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“I really love the ephemerality of flowers. I like that it’s not something that you can hold onto forever. I like that it’s something that you have to be present for,” says floral artist and entrepreneur Maurice Harris, the man behind @bloomandplume Maurice explores and celebrates black identity in his work by including people of color of all ages in his pieces. That includes his niece! (Pictured. ) “She’s such a dynamic little lady,” he says. Photo by @bloomandplume
#HelloFrom Tulum, Mexico. “Beaches always stir up a lot of reflections for me,” says film director Daniel Mercadante ( @danielmercadante ). “This place where land meets water, calm and chaotic. The endless distance puts the impossibly huge and tiny light of life into a new perspective.” 🌈 Use the hashtag, and say #HelloFrom your part of the world. ❤️ Photo by @danielmercadante
Rainbows are not found in the shadows, and for Lisa and Bianca ( @lisbia_ ), neither is their love. 👭🌈🤩 Their message this Pride Month? “Love whomever you wish. Life is too short to hide in the shadows,” says the couple from Vienna, Austria. This June, we celebrate the LGBTQ+ community by sharing stories of #UntoldPride. Follow along as we shine a spotlight on people who are making a difference just by being themselves, and check out @lgbt_history to see even more stories of #UntoldPride. Photo of @lisbia_ by @fotografie_franziskabittermann
Mustard-capped mushrooms. Wide-eyed turtles. Sheep wearing backpacks? Melbourne-based textile artist Cat ( @cat_rabbit ) designs and sews adorably intricate characters and creates stop-motion videos of their colorful worlds. No doubt about it, Cat’s account is a hidden gem. Every Saturday, we’re diving down the 🐇🕳 to uncover unique and treasured accounts — the real #HiddenGems of Instagram. ✨ 💎 Learn more about Cat’s world(s ) on our story and IGTV now. Video by @cat_rabbit
Melbourne-based textile artist Cat ( @cat_rabbit ) takes us behind the scenes of her world in our first installment of our new weekly series that uncovers unique and treasured accounts — they’re the real #HiddenGems of Instagram. 💎 ✨
“I just can’t imagine having my stuff made across the world,” says Jemma Swatek, the founder and designer behind Lykke Wullf ( @lykkewullf ), a women’s clothing line handcrafted in Los Angeles. “Every collection is inspired by what I would wear,” says Jemma. “We really pay attention to the details.” Watch our story to step into the Lykke Wullf studio, then see Jemma’s styling tips and shop the designs over on @shop — a new account where you can discover and buy goods from up-and-coming designers. 🌈✨ Photo of @lykkewullf by @saamuelrichard
Meet Greta Thunberg ( @gretathunberg ). She’s a 16-year-old advocate for climate change activism and founder of the School Strike for Climate movement. 🌍🌱 “When I was younger, I decided to start striking every Friday until Sweden was in line with the Paris Agreement,” says Greta, who was nominated this year for a Nobel Peace Prize. “If we all do something, we can accomplish anything.” Today on our story and our IGTV, learn more about Greta in our new weekly series #Advocates, highlighting people around the world who are sparking positive change. ✨
At just 16, activist Greta Thunberg has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy work around the effects of climate change. Learn more about Greta and her vision for the future today on #Advocates, our new weekly series that highlights people around the world who are sparking positive change. ✨
Ready for your day to get a whole lot better? The one and only Donté Colley ( @donte colley ) is here with his emoji-filled dance videos. “The message behind my videos is ultimately, ‘I hope this can make you smile today,’” says the 22-year-old from Toronto. With that mission in mind, we’ve asked Donté to help us kick off our brand-new weekly series #YouGotThis, which promises to make your Wednesday better — one 😂🙌😻💫 at a time. Watch now on our story, then share it with a friend who might need some motivation. Video by @donte colley
“Mixing in my doodle illustrations with a little more than average makeup is a creative outlet from my day-to-day life,” says Wen Neale ( @sippystraw ), who works as a cook. “I took inspiration from my friend Haku ( @hakukaze ). Only the blush and red liner is actual makeup. The white heart and dots were drawn from my drawing tablet, so most of the actual process was me hunched over my laptop drawing the hearts on my face.” ♡ ♡ Photo illustration by @sippystraw
“I’ve had moments of makeup inspiration that come in the middle of the night. If the urge is strong enough, I’ll paint it at 3 a.m.,” says 22-year-old makeup artist, filmmaker and musician Kiko Nafig ( @kikopaint ). “I use my face as a canvas because it’s convenient, but the intent is to create something outside of my own self. It’s almost an attempt at an ‘anti-selfie.’” Photo by @kikopaint
“I think selfies themselves are pretty boring, so I like to spice them up a bit,” says 14-year-old Tamara Burri ( @tamaraburri_ ). “I express myself through my pictures and how I edit them. It’s really fun to play with makeup and create something with your face, even though you have to wash it off at the end of the day.” Photo illustration by @tamaraburri_
Happy #FathersDay and... T-H-A-N-K 💙 Y-O-U to all the dads out there. Meet Stanley ( @father_like_sonent2404 ) and Josiah, a father and son duo who have created videos (like this one ) together at home since Josiah, now 6, was 2 years old. “To me, fatherhood means quality time, laughter and love,” says 27-year-old Stanley. It is a bond that you create in your heart emotionally with your child.” Video by @father_like_sonent2404
In this case, playing with this “food” is totally allowed. It’s a creation from OG Slimes ( @slime_og ). 🍌🍦🍒 “Making dessert slime has connected us with people through their food and culture, whether it be our “fresas con crema” slime inspired by the popular Mexican dessert or “sticky rice and mango” inspired by traditional Thai cuisine,” says Christine Ly, who runs OG Slimes with her sister Donna and their friend Danny. Today on our story, OG Slimes puts the cherry on top of a fake banana split, and then squishes it for our ASMR delight. Photo by @slime_og
Keep strutting into Pride Month like Pabllo Vittar ( @pabllovittar ). 👠🌈🔥 “Let’s empower ourselves to show the world who we are, raise the flag of our community and scream our rights from the top of our lungs,” says the 24-year-old Brazilian superstar. This June, we celebrate the LGBTQ+ community by sharing stories of #UntoldPride. “I try to inspire people who are still afraid to share who they are. Don’t be afraid, we’re together,” Pabllo says. Follow along as we shine a spotlight on people who are making a difference just by being themselves, and check out @lgbt_history to see even more stories of #UntoldPride. Photo by @pabllovittar
Without a camera trap, taking this photo would’ve been impossible. 🐾📸 “I could spend the rest of my life and never get close enough to the Florida panther to make photographs with a wide-angle lens,” says conservation photographer Carlton Ward Jr. ( @carltonward ), who got this shot using a camera trap with an invisible tripwire. “A camera trap is essentially a studio waiting in the woods,” Carlton says. “When an animal crosses the beam it takes its own picture.” Like a selfie. 😻 Today on our story, Carlton shares more “impossible” shots from the Florida Wildlife Corridor. Photo by @carltonward
The only thing more mesmerizing than this honeycomb pattern is seeing Japanese potter Abe Haruya ( @abe_haruya ) create it, scrape by scrape.
“It’s in my blood to do makeup,” says Madrona Redhawk ( @madroni_redclock ), a 17-year-old high school student and makeup artist from Las Vegas, Nevada. “I’m Native American — Choctaw, Creek and Shawnee,” says Madrona. “Shawnees were into makeup, augmentation and piercings – really dramatic stuff.” Today on our IGTV and story, Madrona creates a dramatic makeup look of their own. 👀 Photo by @madroni_redclock
High school student Madrona Redhawk ( @madroni_redclock ) credits their Native American heritage with inspiring their dramatic makeup looks.
It’s Pride Month – officially! 🌈⚡️🦄 – and Aaron Philip ( @aaron___philip ) has a message for young LGBTQ+ people: “Take care of each other and keep growing. This is your world and everywhere is your space,” says the 18-year-old fashion model. “Soak it all up.” This June, we celebrate the LGBTQ+ community by sharing stories of #UntoldPride. “Pride to me means acknowledging the roots and history of our community and holding space to collectively uplift and take care of one another,” Aaron says. Follow along this month and beyond as we shine a spotlight on people who are making a difference just by being themselves, and check out @lgbt_history to see even more stories of #UntoldPride. Photo of @aaron___philip by @ohmakeda
“To see a picture of a large marine animal interacting peacefully with a human can trigger something in people’s mind and change their perception,” says photographer, scientific advisor and free diver Fred Buyle ( @fredbuyle ). “As a free diver, you truly feel part of the ecosystem… I wish people understood that there is no ‘us’ and the environment — we are a whole system. On planet Earth, everything is interdependent.” 🐳🏊🌎🌊💙 #WorldOceansDay Photo by @fredbuyle
Even while training for a big soccer game, Alex Morgan ( @alexmorgan13 ) makes time for her rescue dog Blue 💙. But after the daily dog walk, it’s all ⚽️ for Alex, a forward on the US national soccer team. “There’s so many things that soccer has taught me: life balance, discipline, staying committed, being uncomfortable, making sure you challenge yourself at least once a day,” Alex says. Head to our IGTV to see what a training day is like for the young soccer star, and then tune in to our story to see how well you know Alex in a quiz we like to call #GameOn.
What’s a training day like for soccer star Alex Morgan ( @alexmorgan13 )? Start with ☕️, walk the 🐶 and then it’s ⚽️⚽️⚽️.
Today on our story, we’re digging deep with artist Billie Eilish ( @billieeilish ). 😎 Billie shares the meaning behind some of the songs from her album “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?” as she uses the new lyrics feature for music in stories. Watch now to learn more, then try it out for yourself using the music sticker. 🎶
Darner Socks ( @darnersocks ) founder and owner Roxanna Sternerud grew up with a serious sock collection. “It was so colorful with a million prints and bows on them and different trims,” says Los Angeles-based Roxanna, who started her high-end sock line in 2012. “There’s a charm in finding something special,” she says. “It’s like a treasure hunt.” Watch our story to see Roxanna’s process, then shop her designs over on @shop — a new account where you can discover and buy goods from up-and-coming designers. 🌈✨ Photo of @darnersocks by @danielsahlberg
Last weekend in Paris, Millie Bobby Brown ( @milliebobbybrown ) attended the fan screening of her first-ever feature film, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” ( @godzillamovie ). Right now on IGTV, she’s the special guest on our very first episode of “Three-Minute Autobiography,” where some of your favorite ⭐️ share their life story in just three minutes. #ThreeMinuteAutobiography
Hang out with actress Millie Bobby Brown ( @milliebobbybrown ) in Paris as she shares her life story. ❤️ #ThreeMinuteAutobiography
Say hi to three rescue border collies with enough personality to star in their own show. “Envy rules the house. She’s the oldest, the only girl and definitely the boss. Zain lives to please, and Trek is the trouble-maker,” says their human Kelly Bove ( @kelly_bove ). #WeeklyFluff Photo by @kelly_bove
Equestrian Alex Bauwens ( @alex_bauwens ) is bringing mounted archery back from the Middle Ages. 🐴⚡️🏹 “I’m a big fan of fantasy books and film, and I love making those adventures real for people,” says Alex, who started riding horses when she was 3 and took up mounted archery — or the sport of shooting a bow and arrow from horseback — 10 years ago. “The first time I shot a bow from a horse, I knew this was the sport for me,” she says. See Alex shoot some arrows, today on our story and IGTV. Photo by @alex_bauwens