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“I am, and we are, our ancestors’ wildest dreams,” says organizer and strategist Chelsea Miller (@thechelseamiller). “As a first-generation American and Black woman rooted in the diaspora, I show up to re-imagine systems, connect our present day to history and amplify the voices within our movements.” In May 2020, a few days after the death of George Floyd, Chelsea, Nialah Edari (@nialahedari) and Nia White (@theniawhite) organized a non-violent protest in solidarity with others across the country. “That protest catapulted us to the frontlines during the resurgence of our generation’s civil rights movement. We coined the name Freedom March NYC (@freedommarchnyc), and through our work became one of the largest youth-led civil rights organizations in the nation.” In November, members of George Floyd’s family presented Chelsea and Nialah with the 2021 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Confidence Award for this work. “I attribute the sustainability of our work to the fact that it is grounded in sisterhood and community. We show up as our authentic selves, giving each other permission to evolve, rest and disrupt in the ways that speak to not only the movement but who we are as people,” says Chelsea, who co-founded Women Everywhere Believe (@webelieve.inc) with Akua Obeng-Akrofi (@akuaobengakrofi) “to create spaces for women and girls of color to lead.” “I describe myself as a daughter, sister, friend, visionary and social architect. These days, I focus more so on who I am and less on what I do. Our generation is so dynamic that it’s common for us to do many things as an extension of who we are. My work is a testament to the power of young people and our ability to see the world not simply as it is, but as it should be. We are not the leaders of tomorrow; we are the leaders of today.” Photo of @thechelseamiller by @tajwarahad
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Blowin’ in the wind. On today’s #WeeklyFluff we are heading into the big outdoors with brother and sister goldendoodles Mia and Milo (@goldendoodledoos), who are getting a natural blow out. Video by @goldendoodledoos
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“She-devil.” 😈💜⁣ ⁣ If she had her pick, this would be the name of actress Jenna Ortega’s (@jennaortega) villainous alter ego.⁣ ⁣ The 19-year-old stars in the new movie “Scream” (@screammovies), where a new group of teenagers is targeted by the iconic masked villain Ghostface 25 years after his last attack.⁣ ⁣ Today on our story, Jenna channels a villainous vibe with a slasher-inspired playlist.
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“As history has informed us, our stories are often told for us and reinterpreted in inauthentic ways. It’s great when it comes directly from the source, all the aspects of it — our Blackness, our wins, our losses, our joy, our trauma. Nobody can tell our stories but us, and from that, we start to build the future.” —Writer Louis Pisano (@louispisano) A self-proclaimed “child of the internet,” Louis credits their passion for fashion to growing up online. “Some people are embarrassed to talk about how much they’re obsessed with the internet, but not me,” says Louis, who lives in Paris and is originally from NYC. “I fully embrace it. It’s like a calming and often infuriating constant presence in my life since I was a kid and has made me who I am today.” For Louis, representation and inclusivity is an act of rebellion. “It’s a rebellion against everything we’re told that fashion and the industry was. [It’s] writing the next chapter for the next generation.” Today on our story, Louis takes us around Paris and shares a few favorite fashion accounts. #ShareBlackStories Video by @louispisano
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“My aim is to show the world that Muslim women are quite capable of expressing themselves through art, just like everyone else,” says 24-year-old Somali-Canadian creator and early childhood educator Khadija (@muakhads).⁣ ⁣ “Growing up, I would often see the women in my community matching their hijabs to their outfits and jewelry. While my culture doesn’t inform my makeup art directly, I have picked up on the matching and incorporate it into my looks daily.⁣ ⁣ In the beginning of my makeup journey, I wanted to create looks only on my eyes and have that be the focus of my art. When we went into quarantine, I found I had more time to work on my makeup. I continued to practice and started adding little drawings to my makeup looks, until I eventually felt comfortable enough to do full face looks. I also realized that not everything I draw has to resemble something. The pandemic really pushed me out of my comfort zone, and in turn I feel much more confident about myself and my art.⁣ ⁣ Makeup has helped me discover that I love a good challenge. It is definitely a little challenging having an idea for a look, and not knowing how you will execute it. This is translated in my everyday life as an educator because you just never know how children will react to a lesson. Knowing and planning for every event isn’t possible, and sometimes you just have to think on your feet and adapt.”⁣ ⁣ Photos by @muakhads
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Tarot reader Malik Jamileh (@geniestartarot) is here for a very special new year reading.🧞🕯✨ Summed up in one word, Malik sees “hope” is ahead of us. “I would say my signature is just being silly and finding ways to heal the soul through laughter while still learning. My biggest inspiration so far has been the people that I read for. I never thought I would be connecting with people from all over the world.” Video by @geniestartarot
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Leftovers… yummmm. 😋 Meet Reign (@thehungriestbengals), a Bengal cat who simply LOVES food. “He learned the sound of the fridge opening and comes running from behind you and leaps into it whenever it is opened,” says his human Kira. “He likes to dig around for a snack and will typically grab whatever he can before he is picked up. Sometimes he'll find his wet food, other times he'll come away clutching a bag of lettuce because he was short on time.” #WeeklyFluff Video by @thehungriestbengals
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❤️🖤💚💛 “Afrochella Festival (@afrochella) started as a way to create space where we can celebrate each other and exchange our ideas and cultures,” says Abdul Karim Abdullah (@theruler02). He’s the founder of the festival, a celebration of Africa’s diverse culture and the vibrant work of African creatives and entrepreneurs.⁣ ⁣ "We’ve definitely changed how people visit and see Ghana, and I think we can help do the same thing for other parts of Africa as well.”⁣ ⁣ Today on our story, Abdul introduces us to some of the festival’s performers in a special Afrochella playlist. 🎶✨
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✨ It’s time to welcome 2022 with Amanda Gorman’s (@amandascgorman) energy and her new, never-before-read poem. ✨ “New Day’s Lyric” May this be the day We come together. Mourning, we come to mend, Withered, we come to weather, Torn, we come to tend, Battered, we come to better. Tethered by this year of yearning, We are learning That though we weren’t ready for this, We have been readied by it. We steadily vow that no matter How we are weighed down, We must always pave a way forward. This hope is our door, our portal. Even if we never get back to normal, Someday we can venture beyond it, To leave the known and take the first steps. So let us not return to what was normal, But reach toward what is next. What was cursed, we will cure. What was plagued, we will prove pure. Where we tend to argue, we will try to agree, Those fortunes we forswore, now the future we foresee, Where we weren’t aware, we’re now awake; Those moments we missed Are now these moments we make, The moments we meet, And our hearts, once all together beaten, Now all together beat. Come, look up with kindness yet, For even solace can be sourced from sorrow. We remember, not just for the sake of yesterday, But to take on tomorrow. We heed this old spirit, In a new day’s lyric, In our hearts, we hear it: For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne. Be bold, sang Time this year, Be bold, sang Time, For when you honor yesterday, Tomorrow ye will find. Know what we’ve fought Need not be forgot nor for none. It defines us, binds us as one, Come over, join this day just begun. For wherever we come together, We will forever overcome.
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“I am a Black ‘multi-artivist’ who debates intersectionality from a transgender perspective. My work aims to deliver information and value to people who are marginalized, silenced and made invisible in society,” says 23-year-old Théo Souza (@euotheo).⁣ ⁣ “I’m a social work student and activist, so these issues are very dear to me, especially in terms of race, gender and sexuality,” says Theo, who lives in Rio de Janeiro. He developed an interest in activism through his transition process and went on to create the Portal Trans BR (@portaltransbr), an information portal for trans individuals to share resources and provide a space to debate transgender and intersectionality issues in depth with the LGBTQI+ community and the general public.⁣ ⁣ “It is essential for us to understand our history as individuals and our social history within the country we live in,” says Theo. “Talking about intersectionality is debating the different forms of oppression that affect each person in their specificity.⁣ ⁣ The trans journey involves many issues such as loneliness, identification and self-esteem. All this also requires representation, affection, finding people who look like you in some way, building relationships with the community — these are things that allow this path to be a little less arduous.”⁣ ⁣ Photo by @euotheo
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“I’m Griff (@wiffygriffy). I love writing songs. That's always been my first love. I try to write honest, interesting pop songs, but the process has always just really been me alone in my bedroom making beats since I was in my early teens.”⁣ ⁣ The 20-year-old singer-songwriter-producer, who signed a record deal while in her final weeks of school, won the BRITs Rising Star award earlier this year.⁣ ⁣ “Songwriting was always a bit of an escape for me, especially in school and growing up in a middle-class white area,” says Griff, who was born in the English village of Kings Langley to a Chinese mother and Jamaican father. “I think in hindsight I threw myself into songwriting because it was one of the only things that gave me confidence and helped me figure out who I was and what I wanted to say. One of my favorite songs I’ve ever written is called ‘Shade of Yellow,’ and it’s really a song about finding safety and finding home away from home in my adolescent years.⁣ ⁣ I hope my music is always uplifting even if it’s lyrically about something sad. I try to write about honest emotions that I hope lots of people can relate to. It’s quite DIY sounding.”⁣ ⁣ Photo by @wiffygriffy
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“My style challenges trends and embraces individuality,” says Shy (@sl33zyskiz), who describes her style as “casually cute tomboy.”⁣ ⁣ “The way I dress is how I express my wandering mind. My head is always racing with thoughts and I express that through the different colors and elements in my outfits,” says Shy. “My style has evolved from ‘indie thrift kid’ to Harajuku street style. I am most proud of how my style has evolved along with me as a person.”⁣ ⁣ Shy takes her inspiration from music, video games and anime she watched as a child. “When I was a kid, my mom often did my hair in braids or little pigtails. Doing my own hair now that I’m older reminds me of the days my mom used to do mine. Under the layers of clothes I feel like I’m protecting memories of the past and upholding my persona. It also makes me feel like I’m an avatar in a video game or a character in a show or movie.”⁣ ⁣ Photos by @sl33zyskiz
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“My work is completely driven by my identity. Everything I do is in service to a past me, future me or for people like me,” says 20-year-old student and strategist Pranjal Jain (@pranjalljain).⁣ ⁣ As a South Asian American woman and previously undocumented immigrant, Pranjal’s many identities fuel her work. Her organizing and advocacy journey started at age 12 when she created an anti-bullying curriculum and delivered workshops to middle school health classes and her local library. By the time she was 17, she had joined the Gen Z Girl Gang (@genzgirlgang) and organized rallies around acceptance, menstrual equity, anti-sexual harassment and gun control.⁣ ⁣ In the summer of 2019, Pranjal traveled back to her birthplace — Jaipur, India. “My eyes opened to another layer of my identity as I began to understand the complexity of being Indian and how it intersects with the issues I battled as a young woman, too,” she says. “I realized that the women of Jaipur were powerful and existed in multiplicity. I learned so much about my ancestors, culture and about the women who came before me. Knowing that I could easily gift wrap that experience and share it with other girls, I founded Global Girlhood (@globalgirlhood), which has enabled me to focus on gender equity, global citizenship, journalism and representation.⁣ ⁣ I’m a culture-shifter. I am creating my own world where all my identities are celebrated and exist in harmony. My foundations of existence are ideas and culture, rather than labels and passports. I envision a world where we can all exist in our multiplicities because that’s a truly globalized world, where we’re all global citizens that celebrate and create space for each other.”⁣ ⁣ Photos by @pranjalljain
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All 👀 on what’s next in 2022. ⬅️ From bold looks to money memes, check out our Guide covering some of the top trends that are about to take over your Feed in the new year. Photos by @anatakahashiii, @treclements, @cococlairclair and @phiawilson
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Hakken (@_hakkencoser_) masterfully brings popular 2D anime, manga and video game characters to life. “Most of the characters I do are powerful, while having a delicate appearance,” says the 23-year-old agender Malaysian cosplayer and model, who also creates original characters.⁣ ⁣ “As different characters have different personalities and stories behind them, I always try to immerse myself in the characters when I cosplay them. I try to resonate with them, just like how actors immerse themselves into their roles, so I am able to portray them as accurately as possible. I want to challenge the barrier between animations and real life and challenge gender norms through my life and work. I don’t specifically state my gender because I don’t think it is necessary and it does not define my work in any way. I live my life the way I present myself online.⁣ ⁣ I want to show my followers that creativity has no limit, encourage them to be themselves and express their creativity freely.”⁣ ⁣ Photos by @_hakkencoser_
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“I am here to celebrate the beauty of being a queer Black artist with the ability to live my life to the fullest. I’m proud of who I am, where I come from and what I represent. Anything otherwise is irrelevant.” —21-year-old professional piercer Elle (@uggiebbyboy)⁣ ⁣ “Dressing up makes me feel in control, strong and beautiful. As soon as you see me, it’s like you just know my vibe. It’s a good way to preview who I am to open-minded, and similar people,” says Elle, who is nonbinary and describes their aesthetic as “baby boy mixed with clown, goblin and grunge.”⁣ ⁣ “When I was younger, I hated who I was, but took the time to study my needs and desires to figure out what I needed for my comfort. It’s still an ongoing journey of self-acceptance tolerance, but I am the freest I’ve ever been.⁣ ⁣ To you I may look otherworldly, but to me that’s another day in the life of Elle: being the best me I can be at any time.”⁣ ⁣ Photos by @uggiebbyboy
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“I feel like being present is something that I learned to do a lot during the pandemic,” says artist Khalid (@thegr8khalid), whose latest single is titled “Present.” 💛🎶 “I got to a point where I didn’t even know what I wanted to write about anymore, so having all this time allowed me to reflect on my thoughts, recharge and refresh. Now the music that I’m making, to me, is my most personal, and honestly the most fun music I’ve been making in a while.” 🎶✨🎶 Go behind the scenes in Malibu with Khalid as he creates (and celebrates) the music video for the song.
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“Despite being shy and introverted, I want my confidence to shine with my style,” says 21-year-old Sierra (@sisiiuwu).⁣ ⁣ “I was never comfortable with my body or the way that I look, until I realized I need to live for myself, and not for other people. If I make someone uncomfortable just by being happy in my own body, that is their problem.⁣ ⁣ When I make posts about loving myself and my body, this helps other people to realize they should be celebrated too. When people who look like me see me wearing something out of my comfort zone and looking cute and confident, they get inspired to do the same.⁣ ⁣ When it comes to fashion, I don’t limit myself to just one aesthetic. There are no rules,” says Sierra, who credits thrifting for changing her outlook on fashion. “I learned how to shop for what I actually like and not just what is trending in stores.⁣ ⁣ As a plus-size woman, I try to show other girls they can wear whatever they want and still rock it.”⁣ ⁣ Photos by @sisiiuwu
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“I make music you can move to, but also music that moves you,” says 21-year-old Dreya Mac (@dreyamac). She’s a West London artist redefining the UK rap scene with her layered, unpredictable rhythms and fluid flow that distinctively mixes rapping and singing.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Dreya studied musical theater and dance at the BRIT School, and she started out professionally as a choreographer then as a dancer with acts like Stormzy and Dua Lipa. When COVID-19 hit in 2020, Dreya shifted careers; she’d “randomly started writing just before lockdown.”⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Her debut single “Skippin’” racked up 600,000 streams and her reputation, and confidence, have been building ever since.⁣⁣ ⁣ “I’m hoping to change the stigma behind queer female rappers. I’m not afraid to express myself considering a lot of people like me have been made to think they can’t. I always aim to keep my craft very current. This allows me to stay poppin’ in this day and age.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I see myself in my very own lane. There’s no one like me — I’m the scene."⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Photo of @dreyamac by @diaravassallo
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“My people and communities inspire and empower me every day. I find strength in my family and my beautiful friends.”⁣ ⁣ Content creator and university student Meissa Mason (@meissamason), who is Wiradjuri, Gomeroi and Awabakal, expresses herself through creative MUA looks, advocates for the LGBTQ+ community and Aboriginal groups while educating others on First Nations peoples’ history and culture. She even created a series, “Aboriginal Comic Book Heroes You Probably Didn’t Know Existed.”⁣ ⁣ “Indigenous peoples across the globe are some of the most underrepresented voices and communities in the world yet face some of the biggest hardships. Our stories and voices deserve to be heard and accommodated, too. I want all Indigenous youths to know that they matter and who you are matters. We are all so diverse in our looks, our interests, our life experiences, so don’t feel like you need to fit a certain mold or be a specific sort of person.⁣ ⁣ Existence is resistance. Just by being yourself you are diversifying spaces and making our ancestors proud.”⁣ ⁣ Photo by @meissamason
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“Women are at the forefront of the climate crisis,” explains 23-year-old environmental justice advocate and Oxford University student Wanjiku “Wawa” Gatheru (@wawa_gatheru).⁣ ⁣ Wawa was granted the Rhodes, Truman and Udall scholarships — she’s the first Black person to be selected for all three — and the founder of @blackgirlenvironmentalist. Wawa is committed to uplifting the voices of those most adversely impacted by climate change.⁣ ⁣ “I decided to dedicate my life to environmental justice when I made the connection that while the climate crisis is the biggest threat to Black life, we are being sidelined in the very movement tasked with solving it.⁣ ⁣ Gender inequality around the world makes us more vulnerable to environmental stressors. Women of color, especially Black and Indigenous women, bear an even heavier burden from the impacts of climate change because of the continuing impacts of racism and colonialism. It is precisely our proximity to climate injustice that makes us the most qualified to lead. We are already leading on solutions to survive.”⁣ ⁣ Photo by @wawa_gatheru
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“Playful with a punk edge.” 💖⁣ ⁣ That’s how 19-year-old artist De’Von Kitt (@kaprisun_kid) describes their style. “When I put on my outfits, I feel extravagant and complete.”⁣ ⁣ “Creating androgynous looks wasn’t purposeful. It [just] kinda happened. I love womenswear more than menswear. I still enjoy presenting myself as masculine, and add that contrast with feminine clothing. It helps me harmonize both sides to me.”⁣ ⁣ They’re inspired by 90s Harajuku street style, 19th century fashion, plus Lolita, punk and mall punk subcultures. “I mix patterns and colors to create a cohesive look that still creates confusion once it’s looked at for too long,” says De’Von, who thrifts 90% of their outfits.⁣ ⁣ “I hope when people look at my images, they get inspired, and learn how to express themselves more — and that you can be unapologetically yourself.”⁣ ⁣ Photos by @kaprisun_kid
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For 15-year-old actress Saniyya Sidney (@saniyyasidney), preparing to portray one of the world’s greatest athletes was no small feat. 🎾✨🎾✨🎾✨ “I never played tennis before I did the movie. I’m left-handed, so I do everything with my left hand, and I had to step into Venus’ shoes and play with my right… that was probably one of the most challenging things.” She’s talking about the legendary Venus Williams, one of the central characters in the film “King Richard” — officially in theaters and on @hbomax today. The movie is all about the Williams family and their road to becoming the tennis stars we know today. #TakeABreak with Saniyya as she shows off skills she learned on set. “I hope this inspires you to pick up a new skill and jump out of your comfort zone.”
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“Every day, I experience and see all the things that are unfair to me and my Indigenous sisters and brothers,” says 19-year-old Seqininnguaq Qitura Lynge Poulsen (@xsiqiniqx), an Indigenous rights activist, art student and advisor at Arctic Indigenous Fund, whose work is focused on mental health, decolonization and Indigenous culture.⁣ ⁣ “I am from Greenland, also called Kalaallit,” says the 19-year-old, who identifies as an Indigenous Inuk and as a part of Inuit Nunaat, meaning the regions of Inuit. “I see my fellow Inuit across the Arctic as a part of my family.”⁣ ⁣ “If we want to gain a better future for Indigenous peoples, it's important to give space for them to express themselves, lead their own way and actively listen to them. Cultural appropriation is still a big problem, especially when it comes to Indigenous designs and patterns in tattooing. Our patterns are very special to us and are sacred,” explains Seqininnguaq, who received their first traditional face and hand tattoos when they turned 18, marking their coming into adulthood.⁣ ⁣ “The advice I would give young Indigenous people who want to make a difference is: believe in yourself and never stop fighting. People will be against you, sometimes you will feel as though the whole world is against you, but it is important that we keep fighting together and that we never forget our culture and heritage.⁣ ⁣ The most important message to me is that no one has to stand alone.”⁣ ⁣ Photo by @xsiqiniqx
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🎧 🎛️ Beautifully controlled chaos. 🎛️ 🎧⁣ ⁣ That’s how one listener described 16-year-old Moore Kismet’s (@moorekismet) original electronic music. And they’re riding the wave of that description. 🌊⁣ ⁣ The DJ, songwriter, producer and high school student is the youngest artist to ever perform at Lollapalooza, plus the youngest — and one of the first trans artists — to take the stage at Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.⁣ ⁣ “Electronic music is not just super basic house music that you can throw your ass to in the club,” explains Moore, who started making music at 6. 🤯 “Since its conceptualization, it’s been a blanket term for expressive and innovative music that resonates with you emotionally in whatever way you want to interpret that for yourself.⁣ ⁣ I always draw inspiration for my music based on personal stories, experiences and present and past emotions. A running theme in a lot of my newer music is my full acceptance of my queerness. I’m becoming one with aspects of my thoughts that I was scared about addressing before, and I love it.⁣ ⁣ I see myself reinventing the way people view the intersectionality of electronic music and pop music and making a clearer pathway for creatives of color to thrive and collaborate together.”⁣ ⁣ Photo of @moorekismet by @whereisgrim
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“Growing up in Atlanta really made me so in touch with ‘realness.’ I’m going to be real at all times. The same way my environment kept it real with me.” 🎤⭐️ This weekend, artist Baby Tate (@imbabytate) brought her talent and southern realness to the @daynvegas2021 stage. 🎰♠🎰♣️🎰♥️🎰♦🎰 And we did mention it’s her first time in Sin City?! “The crowd was amazing. I’m really grateful we’re able to get back together in person. I love performing wherever I can. I love to share my gift.” Photos of @imbabytate by @anthony_supreme and @preme.magazine
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Together, artists Anderson .Paak (@anderson._paak) and Bruno Mars (@brunomars) are @silksonic… a super duo made in R&B heaven. 🎤🎵⭐️🎵🎤⁣ ⁣ Tune in to our story where the pair walks us through a few songs they’ve created together. It’s a playlist perfect to bring in smooooooth weekend vibes. ✌️⁣ ⁣ Photo by @silksonic
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#YoursToMake Let's see who we can be.
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“I love my people’s history and culture. I learn something new every day. Knowing who I am has really grounded me and taught me to be strong.” ⁣ ⁣ Geronimo Louie (@geronimo.louie) is Chiricahua Apache and Diné and lives on the Navajo reservation. He identifies as “two spirit,” an umbrella term that encompasses various gender identities within the Indigenous community and refers to a person who takes on both male and female roles appropriate for them. ⁣ “The term was created to make a safe space for Indigenous queer people where they could come together and practice their sacred teachings without the threat of culture appropriation and discrimination,” explains Geronimo, who is the youth director of Diné Pride, an organization that supports the Indigenous queer community on the reservation. ⁣ ⁣ Geronimo is also a fashion designer. “I make traditional clothes for Indigenous peoples, and modern clothing that can be worn by everyone. When I’m not sewing, I make short videos that aim to educate people about Indigenous people’s struggles, history and culture sensitivity. I use my time and space to try and educate people about their ignorance and privileges passed down from their ancestors. Activism for people of color isn’t some heroic journey like you read in books. We didn’t choose to be oppressed.” ⁣ ⁣ During November, #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth is honored in the United States. “We want to correct all the wrong done to us and tell our own stories,” says Geronimo. “My existence is resilience in itself.” ⁣ ⁣ Photos by @geronimo.louie⁣ ⁣
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“I stay away from calling myself an activist,” says 20-year-old Winter BreeAnne (@winterbreeanne). “I’m just active.”⁣ ⁣ At 14, Winter founded “Black Is Lit” as a way to share positive stories from the Black community. “I ended up using Black Is Lit as a platform to travel out to elementary schools, working with young students and teaching them about civic engagement, the power of their voice and their agency.” The program was adapted into a curriculum for older students and eventually taught in 20,000 US schools.⁣ ⁣ Winter served as a national student leader for Women’s March Youth Empower, spearheaded the country’s largest student walkout in protest of gun violence, launched the @passtheplatform movement on Instagram, studies full time at Howard University and started the creative agency “No Free Gas” to help young Black creatives make their art and passion their careers.⁣ ⁣ Ultimately, Winter calls herself a connector. “I want my work to provide a blueprint of individual liberation that doesn’t necessarily take away from the collective. I used to be someone who was very reactive to the stuff going on in the world and a lot of my focus was on how do we dismantle these systems of oppression? My outlook shifted recently, and I want to put a lot of my energy towards building.⁣ ⁣ To map my life these short 20 years: the doors and the places that we were able to open up have definitely been things that I didn’t even dream of.”⁣ ⁣ Photos by @winterbreeanne
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Looks like we’re not the only ones looking toward the weekend. 🌈 👀 🌈⁣ ⁣ Peep our story right now for more things that made us smile and look twice this week.⁣ ⁣ Photo by @indigorusnak
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“The experience of being an Indian teenager [in India] is so different from teenagers abroad,” says 17-year-old Naysha Satyarthi (@withlovenaysh). “It’s fun talking about that, and having other Indian teenagers agree with me and laugh about it.”⁣ ⁣ Naysha started out posting her art on Instagram (@artsysushiroll), but now also makes small skits, dance and fashion content and relatable videos about her daily life.⁣ ⁣ “Being a creator has made me realize how much I enjoy interacting with people and listening to their views — having conversations about similar interests has a sense of comfort. It’s nice knowing there are other people who relate to me and enjoy my humor.”⁣ ⁣ Photo by @withlovenaysh
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“I don’t think I would have gotten where I am today without the help of Black designers in my life — Black creatives, Black people,” explains multidisciplinary artist Temi Coker (@temi.coker). “There’s so much power in community and us learning from each other and opening up our doors to collaborations and mentorship.”⁣ ⁣ For @design and @brooklynmuseum’s inaugural grant program #BlackDesignVisionaries, Temi hosted a series of live conversations with Black artists and designers. Today, he unveils three digital artworks (pictured) featuring a few of the grant recipients — spatial designer Dominique Petit-Frère (@limboaccra), type director Tré Seals (@vocaltype.co) and designer and art director Sablā Stays (@callmesabla).⁣ ⁣ In addition to receiving a monetary grant, each recipient will connect with a community of mentors chosen with the support of the #BlackDesignVisionaries committee and partner organizations.⁣ ⁣ Watch our story to learn more, and visit @design to hear about all of this year’s grant recipients.⁣ ⁣ #ShareBlackStories⁣ ⁣ Digital artwork by @temi.coker⁣ Photography by @carlosidun, @jaredsoares and @elias.williams
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“Sometimes my mind feels like it has a bunch of monkeys jumping around, rearranging my brain cells,” says self-proclaimed “internet joke man” Ben De Almeida (@benoftheweek), who channels that same energy into his videos. “I love taking small ideas to the max and seeing what insane situations I get myself into. It’s pretty much the only thing that gets me out of the house.”⁣ ⁣ “I try to create scenarios that almost feel like they could really be happening, but are just a touch too absurd to be real. I want my videos to feel like a friend telling you a made-up story about their day, and you know it’s 100% cap [fake] but it’s still entertaining.⁣ ⁣ The world can be so dark. Humor has been the only thing that can help me sometimes. Knowing that my videos can do that for even one person is insane.”⁣ ⁣ Photo by @benoftheweek
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Vampire weekend, anyone? #WeeklyFluff⁣ ⁣ Monkey, aka Monk the vampire cat (@monkandbean), is an 11-year-old rescue who’s Halloween-ready 365 days a year.⁣ ⁣ Photos and video by @monkandbean
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“I’ve been told that my outer appearance matches my personality. I’m quite a loud person. And my look definitely is loud,” says Jess Girillo, aka Froglady (@froglady444), who describes their style as clown punk mixed with a little emo and scene.⁣ ⁣ “I think I’ve grown into my aesthetic due to the need to express myself as a coping mechanism,” says the 21-year-old independent musician and audio engineer. “Getting dressed up and doing my makeup is something that helps me to feel more like myself.”⁣ ⁣ Jess got into music around the age of 13 but struggled to write songs for fear of not living up to their own expectations. “I was making pop music before this year but at this point in my growth I’m finally living closest to my musical truth,” says Jess. “All I can hope is that the things I create and the way I express myself allow others to feel like they aren’t alone.”⁣ ⁣ Jess loves to go all out for Halloween. “But honestly, I love most of the things that are associated with Halloween on any day of the year. Halloween is just an excuse to be even more obnoxious about spooky stuff.”⁣ ⁣ Photos by @froglady444
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“Self-expression doesn’t come with the price of an able body.” —Dana, aka @spacewitchix⁣ ⁣ “As someone with a degenerative disability, my view on life shifts a lot toward not living to please people and very much discovering your true authentic self,” says Dana, a self-described secular witch who doesn’t believe in the supernatural. “To me, ‘magic’ is the meaning I infuse the world with. My rituals are basically symbolically themed cognitive behavioral therapy and meditation. My altar is a collection of items and symbols that help me focus.”⁣ ⁣ “The way I dress makes me feel that I am honoring my relationship with my body — this ephemeral flesh vessel that I am in constant war and peace with,” she says. “In addition to the fact that my disability is visible, my personal self-expression takes the crown when it comes to the perception people have of me. And I like it like that.”⁣ ⁣ But this time of year, Dana prefers to look within. “I don’t ‘dress like’ a witch. I am a witch, 365 days a year. I don’t need Halloween to tell me that.”⁣ ⁣ Photos by @spacewitchix
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“I want people to see that it’s perfectly OK to deviate from the norm. And I want to show people that there are a million different ways to express yourself.” —Onyinyechukwu Achusiogu (@scarysappho)⁣ ⁣ “How I dress doesn’t feel like a costume, it feels like the real me,” says Onyinye, a 19-year-old Nigerian lesbian who lives in Canterbury, England, and expresses themself creatively through makeup, fashion and crochet. “I like to pick aspects of certain subcultures, such as goth and vampire core, and adopt them into my style.”⁣ ⁣ From a young age, Onyinye was drawn to slightly “darker” ways of dressing, but only had the creative freedom to do so recently. “I love looking otherworldly and almost transcendent, which is why my makeup is bold and utilizes common aspects in an unusual way — i.e., white or gold freckles and high-arching white eyebrows.⁣ ⁣ “I feel the most true to myself when I’m dressed how I love. I think of my ‘look’ as a presentation of the different facets of me and all my interests — and I feel most me when I go outside presenting that to the world.”⁣ ⁣ ⁣Photos by @scarysappho
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Cybergoth meets metalhead. 💀 That’s how 20-year-old SuSu (@_su.su.su.su) describes their inimitable style.⁣ ⁣ “People’s external manifestations inevitably convey part of their inner thoughts,” says SuSu, who is a jewelry designer and stylist. “I love exploring and creating, and I like to try new things. A lot of my clothes include my own modifications. I began adding some subculture elements to my style and combining them with my own arrangements as soon as I was exposed to them.”⁣ ⁣ “I want to convey that whether it’s fashion or lifestyle, there are so many different possibilities. Have the courage to express your true self,” says SuSu, who says their inspiration can come from being immersed in music or a great party, a movie or a book — or “life’s exceptional little quirks.”⁣ ⁣ This Halloween, SuSu’s outfit will look no different from any other day. “People dress up for Halloween because dark and scary elements are typical of the holiday and people who don't usually get in touch with those elements celebrate by trying them out. But for others, those elements are what they’re interested in and what they like, so they integrate them into their lives.”⁣ ⁣ Photos by @_su.su.su.su
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Unorthodox, otherworldly and nonconforming — three words makeup artist Aaron Stray (@aaronstray) uses to describe his work. And might we add: 🤯⁣ ⁣ “Makeup artistry is definitely an outlet for me. It gives me the ability to transform myself into this other being, even if it’s only for a short period of time,” says the 20-year-old, whose creations blend independently inspired characters and special effects looks.⁣ ⁣ “I find a lot of my inspiration in nature. I grew up being a big science nerd, so I was super into entomology and biology,” says Aaron, who says his looks draw on characteristics from his favorite invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles.⁣ ⁣ “The work I create doesn’t drastically change come Halloween,” he says. “My approach as an artist is to create work that makes me feel empowered. I’ve found staying true to what I want to create as an artist and continually challenging myself is super important in keeping my work at a standard I’m proud of.”⁣ ⁣ Photos and video by @aaronstray
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✨ Dreams catalyze change. ✨⁣ ⁣ Just ask co-stars (turned best friends) Zendaya (@zendaya) and Timothée Chalamet (@tchalamet). The pair star in “Dune” (@dunemovie) and their characters team up to pursue a brighter future for their world. 🌎⁣ ⁣ “I love Chani’s sense of respect for the planet that she lives on and the idea of living in harmony with all the things that exist,” says Zendaya, about her character, Chani. “I hope to do better with that in my own personal life and to care a little bit more for the world that I am lucky to live in.”⁣ ⁣ Zendaya and Timothée’s hope for a brighter future lives beyond the boundaries of “Dune.”⁣ ⁣ “The thing I’m most grateful for in life right now is the breath I’m breathing right this moment. We’re only here so long. Just continue to lead with gratitude and with love," says Timothée.⁣ ⁣ Today on our story, Zendaya and Timothée answer questions inspired by their dreams. 💭 ❤️
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The great escape.⁣ ⁣ On today’s #WeeklyFluff we are squeezing into the weekend with Morae (@morae_2020), a 1-year-old British shorthair cat who is finding his way out of a tight spot.⁣ ⁣ Video by @morae_2020
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Brianne Tju (@briannetju) is NO stranger to on-camera horror. 👻🖤 She stars in the new “I Know What You Did Last Summer” (@ikwydls) series on @amazonprimevideo, and today she’s spilling secrets from her time on and off set. ⁣ ⁣ Check out our story to see more… and stick around for a surprise at the end. 😅