When Jonna Jinton (@jonnajinton) calls, the cattle come running — literally. “I like to think that maybe something deep inside them would remember the sounds from ancient times,” says the 27-year-old from Sweden of this centuries-old singing technique called “kulning,” which was used to round up cattle in the evenings. “I’ve always loved the sound. There’s something magical about it,” she adds. “Through my photography and art, I wish to remind people of how important nature is to our well-being. I want to awaken that connection again.” Video by @jonnajinton
Lauren DeCicca (@deciccaphoto) has her #EyesOn the people experiencing Myanmar’s economic transition. The American documentary photographer first arrived to Yangon three years ago: “I moved there two months after the first ATM came to Yangon. The city has changed incredibly. Hotels get built in a matter of months.” While she has sharpened her focus on local humanitarian issues — covering conditions at land mines and the Rohingya ethnic conflict in western Myanmar — Lauren is steadfast in providing a wider context for these stories. “One of the first big projects I worked on was along the length of the Irrawaddy River, where I stopped at places like land mines, dam projects and religious sites and talked to everyone about their daily life and what Myanmar was all about,” she says. “That sparked my interest in a lot of other stories that I’ve continued to cover over the last two years.” Today, Lauren remains deeply touched by one thing that hasn’t changed: the country’s generous hospitality. “You can be walking down the street and people will just tell you to come into their homes, sit you down and tell you their story and ask you questions about the United States.” Photo by @deciccaphoto
“I feel like I’ve packed a few years of great experiences into just a handful of months on a bike,” says 29-year-old photographer Tyler Metcalfe (@tylermetcalfe), who recently completed a 4,290-mile (6,904-kilometer) cross-country bike trip across America, documenting the ups and downs along the way. “Thirty-five days into my trip I was hit by a car and suffered torn muscles and broken bones. The recovery was tough, as my greatest form of freedom had just been taken away from me,” he says. After taking time to recuperate in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Tyler pushed on. “Reaching the West Coast was a mix of emotions,” he says. “I felt both accomplishment and a bit of disappointment that the journey was ending.” But the ride isn’t over. “I’m thinking about turning south towards Central America, and possibly making it all the way to Patagonia. The best part of the adventure lies in the unknown.” To see more of Tyler’s experience biking across America, watch our Instagram story. Video by @tylermetcalfe
Light became a winged creature in @lenzilla_happy’s playful take on last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPlightplay. Photo by @lenzilla_happy
Hello, world! Meet today’s #WeeklyFluff. Kerimcan (@catkerimcan) is a calico cat who loves lounging on laps and sticking out a very long 👅. This kitty was abandoned at a shelter after a shoulder dislocation, but more than two years after being adopted, Kerimcan can now run, jump and pounce like any other frisky feline. Keep your feed cat-powered by following @catkerimcan.
Aizhar Alih (@aizharalih) captured the essence of #WHPlightplay by elevating a triangle of light into a sidewalk encounter. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions this week. Photo by @aizharalih
Last weekend, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture (@nmaahc) opened in Washington, DC, a hundred years after the concept was first proposed and nearly 13 years since Congress authorized its construction. Hollywood stars, community leaders and politicians, including President Obama, attended the historic celebration. “Hopefully this museum can help us talk to each other. And more importantly, listen to each other,” President Obama said in his dedication speech. “And most importantly, see each other. Black and white and Latino and Native American and Asian American — see how our stories are bound together ... It is a monument, no less than the others on this Mall, to the deep and abiding love for this country, and the ideals upon which it is founded. For we, too, are American.” #APeoplesJourney Check out our Instagram story to watch the museum’s opening with award-winning director Ava DuVernay (@directher). Photo by @directher
According to architecture student Karl Ndieli (@karl_shakur), our #BoomerangOfTheWeek was taken from one of the best stargazing spots in Kansas. ✨ As the sun went down, he and his classmate Sita (pictured) hand-picked wild sunflowers, sewed them into her crown and made this Boomerang. “My favorite part is the tiny little star that shoots straight at the lens,” Karl says. “I feel like I’m getting glitter blown at me every time I watch.” 🌟 Follow @boomerangfrominstagram to see more mind-blowing loops from our community. #Boomerang by @karl_shakur
A boy takes the plunge in a rural Bengal village in this photo captured by Monica Tiwari (@monicatiwari). “My travels in India leave me awed at her beauty, and this is just one of the scenes I was fortunate enough to witness and capture,” says the photographer from Varanasi, India. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @monicatiwari
For Kaia Gerber (@kaiagerber) and Presley Gerber (@presleygerber) — siblings whose mother is legendary supermodel Cindy Crawford (@cindycrawford) — modeling is on a very short list of things they have in common. “We are so not similar,” says Presley, who is 17. Well, there might be one more thing they share. “We have similar senses of humor,” says Kaia, who is 15. “But we are different because he is more laid back whereas I’m more of a go-getter.” To see more from Teen Vogue’s (@teenvogue) Young Hollywood Party on Friday night, watch our Instagram story. #tvyounghollywood #Boomerang by @kaiagerber
For artistic director Donatella Versace (@donatella_versace), inspiration comes from women whose lives are complex — much like hers. “I am always thinking about a woman who flies high in her career, she has her family, her friends, her social life, her private life,” says Donatella, who showed her latest collection for Versace (@versace_official) yesterday in Milan. “Most importantly, she has control of her life, more than ever before. This to me is the new power of women, and the power that I want to express in my shows.” To understand what goes on behind the scenes at Versace, you also need to follow Audrey, Donatella’s Jack Russell terrier (@audrey_versace). “She is always with me, even at models’ fittings, and I trust her opinion about everything,” Donatella says. “It is like she somehow has the Versace DNA.” Watch the latest Versace show come together on our story, up now. Photo by @donatella_versace
Aaron Caddel has had a love affair with carbs for as long as he can remember. Two years ago, he opened the first Mr. Holmes Bakehouse (@mrholmesbakehouse), a pastry palace filled with out-of-the-box treats like strawberry- and jasmine tea-filled doughnuts and white chocolate matcha cruffins (a croissant and muffin hybrid). Aaron and his team have dreamed up so many drool-worthy recipes that their store in San Francisco experienced an unusual robbery: “When we got there, they had left the cash drawer, equipment — even our iPad was safe. The only thing that was missing was our recipe book. That night we knew we were seriously on to something.” As customers enjoy sweet treats in one of the four stores — there are locations in California and South Korea — many take photos featuring the neon signs, gold foil peace signs and tiled floors that make the space stand out. This is exactly what Aaron had hoped for: “It is amazing how close and connected you can feel to a person through a collage of their lives. We wanted our brand to be a part of that culture.” This feature is part of #MadeToCreate, a new series highlighting our community of entrepreneurs, makers and artisans on Instagram. Photo of @mrholmesbakehouse by @junissahardianto
TV producer and writer Shonda Rhimes (@shondarhimes) has been writing stories since before she could spell. “I used to dictate stories into a tape recorder and try to get my mom to type them up,” says the woman behind hits like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How to Get Away with Murder.” “I don’t remember, but I’m betting that even at 3, I felt proud.” Today, Shonda’s shows are known for plot twists and sharp dialogue, but there’s no magic formula; she instinctively knows when an episode is complete. “It’s like a good lasagna — you know when it’s done because when you open the oven and look at it, everything about it looks right.” To go on set and behind the scenes with Shonda, tap our profile pic and check out our Instagram story. Photo by @shondarhimes
For 30 years, Marian Newman (@mariannewman) has been making nails her #tinycanvas at London Fashion Week, and in that time, she’s used unconventional materials, including beetle wings, ice, graphite and thorns. “I love the challenge of making anything into a nail,” she says. “I love realizing an idea on that little area of the human body so it completes a story.” Though Marian often creates these nails backstage, there is no location too remote for nail art. “I’ve done nails in a cornfield, in a muddy field, alongside an Icelandic lake and in a tent on an Amalfi coastal road.” Photo by @mariannewman
The secret ingredient for this meetup in Dubai? Teamwork. “Every single person brings their own flavor to the table, so when we all work together as a team our results are successful — exactly like a burger with all its ingredients,” says Ahmad Al Rais (@aalrais), who captured this picture in the sand dunes following a trip to the @albaital_qadeem restaurant. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #WWIM14🍴 this week. Photo by @aalrais