When the 2017 Golden Globe nominations were announced, Gina Rodriguez (@hereisgina) had just completed a Muay Thai workout … in Thailand. “We got to the house and still had 30 minutes before the announcement, so I stripped down to my birthday suit, and let go,” says Gina. “I gave the anxiety, pressure and illusions we carry about our worth and threw them out.” This is the third time Gina has been nominated for her “Jane the Virgin” role — she took home the award for best actress in a TV series musical or comedy in 2015. “I’m humbled to be in a category with women I admire and adore,” says Gina. “Jane is my love child. I love coming to work, and I love playing this woman I wish I was more like in real life.” Photo by @hereisgina
Sunday night marks the 89th Academy Awards (@theacademy), an event in Los Angeles honoring the best films in 2016. We’re going behind the scenes with actress Sofia Carson (@sofiacarson) on the red carpet and inside the Dolby Theatre. Watch our Instagram story now to see what the big night is like from Sofia’s perspective.
“We could not take our eyes off the tower, even though the weather was awful, a strong wind blowing and it was very cold,” says Anna Toporkova (@toporkova.pro), of capturing Ostankino Tower illuminated at night. Anna, a lifelong resident of Moscow, only discovered this vantage point recently. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram. Photo by @toporkova.pro
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After discovering this tree during a hike last spring, Christoph Schlein (@christophschlein) and his girlfriend returned eight months later for a closer look. “It was something like 15 degrees below zero — usually the lake is not frozen and it was something special to walk on it and see everything from a new perspective,” he says. “Nature can create such impressive places and it’s our task to take care of it.” Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram. Photo by @christophschlein
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPcolorful The goal this weekend is to create photos and videos that pop with color. Here’s how to get started: Seek out environments with bright and bold colors that catch your eye. For example, if you attend a concert or parade, get close to the action to capture spirited moments and dazzling props. For portrait submissions, look for colorful personalities and striking fashion statements that stand out against everyday surroundings. Make color move with a video or Boomerang submission. Capture a bright painting coming to life, the flashing motion of neon lights or a burst of color emerging in an otherwise bland scene. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPcolorful hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week. Featured photo by @splendid_rags
A group of new friends who met on Instagram fell into our #BoomerangOfTheWeek spot. Muhammad Dian (@semuabaper_), an 18-year-old student who lives in Batam, Indonesia, captured this moment while exploring the country he loves. Do you love taking Boomerangs? Add #BoomerangOfTheWeek to your caption. Yours might show up here on @instagram. #Boomerang by @semuabaper_
#RunwayForAll is about unconditional love and allowing anybody that has a talent to have an equal playing field. Diversity is beautiful.” —Naomi Campbell (@iamnaomicampbell) One of the original supermodels, Naomi has walked in countless shows and has staying power in the industry. As for the keys to her success, Naomi credits her intuition and spirituality. “I’m so blessed to be able to work with the same people since I was 16 years old and have their support.” This story is part of an ongoing series featuring models who are redefining industry standards and making sure there’s room on the #RunwayForAll. Photo by @iamnaomicampbell
Josh Wool’s (@joshwool) self-described approach to portraiture is incredibly slow and unapologetically simple. Using equipment and techniques that are more than a century old, the Brooklyn, New York-based artist painstakingly extracts his images from a process that begins with photographic plates and developing chemistry that he makes himself. From there, his portraits are crafted from a conversation, natural light when possible and the removal of any extraneous details or distractions. “The folks in these pictures are artists, musicians, photographers, creatives and friends,” says Josh. “There’s a certain intangible thing that draws me to choose the people I photograph. In most cases, it’s some aspect of their persona — sometimes it’s their strength, others it’s a sense of vulnerability. With others, it’s something I just can’t put my finger on, but I know I need to photograph them.” Photos by @joshwool
Sugar and spice and everything nice — meringue kisses, fairy floss, buttercream icing, chocolate ganache, crystallized flowers, raspberry macaroons — that’s what Georgia’s Cakes are made of. “More is more,” says Georgia Green (@georgiascakes), the 25-year-old baker churning out decadent, drool-worthy cakes in her London kitchen. “My cakes may look perfect, but if you smudge a bit of icing, stick some popcorn on it!” Working in a cafe upon her Le Cordon Bleu graduation, Georgia was commissioned to bake a cake for a high-profile client and realized she could strike out on her own. Now, she’s her sole employee, whipping up every single topping, batch of frosting and layer of cake herself. Swipe left on this post to see more of Georgia’s over-the-top cakes. Photos and videos by @georgiascakes
In Sicily, a bug-eyed face appears to be playing hide-and-seek behind a yellow car in this #WHPiseefaces submission by Enza (@enza8317).
Andrés Carrión (@andresete.geo) steps back from the City of Arts and Sciences complex in Valencia, Spain, to reveal a big smile that greets passers-by. #WHPiseefaces Photo by @andresete.geo
Hello, world! It’s time to meet today’s #WeeklyFluff. Here’s Manny (@yoremahm) — aka “The Selfie Cat” — who, as you can see, understands the power of a portrait. This rescued gray Tabby is often seen posing with canine pals and is always clawing to be the center of attention in his shots. Don’t miss any of this outdoor cat’s adventures. Follow @yoremahm stat.
Love is in the air on the Canary Islands where Lydia Farray (@alataalde) spotted a pair of pink angels strolling hand-in-hand. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @alataalde
There’s fun to be had no matter how cold it gets for the residents of Budakli village. Kenan Nihat Elçi (@_kenannihatelci_) decided to pay a visit to the local thermal baths where he snapped this photo. “In cold weather, this has become an entertainment center for children,” he says. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram. Photo by @_kenannihatelci_
Jorge (@instayors) threw his hat into the ring for our #BoomerangOfTheWeek — and it paid off! This one was captured on a quick road trip with his friend Irene (@iregoes). Do you love taking Boomerangs? Add #BoomerangOfTheWeek to your caption. Yours might show up here on @instagram. #Boomerang by @instayors
“Can’t is not a word we like to use,” says Jon Boogz (@jonboogz), who together with Lil Buck (@lilbuckdalegend) founded Movement Art Is to inspire social change through creative physical expression. “Dance is more than just entertainment. It’s a universal language that can help heal,” Jon says. Whether they’re recording a performance to be viewed around the world or freestyling for friends, both are driven by the transformative experience shared by dancers and their audience. “Dance is a form of liberation regardless of how good you think you are,” says Buck. “So keep dancin’.” Watch our Instagram story right now for a peek at this duo’s moves.