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A lush red lake and a patterned shirt to match — Majid Saeedi (@majidsaeedi) captured this moment shared by a mother and her daughter at Lake Urmia, a salty lake located in Iran. #TheWeekOnInstagram
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For artistic director Donatella Versace (@donatella_versace), inspiration comes from women whose lives are complex — much like hers. “I am always thinking about a woman who flies high in her career, she has her family, her friends, her social life, her private life,” says Donatella, who showed her latest collection for Versace (@versace_official) yesterday in Milan. “Most importantly, she has control of her life, more than ever before. This to me is the new power of women, and the power that I want to express in my shows.” To understand what goes on behind the scenes at Versace, you also need to follow Audrey, Donatella’s Jack Russell terrier (@audrey_versace). “She is always with me, even at models’ fittings, and I trust her opinion about everything,” Donatella says. “It is like she somehow has the Versace DNA.”
Watch the latest Versace show come together on our story, up now.
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TV producer and writer Shonda Rhimes (@shondarhimes) has been writing stories since before she could spell. “I used to dictate stories into a tape recorder and try to get my mom to type them up,” says the woman behind hits like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How to Get Away with Murder.” “I don’t remember, but I’m betting that even at 3, I felt proud.” Today, Shonda’s shows are known for plot twists and sharp dialogue, but there’s no magic formula; she instinctively knows when an episode is complete. “It’s like a good lasagna — you know when it’s done because when you open the oven and look at it, everything about it looks right.”
To go on set and behind the scenes with Shonda, tap our profile pic and check out our Instagram story.
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“Everyone loves pies,” says Suhendra (@xhdrx) of the inspiration behind this trio of friends with pies for eyes during the #WWIM14🍴 in Banda, Aceh, Indonesia. “We gathered in Blang Padang Park because there are many food sellers there.”
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In Singapore, @desmondoteo lined up a few friends to make his chopsticks appear larger than life.
Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #WWIM14🍴 this week.
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A boy takes the plunge in a rural Bengal village in this photo captured by Monica Tiwari (@monicatiwari). “My travels in India leave me awed at her beauty, and this is just one of the scenes I was fortunate enough to witness and capture,” says the photographer from Varanasi, India. #TheWeekOnInstagram
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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPlightplay
Get out your glow sticks, lanterns and any other surprising sources of light you can find. The goal this weekend is to make darkness come alive in your pictures and videos.
Here’s how to get started:
Trace swirls or shapes with a handheld light (like a flashlight or sparklers) — and be sure to use a longer exposure or video to capture your creation.
Look for reflective surfaces in your surroundings (like windows and mirrors) that you can bounce light off of. This way, you don’t need to use a flash, but your subject will be bright.
If you’re attending a concert, festival or other evening event, be on the lookout for neon signs and stage lighting.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPlightplay 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.
Featured phto by @delauvid

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In the age of 14 million pixels, Jean-Jacques Calbayrac (@gameboycameraman) requires 128. Jean-Jacques, a photographer and gamer, roams the streets of London with his Game Boy Camera, a cartridge that attaches to the classic Nintendo game. “It was released in 1998, and it’s just a very, very cheap camera. You lose every single detail, and today we are more attached to the details than to anything else,” says Jean-Jacques, who is originally from Monaco. “We need to let go of the details and get back to the shape. The functions of this camera are so limited that it is like a journey in time in the history of photography. We are going back to the birth of digital photography.”
To discover more stories from the French-speaking world, follow @instagramfr.
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The secret ingredient for this meetup in Dubai? Teamwork. “Every single person brings their own flavor to the table, so when we all work together as a team our results are successful — exactly like a burger with all its ingredients,” says Ahmad Al Rais (@aalrais), who captured this picture in the sand dunes following a trip to the @albaital_qadeem restaurant.
Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #WWIM14🍴 this week.
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Cheers to Silvano Ballone (@s.ballone.photography) for sharing this 🌎-inspired picnic from Hamburg, Germany.
Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from Worldwide InstaMeet 14 this week.
Photo by @s.ballone.photography

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For Kaia Gerber (@kaiagerber) and Presley Gerber (@presleygerber) — siblings whose mother is legendary supermodel Cindy Crawford (@cindycrawford) — modeling is on a very short list of things they have in common. “We are so not similar,” says Presley, who is 17. Well, there might be one more thing they share. “We have similar senses of humor,” says Kaia, who is 15. “But we are different because he is more laid back whereas I’m more of a go-getter.”
To see more from Teen Vogue’s (@teenvogue) Young Hollywood Party on Friday night, watch our Instagram story. #tvyounghollywood
#Boomerang by @kaiagerber

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Aaron Caddel has had a love affair with carbs for as long as he can remember. Two years ago, he opened the first Mr. Holmes Bakehouse (@mrholmesbakehouse), a pastry palace filled with out-of-the-box treats like strawberry- and jasmine tea-filled doughnuts and white chocolate matcha cruffins (a croissant and muffin hybrid). Aaron and his team have dreamed up so many drool-worthy recipes that their store in San Francisco experienced an unusual robbery: “When we got there, they had left the cash drawer, equipment — even our iPad was safe. The only thing that was missing was our recipe book. That night we knew we were seriously on to something.”
As customers enjoy sweet treats in one of the four stores — there are locations in California and South Korea — many take photos featuring the neon signs, gold foil peace signs and tiled floors that make the space stand out. This is exactly what Aaron had hoped for: “It is amazing how close and connected you can feel to a person through a collage of their lives. We wanted our brand to be a part of that culture.”
This feature is part of #MadeToCreate, a new series highlighting our community of entrepreneurs, makers and artisans on Instagram.
Photo of @mrholmesbakehouse by @junissahardianto

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For 30 years, Marian Newman (@mariannewman) has been making nails her #tinycanvas at London Fashion Week, and in that time, she’s used unconventional materials, including beetle wings, ice, graphite and thorns. “I love the challenge of making anything into a nail,” she says. “I love realizing an idea on that little area of the human body so it completes a story.” Though Marian often creates these nails backstage, there is no location too remote for nail art. “I’ve done nails in a cornfield, in a muddy field, alongside an Icelandic lake and in a tent on an Amalfi coastal road.”
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Girma Berta (@gboxcreative) takes to the streets of his hometown Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to document the fruit stands and the shoe shiners, the young and the old, the delivery boys and the shopkeepers — and everything in between. “I look for people with a great story that I feel like need to be captured. I also look for their lively interaction with each other and their environment,” says the 26-year-old photographer and a recipient of this year’s Getty Images Instagram Grant. “I am trying to address the immortalizing of my city’s current state, and so much that has been lost in the past without being properly documented.”
Girma will be exhibiting his work at this year’s Photoville (@photovillenyc) festival in Brooklyn, taking place September 21-25.
Photo by @gboxcreative

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Last weekend, people around the world gathered for #WWIM14🍴 to celebrate the diversity of food and its ability to bring us together. We love the energy in this Boomerang, captured by @pacarhalal in Medan, Indonesia.
Check out #WWIM14🍴 to see how our amazing community celebrated in every corner of the world.
#Boomerang by @pacarhalal

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Born to a single mom and raised by his grandmother, Christian Rodríguez’s (@christian_foto) world and work has always centered around women. “My mother had me when she was 17 years old, one of my sisters was a mother at the age of 16 — this reality has always been close to my life,” says Christian, a Uruguayan photographer and one of the recipients of this year’s Getty Images Instagram Grant. His work documenting teenage mothers in Latin America will be shown at Photoville (@photovillenyc), taking place in Brooklyn September 21-25. “I want to show an everyday, contemporary vision of women. The visibility of this issue and the implementation of medium- and long-term measures are essential to generate a change. More work is needed on the empowerment of girls.”
Photo by @christian_foto

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“An adventure means not knowing what to expect next,” says Tobias Meyer (@cosmokoala). The 22-year-old, who works as a photo assistant in Bern, Switzerland, is not a fan of a planned-out life — staying spontaneous and making memories are the driving forces behind his travels to secluded landscapes like the Swiss Alps or the Faroe Islands. Constantly on the lookout for places rarely photographed, Tobias shares his golden rule: “The harder it is to get to the subject, the more unique the photograph will ultimately be.” His dream? Traveling for an entire year and deciding spontaneously which destination will be next.
Check out @instagramde for more stories from the German-speaking community.
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“Food is an important part of my culture. It’s always about bringing family and friends together,” says Emmanuel Carvajal Hernández (@emmanuelcarvajal), who made this photo during #WWIM14🍴 in Mexico’s Parque Tangamanga. “I met these Instagrammers that day, but I really felt as if I knew them from years ago! Food not only gives us the chance to talk and reunite, but also it’s a great opportunity to share the very best of us,” he adds.
Photo by @emmanuelcarvajal

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Hello, world! Meet today’s #WeeklyFluff. Princess Pumpkin (@pumpkinthepocketalpaca) is a sweet and lovable lady who defied the odds. Pumpkin weighed just 5.5 pounds (2.5 kilograms) when she was born, but after much TLC, this little fighter is thriving at home on a ranch outside of Los Angeles. Follow @pumpkinthepocketalpaca to watch the adventures of this pint-sized princess.

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Every time illustrator Alessandra Genualdo (@agenualdo) takes her English setter for a walk at home in London, she collects twigs, sprigs, pine needles and wildflowers along the way. “I always need to be surrounded by something that I find inspiring and comforting,” says Alessandra. The ritual offers a fresh perspective to her work. “The characters in my illustrations are always connected with nature in some way, either by wearing floral patterns or by having some greenery in the background.” On Monday, Alessandra illustrated the Erdem (@erdemlondon) fashion show during London Fashion Week. “I love the element of nostalgia in Erdem’s pieces, and of course the beautiful floral patterns,” she says. “They translate perfectly into an illustration or a painting.”
This story is part of our new series #FashionIllustrated, stories of artists from around the world who are using their imaginations to bring style to life.
Photo by @agenualdo