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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
Brazilian pole vaulter Fabiana Murer (@fabianamurer) is set to return to the Olympics in 2016 and couldn’t be happier to have a chance to claim her first medal. “It’s an opportunity of a lifetime to compete in Rio, especially because I’ll have the Brazilian fans supporting me,” the 35-year-old says. Fabiana competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, but failed to qualify for the 2012 London games. 2016 is all about fighting for the medal she’s dreamed of taking home. “Of course, now the motivation is so much bigger because it’s happening in my country,” she says. #BeyondTheGames is a series that spotlights inspiring women athletes in the Instagram community who are telling their Olympic story. Video by @fabianamurer
It’s been a few weeks since Instagram received a makeover — and community members all over the world have been making it their own through #myinstagramlogo interpretations like this one from Italian student Mirko Ievolella (@il_bianconiglio). Mirko constructed his remix of our app’s new look out of his crazy sock and shoe collections plus a pile of laundry. And yes, you’ll be glad to know all these clothes were clean. 😉 Photo by @il_bianconiglio
Trimming clay delivers soothing, swirling spirals in photographer and potter Nicolette Johnson’s (@swsco) submission to last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPworkinprogress. Video by @swsco
“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
No paper? No problem. As a reminder that we’re all an evolving work of art, Tehran-based artist Khodayar Ahi (@godyar) turned his own face into the canvas for this submission to #WHPworkinprogress. Looks like the next step for him is finding a way to wash that marker off. Video by @godyar
Ibtihaj Muhammad (@ibtihajmuhammad) will be the first American Olympian to compete while wearing a hijab. “I’m showing Muslim women in a different light,” says the 30-year-old fencer, who was born and raised in Maplewood, New Jersey. “It challenges ideas of Muslim women being oppressed and not having a voice.” After growing up with role models like Muhammad Ali and Serena Williams, she’s relishing the chance to be one herself. “What’s phenomenal about children is that they’re not thinking in stereotypes of religion or gender. They just want to talk about sword-fighting.” Ibtihaj is busy making appearances and working on her fashion line, Louella, but mostly she’s focused on Rio. “No matter what happens, the Muslim community will be happy for me. And being an American, you have this sense of pride, wearing the stars and stripes.” #BeyondTheGames is a series that spotlights inspiring women athletes in the Instagram community who are telling their Olympic story. Photo by @ibtihajmuhammad
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
Ah, clouds for days: There’s space to daydream in the crisp blues and puffy whites of this street capture from Esfahan, Iran, by Kiarang Alaei (@kiarang_alaei). “What you see in this photo is the galvanized wall of a construction site used for different purposes in the streets: covering masonry jobs and beautifying the environment,” says Kiarang, who teaches photography to university students. “I think that photography is a living organism because there is purposeful connection in all its parts.” #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @kiarang_alaei
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
Here’s an event worth adding to your bucket list: the Kyushu Fireworks Festival at Karatsu Castle in Japan. In this photo, Hitomi Iwanaga (@puraten10) captured how a neon pink crescendo resembles a weeping cherry tree. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @puraten10
#RunwayForAll is a reflection of the real world,” says Tschan Andrews (@4tschan), a model from London. “I am not just a black transgender woman. I am my experiences, the knowledge I have accumulated and the talent I have to offer.” Today, Tschan has job offers she would never have dreamed of as recently as two years ago, but she still believes there’s a long way to go for acceptance of transgendered people. “A high point for me is yet to come, but I have seen a way of thinking being changed before my very eyes,” she says. “If I won Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, I would die – I have an acceptance speech ready and everything!” Photo by @4tschan