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We’ve been hanging out on our story all Grammys weekend with artist Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys), who is hosting for the second time and also performing. Ahead of the big @recordingacademy event, she’s been sharing what it takes to prepare.⁣⁣ ⁣ But in the wake of today’s news that NBA legend #Kobe Bryant had passed, everyone needed to regroup. For Alicia, it was important to honor the NBA legend, who played for 20 years on the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center, where the Grammys are held. “I think we figured out how to really bring honor and love his way, in his house,” explains Alicia. “We’re lifting each other up with love and appreciation and celebrating his life.” ❤️


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Happy #LunarNewYear and greetings from Bali, where food artist Yuwita Dewi (@yuwitadewi) celebrates with family, friends and her signature tangyuan. “It brings so many beautiful memories and it’s a part of my family’s tradition,” she says of the traditional Chinese dessert. ⁣ ⁣ Her hope for this new year? “I hope to be happier. I believe good energy will attract great things.” ⁣ ⁣ Photo by @yuwitadewi


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On today’s #WeeklyFluff, we’re with the @hobbikats — Bindi, Teddy and Dexter and Stache. They’re an all-boy band of Oriental shorthair cats.⁣ ⁣ Photo by @hobbikats


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Urias Martins da Silva (@uriasss) is never more at home than when she’s strutting her stuff on the runway. “Fashion is my comfort zone,” says the Brazilian model and singer.⁣ ⁣ Urias, who is transgender, has impacted the LGBTQ community in Brazil and beyond. “Never doubt yourself,” says the 25-year-old, who has a strong message for anyone facing the same battles she has. “A lot of people are gonna make you feel down — don’t let them take your shine.” ⁣ ⁣ With the launch of her first album coming later this year, Urias is ready to take 2020 by storm. “I got a lot to say,” she says. “I’m gonna take over the world this year.” 💅🏽💪🏽⁣ ⁣ This month, we’re looking to the future with #2020Vision. Follow along as we share the stories of 20 people to watch in 2020 (and beyond). ⚡⁣ ⁣ Photo of @uriasss by @jeffsouzaphotography


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Karen Ip (@fruitypoppin) knows how it feels to pop off. The 19-year-old became a meme after one of her videos went up. “My mom called me for dinner and I shouted in Chinese, ‘I’m recording,’” says Karen. Now, the Toronto resident — who was born in Hong Kong — shares her love for makeup alongside fun takes on her Chinese roots, like videos where she does her chores using 🥢.⁣ ⁣ She’s inspired by the #asianappreciation movement, where Asian North Americans and Canadians celebrate their cultural heritage. “Don’t be afraid of who you really are because people will love the true you no matter what,” says Karen.⁣ ⁣ This month, we’re looking to the future with #2020Vision. Follow along as we share the stories of 20 people to watch in 2020 (and beyond). ⚡️ ⁣ ⁣ Video by @fruitypoppin


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Adrian Steckeweh (@omega.c) has a warped sense of reality. The German architect, who lives in Japan, spends his downtime creating AR camera effects that play with materials and our imagination. “People assume the tentacles in my filter are flexible. But do they feel hard and dry like rubber or are they soft and slimy like jellyfish? Everybody has their own answer depending on their unique experiences,” says Adrian. “I enjoy seeing people moving their head around, ‘feeling’ my filters and unwillingly creating the characteristics of those virtual materials in their mind.” 🤯 ⁣ ⁣ This month, we’re looking to the future with #2020Vision. Follow along as we share the stories of 20 people to watch in 2020 (and beyond). ⚡️Check out our story and @design to learn more about Adrian’s work, and follow to see more stories about design around the world.⁣ ⁣ Video by @omega.c


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As one of Japan’s top competition boulderers, 22-year-old climber Miho Nonaka (@nonaka_miho) is aiming for gold at Tokyo 2020, where climbing makes its Olympic debut. But it’s not just about winning, says Miho, who was crowned Bouldering World Champion of the 2018 season.⁣ ⁣ “Part of the appeal of climbing is that I can show how strong women are,” she says. “I hope that by doing my best in climbing, I can provide inspiration for women who work hard in all kinds of fields.” 🧗🏻‍♀️💪 ⁣ ⁣ This month, we’re looking to the future with #2020Vision. Follow along as we share the stories of 20 people to watch in 2020 (and beyond). ⚡⁣ ⁣ Photo of @nonaka_miho by @thomas_schermer


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Parker Kit Hill (@parkerkithill) refuses to be pigeonholed. “I don’t fit into any one box,” says the breakout star who acts, dances, models and more. Parker started posting videos online when he was just 17, and quickly picked up a following for his fierce attitude and outrageous sense of fun. Now 23, having come of age in selfie mode, he’s never tried to fit a mold in order to fit in. “I was always outcasted, bullied, ostracized and picked on for wanting to be me,” says Parker. “When people recognize me in public it kinda reminds me that I’m not this small-town boy anymore — and that what I’m doing means a lot to people.” 🤗 ⁣ ⁣ This month, we’re looking to the future with #2020Vision. Follow along as we share the stories of 20 people to watch in 2020 (and beyond). ⚡ ⁣ ⁣ Photo by @parkerkithill


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#HelloFrom Taimu Mountain in Fujian, China, where this bronze temple seems to float in thin air.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Say #HelloFrom your part of the world. ❤️ Please submit your own photos and videos to the project using the #HelloFrom hashtag. Any tagged visual shared with the hashtag is eligible for the project and, if selected, to be featured.⁣⁣ ⁣ Photo by @nk7


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She’s on top of the world. Meet Coco (@cocothemaltesedog), today’s #WeeklyFluff who said hello from the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building.⁣ ⁣ When she’s not traveling to take in the sights, Coco volunteers as a therapy dog at her local children’s hospital in Phoenix, spreading joy and happiness. 💕⁣ ⁣ Photo by @cocothemaltesedog


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Finger dancing. It’s a thing. Just ask Ryoga (@ryoga_xtrap), who with his dance crew XTRAP brings “tutting” to the masses. “Tutting is based on grids and geometric shapes — creating interesting illusions using spaces,” says the Japanese performer. “I literally dance with my fingers.”⁣ ⁣ This month, we’re looking to the future with #2020Vision. Follow along as we share the stories of 20 people to watch in 2020 (and beyond). ⚡️⁣ ⁣ Videos by XTRAP (@ryoga_xtrap, @zange_xtrap and @kenshin_xtrap) with @hok @axyzm


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Sisters Sara and Avni Deshmukh (@iconicakes) are London teens who post daily videos with a unique, kooky style. In their posts, their bond is visible. But in reality, they’re polar opposites. “I’m spontaneous and just do whatever I feel like,” says 18-year-old Sara. “My personality is more calm and collected,” says 16-year-old Avni.⁣⁣ ⁣ The pair is not afraid to poke fun at themselves, but there is a message in the madness. “We think it’s important to be visible as two brown girls, so we can show younger girls there are people out there just like them.” 🙏🏽💕 ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ This month, we’re looking to the future with #2020Vision. Follow along as we share the stories of 20 people to watch in 2020 (and beyond). And to learn more about the sisters head to @creators — the place to learn more about what it takes to be a creator from the team at Instagram, and the amazing creators who inspire us every day. ⚡️⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Photo by @iconicakes


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