Photo by @ashleylewofficial How does ballerina and high school freshman Ashley Lew (@ashleylewofficial) get through days that can start at 5:45 and keep her going well past dinnertime? “When I dance, I just forget about the world around me, honestly,” says Ashley, who spent last year studying full time at the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco. “Telling my story through my dancing is really important to me. One of the biggest challenges is not giving up.” Despite the sacrifices she’s made, Ashley’s passion for dance introduced her to a community that shares her enthusiasm. “So many people, we connected on Instagram, and then we get to actually meet each other. I just think it’s so cool. And it keeps me going toward my dream because it encourages me, makes me feel good about what I’m doing.” Learn more about Ashley on our story.
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Photo by @makeupisart_x While Ellie Costello (@makeupisart_x) paints magical scenes on her eyelids, it feels like she plants them. “I never ever plan a look and then go and get the flowers,” explains 20-year-old Ellie, who lives in London. “I always get some flowers first, then envision the look around the flowers. I find that creating as you go along always allows your creativity and imagination to run a lot more freely — I like just letting the magic happen.” Ellie is part of the beauty community on Instagram who made the eyelid their canvas of choice in 2017. “It is great when you can collaborate with other artists and discover new amazing talent to follow. There is always so much creativity on Instagram, it is very inspiring.” Watch our story to see more from Ellie, and follow along on #IGYearInReview as we reflect on the most memorable Instagram trends of 2017. Stay connected to Ellie’s community by following #undiscoveredmuas on Instagram.
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Photo by @impact.brothers Starting today, we’re introducing new ways for you to stay connected to your interests on Instagram, with the ability to follow hashtags like #gymnastics. Some twins finish each other’s sentences, Marcos and Alejandro Ponce López (@impact.brothers) finish each other’s flips. After seeing break dancers perform in their hometown 14 years ago, the duo from Torre del Mar, Spain, dedicated their lives to becoming professional acrobats. What’s been their biggest #gymnastics accomplishment to date? “Everything we have learned has been self-taught. Hand to hand [where one performer, balancing on the hands of the other performer, does a handstand], was very complicated for us, since it is a very complex discipline. We have some friends who know this discipline. One day we were lucky to meet with them, and in a few hours they explained several tricks. After that, we practiced each day to achieve that movement.”
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Photo by @nornea Starting today, we’re introducing new ways for you to stay connected to your interests on Instagram, with the ability to follow hashtags like #equestrian. For 19-year-old Menea Johansson Djärv (@nornea), dressing up means felt hats, capes and a unicorn horn for her beloved pony Norina 🦄. As a child growing up in Sweden, she was inspired by vivid fairy tales and medieval markets. “It was beyond exciting to see adults dress up and pretend they lived in a different time,” she says. Now, cloaked in nature, Menea creates her own #equestrian daydreams that reflect a real-life kinship with her creatures. “I want [my horses] to see me as a best friend they can trust and respect, just like I do with them. Most photo shoots are spontaneous. The most challenging part is to focus on the horses and the camera at the same time. The most fun part is to feel adventurous and invincible.”
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Featured photo by @4theloveoftoys Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPstripes This weekend, the goal is to take photos and videos that capture stripes created by colors, textures and surfaces, as in this featured photo by Sara Harvey (@4theloveoftoys). Here are some tips to get you started: Head outside to see what stripes nature has to offer, like the natural lines of your local flora or the way streams create bands through a landscape. From repeating red lockers in the hallway to the way office buildings cast shadows at high noon, there are plenty of stripes in your daily life. Try to notice them — along with the lines created by highways and streets on your commute to and from. Wide or narrow, straight or curving, stripes are a classic element in art — from fashion to painting to DIY crafts. Take photos of work that explores the many forms that stripes can take. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPstripes hashtag only to photos and 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.