On the night of the Golden Globes, expect actress Mandy Moore (@mandymooremm) to let loose with her fellow “This Is Us” cast members — the first-time nominee can’t wait to celebrate. “I think people have been hungry for a story about human connection and the intricacies of family dynamics,” says Mandy of the show’s appeal. “The obstacles and struggles the characters in the show are facing are universal and have really struck a chord in the hearts and minds of fans of the show.” When she’s not filming, Mandy hangs with her loved ones, hikes with her dogs in Southern California and shares lots of everyday moments with her fans. “I love having the ability to share my highest highs and the smallest, seemingly most insignificant moments of my life with a whole group of friends and strangers alike,” says Mandy. “And getting responses in real time is always a trip.” Photo by @mandymooremm
A visitor to the sculpture garden in Rome’s Villa Medici takes a new look at some ancient relics. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @lenovchi
In the waters off of Vitória, Brazil, Pepê Silva (@pepesilva_) draws inspiration from the sea and sunlight. “When I photograph someone, I try to put them in sync with these two elements.” #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @pepesilva_
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Paralympian Beatrice Vio’s (@bebe_vio) relationship with fencing started at age 5. “It was love at first sight,” says the gold medalist, now 20, from Venice, Italy. In 2008, Beatrice contracted meningitis, which resulted in the amputation of both legs from the knee and both arms from the forearm, with severe scarring to her face and body. “Getting back into fencing was the only thing I had on my mind,” she says. “Some people said it was impossible, but I did it!” Today, Beatrice competes in wheelchair fencing, using a special prosthetic device, created by her father, to hold her foil (a fencing weapon). “In wheelchair fencing, you can’t move backward — you can only attack,” she says. “This is the same thing that you have to do in life, and I always do.” This post is in celebration of Women’s History Month. Throughout March, we’ll be highlighting the stories of women doing extraordinary things around the world. Photos by @bebe_vio
InstaMeets have been a part of our community since the very early days of Instagram. They are gatherings of people who come together to connect over their shared passions and experiences. And Worldwide InstaMeet 15 (#WWIM15❤️) is happening this weekend, March 25-26! Join tens of thousands of people around the world to share, explore and celebrate while spreading this InstaMeet’s theme: kindness. Our features like Instagram Stories and Instagram Live offer even more opportunities to get creative and capture your experience in real time. Browse #WWIM15❤️ throughout the weekend to explore communities around the world, and check in on Monday for a look back at some of our favorites. To find an InstaMeet near you, check out community.instagram.com. Photo by @thiagolbrito
The Embassy of Kindness (@theembassyofkindness) all started at an InstaMeet in Melbourne, Australia. Kanesan Nathan (@legojacker) and Amal Bleed (@toffyinc) led a photo walk around the city, documenting what kindness looked like with fellow, local Instagrammers. Then, they started talking to strangers. “Our very first portrait of kindness was a man called Philip. He was kind but he was skeptical about the power of kindness to change the world,” explains Kanesan. “We looked at each other and thought, ‘Challenge accepted.’” Today, through their portraiture and captions, The Embassy of Kindness seeks to exemplify how kindness can connect us all. “Any act, no matter how big or small, has the power to change a person’s life in a profound way,” says Amal. “It’s about celebrating our shared humanity.” For this Worldwide InstaMeet (#WWIM15❤️), Kanesan will lead an event from Canberra, where he now lives, at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, and Amal will host from Melbourne’s city center. Both InstaMeets encourage participants to start conversations about kindness and create portraits that have become the basis for The Embassy’s photo project. @theembassyofkindness photos by @toffyinc and @legojacker
Hello, world! Today’s #WeeklyFluff is Marry (@hamstermarry), a cute and curious hamster who hails from Thailand. Marry enjoys napping, playing around and, as you can see, the occasional joy ride. Follow @hamstermarry to ensure you never miss out on an adventure.
While exploring the light and shadow of a structure by Catalan architects Enric Miralles and Carme Pinòs, Valle García (@valleklau) was struck by two thoughts. “We are alive, and we are still young,” she says. “These architects understood and accepted the cycle of life as a link between past, present and future.” #WHPyoungatheart Photo by @valleklau
Growing up in Vicenza, in northeastern Italy, Davide Pretto’s (@dvdprtto) fondest childhood reflections are intertwined with historical architecture. “My favorite memories are when my father carried me on his shoulders visiting some place. It was a moment to share an experience with him and look at the world from another point of view: on top.” #WHPyoungatheart Photo by @dvdprtto
If you’re in Tokyo on Sunday, March 26, be sure to head to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. There, teacher Hai Huynh, one half of @notesofnomads, will be co-hosting a #WWIM15❤️ where people will be creating intricate origami cherry blossoms to photograph and gift to strangers — it’s perfectly aligned with this Worldwide InstaMeet’s theme: kindness. “Everybody loves receiving flowers, and being the creative community we are, I believe that learning and making origami flowers with others will be a fun and unique opportunity,” says Hai. “It costs next to nothing, is very interactive and coincides with the coming of cherry blossom season here in Tokyo.” Hai is a big believer in the power of an InstaMeet, a gathering of people who come together to connect through shared experiences. “My favorite part is being able to meet wonderful people from all walks of life who share the same passion and sense of creativity and forming true friendships.” Watch our Instagram story right now to see more. Photo by @notesofnomads
With a few cleverly placed paper hats, Juj (@picturingjuj) creates a whimsical scene of a 🌵party. #WHPyoungatheart Photo by @picturingjuj
Flying at more than 220 miles (354 kilometers) per hour, Amelie Windel (@ams_w) has bigger things to worry about than a picture-perfect smile. “It’s a high-stress environment,” says 26-year-old Amelie, the youngest female aerobatic pilot in the UK. “One thing I want to change is how female athletes are perceived — or any female in a typically male-dominated world.” Amelie doesn’t buy into the expectation that she should always be smiling ear to ear; her focus is on overcoming everyday obstacles and, of course, her time in the sky. “Aerobatics is ultimate 3-D freedom,” she says. “In a modern-day world, many women still face hardships due to their gender and feel like they can’t be themselves in day-to-day life. But when I’m in that cockpit, it’s just me. I’m completely in charge of what I’m doing.” Check out our Instagram story to see more from Amelie in the sky. ✈️ This post is in celebration of Women’s History Month. Throughout March, we’ll be highlighting the stories of women doing extraordinary things around the world. Video by @ams_w
Starting today, you’ll have the option to save your live video to your phone at the end of a broadcast. While live videos will continue to disappear from the app when you’re done, this update gives you the flexibility to hold onto your video and re-watch it later, especially if something exciting happens during your broadcast that you want to remember or share. After your live broadcast ends, tap Save in the upper right corner. You’ll only be able to save your video — not the comments, likes, number of viewers or any live interactions. After saving, tap Done and your live video will be saved to your camera roll but will no longer be available in the app. We are excited by how our community is using live video to connect with their friends and followers in the moment. This is just the first of many improvements we’ll be making to live videos this year. To learn more about today’s updates, check out help.instagram.com. These updates are available as part of Instagram version 10.12 available for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Android in Google Play.
“I want to be an artist who builds confidence in my viewers and makes them feel a little less alone,” says Grace Miceli (@artbabygirl), who lives in New York City. “Someone who helps us to understand each other and ourselves. These animations are meant to explore the complicated space a young woman inhabits, where the objects and experiences that are pushed upon you are simultaneously looked down upon by the world around you.” This post is part of “In Search of Us,” a digital salon curated by @petrafcollins and @bellhoox. Their upcoming event #PopRallyxPetra at @themuseumofmodernart celebrates the representation of women by women. Photos and videos by @artbabygirl
“From a feminist standpoint, collaboration is essential to my practice, politically and artistically,” says Madelyne Beckles (@bellhoox), an artist who lives in Montreal. “It will always make work stronger and ideas come off more potent when there are different people involved working towards the same vision or goal. Also, to be real: you can’t do everything yourself! @petrafcollins and I met in grade nine and clicked right away. We’ve both evolved into different artists but love working together because we are such great friends and our difference lends itself well to each other’s practices.” This post is part of “In Search of Us,” a digital salon curated by @petrafcollins and @bellhoox. Their upcoming event #PopRallyxPetra at @themuseumofmodernart celebrates the representation of women by women. Photos and videos by @bellhoox
For Akhwaf Habiburrahman (@akhwaf), an Indonesian photographer living in Germany, the unplanned photos are the best ones — like this one captured just before sunset from a skate park in Frankfurt, Germany. “The more spontaneous the shot, the better it is.” #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @akhwaf