holi, a festival that welcomes spring in Hindu communities around the world. “I usually celebrate Holi with family — rarely with friends,” says Indian student and national gold gymnastics medalist Parul Arora (@parul_cutearora ). “But this time, we’ll have to be safe and can’t celebrate with everyone.”⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ To mark the moment, Parul prepared a very special (and colorful) routine. ❤️⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Reel by @parul_cutearora ⁣⁣ Music by @vishaldadlani
Kim Saira’s (@kimsaira ) art serves as both a creative healing mechanism for her own mental health and as a tool to support the API community. ⁣ ⁣ “All of my work revolves around Asian American advocacy, and for telling my story through my experiences, growing up as an Asian American immigrant,” says the Filipina American artist. ⁣ ⁣ “The anti-Asian hate crimes are no doubt triggering and terrifying. It’s also brought so many different communities together in a time of collective healing. It’s given me hope and strength that through the power of advocacy and uniting, we will get through this together. ⁣ ⁣ One huge way the API community has been misunderstood is that we are a monolith and that we are all the same, which is incredibly untrue. I want my community and the world to know that API influence consists of so many different people coming from different cultures and backgrounds, and we all have an important role to play for diverse API representation.” ⁣ ⁣ This month, we’re celebrating #APIHeritageMonth by sharing creative voices from the community. #RethinkOurInfluence ⁣ ⁣ Art by @kimsaira
Now THIS is how you hit the right key. 🎹⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Check out our story right now for more things from this week that are music to our ears. 🎶⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Reel by @musteranatole
“I feel colors. I like comfortable compositions and balanced energy,” says Beijing-born, London-based fashion design student Yang Yue (@a1jewel ). “I specialize in bio textiles [materials grown from live microorganisms] and do makeup and other face decorations as a hobby. Makeup is my ASMR. It’s just a way for me to release pressure.”⁣ ⁣ Her inkblot-like, abstract MUA looks (@a1jewel0310 ) draw heavily on her Chinese heritage. “It is embedded in my aesthetic,” she explains. Whether Yang takes inspiration from Beijing opera grease paint makeup, bronze vessels from the ancient Chinese Warring States period, mythical creatures or real-life animals, all these references have a home in her bold and beautiful universe.⁣ ⁣ Photo by @a1jewel0310
On today’s #WeeklyFluff, curious kitties Koma and Cocota (@kosuke_maeda0103 ) experience snow for the first time.⁣ ❄️😻⁣ ⁣ Video by @kosuke_maeda0103
“I am looking for the painterly component in digital animation,” says artist Dirk Koy (@dirkkoy ), who runs a motion design and experimental film studio. ⁣ ⁣ Dirk embraces different technologies, including drones, 3D animation, photogrammetry, AR and VR, to create his experimental digital images. ⁣ ⁣ “I am interested in exploring a shape and working out different ways it can be represented and perceived,” he says. “I really love the edgy shapes of this beautiful car. And I was super curious about what digital manipulations I could do with it. I thought it would be fantastic to develop a great 80s sound to it. I realized that the pitch bend distortion of the sound fits very well with the visual distortion.” ⁣ ⁣ Video by @dirkkoy
Meet Maisie (@ralphie_the_sith_tzu ), a sassy 2-year-old Shih Tzu.⁣ 💗🐶🍼⁣ ⁣ “We call her ‘little baby Maisie,’ so it’s very fitting that one of her favorite toys is a pacifier,” says Maisie’s human, Nancy. “This is actually the second one she’s had — she destroyed the first one.”⁣ #WeeklyFluff⁣ ⁣ Video by @ralphie_the_sith_tzu
For fashion creator and stylist Lexson Millington (@lexsonator ), coming up with a 🔥 color scheme 🔥 runs in the fam. “Throughout my childhood, my mother would style me for church on Sunday,” says the 23-year-old. “Now I realize that she really set the tone for how I put together an outfit. Color coordination is such a huge part of my life because of her. She’s the real inspiration behind my style.” Reel by @lexsonator Music by @kaytranada
“My status as a professional athlete doesn’t exclude me from racism, discrimination, sexism or homophobia. The minute I take that jersey off, I am a Black, bisexual woman in America and as Malcolm X once said, '“The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman.” —Tasha Cloud (@t__cloud9 ) The 2021 @wnba season got underway this week and for the @washmystics point guard it marked the first time she has laced up for a game in over a year. Tasha opted out of the 2020 season in order to pursue social justice reform and use her platform for something far bigger than her sport. “It was the hardest decision for me thus far in my career,” says Tasha. “But I understood that this moment in time was much bigger than myself and my career. I’ve been given this God-given platform to be a voice for the voiceless. If I didn’t use my voice, I’d be doing a disservice to a lot of people that look like me. I wanted to be on the frontlines; not only in spaces that hard dialogues and decisions were being made, but in the community, at marches and at protests.” Heading into the new season, Tasha is confident her work as an activist and athlete will be championed by her league both on and off the court. “The WNBA is constantly pushing boundaries and progressing the needle forward. We are consistently at the forefront of every social issue.” #ShareBlackStories 🖤 #SeeMe Photo of @t__cloud9 by @washmystics
Just @scrambieggs checking in on @scrambieggs 😏 ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ Say hi to Remix, a new Reels feature that lets you create a reel next to an existing one. Whether you’re capturing your reaction, responding to friends or bringing your own magic to trends, Remix is another way to collab on Instagram 🤩 Reels Remix by @scrambieggs
“My freestyle riding represents who I am. It is an extension of my personality and I use it to improvise through the world,” says professional bike athlete Brad Simms (@brad_simms ).⁣ ⁣ Brad was introduced to BMX at age 11 by his uncle. “Since then I have been privileged enough to ride my bike in 100+ countries, learn multiple languages, broaden my global perspective and make friends all around the world. I could not have done it without the bike.⁣ ⁣ Freedom of expression is my favorite part about riding BMX. The process of connecting dots that never existed is a feeling that never grows old. You are constantly having to reassess your thinking, because of the mental agility it demands.⁣ ⁣ My technique and trick selection are different at this stage of my career. I search for places to do tricks people think are impossible or unique. Jumping over stuff and riding on walls are my favorite things to do now.⁣ ⁣ The streets are the best for my style of riding as I’m not confined to one course like I might be in competitions. When I pedal around the city, I don’t know who or what I will run into. The unknown is what keeps me going back day after day. The streets are raw, gritty and unforgiving so you have to always be alert.”⁣ ⁣ Video of @brad_simms by @drewpickles
Breakup plot twist... ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ Say hi to Remix, a new Reels feature that lets you create a reel next to an existing one. Whether you’re capturing your reaction, responding to friends or bringing your own magic to trends, Remix is another way to collab on Instagram 🤩 Reels Remix by @owenthiele and @ruby.mccollister
Ever wonder how prom started? 🕺🎊🎶 Comedian Lonnie Marts IIV (@lonnieiiv ) breaks down the origin story. 😂😂 “My prom experience was pretty standard. I was a weirdo in a Hawaiian shirt running around, hyping everybody up. And I think I did a really good job — like, I would want to hang out with me at prom again,” says Lonnie, who describes his comedy as quirky, optimistic and thoughtful. “I’m an optimist so I look at a lot of things like, ‘How can we have the most fun with this? How can we make this something that everyone will enjoy and want to be a part of?’ I do that with my content, my audience and my community too — I love involving people and bringing everybody together to just have a great time.” Putting his humor aside, Lonnie recognizes that many proms this year may still look or feel different from proms of years past, but he has advice on keeping a positive outlook. “If you’re missing out on something, it’s OK to be sad about it. Cry about it — but then pick your head up, get with some good people who know how to be imaginative and get excited about doing what you can do and make it the best darn time you’ve ever had.” 💛❤️ Reel by @lonnieiiv featuring @jenningsbrower
Paint it. Mix it. Match it. 🎨 Check out our story for more colorful creations, fun videos and other things that made us smile this week. 🙂 Reel by @fritzdoesart_
For comedian Jes Tom (@jesthekid ), #TransDayOfVisibility is about trans and nonbinary people sharing their experiences and celebrating each other. 🏳️‍⚧️⁣ ⁣ But Jes also knows that although trans joy is real, so are the things that threaten it. “It’s easy to think that trans visibility equals trans rights, when, as we can see from the ongoing debate over healthcare for trans youth here in the US, trans rights are in jeopardy right now.”⁣ ⁣ “Trans people are extremely diverse, and we have different needs depending on different factors. However, we all deserve free access to healthcare.”⁣ ⁣ For resources and ways to help, check out @trevorproject and @glaad . #ShareWithPride⁣ ⁣ Video by @jesthekid
Double the 🔥 🔥 ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ Say hi to Remix, a new Reels feature that lets you create a reel next to an existing one. Whether you’re capturing your reaction, responding to friends or bringing your own magic to trends, Remix is another way to collab on Instagram. Check out today’s story to see more. 🤩 Reels Remix by @jenemarie_ Music by @saweetie and @dojacat
High School diploma ✅ Summer plans in order ✅ Bags packed for college ✅ All that’s left are those unpredictable send-offs and goodbyes — and we all know how those can go. 😭 😬 😘 18-year-old content creator Matt Taylor (@mattheperson ) can relate. “I often get inspiration for my videos from social interactions,” says Matt. “This video is very much inspired by people that I have been surrounded by.” Reel by @mattheperson
How to give up. Step one: Don’t. We’ve got more things to motivate you, right now on our story. Reel by @coolman_coffeedan
“Skateboarding challenges me and helps clear my mind at the same time,” says professional skater and artist Nora Vasconcellos (@noravexplora ). ”There is no better feeling than riding away from that trick knowing you put so much energy and effort into doing it.”⁣ ⁣ “It has always been difficult to be taken seriously as a female skateboarder,” explains Nora. “I always wanted to be seen the same way and taken as seriously as the men are. I wanted to travel and create products like the men. I wanted to be put on the same pedestal as male professional skaters.⁣ ⁣ I hope watching me skate inspires you to go out and do something that makes you feel good.”⁣ ⁣ Video by @noravexplora
#HelloFrom Studlagil Canyon, Iceland. We are dreaming of these magnificent columns and the clear, blue river that runs through this remote part of the country.⁣ ⁣ Photo by @fredrik_stroemme
Darci Adele Shepard-Mobbs (@darciadele ) and Mia Knights (@miaxalexis ) represent the idyllic nature of their long-term relationship through a magical lens inspired by the Renaissance, 19th century English paintings and the folklore of fairies and elves.⁣ ⁣ “We like to think the world we have created to be shown by these photos is one of complete content, happiness and calm, since that’s how we feel around one another,” explain the 18-year-olds who live in Norfolk, England.⁣ ⁣ “We want to convey to people that it’s OK to wish for things, and that nobody should ever tell you that you can’t have something. We both used to believe that we would never be able to find the kind of love we now share, and that we weren’t even allowed to want it.⁣ ⁣ We want to inspire the people that see the fairy tale life we live in to believe that it’s not just a wish, and that we are real people with insecurities and imperfections who worked as individuals to believe that we are worthy of love, as is everyone in the LGBTQ+ community if they want it.⁣ ⁣ The best thing about being together is the knowledge that whatever we experience as individuals in life, good or bad, exciting or scary, we are going to have a best friend there to experience it at the same time.”⁣ ⁣ Photo by @darciadele and @miaxalexis
This little piggy. 🐷⁣ ⁣ On today’s #WeeklyFluff, meet Kyojuro (@kyojuro_micropig ) — a fresh-faced micro pig who is ready to roll.⁣ ⁣ Photo by @kyojuro_micropig
“I think one of the most beautiful things that we can give to one another is our vulnerability.” 💕 Introducing Vancouver, Canada-based singer/songwriter Jessia (@jessiamusic ) and her latest hit “I’m Not Pretty,” a song that started as a form of personal therapy for the musician and has since become a far-reaching anthem for self-acceptance and body positivity. 🎶 💖 🎶 “I feel like the lyrics have helped me,” says Jessia. “I am the most confident I’ve ever been in my body and I love the person that I look at in the mirror every morning. I don't think I ever felt that way before ‘I’m Not Pretty.’ I also feel like I’m just the messenger of this song, and this song is so much bigger than just me as an artist.” In theme with #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth, the message of Jessia’s song aims to inspire people to let go of the need for validation from others and to love themselves fully and freely. “Ain’t nobody got time for social comparisons,” says Jessia. “Just do you and just rock it. Do exactly what you want to do and honestly it’s going to work out so much better than trying to be someone else. Building that relationship with yourself where you’re 100% comfortable with who you are is a really, really beautiful thing.” For more resources from mental health experts and creators, check out our Guide on the ways to combat social comparison. And to hear more from Jessia, check out our story now! ✨✨ Reel by @jessiamusic Music by @jessiamusic