“Real progress to me looks like diverse representation, not being a ‘conversation’ or ‘groundbreaking.’ It’s just how things should be; it’s what normal should look like.” —Singer and actress Andra Day (@andradaymusic)
Tonight, the first-time nominee is up for two Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes), both from her work on the film “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.”
For Andra, being a Black woman in her industry means “having to break down barriers, stereotypes and not adhering to other’s expectations. It means reminding people that Black women are amazing multilayered human beings like everyone else.
Andra explains, “Black women know best how to represent themselves and tell their stories. Invest in them. Fund them. Straight like that.”
#ShareBlackStories 🖤 #SeeMe
Photo of @andradaymusic by @msayles
Here’s Wisdom Kaye (@wisdm) serving up his pandemic edition, red carpet looks ahead of the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes).
“Things being virtual and online honestly isn’t the setback it can seem like,” says the 19-year-old model and creator. “It’s the perfect opportunity to show off and share new and creative ideas.
Personally, I just keep doing what I’ve been doing — trying to push men’s fashion forward by inspiring others through my work.”
Reel by @wisdm
Music by Castle High
“In a world that wants to change us, it’s a radical act of resistance to love ourselves for exactly who we are," says actor, fitness instructor and self-proclaimed “lover of life” James Rose (@jamesissmiling), who has recovered from disordered eating. “It’s not about looking in the mirror and enjoying what you see; it’s about internalizing that you are wholly worthy beyond any reflection.”
James struggled with society’s expectation of masculinity, while being lauded for their femininity, and never fully identifying with either one. “My disordered eating was, in many ways, an attempt to manipulate my body to conform to both of these gendered expectations. The expectations I was attempting to conform to were never mine.”
For James, a community that uplifts and celebrates you is key to any kind of recovery. “Positive community isn’t about surrounding yourself with people who say nice things to you. It’s filling your circle with folks who love you enough to call you in, to educate you, to let you cry on their shoulder, to cheer you on and allow you to do the same for them.”
It’s #NEDAwareness Week. In collaboration with @neda, Instagram is supporting people who may be affected by negative body image or an eating disorder. Learn more from the link in our bio.
Reel by @jamesissmiling
South Korean dancer and choreographer Yoojung Lee (@yoojunglee11) started dancing at 17, but moving to music always came naturally. Her spirit and style is contagious — you can’t help but smile (and dance) along with her.
“Dance exists for all people,” says Yoojung. “I hope more people can enjoy dancing as their hobby and that it can account for bigger portions of many people’s happiness. Just dance today and tomorrow!” ❤️️
Reel by @yoojunglee11
Music by @conangray
“Skating makes me feel like I am capable of anything,” says roller skater Ivey Rose (@spicyivey). “It is the most freeing, liberating and loving feeling in the world.”
“Skating has always been my biggest outlet, and when I lost my hair, I was scared that it would affect my experience at the skatepark and the way people viewed me,” explains 20-year-old Ivey, who has alopecia.“As time went on, I began to realize that people didn’t like me or enjoy watching me skate because of my hair, it was because of who I am and because of my talent. Skating helped me develop a better relationship with myself and accept my disease.
The feeling of working hard for a trick and landing it, and seeing others land new tricks are some of my favorite things about skating. It excites me to see what humans are capable of doing.”
Video of @spicyivey by @morganchapmanmedia
Twin sisters Teagan and Sam Rybka (@rybkatwinsofficial) = inseparable. 👯♀️💕 The Perth, Australia, natives share a love of acrobatics and dance that started at just 3 years old. “It’s all we’ve ever known, and we can’t imagine our lives without it.”
Cartwheel across Perth with Teagan and Sam — try not to get dizzy.
Reel by @rybkatwinsofficial
Music by @avamax
Athlete Masato Yano (@masato_streetworkout) describes street workout as a discipline fit for superhumans.
“One of the great things about street workout is that you can perform it with your own body,” says Masato, who first discovered the routine three years ago. “There’s a high degree of freedom without being bound by detailed rules.”
Training in outdoor parks or at home with little equipment, Masato developed routines and combinations that include variations on his favorite isometric planche exercise (shown), a skill in gymnastics and calisthenics where the body is parallel to ground while being supported above the floor by straight arms.
“The best moment is when you can do the skills you haven’t done before,” he says.
Video by @masato_streetworkout
“What inspires me the most is defying gravity,” says professional athlete Ibrahima Sory Bangoura (@ibra_acro_boy). “I started doing acrobatics when I was 12 in Guinea with my friends, just for fun. Soon it became a passion.”
Old martial arts movies bring Ibra lots of inspiration. “When I am in the air, I have a feeling of being weightless. I feel light, as if time is standing still. I wish that this feeling would never stop.”
Video by @ibra_acro_boy
#HelloFrom the Lofoten Islands, Norway. 🏄♀️❄️
We are dreaming of paddling out on this icy fjord with these Arctic surfers.
“Most people wouldn’t expect to find surf waves here beyond the Arctic Circle,” says photographer Andrea Frazzetta (@andrea_frazzetta). “But on other parts of the coast, the Lofoten Islands have some of the
world’s best conditions for cold-water surfing.”
Photo by @andrea_frazzetta