Hello, world. Today’s #WeeklyFluff is Ragtime Jimmy ( @ragtimejimmy ), a 3-year-old rescue mutt from San Diego, California, whose DNA results found him to be part Shih Tzu, part bulldog, part cattle dog and all-around adorable. “In 2016, I saw this cute scruff monster online at a shelter 350 miles [560 kilometers] away and drove 10 hours round trip to pick him up,” says his human Julia Varnergardner. “Best. Decision. Ever.” Today on our story, we go exploring with Jimmy and his hiking paw-tner Boogie Woogie. 🐾 Photo by @ragtimejimmy
Look what we spotted. 😸 Wildlife photographer Ashish Parmar ( @ashishjparmar ) traveled to Kenya to snap this photo of two cheetahs in their natural habitat. “I planted a camera on the ground and waited three hours for them to come give it a closer look,” he says. #WHPplanetearth Photo by @ashishjparmar
Los Angeles-based dancer and choreographer Justin Valles’ ( @justjet_ ) life changed when he started teaching #BodyControl to students with genetic debilitating conditions. “I realized I’m not just teaching dance. I’m teaching people how to regain control of their body,” says Justin, who grew up in New Jersey. “For me, Body Control is not a style, it’s a philosophy that can be applied to any dance. If you don’t understand your body, how can you control it?” ✊ Today on our story and IGTV channel, Justin proves that all the world’s a stage. Check it out. Photo of @justjet_ by @djshakee
On planet Earth, a heart can be made with pure sunlight. 💖 For 23-year-old photographer Amatou ( @amatou_0429 ), capturing this epic reflection in Japan was no accident. “It can only be seen in the early morning for a short period during a certain time of year,” he says. Furthermore, the clouds, wind and humidity all have to cooperate to get this one just right. Follow along as we share more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPplanetearth Photo by @amatou_0429
Happy #EarthDay ! Today we’re celebrating with Liron Gertsman ( @liron_gertsman_photography ), an 18-year-old nature photographer who hopes his photos help educate people about the environment. 📸 🏔 “I hope that people see my photos and come away with a new sense of love, respect and desire to protect the incredible natural world,” says Liron, who studies at the University of British Columbia. In 2018, his photos of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador earned him praise at the Audubon Photography Awards and London’s Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Beyond the awards, the experience helped him realize the power of the lens. “Those photos were seen by people in museums around the world which taught me the power of photography as a tool for education and conservation,” he says. Today on our story, Liron takes us on a photo hike. Photo by @liron_gertsman_photography
“If I’m shining, everybody gonna shine.” —Lizzo ( @lizzobeeating ), “Juice” ✨ “Blame it on my... [ahem, her] juice.” 🍹 Yesterday, the artist’s album “Cuz I Love U” was released, and today, she stars on our IGTV channel, sharing some of the outfits she rocked at Coachella last weekend. “I like to have fun with my looks and look as loud as I am,” says the artist. Tune in now to talk fashion, body positivity and performing with the one and only Lizzo. ✨
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPplanetearth Earth Day is just around the corner, so this weekend the challenge is to capture our home planet through your lens. For inspiration, check out the featured image by Patrick Monatsberger ( @moners ). Here are some tips to get started: 🌏 Explore the world. Climb a mountain — or a majestic tree in your own backyard. Whether big or small, find a landscape that shows what our planet has to offer. 🌍 Meet your neighbors. Keep an eye out for Earth’s inhabitants – human and animal alike. Whether it’s your lifelong fluffy friend or a ladybug you just met. 🌎 Bright mornings, sunsets and night stars. Think of how the time of day and time of year might play a role. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPplanetearth hashtag only to photos and videos shared over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. By adding the #WHPplanetearth hashtag, you consent to and grant Instagram all rights to repost your photo or video. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video shared over the weekend with the #WHPplanetearth hashtag is eligible for the project and, if selected, to be featured next week. Featured photo by @moners
For yoga teacher Jonah Kest ( @kestyoga ), finding the right vibe is all about timing. “It’s about watching the heartbeat of the city and waiting for the perfect opening in the crowd,” says the 23-year-old, who was able to capture the “chaos of Tokyo meets the stillness of yoga.” #WHPvibes Photo by @kestyoga
Hello, world. Today’s #WeeklyFluff answers the question: What’s better than one bunny? Two bunnies! Nimbus and Totoro ( @nimbus_and_totoro ) are here, just in time to be our dual Easter bunnies. 🐰🐰 “Rabbits are best when they have a partner,” says their human Pesha Nguyen. “But some can be difficult to pair due to their desire for dominance and territory. Fortunately, our buns were love at first sight.” Photo by @nimbus_and_totoro
Viral dance challenge accepted. We asked some of our favorite dancers, featured in the May 2019 issue of Cosmopolitan ( @cosmopolitan ), to bring their favorite hashtags to life. Tune in to our story to watch, and check out their Cosmo feature story online and on newsstands now.
“That morning had such a calm and peaceful vibe,” says Bettina Halas ( @bettina___h ), a photographer of Thai and German descent who is pictured on a lake near her hometown in Thailand. “You visit this place during sunrise and all the flowers start opening, so together with the flowers I soaked in the first sun rays.” Follow along as we share more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPvibes Photo by @bettina___h
Spanish artist Rosalía ( @rosalia vt ) invited us to go to #Coachella with her, and we’ll never be the same. 💃 🎡 “Great artists that I admire have played at this festival, and coming from so far away, it’s an honor to be able to bring my show with my band, my dancers and my entire team,” says the singer from Barcelona, Spain. What happens at Coachella... ends up on our story. Check it out. Rosalía nos invitó a Coachella y claro que dijimos que sí. 💃 🎡 “Grandes artistas que admiro han pasado por este festival, y viniendo de tan lejos, es un honor poder traer hasta aquí este espectáculo con mi banda, mis bailarinas y todo mi equipo," dice la cantante de Barcelona, España. Lo que pasó en Coachella, lo puedes ver ahorita en nuestra story.
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPvibes Good vibes only. This weekend the challenge is to capture an atmosphere and mood, as in this featured image by Hong Kong-based photographer Zhao Yuk ( @zy 0516 ). Feeling it? Here are more tips for inspiration: 😎 Express the energy. When there’s high energy, there’s often a strong vibe. Think of a spontaneous, late-night dance party or friends racing into the ocean’s waves. 😎 Find an ambiance. Go to a place that’s drenched in atmosphere, like a beach bonfire right before sunset or pretty much any place with a giant disco ball. 😎 Feel it out. The right vibe is not always bright and loud. Spend a quiet afternoon enjoying ice cream, blowing bubbles or day dreaming to your heart’s content. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPvibes hashtag only to photos and videos shared over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. By adding the #WHPvibes hashtag, you consent to and grant Instagram all rights to repost your photo or video. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video shared over the weekend with the #WHPvibes hashtag is eligible for the project and, if selected, to be featured next week. Featured photo by @zy 0516
Hello, world. Today’s #WeeklyFluff is Turtle ( @turtlethebird ), a white-bellied caique parrot from Queens, New York, with an amusing preening routine. “The toothbrush is a very effective way of scratching her itchy head,” says Turtle’s human Jaime Altabet. When Jaime got married to her husband Jeff, Turtle served as “Best Bird” at the wedding. 💍🐦 Video by @turtlethebird
Dress to express. 👸 Embrace your personality. 😜 Do what you love. 💝 In the new IGTV film #CorposLivres (Free Bodies ), Juliana Romano ( @ju_romano ) is one of the inspiring Brazilian body positivity advocates who shares her story. Today, Juliana is sharing her tips for staying positive, celebrating individuality and embracing “amor própio,” or self-love. “Self-love is not dependent on a body type. It goes way beyond that,” says Juliana, who lives in São Paulo, Brazil. “I want to spread the message of self-love to those who look like me and those who look totally different from me, too. Body positivity is a movement for everyone.” To see more of Juliana’s guide to self-love, tune in to our story. Photo by @ju_romano
Blue flowers and a blue bow tie match Samoa’s true-blue personality. 💙 “She is the most perfect dog model one could ask for,” says Samoa’s human Paula Pereira Ribeiro ( @a_bunchofdogs ). “She is just as a flower: unique, fragile and beautiful.” #WHPfavoritecolor Photo by @a_bunchofdogs
Wearing yellow makes everything brighter, but Boylagi ( @boylagi ), a photographer from Jakarta, Indonesia, wanted to increase the fun factor. “I asked my friend to put his glasses in front of of his hair, just to try new things,” he says. 😎 #WHPfavoritecolor Photo of @suryanesia by @boylagi
Dancer Sean Lew ( @seanlew ) found his calling at the age of 4. “My first class gave me this feeling that I never wanted to lose ever again,” says the now 17-year-old. “And thanks to that feeling, I am where I am at today.” Sean continues to be guided by those feelings in his choreography, creating an art form that’s equal parts dancing and acting. “I hope to create a different perspective of art with the use of dance and acting together,” he says. Today on our IGTV channel, Sean performs a new routine where he expresses his feelings through dance, instead of words. Photo of @seanlew by @leegumbsphotography
Dancer Sean Lew ( @seanlew ) combines dancing and acting once more, with feeling.
This is color in the time of cherry blossoms. 🌸🌸🌸 Berlin-based photographer Yuto Yamada ( @tokio_kid ) captured his native Tokyo “bursting with love and bliss” during this epic cherry blossom season. Follow along as we share more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPfavoritecolor Photo by @tokio_kid
Want to move like Cheshir Ha ( @cheshir_haa )? Same. 💃🕺”There are some situations in life when you have to put on a mask,” Cheshir says. “[When I’m dancing] I feel like I’m taking off that mask.” The 20-year-old dancer and choreographer from Seoul, South Korea, grew up loving K-pop and now fuses its influence in her hip-hop dancing routines. “I think creativity comes from accepting a lot of different dancing styles,” she says. Today on our story, watch Cheshir break down some of her moves.
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPfavoritecolor The challenge this weekend is to showcase your favorite color in fun and striking ways — just like Katie Westwood ( @katie_westwood ) did in this featured image. Here are some tips to get you started: 🎨 Put it on. Rock a piece of clothing in your favorite color, or dress head to toe in that hue. Create a makeup look featuring one color you love. 🎨 Surround yourself. Find your color in the wild, whether it’s an interesting background or a whole town drenched in a specific hue that sparkles for you. 🎨 Create a scene. Bring together different objects that match. A rubber ducky and a tennis ball. Marshmallows and milk. Cherries and lipstick. You get the picture. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPfavoritecolor hashtag only to photos and videos shared over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. By adding the #WHPfavoritecolor hashtag, you consent to and grant Instagram all rights to repost your photo or video. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video shared over the weekend with the #WHPfavoritecolor hashtag is eligible for the project and, if selected, to be featured next week. Featured photo by @katie_westwood
Using food to make art can be rather fruitful. 🍒🍐🍊 “My inspiration for this photo was the imagination of my two little boys,” says Norwegian artist Ingelin Norheim ( @myrfivel ). “I really let myself go and created something whimsical and colorful.” #WHPFoodForThought Photo by @myrfivel
Hello, world. Today’s #WeeklyFluff is Eris ( @eriszoi ), a 10-month-old borzoi pup who is best described as sweet, silly and gracious. “It’s so easy to forget she’s a puppy, because she’s so giant and she’s so relaxed,” says Eris’ human Joseph Kidd-Kambourian. Always the classy lady, here is Eris greeting the neighbors. Check out more of Eris’ neighborly curiosity, today on our story. Photo by @eriszoi
Eggs can break easily, or sustain a surprising amount of pressure — depending on how you hold them. For Nigerian visual artist Haneefah Adam ( @muslimahanie ), this self-portrait symbolizes overcoming life’s challenges. “Even though the eggs are broken, they continue to tell a story,” she says. #WHPFoodForThought Photo by @muslimahanie
Here’s a unique take on “green design.” “There is so much beauty in something as simple as asparagus,” says prop stylist Kristen Meyer ( @kmsalvagedesign ). “Sometimes it just takes a little imagination to shed new light on the ordinary.” #WHPFoodForThought Photo by @kmsalvagedesign
Right before these cactuses bloom, Greg Krehel ( @echinopsisfreak ) is ready. 🌵 🌺 👀 Five years ago, Greg transformed one of his bathrooms into a studio for photographing Echinopsis, a type of cactus from South America known for its flowers. “The colors of the flowers are so intense that you literally can’t look at them for extended periods without averting your eyes,” he says. Greg currently has over 100 Echinopsis in his Jacksonville, Florida, home — but not all are ready for the spotlight. They bloom only once a year, so he has to keep a close watch. “The tip off is that the buds will double in size each day the last few days before they bloom,” explains Greg. His time-lapse videos are made up of hundreds of still images taken 30 seconds apart, and it can take anywhere from 12 hours to a few days to get the full bloom. See some of those big reveals, right now on our story and IGTV channel. ✨ Video by @echinopsisfreak
The Echinopsis cactus blooms only once a year, and Greg Krehel ( @echinopsisfreak ) is there to capture the rare flower show.
Dolly’s lunch doubles as her flower crown. The English cocker spaniel loves to eat (or wear ) edible Alexanders, a little-known vegetable that grows near her home in Herne Bay, England. “We only discovered it was a vegetable ourselves because Dolly started eating it and we wanted to make sure it was safe for her,” says Dolly’s human Liz Gregg ( @blackwhite gold ). Follow along as we share more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPFoodForThought Photo by @blackwhite gold