Actor Sterling Brown (@sterlingkb1) was on his way to work when he learned about his Golden Globe nomination for his role in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” where he played prosecutor Christopher Darden. “It was like putting together a puzzle piece,” says Sterling of preparing for the role; the whole cast did a ton of reading and he poured over video footage, namely interviews with Charlie Rose and Oprah. When he’s not filming, Sterling goes to the gym, plays with his kids and is no stranger to binge watching TV shows — it's simple pleasures that provide Sterling with joy and happiness. “When I hear my baby boy singing, that makes me happy. When I get to kiss my kids at night, it makes me happy. A good movie. A good meal. A clean house. A clean house makes me very happy. 😊” Photo by @sterlingkb1
A single daisy in a French field twirled its way into our #BoomerangOfTheWeek. Add #BoomerangOfTheWeek to your next Boomerang’s caption — yours might show up here on @instagram. #Boomerang by @boomyourlife
“I started being open about my experience as a person with mental illness, because there’s a real serious void in the dance world,” says professional ballet dancer Sydney Magruder (@theblackswandiaries), who has struggled with anxiety since childhood. “In January of 2015, after having mixed success auditioning in New York, I went and did a show in Boston. And then I’m not exactly sure what happened, but for nine months after coming back to New York, I didn’t leave the house. I didn’t go to class. I didn’t see my friends. I hardly talked to anybody except my wife. I’m just getting back to where I feel like I can audition again. In the ballet world, we don’t pay attention to people with mental illnesses. We kind of write them off and marginalize them as not being dedicated or hardworking enough. But I am one of the most passionate and dedicated people I know — anybody who knows me will also tell you that. You don’t have to pretend you’re not sick, but you do have to fight every day to make your life what you want it to be. Every day you do have the choice to get up and do something and be great. You can’t let anybody tell you you’re not worthy.” #hereforyou Photo of @theblackswandiaries by @rachelnevillephoto
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#hellomynameis Malena Flores (@imalenaflores). I’m 23 years old and I’m an illustrator. I live in Itamari, a rural town in Bahia, Brazil, where I find the small moments of beauty that inspire me — like a clear night sky, where I hunt stars. Drawing has always been close to my heart. It was my favorite pastime as a child and is the best way I have to externalize my thoughts. I like experimenting with lots of different things; I’m incapable of sticking to a single medium. Art is freedom. Light, colors and flowers are the elements that characterize my work. Without them, what I do would be empty. Before, I used to draw on my own in my room. Illustration is a solitary pursuit; people spend a lot of time alone, creating. Today, I receive lovely messages from thousands of people, more than the entire population of my town. Knowing that what I do here reaches and inspires other people makes me feel that I have fulfilled my duty and gives me a warm feeling. May our future be filled with flowers.” Illustration by @imalenaflores
This portrait was quite literally a flash in the pan. Saeed Kouhkan (@skouhkan) found his sister’s reflection in the oil of a frying pan while cooking at his home in Behbahan, Iran. “It’s a mysterious portrait,” he says. “I like the contrast between the red lip and the dark background of the pan.” #WHPreflections Photo by @skouhkan
By positioning her foster grandson and labradoodle, Reagan, along the reflective waters of the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon, Sandi Swiridoff (@reagandoodle) was able to capture two meanings within the #WHPreflections theme. “The practice of yoga encourages us to reflect back on our own lives,” she says. Photo by @reagandoodle
American athlete Christian Pulisic’s (@cmpulisic) first memories of soccer are with his father. “I remember my dad throwing a mini ball at me in the house and trying to score on him in the mini goal,” says the 18-year-old. Christian grew up in Pennsylvania, but moved to Dortmund, Germany, three years ago to pursue his dream of becoming a professional soccer player. Although adjusting to life in a foreign country is never easy — Christian’s biggest hurdles were “the language barrier and finding regular friends to spend time with” — he’s taken to life in his adopted hometown: he has his own apartment, a group of friends and speaks German fluently. Playing attacking midfielder for the Borussia Dortmund team in the German Bundesliga league eased the transition. “We have the best fans in the world,” says Christian. “They’re the most passionate in all of football. The game means everything to them.” And as for his young age relative to his teammates, Christian shrugs it off. “I was always the youngest on the team,” he says. “It’s normal for me.” Watch our Instagram story now to check out Christian’s adopted hometown.
Today we’re excited to announce two new ways to discover the world around you on Explore: location stories and hashtag stories. Now you can see what’s happening around you and find stories related to your interests. You’ll see a new story ring at the top of Explore filled with stories happening near you. You can also search for any location around the world, and you’ll see a story ring for that place at the top of the location page. We’re also beginning to introduce hashtag stories on Explore. When you search for a hashtag, you may see a story ring at the top of the page filled with stories using that hashtag. Add a location sticker or hashtag to your story and you may be included in the larger story. If you want to use a location or hashtag sticker but don’t want your story to appear on Explore, tap the X on your stories viewer list. From discovering new parts of your hometown to jogging alongside the #fromwhereirun community, location and hashtag stories help you share these experiences as they unfold. To learn more about location stories and hashtag stories, check out help.instagram.com. Location stories on Explore are available on iOS and Android as part of Instagram version 10.22 in the Apple App Store and Google Play. Hashtag stories will be rolling out over the coming weeks.
Thanks to a few carefully placed mirrors, hands emerge from the sand in Sonora, Mexico. #WHPreflections Photo by @pacodelosmonteros
Spanish sculptor Isabel Tomás (@lisatoms_dolls) dreams up creatures that don’t live in our world. “My greatest source of inspiration is nature itself, not just animals and plants,” she says. From her home studio in La Sénia, Spain, she invents personalities for all her special species. “I like to imagine how they’d behave, where they’d live, what they’d eat and other details, as if they were a real animal.” Isabel designs, produces, sews, paints and varnishes all her creatures, which can be an arduous process since she does everything by hand, but she wouldn’t have it any other way — Isabel loves being her own boss. Discover more stories from the Spanish-speaking community on @instagrames. Photo by @lisatoms_dolls
With the blue hour waning along France’s Atlantic coast, a horse and rider passed by Pascale Fourteau (@halluci_nantes) as she took in the view. “The sound of the ocean empties my head and the sunset calms me,” she says. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @halluci_nantes
We’re swinging into the weekend with Orso the Corgi (@churchilly) — the star of our #BoomerangOfTheWeek. “Orso loves to swing. He has been doing it since he was a little puppy!” says Christon, Orso’s human. “We enjoy making people smile and remembering the pure, good things in the world ... like corgis in baby swings.” Add #BoomerangOfTheWeek to your next Boomerang’s caption — yours might show up here on @instagram. #Boomerang by @churchilly
Hello, world! It’s time for your dose of #WeeklyFluff. Cookie and Kanpei (@usausausa1201) are two rabbits from Japan who always manage to pose for the perfect shot. When they’re not chomping away on a leafy green snack, they do their best to stay on trend, regularly rocking new styles of bonnets, wreaths and other chic headwear. Follow @usausausa1201 to ensure you never miss a look. 🐰 🐰
Lake Garlate became even more picturesque when a swan drifted by. “I grew up on the shores of this lake, nestled among the beautiful mountains,” says Manuela Riva (@bellavitamanu) of her hometown in the Italian Alps. “I love to travel all around the world, but only here do I really feel at home.” #WHPhomesweethome Photo by @bellavitamanu
Photographer Randy Haron (@2ndfloorguy) offered a bird’s-eye view of Manhattan for #WHPhomesweethome. “I wanted to get a shot of the residents in New York,” he says of the symmetrical apartment buildings below. Photo by @2ndfloorguy
Today, we’re introducing face filters, an easy way to turn an ordinary selfie into something fun and entertaining. Whether you’re sitting on the couch at home or you’re out and about, you can use face filters to express yourself and have playful conversations with friends. Simply open the camera and tap the new face icon in the bottom right corner. Tap a filter to try it on and send it to your friends or add it to your story. They even work with Boomerang! Also today, we’re rolling out three new creative tools. Make videos that play in reverse with “Rewind,” add context to your story with a hashtag sticker and get creative with the eraser brush. Instagram has always been the place you can go to turn regular moments into something you can’t wait to share. Now, you have more fun and easy ways to express yourself and connect with the people you care about most. To learn more about today’s updates, check out help.instagram.com. These updates are available as part of Instagram version 10.21 for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Android in Google Play.