Syamly Rushdi’s (@syamly) daughter ascends a Mars-like landscape in Melaka, Malaysia, for last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPmagic. Syamly described the otherworldly location as “a great place for a short getaway from everything.” Photo by @syamly
After her record-setting performance at the 2016 Olympic Games, American gymnast Simone Biles (@simonebiles) found herself in the spotlight. “I haven’t paid any attention to the limelight, since I’ve been so busy,” says 19-year-old Simone, who grew up in Houston. “But it’s definitely a different feeling knowing that so many people watch what I do.” Many may have gotten caught up in the hype — but Simone has stayed grounded, with lots of support from her family and friends. “I just try to enjoy it and still be me, because the most important thing is to always be yourself.” Today, we’re rolling out new tools to maintain the positivity and safety of our community. We are committed to keeping Instagram a welcoming place for everyone.
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A Note from Kevin Systrom (@kevin): In September, I shared our commitment to keeping Instagram a positive place for self-expression with the introduction of a keyword filter for comments. Today, I’d like to tell you about new commenting features that we’re launching. In the coming weeks, you’ll be able to turn off comments on any of your posts. Previously this was only available for a small number of accounts. You’ll be able to tap “Advanced Settings” then select “Turn Off Commenting.” You can also tap the ... menu any time after posting to turn comments back on. Also, we’re adding the ability to like comments by tapping a heart icon next to any comment. Liking lets you show support and encourages positivity throughout the community. These updates still mark the beginning. We will continue to work to maintain Instagram as a welcoming and safe place for everyone. To learn more about these tools and others, check out help.instagram.com. Kevin Systrom Co-Founder & CEO
A flick of the wrist illuminates a room in this spellbinding #Boomerang by @wesleytaylor. 💫 #WHPmagic
2,600. That’s the number of unique cookie cutters that Patti Paige (@bakedideas) has shaped. It started when she couldn’t find the right acorn-shaped cutter for a customer’s request. Armed with icing in every color of the rainbow, Patti challenges herself to take an existing shape and transform it into something unexpected; an ice-cream cone metamorphoses into a caterpillar, or a baseball hat becomes a chair. “I like to make an outline of a cutter on a piece of paper and turn it this way and that until I start to see things differently,” says Patti, who is based in New York City. “A cookie cutter is just an outline that can suggest many different images if you focus on it and let your mind wander.” The festive parade of emojis and characters filling her photos may look perfect, but on closer inspection, each one is unique. “My goal is to make sure you can see the texture and imperfections in the icing and feel that the cookies are handmade,” she says. For #NationalCookieDay, Patti plans to get into the holiday spirit by filling her kitchen with the warm scent of gingerbread — and some surprising twists on familiar shapes. Photo by @bakedideas
A trip to a tree farm in Oregon City led to this funny optical illusion captured by photographer Thomas Boyd (@thomasrboyddotcom). “Simply put, it looks like a tree grew legs and is trying to escape the tree farm,” he says. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @thomasrboyddotcom
Surrounded by giant concrete tetrapods, a golden retriever partakes in the simple joy of digging a hole at a beach in Japan. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @slo_mo_life
Tap our profile pic to watch our Instagram story and see what a day is like for singer and songwriter John Legend (@johnlegend). He’s currently on the move promoting his new album “Darkness and Light.” Photo by @bumper3077
“A lot of women my age lose interest in how they look and how they feel, health-wise,” says Suzi Grant (@alternativeageing). She was nearly one of them. Before retiring seven years ago, she was “a chain smoking, hard drinking” TV and radio reporter. Then her mom’s death from a heart attack put life in perspective. Now Suzi feels better than ever: “I cannot believe I am three years off 70. I don’t feel it — and I hope I don’t look it.” Based in Brighton, England, she has written three books on healthy living while embracing technology: “I had to learn how to blog, how to take great photos and how to edit videos. I love it. I have found my passion. The thing that makes me #PerfectlyMe is that I am growing into old age positively, naturally and certainly not invisibly.” Who or what inspires you to feel #PerfectlyMe? Use the hashtag to share your story. Photo by @alternativeageing
When French photo artist Romain Nicoloso (@p22_art) seeks inspiration, he moves house. “After eight years in Paris, I decided to move from my comfort zone and live overseas to discover new cultures and meet new people,” the 27-year-old says. “I am currently living in Sydney but will be leaving soon to Hong Kong for a new experience.” While Romain’s location changes, the one constant in his portfolio is a playful, vivid imagination that sends sheep to a skyscraper rooftop by balloon or whales to the clouds. “I try to bring something new — a new way to interpret things, to surprise people,” he says. Romain’s hopes for anyone who sees his work? “I want people to feel free in their mind,” he says. “That’s how I feel when I create. Everyone is creative, we just need sometimes to think out of the box without constraint.” Photo illustration by @p22_art
Fashion blogger Danielle Vanier (@daniellevanier) takes pride in telling it like it is. “I am just your average girl from London who loves fashion and happens to be fat,” she says. “The thing that makes me #PerfectlyMe is that I am unapologetically myself because I only have one body, one shot at life and I am the only one who has to live with this body. If you don’t like how I look; keep scrolling.” The 30-year-old commands attention with her bold wardrobe. But she’s not only doing it for herself. Danielle says: “There are so many women out there that don’t share my body confidence or sense of self-worth. These women are the reason I put myself out there.” Who or what inspires you to feel #PerfectlyMe? Use the hashtag to share your story. Photo by @daniellevanier
“I tried to think outside the box with this WHP,” says 25-year-old student Karen Cantú (@karencantuq) from Mexico on her creative submission to #WHPthisishome. “Our world is our home, and nature is a big part of it — plants, animals. I wanted to show an ideal ‘home’ where we live among nature and respect it.” Photo illustration by @karencantuq
Graphic designer and Don Fisher (@don_fisher) founder Julia Castaño is responsible for the sea creatures that jump out of the ocean and transform into backpacks, card holders and pouches. Julia, who lives in Barcelona, Spain, dreams up goods influenced from a wide array of sources: Scandinavian design, the Mediterranean Sea and the double meaning of the Spanish word “bonito,” which refers to a family of fish but also means pretty. “Everything is focused on the sea,” says Lorena Fernández, who works with Julia. “If we’re going to set up a fish market, we’ll put on aprons. Julia’s guy acts as Don Fisher, the role of the captain. We’re the crew.” ⚓️🐠 To discover more voices from the Spanish-speaking community, follow @instagrames. Photo by @don_fisher
A sketch by Sarah Nisbett (@drawnontheway) evokes the simple pleasure of putting your feet up at home — complete with a furry companion. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to #WHPthisishome this week. Photo by @drawnontheway
In Portland, Oregon, Camille Trummer (@modernmix) captures family cuddles on a lazy Sunday. The goal of #WHPthisishome was to make photos and videos that capture the essence of home. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions this week. Photo by @modernmix