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
A lot has changed since Felipe Massa (@massafelipe19) was 8 years old, racing go-karts in his home country of Brazil, but his love for driving remains the same. “I can’t see myself doing anything else in my life,” says Felipe. With more than 250 Grand Prix entries and 41 podiums under his belt, Felipe is in his 15th Formula 1 (@f1) season. He’s racing in this year’s Monaco Grand Prix, a course that winds through the narrow streets of the European city-state along the French Riviera. “The glamour of Monaco is amazing,” says Felipe. “And for the drivers, it’s really challenging. The walls are so close and it’s so easy to make a mistake. You have to be more focused and aware than in other races.” Watch our Instagram story now to see the action at the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix.
“I like the shadows that are cast on the wall when the sun goes down,” says Stefan Turtzer (@nineoutoften), a resident of Berlin, who frequents the local Sunday market here. “I believe the picture celebrates the chill atmosphere and the late afternoon vibe, when people enjoy the last rays of sunlight.” #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @nineoutoften
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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
#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
At home in Izmir, Turkey, Serkan Çolak’s (@serkanncolak) daughter played with a pocket mirror as her parents looked on. “This photo tells the story of me and my family,” says Serkan. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to #WHPreflections. Photo by @serkanncolak
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.
“Upside down and right side up,” writes Carla (@carlaeez) in the caption to her #WHPreflections submission. Follow along to see more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project. Photo by @carlaeez
Frida, a rescued Ibizan hound, and her human Miriam Behrendt (@tangoandfrida), took shelter from an approaching storm in a canola field. “We were on a walk and she instantly went there to hide from the weather,” says Miriam. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @tangoandfrida
Music has always been a part of British singer Liam Payne’s (@liampayne) life. “When I was 6 years old, I sang karaoke for my granddad,” says Liam. “I knew then that I loved to perform, and now I’m doing something I’ve always dreamt of.” Today, Liam, now 23, performs around the world — first with the band One Direction — and now as his own solo act. With a new single on the way, Liam’s days are spent in the recording studio, practicing his dance moves and promoting his upcoming track, all while finding time with his newborn son at home in Surrey, England. “It’s an exciting time, both professionally and at home,” he says. “I feel incredibly fortunate to be in the position I’m in.” Watch our Instagram story now to spend a day with Liam leading up to the release of his new single. 🎤
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