Photo by @zooeyinthecity Meet Zooey Miyoshi (@zooeyinthecity): a kindergarten student and 5-year-old fashion influencer. On her third birthday, her mom, Mai, started an account all about Zooey. Fast-forward two year and Zooey and her family — originally from Tokyo — live in Los Angeles where they adventure, play and take tons of photos, highlighting Zooey’s sweet and edgy styles, often accompanied by her staple expression of hiding behind a pair of sunnies. “Zooey has always had this no-emotion face,” says Mai of Zooey’s signature look. “Sunglasses also help when taking photos. Most of the time, she is not looking directly at me, which sunnies help hide. #momtip.” As for the future, Zooey has big plans. Zooey: “I want to be a designer.” Mom: “REALLY? When did you decide that?” Zooey: “At school. I’m creative, so I think I can be a designer.” Mom: “😱” Watch our story to learn more about Zooey’s world.
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Video by @annettelabedzki Starting today, we’re introducing new ways for you to stay connected to your interests on Instagram, with the ability to follow hashtags like #asmr. Once Canadian artist Annette Labedzki (@annettelabedzki) learned there was a community of people mixing paint for sensory effects, she wasted no time. “My first video was late at night, I used wax paper, I had my pajamas on,” she says. Through #asmr (autonomous sensory meridian response), Annette, who has painted full time for 30 years, found new ways to be inspired by the materials she’s always worked with. “There was a point where I had mixed every color combo that I could possibly think of. And one night I thought, ‘I wonder what would happen if I poured paint into one of those molds and froze it?’ I’ve never had so much fun in my life!” Whether she’s crushing frozen paint, adding glitter to a mix or creating on a miniature canvas, Annette loves how sharing her videos opens up a dialogue with others. “I listen to what they write, and then I go from there.”
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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.
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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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Video by @craftyslimecreator An old toy turned into a new passion for 16-year-old Alyssa Jagan (@craftyslimecreator). After seeing lots of slime DIYs pop up on social media, Alyssa, who lives in Toronto, realized she had all the necessary supplies to make her own. “I’ve been making slime and goo with my mom ever since I was little,” she says. “Slime became really pretty and visually pleasing in 2017. In the past, it didn’t look as nice, but now slime can be made in a variety of colors, scents and textures!” Inspiration for new varieties comes from different parts of Alyssa’s life. “I like to wander around craft stores and pick up different products to see which will work in slime. I am also inspired by other ‘slimers’ in the community,” she says. “I am currently obsessed with ‘Stranger Things,’ so I will probably make some ‘Stranger Things’-themed slimes.” Watch our story to see more, and follow along on #IGYearInReview as we reflect on the most memorable Instagram trends of 2017.