instagram So that’s what those random light switches are for💡🙃
Say hi to Remix, a new Reels feature that lets you create a reel next to an existing one. Whether you’re capturing your reaction, responding to friends or bringing your own magic to trends, Remix is another way to collab on Instagram. 🤩
Reels Remix by @quentinager and @jeezzaa
instagram For comedian Jes Tom ( @jesthekid ), #TransDayOfVisibility is about trans and nonbinary people sharing their experiences and celebrating each other. 🏳️⚧️
But Jes also knows that although trans joy is real, so are the things that threaten it. “It’s easy to think that trans visibility equals trans rights, when, as we can see from the ongoing debate over healthcare for trans youth here in the US, trans rights are in jeopardy right now.”
“Trans people are extremely diverse, and we have different needs depending on different factors. However, we all deserve free access to healthcare.”
For resources and ways to help, check out @trevorproject and @glaad . #ShareWithPride
Video by @jesthekid
instagram No one knows how to have more fun with a freestyle than artist Xavier Goodman ( @xaviergoodman ). 😁 🎶 🎭 👑
“My creative process for writing music is like coming up with a script that I can see myself performing onstage, like ‘Hamilton’ or Shakespeare,” explains Xavier, who started rapping at age 16. “I’m an actor, so being a theater kid and watching movies made me fall in love with words and how they make you feel. It made me want to make music.” ❤️
Reel by @xaviergoodman
instagram Color, love, exuberance and joy are central to #Holi , a festival that welcomes spring in Hindu communities around the world. “I usually celebrate Holi with family — rarely with friends,” says Indian student and national gold gymnastics medalist Parul Arora ( @parul_cutearora ). “But this time, we’ll have to be safe and can’t celebrate with everyone.”
To mark the moment, Parul prepared a very special (and colorful) routine. ❤️
Reel by @parul_cutearora
Music by @vishaldadlani
instagram Singer and songwriter H.E.R. ( @hermusicofficial ) made you a playlist, and it’s (literally) life-changing.
She’s having an epic year of music recognition and is nominated for the #NAACPImageAwards on @bet this weekend. H.E.R. credits her success to the music that came before her and wants to share the magic.
“All of these amazing artists helped make me the artist that I am today. I’m so grateful for each and every one of these songs. They changed my life.” ❤️️
Check out our story for her 💯 playlist.
Photo by @hermusicofficial
instagram “Through my composition, I wanted to assert the fortitude and resilience of the AAPI community,” explains 17-year-old Chinese American artist Jackie Liu ( @jackieliuart ). “This moment carries great sadness, anger and trauma. But also possibility. We can choose to deny and bury our country’s ugly legacy… or we can acknowledge it, confront it and together build toward a more just world.”
Today is a national day of action and healing in support of the AAPI community. Check out our story for a collection of Instagram guides from organizations and creators who are leading the #StopAsianHate movement.
Illustration by @jackieliuart based on image by @jimwilson125 for @nytimes
instagram This spring look from South Korean makeup artist LeoJ ( @leojmakeup ) transports us to cloud nine with alllll the feel-good vibes.
“Recently, my looks have been inspired by music,” says LeoJ.
“Sometimes specific makeup ideas strike when I’m listening to music, and I get positive inspiration from the other artists’ works, too.”
Reel by @leojmakeup
Music by @spencermusic
instagram “I’m just a girl from DC with a passion and vision to tell inclusive stories that will hopefully inspire other audacious visionaries to dream big and go after what they want.” —17-year-old actress, producer and filmmaker Lexi Underwood ( @officiallexiunderwood )
Lexi is living out her dream and creating space for others to do the same. This year, she’s one of the nominees at the NAACP Image Awards ( @naacpimageawards ), which celebrate outstanding achievements and performances in the Black community, an honor that Lexi takes serious pride in as she dedicates herself to amplifying Black stories.
“If you can’t see it, you can’t be it. We normalize our stories by sharing them. When we fill these spaces and lean into our brilliance, Black stories are no longer reduced to ethnic experiences, anomalies or urban myths of mythical creatures.
Our joyous, complex stories take center stage as a normalized way of life, connected to universal experiences that ultimately connect us to the human experience, where we find that we are more alike than we are different.”
Today on our story, Lexi highlights some of the women who inspire her every day.
Photo by @officiallexiunderwood
instagram “I’ve always wanted to stand out,” says 18-year-old Leo Mandella ( @gullyguyleo ). “I have never wanted to blend in with the so-called ‘normal.’” As long as Leo can remember, he’s expressed himself everyday through fashion.
“The way I put a look together is by thinking of everything. Everything could include where you’re going, who you’re seeing, what the environment you’re going to looks like.
I like to match my color palettes in an outfit to my environment, as this makes it so much more effective. Always add your own personal twist on this.
My main tip is to feel comfortable. Never force yourself into something because you think it looks best, because believe me, people can notice when you aren’t comfortable in your own drip.”
Photo by @gullyguyleo
instagram “Ink is a historical tool for storytelling, and the strokes of the ball pen are to me what words are to any other storyteller,” explains Oscar Ukonu ( @oscarukonu ), whose detailed, hyper-realistic portraits are drawn with an everyday ballpoint pen.
“My style is a practice in time and patience,” says the Lagos-based artist, who works approximately 300 hours on a single piece. “My work celebrates the diversity in the strength and richness of the African lived experiences and realities, which in many ways has been lost to the repetitive and underrepresented concept of ‘'being Black’ in this part of the world.
Portraying African identities in my work is also an attempt to empower Black people in diaspora and shine light on the diverse ways of knowing and being for Black people in general.”
Art and Video by @oscarukonu