Whether it’s a hairstyle or a new palette, beauty vlogger Laura Sanchez ( isn’t afraid to experiment with color. “I love that you can express different emotions through different colors,” says the 25-year-old from Colombia, who now lives in Los Angeles. “At the end of the day, makeup comes off. And it doesn’t hurt trying new things. You might just like it.”
Watch Laura apply a new look. Her tutorial is on our Instagram story right now. 💕
On our story: yo-yo champion Thawhir Iqbal ( — and his friends Ian ( and Marcus ( — show off their skills in Singapore. 🌀 “Apart from winning competitions, the best part of yo-yoing is to be able to make friends and connections with other people who share the same passion as me worldwide,” says 19-year-old Thawhir, who is a six-time Singapore national champion. “I do love to share my passion to non-yo-yo players whenever they ask about it. It makes me happy when I see the amazement on their faces when I showcase to them what modern yo-yoing looks like.”
We’re jumping for joy with today’s Teresa Argudo ( captured this lovely leap of her daughter’s new rhythmic gymnastics team. “After three months training together, this was made after her first participation in a local festival.”
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Weekend Hashtag Project:
This weekend, the goal is to take photos and videos of the people, places and things you are most grateful for in your everyday life, as in this featured photo by Natalie Chitwood ( Here are some tips to get you started:
Make portraits of the people that matter to you most — from a best friend to a mentor, a coach or a parent. Furry companions count, too!
How do you express your thankfulness through action? Capture the ways you show that you’re grateful to those around you, like baking cookies for family or volunteering time to help your community.
Use your captions to give meaning and context to your photos and videos. Well-chosen words can make a photograph even more powerful.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the 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.
It wasn’t an easy decision for Colombian singer Juan Luis Londoño, better known as Maluma ( to give up soccer as a teenager in order to pursue music. But last night as he performed at the Latin Grammys ( in Las Vegas, where he was nominated for multiple awards, the choice felt increasingly right. “It is an honor,” says Maluma. “Having those multiple nominations makes me reflect on what a great year 2017 has been, and how far I’ve come.”
From the dressing room to the stage, spend the evening at the Latin Grammys with Maluma — all on our Instagram story. 🎶
Hello, world! Meet today’s Buona ( an exotic shorthair cat from Japan. This 2-year old fierce feline is equal parts sulky and sweet. She’s known to turn up her tail to treats if she’s not in the mood, but also loves making little sounds and curling up close to get your attention.
Watch today’s story to see learn more about Buona’s world — not to mention, her chic style. 🐱💕
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When photographer Omar Robles ( thinks of Latin American culture, “solidarity” is the word that comes to mind. “We generally seek each other and try to help each other as much as we can,” says the New York City-based photographer, who is originally from Puerto Rico. Before he worked as a photographer, Omar studied mime in Europe under French actor Marcel Marceau. “You can create stories in photography without using words,” Omar notes, of the connection between his past and present pursuits.
These days, he’s busy bringing visibility to another group of artists: ballet dancers. “Whenever people think of ballet and dance in general, hardly anyone thinks about Latin America. What’s interesting is that many of the major companies in the world have actually had principal dancers that are from Latin American countries. There is a strong tradition and there is a lot of talent,” he says.
For a closer look at Omar’s dance photography series, check out our Instagram story.
Lachlan Birrell ( grabbed a pal and a skateboard and headed outside in South Australia. “I always try to use natural light in my shots,” says Lachlan. “The warmth of the golden sunlight is my favorite aspect of this picture — that, and the memories of having a good time with friends.” ✨
At the newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabi, Altamash Javed ( took this nuanced photo. “I saw a group of men standing in a glow beyond the glass, so I lifted my camera and made sure to focus on them,” he says. “I like that it’s also kind of a self-portrait.”
“There are so many surprises in street photography,” says Algi Febri Sugita ( who spotted this man in a shadow, waiting for a necklace to be repaired.
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As the first high-fashion model to wear a hijab on runways around the world, 20-year-old Somali-American Halima Aden ( recognizes the importance of embracing differences. “My childhood taught me to dream beyond borders,” says Halima, who was born in a refugee camp in Kenya and grew up in St. Cloud, Minnesota. “When we are stripped of everything, we find that we are all the same.” Halima’s choice to wear her hijab has made fashion headlines — and, she hopes, motivated others. “My hijab represents my own definition of modesty and freedom to dress how I like,” she says. “It has allowed me to inspire young women everywhere to pursue their dreams while still upholding their values.”
Celebrating alongside other fashion industry insiders, Halima is sharing some of her favorite “It’s very important that we use our platforms to share kindness and meaningful posts,” she says. “A kind comment can change a person’s life.” Watch it on our story now.
For freelance illustrator Karina Doniho ( there’s magic in watercolors. “I am entranced by them,” says Karina. “The colors are beautiful and so much can be done with them.” Two years ago, Karina left Indonesia to study fine art at a university in Yokohama, Japan. “I get inspiration from the world around me,” she says. “Little experiences can occur at any time, and I use them in my paintings.”
See more of her work and her process on today’s Instagram story. 🎨
On a slightly windy day, patience paid off for Jesse Marlow ( while taking photos at the Victoria Derby, an annual horse racing festival. “I set myself up on a corner where people walking by were illuminated by the afternoon sun, and then it was just a case of waiting for the right moment,” he says. 👒
Every morning, researcher Connie Allen ( wakes up to a chorus of starlings and hornbills singing, lions roaring in the distance and on less fortunate days, monkeys climbing all over her tent. “I first moved to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park [in Botswana] two years ago, and quickly fell in love with the bush life,” says Connie. “I live permanently in the park with the team from Elephants for Africa, a NGO dedicated to improving the relationship between elephants and the communities here.” Her main focus of research is understanding the social behaviors of male African elephants. “Up until now the majority of social studies on elephant have been on females,” Connie explains. “Like many people, I have been fascinated by and drawn to elephants for as long as I can remember. As I grew up, and their future became increasingly threatened, I became more and more determined to make my contribution to improving our understanding of these magnificent creatures and help in their conservation.”
Spend a day with Connie and the elephants. It’s on our Instagram story right now.