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“I can’t really say I had any female riders to look up to,” says motocross champion Vicki Golden (vgolden423). As a three-time X Games gold medalist, and the first female to qualify for Supercross and Arenacross, the 24-year-old from Southern California is paving the way for female riders. Despite concussions and major injuries, Vicki has one motto: never quit. “Broken bones and all that stuff is just part of the game,” she says. This post is in celebration of Women’s History Month. Throughout March, we’ll be highlighting the stories of women doing extraordinary things around the world. Photo of vgolden423 by matt_cordova

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A visitor to the sculpture garden in Rome’s Villa Medici takes a new look at some ancient relics. TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by lenovchi

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“I don’t normally shoot flowers,” says Yosuke Nishida (yosuke_0312), but these blooming camellias scattered along a woodland path in Japan changed everything. TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by yosuke_0312

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In the waters off of Vitória, Brazil, Pepê Silva (pepesilva_) draws inspiration from the sea and sunlight. “When I photograph someone, I try to put them in sync with these two elements.” TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by pepesilva_

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Paralympian Beatrice Vio’s (bebe_vio) relationship with fencing started at age 5. “It was love at first sight,” says the gold medalist, now 20, from Venice, Italy. In 2008, Beatrice contracted meningitis, which resulted in the amputation of both legs from the knee and both arms from the forearm, with severe scarring to her face and body. “Getting back into fencing was the only thing I had on my mind,” she says. “Some people said it was impossible, but I did it!” Today, Beatrice competes in wheelchair fencing, using a special prosthetic device, created by her father, to hold her foil (a fencing weapon). “In wheelchair fencing, you can’t move backward — you can only attack,” she says. “This is the same thing that you have to do in life, and I always do.” This post is in celebration of Women’s History Month. Throughout March, we’ll be highlighting the stories of women doing extraordinary things around the world. Photos by bebe_vio

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This cool cat’s curled tail, captured in action by Volkan Çatıkkaş (volkancatikkas), swung its way into our BoomerangOfTheWeek. 😻 Add BoomerangOfTheWeek to your next Boomerang’s caption — yours might show up here on instagram. Boomerang by volkancatikkas

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InstaMeets have been a part of our community since the very early days of Instagram. They are gatherings of people who come together to connect over their shared passions and experiences. And Worldwide InstaMeet 15 (WWIM15❤️) is happening this weekend, March 25-26! Join tens of thousands of people around the world to share, explore and celebrate while spreading this InstaMeet’s theme: kindness. Our features like Instagram Stories and Instagram Live offer even more opportunities to get creative and capture your experience in real time. Browse WWIM15❤️ throughout the weekend to explore communities around the world, and check in on Monday for a look back at some of our favorites. To find an InstaMeet near you, check out community.instagram.com. Photo by thiagolbrito

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“At our core, Girlvana is empowering the next generation of women through movement and mindfulness,” says yoga teacher Alex Mazerolle (allymaz) from Vancouver, Canada. Alex is the founder of Girlvana Yoga (girlvanayoga), a community on a mission to support teenage girls through yoga, meditation and mentorship. “I grew up competitively dancing. I had an eating disorder. I doubted myself and my place in this world. I came to the yoga mat as a physical practice — I thought it was going to keep me flexible and strong. What it ended up being was a big overhaul of my life. After I had been teaching yoga for four years, I realized if someone had taught me how to breathe, if someone listened to me from a place of compassion at 14 years old, my life would’ve looked a lot different. The work I do with Girlvana keeps me so accountable, and so real and transparent about my relationship to my body and food. Embedded in its philosophy, yoga has this this intrinsic self-care and kindness that this is your one chance, your one vehicle, and to honor and find love and compassion for your body is much more fruitful than being at war with yourself.” Photo by allymaz

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The Embassy of Kindness (theembassyofkindness) all started at an InstaMeet in Melbourne, Australia. Kanesan Nathan (legojacker) and Amal Bleed (toffyinc) led a photo walk around the city, documenting what kindness looked like with fellow, local Instagrammers. Then, they started talking to strangers. “Our very first portrait of kindness was a man called Philip. He was kind but he was skeptical about the power of kindness to change the world,” explains Kanesan. “We looked at each other and thought, ‘Challenge accepted.’” Today, through their portraiture and captions, The Embassy of Kindness seeks to exemplify how kindness can connect us all. “Any act, no matter how big or small, has the power to change a person’s life in a profound way,” says Amal. “It’s about celebrating our shared humanity.” For this Worldwide InstaMeet (WWIM15❤), Kanesan will lead an event from Canberra, where he now lives, at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, and Amal will host from Melbourne’s city center. Both InstaMeets encourage participants to start conversations about kindness and create portraits that have become the basis for The Embassy’s photo project. theembassyofkindness photos by toffyinc and legojacker

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“Yo what up! I’m Liza Koshy (lizakoshy) and I’m just a little brown girl with big dreams in a big tree. One of those dreams has been to simply spread some good ol’ positivity. It’s been a blessing to spread it around online. I found an awesome community of people who have the same dad-joke humor, same positive morals and appreciation for laughter. That’s a community I’m down to chill with. If I could take my 10.4 million followers out for pizza, I would ... (as long as one of them paid for it). **Three more things I’m grateful for:** 🙌 daviddobrik. My boyfriend, who’s a pretty cute inspiration of mine. He is the most positive, kind and cute (did I say that yet?) human being. You can follow him ... but he has a girlfriend. 🙌 humansofny is incredibly real. It makes me tear up, and crack up. Anyone can appreciate how they spread stories, spread insight and spread kindness. 🙌 charitywater puts a face to such an important cause. Giving and helping where you’re able to see the impact made across the world. It’s freaking beautiful. If you could give a 🙌 to three Instagram accounts who support or inspire you, who would they be? Post using 🙌🙌🙌 for a chance to be featured on Instagram.

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Last September, we made a commitment to the community to keep Instagram a safe place for everyone. This year we will continue to act on that commitment and also focus on fostering kindness. The first step is to celebrate the kindness our community is already known for. On March 25 and 26, Instagrammers will come together for Worldwide InstaMeet 15. Join an InstaMeet near you — or spread kindness by leaving an encouraging comment, giving an inspiring person a like or sharing a message of support with a friend. As part of our goal to build a safe environment, we also have some updates to announce. Soon you may notice a screen over sensitive photos and videos when you scroll through your feed or visit a profile. While these posts don’t violate our guidelines, someone in the community has reported them and our review team has confirmed they are sensitive. This change means you are less likely to have surprising or unwanted experiences in the app. If you’d like to see a post that is covered with a screen, simply tap to reveal the photo or video. We also have developed a new, easy-to-use site where you can learn about keeping yourself safe on Instagram. Check out instagram-together.com for more information. Our teams are focused on making Instagram a kind, welcoming place for everyone, and we’re just getting started. Kevin Systrom Co-founder & CEO

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Hello, world! Today’s WeeklyFluff is Marry (hamstermarry), a cute and curious hamster who hails from Thailand. Marry enjoys napping, playing around and, as you can see, the occasional joy ride. Follow hamstermarry to ensure you never miss out on an adventure.

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Photographer Daniella Zalcman (dzalcman) has her EyesOn a stolen generation. Starting in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, indigenous children across the United States, Canada and Australia were taken from their families and placed in boarding schools in an effort to assimilate them into western culture — and to strip away their own. Phyllis Kitching (pictured), an Aboriginal Australian, recalls her childhood to Daniella. “No one could ever understand what I experienced,” Phyllis says. “I can describe it and you might understand my words, but you'll never understand what I lost in that place.” Using portraits, artifacts, oral testimonies and composite images, Daniella explores the enduring legacy of these programs. “The story, at its core, is about memory and intergenerational trauma and how much that can affect not just a population and its cultural identity, but that of future generations as well,” she says. Explore more of Daniella’s work on our Instagram story. Photo of Phyllis Kitching by dzalcman

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While exploring the light and shadow of a structure by Catalan architects Enric Miralles and Carme Pinòs, Valle García (valleklau) was struck by two thoughts. “We are alive, and we are still young,” she says. “These architects understood and accepted the cycle of life as a link between past, present and future.” WHPyoungatheart Photo by valleklau

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Growing up in Vicenza, in northeastern Italy, Davide Pretto’s (dvdprtto) fondest childhood reflections are intertwined with historical architecture. “My favorite memories are when my father carried me on his shoulders visiting some place. It was a moment to share an experience with him and look at the world from another point of view: on top.” WHPyoungatheart Photo by dvdprtto

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“We should all enjoy the simple things in life, whatever our age,” says Marcelo García Calviño (marchi3003), who brought his best friend veronarupes (whom he met through Instagram) to one of his favorite spots in Cabo de Home, Spain. “As soon as she saw that giant shell, she couldn’t resist the temptation to climb through as if she were a child again.” WHPyoungatheart Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project. Photo by marchi3003

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If you’re in Tokyo on Sunday, March 26, be sure to head to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. There, teacher Hai Huynh, one half of notesofnomads, will be co-hosting a WWIM15❤️ where people will be creating intricate origami cherry blossoms to photograph and gift to strangers — it’s perfectly aligned with this Worldwide InstaMeet’s theme: kindness. “Everybody loves receiving flowers, and being the creative community we are, I believe that learning and making origami flowers with others will be a fun and unique opportunity,” says Hai. “It costs next to nothing, is very interactive and coincides with the coming of cherry blossom season here in Tokyo.” Hai is a big believer in the power of an InstaMeet, a gathering of people who come together to connect through shared experiences. “My favorite part is being able to meet wonderful people from all walks of life who share the same passion and sense of creativity and forming true friendships.” Watch our Instagram story right now to see more. Photo by notesofnomads

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A simple reminder from Turtle Williams (turtledove.a): You’re never too old to make a wish. WHPyoungatheart Photo by turtledove.a

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With a few cleverly placed paper hats, Juj (picturingjuj) creates a whimsical scene of a 🌵party. WHPyoungatheart Photo by picturingjuj

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Spotted in the Philippines: Timothy Genesis (thykopi) laughs as he and a friend are knocked down by a playful wave. WHPyoungatheart Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project. Photo by thykopi

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