Spanish sculptor Isabel Tomás (@lisatoms_dolls) dreams up creatures that don’t live in our world. “My greatest source of inspiration is nature itself, not just animals and plants,” she says. From her home studio in La Sénia, Spain, she invents personalities for all her special species. “I like to imagine how they’d behave, where they’d live, what they’d eat and other details, as if they were a real animal.” Isabel designs, produces, sews, paints and varnishes all her creatures, which can be an arduous process since she does everything by hand, but she wouldn’t have it any other way — Isabel loves being her own boss. Discover more stories from the Spanish-speaking community on @instagrames. Photo by @lisatoms_dolls

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Frida, a rescued Ibizan hound, and her human Miriam Behrendt (@tangoandfrida), took shelter from an approaching storm in a canola field. “We were on a walk and she instantly went there to hide from the weather,” says Miriam. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @tangoandfrida

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Music has always been a part of British singer Liam Payne’s (@liampayne) life. “When I was 6 years old, I sang karaoke for my granddad,” says Liam. “I knew then that I loved to perform, and now I’m doing something I’ve always dreamt of.” Today, Liam, now 23, performs around the world — first with the band One Direction — and now as his own solo act. With a new single on the way, Liam’s days are spent in the recording studio, practicing his dance moves and promoting his upcoming track, all while finding time with his newborn son at home in Surrey, England. “It’s an exciting time, both professionally and at home,” he says. “I feel incredibly fortunate to be in the position I’m in.” Watch our Instagram story now to spend a day with Liam leading up to the release of his new single.

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With the blue hour waning along France’s Atlantic coast, a horse and rider passed by Pascale Fourteau (@halluci_nantes) as she took in the view. “The sound of the ocean empties my head and the sunset calms me,” she says. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @halluci_nantes

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We’re swinging into the weekend with Orso the Corgi (@churchilly) — the star of our #boomerang OfTheWeek. “Orso loves to swing. He has been doing it since he was a little puppy!” says Christon, Orso’s human. “We enjoy making people smile and remembering the pure, good things in the world ... like corgis in baby swings.” Add #boomerang OfTheWeek to your next Boomerang’s caption — yours might show up here on @instagram. #boomerang by @churchilly

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #whpreflections Mirror, mirror, on the wall! This weekend, the goal is to take photos and videos of reflections, both man-made and naturally occurring. Here are tips to get you started: Notice reflections in all different surfaces around you. Whether it’s a freshly polished mirror, a cup of coffee or a smooth lake, there are reflections ready to be captured everywhere. Play with different forms of photography. A reflection that’s full of life and motion is an opportunity to experiment with Boomerang, reverse video or Hyperlapse. Pay attention to light and how it changes throughout the day. This will affect the brightness, quality and movement of the reflections you see around you. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #whpreflections 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 photo by @ycxxxoy

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Hello, world! It’s time for your dose of #weeklyfluff . Cookie and Kanpei (@usausausa1201) are two rabbits from Japan who always manage to pose for the perfect shot. When they’re not chomping away on a leafy green snack, they do their best to stay on trend, regularly rocking new styles of bonnets, wreaths and other chic headwear. Follow @usausausa1201 to ensure you never miss a look.

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Gabriel Bouys (@gabrielbouys) discovered Instagram thanks to his daughter. “I work as a senior photographer for Agence France-Presse (@afpphoto),” says Gabriel. “I produce images for the media every day, but these are of specific subjects in specific contexts. On Instagram, I’m free to be as creative as I like, with no time pressure, without any need to link the subject to the news. It helps me to remember that photography can be fun.” Discover more stories from the French-speaking community on @instagramfr. Photo by @gabrielbouys

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“On the second night of our boat trip, the sea went rough and our boat leaked. One of the pumps stopped working and water was pouring in faster than the single pump could take out. The boat was floating in the sea like a matchbox.” Looking back at this photograph, photojournalist Barat Ali Batoor (@bbatoor) recalls his perilous journey in 2012 across the Indian Ocean, seeking refuge from Pakistan. Batoor is Hazara, a marginalized ethnic group from Afghanistan, his parents’ birth country. He grew up in Pakistan, but moved to Afghanistan to work as a photojournalist. However he found himself targeted in both countries for his ethnicity and his profession and was forced to flee. “I am far from my family, but Melbourne is my home now,” says Batoor, who, after nine months in Indonesia, was relocated to Australia through the UN refugee agency’s resettlement program. “I have been welcomed warmly here. Taking photos of everyday life is important for me now, because when I look back, I see what we had and what we have lost. #whereicomefrom , life was uncertain. You never knew whether you would come back home safe.” Watch our Instagram story to see more photographs of the global refugee crisis, installed in the streets of Melbourne, by the photojournalism collective Dysturb (@dysturb). Photo by @bbatoor

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Lake Garlate became even more picturesque when a swan drifted by. “I grew up on the shores of this lake, nestled among the beautiful mountains,” says Manuela Riva (@bellavitamanu) of her hometown in the Italian Alps. “I love to travel all around the world, but only here do I really feel at home.” #WHPhomesweethome Photo by @bellavitamanu

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Photographer Randy Haron (@2ndfloorguy) offered a bird’s-eye view of Manhattan for #WHPhomesweethome. “I wanted to get a shot of the residents in New York,” he says of the symmetrical apartment buildings below. Photo by @2ndfloorguy

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Home = a kitten between the cushions. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to #WHPhomesweethome. Photo by @franky.hoki

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Picture this: 6-year-old Ashima Shiraishi (@ashimashiraishi) is playing in New York City’s Central Park when for the very first time she spots people rock climbing. “I was immediately intrigued,” says Ashima, now 16, who’s often referred to as one of the world’s strongest climbers. Today, the NYC-native travels the world to conquer new challenges — Japan, Thailand and South Africa are three of her favorite locations where she’s bouldered and climbed — and she continues to stay on top as a champion, while constantly progressing by connecting to each and every movement. “You need to be graceful, but also powerful, like no other sport. And that’s something that really motivates me to keep on pushing myself.” To see what a day in Ashima’s life is like, watch our Instagram story.

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Today, we’re introducing face filters, an easy way to turn an ordinary selfie into something fun and entertaining. Whether you’re sitting on the couch at home or you’re out and about, you can use face filters to express yourself and have playful conversations with friends. Simply open the camera and tap the new face icon in the bottom right corner. Tap a filter to try it on and send it to your friends or add it to your story. They even work with Boomerang! Also today, we’re rolling out three new creative tools. Make videos that play in reverse with “Rewind,” add context to your story with a hashtag sticker and get creative with the eraser brush. Instagram has always been the place you can go to turn regular moments into something you can’t wait to share. Now, you have more fun and easy ways to express yourself and connect with the people you care about most. To learn more about today’s updates, check out help.instagram.com. These updates are available as part of Instagram version 10.21 for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Android in Google Play.

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“Is it croissant time yet?” Dominique (@allthatisshe) and her daughters catch a few extra winks before breakfast in bed. 🥐 #WHPhomesweethome Photo by @allthatisshe

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Home is where the crafting corner is for Susan (@_susandrea_) in Pennsylvania. “You know, that place you must always have to ‘slow down’ and maybe take a picture or two?” she says. #WHPhomesweethome Photo by @_susandrea_

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Growing up in Kampala, Uganda, soccer was the after-school event all the kids looked forward to, says Joel Nsadha (@joelnsadha). “We just played and played and played.” #WHPhomesweethome Follow along to see more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project. Photo by @joelnsadha

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For the past 10 years, José Naranja (@jose_naranja) has filled up notebooks with his adventures and reflections, synthesizing the wealth of the world around him. “Traveling is the best investment I can think of; it is the essence of freedom and being alive,” says José, who’s originally from Madrid. “The planet we’re living on is too interesting to not try to discover it.” Equipped with his essential tools for the road — an assortment of pens, a pencil and eraser, brushes and watercolors — the pages of his notebooks are composed with great purpose and thought. “The goal is to create notebooks where the pages are all related and make a whole, like a mandala,” he says. But even still, José believes the best notebook is the one you make yourself. Discover more stories from the Spanish-speaking community on @instagrames. Photo by @jose_naranja

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French illustrator Inès Longevial (@ineslongevial) honors her inspirations, fashion, patterns and cuts in every project. She also believes in the power of sharing her artistic process, often showing pieces that are incomplete or in their infancy. “It’s a way to expose my work,” says Inès, who lives in Paris. “It shows the common thread of my art — the link that operates between painting and drawing, forms and colors. Most of the time, I am not afraid to show my work unfinished, because I think people appreciate sincerity. It forces me to renew myself.” To see more of Inès’s work, check out our Instagram story right now. Photo by @ineslongevial

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“Life is a tough game, and we can’t get through it alone,” says Olympic swimmer Allison Schmitt (@arschmitty). After her 17-year-old cousin died by suicide in May 2015, Allison, now 26, decided to raise awareness and open up about her own struggles with depression. “We’re taught from a young age to persevere, and if we keep persevering, we’ll be stronger on the other side. That works in a classroom. It works on the field. It worked in the pool for me. But it’s much bigger than that. I first started getting help in January of 2015. I was at a swim meet two weeks after I had, I guess, dark feelings for the first time. At that swim meet, my teammate and friend Michael Phelps (@m_phelps00), who’s like a brother to me, noticed that I was not the same old bubbly Schmitty I had always been. He said, ‘I see you’re going through something. You’re not your same self. If you want to talk, I’m #hereforyou — or I can get someone else to talk to you.’ For some reason, at that moment, coming from him, it really resonated with me. I broke down on the pool deck in front of everyone I know, and I admitted that I do need help. I want people to know it’s OK not to be OK. But it’s not OK to isolate. So please, ask for help. It’s OK to ask for help.” Photo by @arschmitty

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