at just ten years old, @iammarleydias decided to start collecting books that had people of color as the main characters since she wasn’t seeing herself represented in the classroom. since starting the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign, Marley has collected over 12K books and has helped change school curriculums to include them. she is a remarkable human being with a powerful voice, a compassionate heart, and a whip smart brain. and we got the honor of having her in this week’s episode of #Advocates over on @instagram
@noor is compassionate, hard-working, engaging, and stunningly beautiful inside and out. when we first met, we were both babies in this industry, trying to put our minds together to come up with content that would inspire people. i’m proud of where we’ve both landed but even prouder that we share the same passion for telling stories of underrepresented communities and voices. if you’re not already following her, you should be. what a treat to share YOUR story with the world, thank you for trusting us with it ❤️❤️
best frandie ✨ @lazygangster27
@jackharries and @aliceaedy made me want to be a vegan for a minute. 💚💚💚 but truly, i am so inspired by their passion for educating others about the effects of climate change through their documentaries. this week’s episode of Advocates is full of footage from Jack’s adventures around the world and I am so proud of it. go check it out if you want to see baby orangutans.
spent a day shooting and getting to know an amazing woman who’s photos have helped dozens of sanctuaries take care of abandoned and rescued animals. @sfisherx is the sweetest and most gentle soul, with a powerful story behind why she does what she does. i learned so much from her! (i also learned how to properly hold this lil piggy and he didn’t squeal at all. a win!!! ) 🐷🐷🐷❤️❤️❤️ 🎥: @azaccone13
i grew up admiring @niasioux and @dancemomholly from afar, but after getting to spend the weekend with them i am blown away by the people they are. nia is passion with compassion, strength with vulnerability, and confidence with realness. what a joy to spend my first VidCon with such an inspiring young woman ✨✨go check her out on @instagram today and show her some love.
where do I begin with you, 26? you brought on such major change. wonderful things came to an end and new beginnings revealed themselves. i took huge leaps of faith into the unknown- in jobs, new cities and relationships ✨🌉❤️ my sister jokingly said that I will be the only person in history to ever say “26 was the best year of my life.” but it’s true. i’m sad to say goodbye to this one, but I have a feeling 27 will compete to impress even more. with each new year I like to think about something I learned from the last that I want to take into the next and something I’d like to leave behind. so, I’m leaving behind my worry-worry about the future, worry about things out of my control and most of all, worry about things that are completely fabricated in my own mind (anyone else? ) but I’m bringing the confidence that I built in year 26 into my 27th. and while I still haven’t conquered this, the confidence I have in myself, in my abilities, and in my purpose feels so real and so genuinely Hannah. i am so proud of every bold decision that was made in year 26 and so ready to take on 27. thank you to everyone surrounding me in love from coast to coast, and to my @instagram family for going above and beyond in celebrating me. i feel like the luckiest girl in the entire world.
The best part of my job is the amazing people I get to meet along the way. Matt is a deaf interpreter bringing rap and hip-hop to the deaf community. I am so proud of this piece and so honored to share his story. He is the perfect example of resilience and his joy is infectious. Please go watch his story on @instagram , you’ll be glad you did. 📸: @eveyw
Yesterday marked 6 months since starting my job at Instagram and moving to California. It feels like forever and a blink all at the same time, but I feel that dichotomy constantly. I’ve struggled a lot with knowing what to share or not share here. If I post all the cool stuff I get to do for work, will it seem like I’m boasting? If I post too much about missing New York, will I seem ungrateful? If I talk about being lonely, will I seem pathetic? If I talk about how in love with my job I am will I seem elitist? These are the constant conversations I have in my head and it hit me yesterday as I was boarding a plane back to the West Coast that it’s okay to live in all of that contrast. You can be grateful for new opportunity and still miss the comfort of what you knew. You can be adventurous and brave while still being lonely and insecure. You can be completely and totally happy and still feel bouts of sadness. Moving to somewhere where I knew no one, and leaving behind a city where I felt like I knew everyone was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do as a young adult, but it has by far been the most rewarding. I am growing so much through the discomfort and the unknown and I am thankful every single day that this is the life I get to live. So here’s to embracing the ways my head and heart are being pulled in a million different directions at all times, and to continue throwing myself into this adventure wholeheartedly. I can’t wait to see what the next 6 months will show me. ✨✨✨
Meet @hellomynameiswednesday 🌈🌈 They are a non-binary illustrator making a huge impact in and for the LGBTQ+ community. As #pride month comes to a close, remember to continue celebrating and championing the voices within this community. Shooting with Wednesday, and meeting some of their friends was one of the most meaningful and fulfilling projects I’ve ever had the chance to work on and I am so proud of the piece we made. Please head over to @instagram and show them some love. I am better for knowing this person and hearing their story. And shoutout to the best team ever for making it come to life @keziahquarcoo @benfitch
Perks of having a shoot in Atlanta: @m_beaty as my PA
this will be my first year since I moved to NY that I’m not at @thetonyawards but I guarantee there’s no one on the West Coast who is more hyped about tonight than I am. happy Tony’s day, fellow nerds. 🎭 ✨