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Mikaela Loach ( @mikaelaloach ) is on a mission to make climate activism and ethical and sustainable living accessible to all. 💪💕 “Social justice issues cannot and should not be divorced from talk around sustainability and the climate crisis. So, rather than just using my own privilege to be zero waste, vegan and fast-fashion free myself, it’s also about looking at the world as it is and asking myself: How can I make these lifestyle changes possible for everyone? How can I create a world that is good for all people?” This month, @cosmopolitanuk is releasing the “Positivity Index,” a list of 25 British people — included Mikaela — who are striving to make social media, and the world, a better place. “I’m honestly very touched that my wee contribution to the world through my activism can be something both positive and hopeful,” says Mikaela, “which are two things we all need right now!” Learn more about the Positivity Index on @cosmopolitanuk and @cybersmilefoundation now. ⚡
Cat TV Mews? 😻 10-touch challenge with a twist? ⚽️ Gratitude for everyone doing their part? ❤️ These are just a few of the things that helped us smile this week. Check out even more photos and videos on today’s story. 💫 Videos by @jvn , @juantimefreestyle ; illustration by @revelatori
Thirteen-year-old rapper and entertainer Alaya High, aka That Girl Lay Lay ( @thatgirllaylay ), describes her rapping style as “fun, aware and adventurous... like my lifestyle.” 💓 “When I rap I feel happy and free, because it is a release. Music helps me express what’s going on in the world, and it helps me express the emotions I’m feeling,” says Lay Lay, who started heading to the studio with her father when she was 5. “I would tell him to record me, and I would make little kid raps, not talking about much, but I knew rapping and entertaining would be my life somehow.” #ThisWeekOnInstagram Photo by @thatgirllaylay
He woke up like this. Noah Centineo ( @ncentineo ) starts his day drinking lots of water and making his own bed. 😇 “I find that adding structure to your life is something that can help you stay organized and stay uplifted,” the actor says. Noah is sharing his full morning routine – mom cameos included – in the first episode of #TakeABreak , our new series that will inspire you to slow down for a few minutes today. Check it out on our IGTV now. 💫 Photo by @ncentineo
“When I dance, I feel all my emotions on a bigger scale,” says 16-year-old dancer and choreographer Bailey Sok ( @baileysok ), who started training at 3 years old. “Depending on what my life looks or feels like at the moment, dance allows me to express those feelings into movements,” she explains. “Whether I’m happy, mad or sad, dance gives me a chance to really express all my emotions and to let go.” Check out this video Bailey made a few weeks ago. #ThisWeekOnInstagram
“When I first discovered that I wanted to play the violin, it was like something deep inside of me had awakened,” says 14-year-old Pilar Winter Hill ( @pilarwinterhill ), a classical musician and Juilliard Pre-College student. She picked up the violin at age 6, and at first, all Pilar wanted to do was play at lightning speed. ⚡️ “I have always been a quick learner, a fast runner, a speed reader,” she explains. “But I came to understand a most crucial lesson very early, namely that if speed isn’t coupled with being clear and clean in my playing, then what kind of player would I become?” #ThisWeekOnInstagram
For Yothin Khamwandi ( @yothinyk ), having a positive attitude is always a good look. 🤪✨💞 The German-based style creator makes sure his time on Instagram is good vibes only “by not responding to hate comments,” says the 25-year-old, who was born in Bangkok. “I am a positive person and want to inspire people with my positive nature.” As part of our #CreateDontHate community, Yothin is helping reaffirm our commitment to being the safest and kindest platform for everyone. ❤️ Photo by @yothinyk
Self-taught 3D artist Kyle Szostek ( @simulationlab ) treats every piece of art as an opportunity to learn a new tool or method and to tell a story. “I’m totally fascinated by the fact that with digital tools, I’m able to create and share anything I can dream of. I always aim for a satisfying quality in my work, but sometimes the animations can be a bit odd, abstract or uncanny. And that’s really the fun part.” Video by @simulationlab
Aakash Nihalani’s ( @aakashnihalani ) art exists at the intersection of sculpture, painting and street art. “Everything is analog and physically exists in real space, but the work creates a dialogue between the virtual and the real, a doorway between art and life,” says the artist, who uses a variety of mediums, from masking tape to metal. “As a kid, I was drawn to magic tricks, in awe of how they exploit the malleability of our senses and conventional perception to trick our brains into seeing something surprising or even impossible. I strive to create that element of magic in my own work." Photo by @aakashnihalani
Self-described “object arranger” Adam Hillman’s ( @witenry ) colorful, geometry-obsessed art is meticulously assembled. “I utilize all kinds of everyday objects ranging from food items to stationery to create my arrangements,” says the 25-year-old artist. “My favorite part of making art has to be the patterns. The sense of flow I get from carefully arranging each detail can be very relaxing — although sometimes tedious. I’m hoping to surprise the viewer with the artistic potential of materials that most people normally take for granted.” #ThisWeekOnInstagram Photo by @witenry
At the age of 16, Julie Bourges ( @douzefevrier ) was involved in an accident that left her body covered in burns. Today, she is a role model for self-acceptance. “I love not being afraid to show what I am and to show my scars,” says Julie. "I have a bit of a warrior mentality. To be able to fall, get back up and overcome it. To be able to start over. My favorite thing about being a woman is being able to throw myself into challenges and overcome them daily.” 💪 This week, we celebrated #InternationalWomensDay with @brutamerica by highlighting women from around the world who are using their lives to encourage and empower others. Julie is seaside with us on today’s story. 🌊💙 Photo by @douzefevrier
For Enam Asiama ( @enamasiama ), a model and advocate based in London, her “goddess energy” = the foundation of who she is and how she moves through the world. 🌹💫 “You’re grounded, but at the same time quite powerful,” she says. “Because I’m told that I’m not good enough in so many ways, the power that I feel is even stronger, because I’m trying to let that light shine even brighter.” ✨ A few years ago, Enam decided to get rid of the mirrors in her home to redefine where her self-confidence comes from. “I don’t have to necessarily look in a mirror to gain confidence. I just trust that what I’m wearing and what I look like is good enough. So when I step outside, my main focus is that I’ve already come to an understanding of who I am and what I want for myself.” 💛 This week, we’re celebrating #InternationalWomensDay with @brutamerica and highlighting women, like Enam, from around the world who are using their lives to encourage and empower others. Learn more about Enam on today’s story.
Liv Little ( @livslittle ) started gal-dem ( @galdemzine ), a publication that shares the perspectives of women and nonbinary people of color, as a response to the lack of diversity she was experiencing in her own life. ✊💙🌈 “I’m quite literally obsessed with telling people’s stories,” says the writer from London. “It's my mission to stay curious.” “I have the best friends and peers who offer the best advice. And my mum — she’s my rock. She’s fierce in her ability to tell it like it is and simultaneously is one of the kindest and most resilient people I know.” This week, we’re celebrating #InternationalWomensDay with @brutamerica and highlighting women, like Liv, from around the world who are using their lives to encourage and empower others.✨💜
For Rupi Kaur ( @rupikaur_ ), poetry has always been her avenue for self-expression. 📝✨“I can’t believe that I get to wake up and do something that allows me to connect with people every day,” says Rupi. “Women are so powerful, and what’s so wonderful is that we’re discovering how much power there is more and more every single day. How it’s been locked away by misogyny and patriarchy and as generations move on, we’re totally coming together to unlock that one by one. It’s so, so, so neat. I love being a woman.” 💛 This week, we’re celebrating #InternationalWomensDay with @brutamerica and highlighting women from around the world who are using their lives to encourage and empower others. Check out today’s story to see more from Rupi, and swipe through to read “Timeless,” Rupi’s favorite poem she’s written about feminism.
All this color can only mean one thing: Holi is here. 🌹🌼🦋🌿✨ New Delhi-based photojournalist Ashish Sharma ( @ashishsharmaphotos ) describes Holi as joyous and cheerful, “where people are united to celebrate the colors of life.” The centuries-old festival celebrated in India and in other Hindu communities around the world brings people together to welcome springtime with music, laughter, dancing and colored powder — lots and lots of colored powder. The green represents new beginnings, yellow signifies turmeric, blue is for Krishna and red is for love. Today we’re sharing some vibrant moments from the festival and the weeklong celebrations leading up to it, viewed through Ashish’s lens. Photos by @ashishsharmaphotos