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Tomoko Misumi’s ( @tomoko_misumi_tchaiko ) delicate miniature food sculptures have us reaching for the 🔬 and the 🍴. Inspired by 🌸s in the spring and her favorite summer treats, the Japan-based artist’s downright adorable works of art will melt your ❤️ and 💦 your appetite. #HiddenGems Photo by @tomoko_misumi_tchaiko
On today’s episode of #HiddenGems ✨ 💎, join Japanese artist Tomoko Misumi ( @tomoko_misumi_tchaiko ) as she whips up a few of her favorite foods, visits a local bakery and welcomes us into her 🌏 of tiny sculptures.
Meet Marley Dias ( @iammarleydias ). She’s a 14-year-old activist (and published author ) on a mission to bring diversity and inclusion to young people through literature. “I always loved to read, but I never saw myself, a black girl, as the main character. I thought that was a problem I wanted to solve when I got older, and then I realized I could do it then.” Since starting the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign in 2015, Marley and her family work to bring diverse literature into schools and curriculums around the world. 📚❤️ Learn more about her impact in this week’s episode of #Advocates, our series that highlights people around the world who are sparking positive change. ✨
Fourteen-year old Marley Dias is on a mission to share stories of diversity and inclusion so that young people around the world can see themselves represented in the books they read. Learn more about @iammarleydias in this week’s #Advocates. 📖✨
Sometimes all you need to go outside your comfort zone is a buddy by your side. Just ask Henry and Baloo ( @henrythecoloradodog ), a pair of outdoor enthusiasts from Denver, Colorado. 🐾⛰ “Baloo always checks with Henry to make sure it’s safe to explore, and Henry always checks on Baloo,” says their human Cynthia Bennett. “It’s almost like they take care of each other.” Today on #YouGotThis, Henry and Baloo show us that if you want to go far, it’s best to go together. Check out their adventures, right now on our story. Photo by @henrythecoloradodog
DIY sustainability is key to Andrew Blanco’s ( @c0rdurb0y ) creations. The 21-year-old from Texas designs (and models ) his creations, made from thrifted or upcycled fabric. “My method of showing off my work and the clothes I make emphasizes the minimalism I try to advocate,” he says. Did we mention all of his equipment is powered by homespun solar energy? ☀️🙌 Photo by @c0rdurb0y
Daisuke Richard’s ( @daisukerichard ) pastel illustrations represent the emotional uncertainties of teenage life. “The combination of a girl and a messy room is kind of like the gap between the outside appearance and the inside substance,” says the Japanese illustrator. Illustration by @daisukerichard
“Dancing at home is my safe haven,” says 16-year-old Tre De Rego ( @trederego ), who was recently on tour with Jennifer Lopez. “I record myself dancing for at some points an hour straight and go back to watch to see areas I can grow but to also appreciate and recognize things I did well.” Video by @trederego
#HelloFrom Al-ʿUla, Saudi Arabia, where you can spot an 🐘and 🌪at once. Photo by @hudabinr
Most days you can catch Aleta French ( @aleta_ventures ) hanging around Moab, Utah. Literally. Despite a natural fear of heights, the 29-year-old canyoneering guide and aerialist feels 🙃 when she is suspended by colorful silks, hundreds of feet above the desert floor. See more of Aleta’s breathtaking acrobatics today on #HiddenGems 💎✨. Photo of @aleta_ventures by @callenhearne
“Getting to blend and become part of the outdoors around you, it feels like you are moving art. It’s like a painting coming together. It’s awesome.” —Aleta French ( @aleta_ventures ) Aleta’s aerial silk (and skills ) shine bright in the Utah ☀️ in this week’s episode of #HiddenGems.
“Sharing your stories helps other people feel seen and heard,” says Robin Thede ( @robinthede ), creator of @ablackladysketchshow (pictured right ). “I came up with the name ‘The Black Lady Sketch Show’ when I created the series because I didn’t want there to be any confusion about what people were watching,” says Robin. “Then we changed it to ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ so that we didn’t single ourselves out as the only one. That simple change to “A” means that we’re one of possibly many black lady sketch shows, which would be a dream come true!” The best part of #ABLSS for Robin? “Working with all these amazing black women,” she says. “Writers, our director, our cast, our guest stars… and of course, (pictured left ) Issa Rae ( @issarae ).” #ShareBlackStories
Meet Noor Tagouri ( @noor ), a Libyan American journalist on a mission to amplify the voices of underrepresented communities and strengthen people’s perspectives. Noor’s unique take on storytelling serves as a form of activism by truly passing the mic and equipping people with knowledge straight from the source. “When I put on the hijab for the first time, there was this overwhelming sense of strength and purpose, like maybe I’m doing this for something bigger than me,” says Noor, who made a personal choice to start wearing the hijab at the age of 15. “The thing that people told me was going to keep me down and hold me back was actually what allowed me to connect with people in a way that they had never felt seen or heard before.” 🎤✨ Learn more about Noor’s life and work in this week’s episode of #Advocates, our series that highlights people around the world who are sparking positive change in their communities.
Noor Tagouri ( @noor ) is a Libyan American journalist and activist dedicated to sharing the stories of those least represented in the media. Learn more about Noor and her mission on #Advocates, our series that highlights people around the world who are sparking positive change. ✨
Heartbreak. 💔 Stress. 😰 Anxiety. 😬 We’ve all been there. See how Becca handles it in this week’s #YouGotThis, created by our friends from Toonstar ( @toonstar ), the account that turns real-life stories into animated videos. Check out our story right now to see what happens when Becca goes to Camp I Can’t Even. Video by @toonstar
Welcome to Tinseltown ✨ — home to artist and designer Rachel Burke ( @imakestagram ). She loves working with materials like pompoms, fake flowers and, of course, tinsel, which reminds her of childhood art classes, play and freedom. “I am always striving to transform the ordinary into something magical,” says Rachel. Photo by @imakestagram
#HelloFrom the icy summit of Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland. ✨ “Underneath this glacial surface is a large and notorious volcano,” says photographer Benjamin Hardman ( @benjaminhardman ), who climbed to the top of the ice cap to capture this image. “It last erupted in 2010, sending an ash plume all the way to Europe. It’s amazing to see the power of nature.” Say #HelloFrom your part of the world. ❤️ Please submit your own photos and videos to the project using the #HelloFrom hashtag. Any tagged visual shared with the hashtag is eligible for the project and, if selected, to be featured. Photo by @benjaminhardman
“Masks are transformative. There is privacy in there. There is a powerful expression in there. There is duality to it: you can say something and nothing at the same time.” —Magnhild Kennedy ( @damselfrau ), a self-taught artist and mask-maker whose creative process is guided by the diverse materials she uses in her work. Go behind the masks in this week’s episode of #HiddenGems. 💎✨ Photo by @damselfrau
London-based artist Magnhild Kennedy’s ( @damselfrau ) one-of-a-kind masks are crafted from a diverse range of materials and influences. On today’s episode of #HiddenGems, we’re exploring her studio and learning more about her inspo and process.
Meet Shirley Raines, founder of @beauty2thestreetz , a nonprofit that serves people living in homelessness with three basic human necessities: 1 ) a hot shower, 2 ) a hearty meal, 3 ) a sense of pride and confidence in the way they look and feel. “We’re not changing their whole circumstance, but we’re giving them one hour off from all the negativity,” says Shirley. “We’re giving them a reason to look in the mirror and see something other than their circumstance.” Learn more about Shirley and the community she serves in this week’s episode of #Advocates. ✨
Shirley Raines is changing the way people see those who are living in homelessness through her nonprofit @beauty2thestreetz In addition to hot showers and hearty meals, Shirley brings love, light and a new level of confidence to the community on Skid Row. Learn more about her impact in this week’s episode of #Advocates, our series that highlights people around the world who are sparking positive change. ✨
When it comes to living his best life, Ludwik ( @ludwik_guinea_pig ) is a real winner. 🏆✨ This 4-year-old guinea pig from Warsaw, Poland, loves a delicious meal, a good massage and a nap every now and then. Today on our weekly series #YouGotThis, Ludwik shares his guide to life. Know someone who could take a page from Ludwik’s playbook? Share it with them, right now on our story. Photo by @ludwik_guinea_pig
The secret to twin creators and students Mya and Myka Montoya’s ( @montoyatwinz ) success? 🌀Bouncing off one another as they film their videos. “Being a twin content creator is like working with your best friend on a daily basis. We try not to take ourselves too seriously,” says the pair. Photo by @montoyatwinz
“Being a twin has given us a strong ability to collaborate in real time,” says the duo Coco and Breezy Dotson ( @cocoandbreezy ), sisters and co-founders of Coco and Breezy Eyewear ( @cocoandbreezyeyewear ), who also DJ and produce music together in NYC. “We DJ in sync. And we share ideas in the workplace in a free-flowing way,” say the twins, who share similar interests — and even identical tattoos. Photo of @cocoandbreezy by @denzelgolatt
Twinning = winning for identical fashionista sisters Aya Suzuki ( @ayaxxamiaya ) and Ami Suzuki ( @amixxamiaya ), who go by the collective name Amiaya. “For us, being twins is everything,” says Aya. “My dreams are our dreams.” 💕 Ami adds: “When our individual personalities overlap, our power is double. Simply put, being twins allowed us to create the style we have now.” Photo by @amixxamiaya
#HelloFrom Cenote Calavera in Tulum, Mexico. “Most people go to the big cenote down the road, but few stop here,” says photographer and director Alex Strohl ( @alexstrohl ). “We had it to ourselves.” Say #HelloFrom your part of the world. ❤️ Please submit your own photos and videos to the project using the #HelloFrom hashtag. Any tagged visual shared with the hashtag is eligible for the project and, if selected, to be featured. Photo by @alexstrohl
French mixed-media artist Stéphanie Kilgast ( @petitplat ) fights waste her own way. Inspired by the complexities of the natural world, Stéphanie transforms discarded man-made items into vibrant, detailed sculptures. 🖌 Dive into her colorful studio 🎨 on today’s episode of #HiddenGems 💎✨. Photo by @petitplat
One person’s trash is mixed-media artist Stéphanie Kilgast’s ( @petitplat ) treasure 💎✨. Constructed from discarded man-made items, Stéphanie’s sculptures celebrate the world’s plants and creatures. Learn more on today’s episode of #HiddenGems.
Double trouble! Meet Goober and Mouse ( @goober_and_the_mouse ), a pair of rescue caique parrots who run their house. 😈😈 “They are very mischievous, playful and temperamental at the same time,” says Goober and Mouse’s human Makaye. “If you argue with them, you will lose.” #WeeklyFluff 😂 Video by @goober_and_the_mouse