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What do Destiny’s Child, Mindy Kaling and “Game of Thrones’” Lady Lyanna Mormont have in common? They’re all fierce, game-changing women — and really fun for Juliana Vido (@julianavido) to sketch. “I mostly draw women. I’m very inspired by females. Not only the form, but in other ways, too. I am a feminist,” says the 26-year-old illustrator, who lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Growing up, Juliana was always creative, doodling and being designated the class artist. It didn’t occur to her that she could make a career out of her passion, so she studied film and fashion in university. Happily, a few years ago she discovered she could marry her love of pop culture with illustration, and now focuses her tool of choice, brightly colored pencils, on pop culture icons like Princess Leia ... or Beyonce. “I love being a part of the thing that everyone’s talking about.” Illustration by @julianavido
“If you want the chi of a tiger, go on safari in tiger country and look one in the eyes,” says 60-year-old National Geographic wildlife photographer Steve Winter (@stevewinterphoto). “Tigers are the No. 1 animal in the world, and they have been in dire straits for years because of habitat loss and poaching for medicinal trade.” Working to save these big cats is a no-brainer, but according to Steve, it won’t happen without assistance. “The hardest part of my job is making a connection that people deem real to their urban lives. Social media helps because it brings people together that believe in the same thing,” he says. “If you love these animals, get involved and move this conversation forward.” #TigerDay 🐯 Photo by @stevewinterphoto
Generosity. Grit. Resilience. Catherine James (@cathjam) has her #EyesOn Afghanistan. The print journalist from Australia moved to Kabul in May 2011 and has been there ever since. “Despite living with this kind of extreme tension and witnessing such horrors for decades, you’ll also find extreme finesse and generosity and camaraderie on an unexpected scale. And don’t forget, that wicked sense of humor.” In the wake of the attack that took place at a peaceful demonstration in western Kabul on Saturday, Catherine traveled around the city to document the response of the people. “The will to live is one of our most primal and strongest urges and by sheer, constant grind Afghans have had to sharpen that will into one of the fiercest you’ll come across compared to a more privileged, comfortable society. Call it resilience, call it grit, the point is their survival demands high levels of ‘it.’ So on they go.” Photo by @cathjam
#WhipItWednesday is all about whipping your motorcycle,” explains 33-year-old professional motocross racer Billy Laninovich (@billylaninovich). “Whipping is throwing your dirt bike sideways or upside down,” he says. The hashtag highlights the motorcycle-mad community on Instagram. Billy’s tips on getting the best video: “Try not to shoot directly into the sun so there isn’t any blur, and keep the object in the center of the camera as much as possible.” He adds, “I don’t recommend trying this unless you are a very experienced rider.” Video of @billylaninovich by @steevehowe
Reigning WNBA Most Valuable Player Elena Delle Donne (@de11edonne) will be traveling to Rio this summer representing the United States in the Olympic Games — her biggest fan Wrigley (@thewrigleydelledonne) will be watching from home. “He’s an avid TV watcher,” Elena says of her Great Dane. The 26-year-old is looking forward to teaming up with players she’s been competing against since being drafted by the Chicago Sky three years ago. Prior to the WNBA, Elena became a star playing at University of Delaware, a school close to home, so moving to Chicago was a big change. “It was my first time really being away from home, so I decided to get a puppy,” she says of Wrigley, whose namesake is the baseball stadium where the Chicago Cubs play. “I got him a couple weeks after I threw out the first pitch at the Cubs game.” #BeyondTheGames is a series that spotlights inspiring women athletes in the Instagram community who are telling their Olympic story. Photo by @de11edonne
“It was wonderful to watch the face and personality transform,” says sculpture artist David Rothstein (@snowsculpt), who filmed Soren Mason Temple (@siren74) paint a colorful portrait for #WHPworkinprogress. “I wanted to better understand how such vivid portraits could emerge onto a piece of paper.” Video by @snowsculpt
“I am a self-taught needle felter, and I’m addicted,” says Linda Facci (@faccidesigns), a creative director and “major crafter” from New York. She submitted this video of her character Sonny the Sloth (@sonny.the.sloth) to #WHPworkinprogress. “Come on, who doesn’t love a sloth?” Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project on @instagram. Video by @faccidesigns
Swiss tennis legend Martina Hingis (@martinahingis80) was 15 years old when she competed in the 1996 Olympic Games. Now, 22 Grand Slam titles later, she’s looking to win her first-ever gold, this time competing in doubles. “We have a very solid tennis team this time around and I am just happy and proud to be a part of it,” she says. Martina, who will be pairing with Belinda Bencic (@belindabencic) in women’s doubles, says there’s an advantage to playing doubles: “You have a supporter, someone who can pump you up in the right moments, when you need it the most,” she says. “Your partner can help you find solutions when things aren’t going right and you help each other out.” #BeyondTheGames is a series that spotlights inspiring women athletes in the Instagram community who are telling their Olympic story. Photo of @martinahingis80 by Jag Gundu
Maestro Valerio Ferron (@violinaio) reveals his step-by-step process for sculpting a violin, his continuation of a craft handed down through generations of graduates from the Antonio Stradivari Violin Making School in Cremona, Italy. 🎻 Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions from #WHPworkinprogress. Video by @violinaio
She sells seashells by the seashore — and business is booming. “Everybody wants to be a mermaid!” says 27-year-old Chelsea Shiels (@chelseasflowercrowns) of her majestic crowns encrusted with conch shells, crystals and so much beach bling they’d make Princess Ariel proud. Chelsea’s initial motivation to make crowns was pragmatic: She wanted to cover up the scar she’d had on her forehead since she was a baby. “I got teased a lot, so I started making my own headwear because I couldn’t find any I liked,” she explains. Although the Melbourne, Australia-based florist first opened shop making festival-ready flower crowns, her mermaid creations have quickly outpaced them. “I thought people were going to look at me and be like, ‘Why would you wear shells on your head?’ But it seems to have worked.” Photo by @chelseasflowercrowns
#WhenPeopleMatchPlaces highlights “the sweet spot where the personal and the public intersect,” explains Deepa Paul (@currystrumpet). Deepa, who lives in Amsterdam, looks for street art wherever she goes. On a recent trip to Barcelona she spotted a geometric mural, and when she posed for a photo, she realized she was wearing a matching black-and-white striped dress! Deepa’s tip for capturing similar moments: stay sharp, stay curious and don’t force it. “It can be such a delight to find a piece of our innermost selves echoed by our surroundings,” she says. “It makes me feel a little bit more at home in the world.” Photo by @currystrumpet
If you’re a manta ray with a 12-foot (3.7-meter) wingspan, making friends is easy: “The baitfish in this shot were using the manta’s body as a shield from aerial predators,” says wildlife photographer Bertie Gregory (@bertiegregory). “After this manta glided just over my head, for a few minutes I had my own little fishy entourage.” We’re only a little jealous that this moment captured off the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula is just a typical work day for him. #TheWeekOnInstagram Video by @bertiegregory
“I’ve always been interested in nature and animals. I think it’s something every person can relate to,” says 25-year-old Andreas Lie (@artworkbylie), who uses Photoshop to combine the two subjects into one striking image. Andreas, who is from Haugesund, Norway, began creating his artwork two years ago as a creative diversion from his engineering studies, and eventually a means of income. “I wanted to create a business that could help me with finances while I was in school,” he says. “I would have never guessed that I would have this many followers. It completely blew my expectations.” His advice to other budding entrepreneurs? “Be active, post regularly and just jump into it.” Photo by @artworkbylie
What would Goldilocks think of these plush bears marching through Eaglet Park in Voronezh, Russia? Judging from their account, @medvedishow, the bears seem to have no trouble making human friends. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram. Photo by @medvedishow
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPworkinprogress The goal this weekend is to capture videos that show what it’s like to make things by hand — from woodworking and flower arranging to calligraphy and cooking. Here’s how to get started: Begin with handmade projects that are already part of your kitchen routine, like making your morning coffee or assembling a bento box lunch. For complex craft projects, capture the details of transformation — turn on sound to share the tapping of knitting needles or the swoosh of screen printing. Use Hyperlapse or stop-motion techniques to tell a step-by-step story, from the source of your supplies to the finishing touches. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPworkinprogress hashtag only to 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. Featured video by @darbinorvar