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“I started to make dolls because it gave me a feeling of security,” says artist Daria Lapto (@lapka_arts). “The world is often chaotic and unexplainable, and it is nice to have a little ally that keeps you safe on your way. I love to think that my hands open a portal to our world for gentle, quiet and weird creatures.”⁣ ⁣ Photo by @lapka_arts

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This life-size 🐙by paper-cutting artist Masayo Fukuda (@kiriesousakukamasayo) took two months to complete. “I have loved mysterious and cool marine life since I was young and have made it a regular motif in my work,” says Masayo, whose three-dimensional creations are each hand cut from a single. sheet. of. paper. ✂️ ⁣ ⁣ Video by @kiriesousakukamasayo

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#HelloFrom Merewether Baths, the largest ocean bath complex in the Southern Hemisphere. 🌊“I find myself there for a quick dip most warmer days for some saltwater therapy,” says Chris Beetham (@chrisbeetham).⁣ ⁣ Photo by @chrisbeetham

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Tomoko Misumi’s (@tomoko_misumi_tchaiko) delicate miniature food sculptures have us reaching for the 🔬 and the 🍴.⁣ ⁣ Inspired by 🌸s in the spring and her favorite summer treats, the Japan-based artist’s downright adorable works of art will melt your ❤️ and 💦 your appetite. #HiddenGems⁣ ⁣ Photo by @tomoko_misumi_tchaiko

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instagram. On today’s episode of #HiddenGems ✨ 💎, join Japanese artist Tomoko Mi

On today’s episode of #HiddenGems ✨ 💎, join Japanese artist Tomoko Misumi (@tomoko_misumi_tchaiko) as she whips up a few of her favorite foods, visits a local bakery and welcomes us into her 🌏 of tiny sculptures.

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Sweet spot. Today on #WeeklyFluff, we’re soaking up the rays with this cute little fella, Pumpernickel (@pumpernickel_the_minipig). ☀️🐽💖 ⁣ ⁣ Photo by @pumpernickel_the_minipig

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instagram. Meet Marley Dias (@iammarleydias). She’s a 14-year-old activist (and p

Meet Marley Dias (@iammarleydias). She’s a 14-year-old activist (and published author) on a mission to bring diversity and inclusion to young people through literature. “I always loved to read, but I never saw myself, a black girl, as the main character. I thought that was a problem I wanted to solve when I got older, and then I realized I could do it then.” Since starting the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign in 2015, Marley and her family work to bring diverse literature into schools and curriculums around the world. 📚❤️⁣ ⁣ Learn more about her impact in this week’s episode of #Advocates, our series that highlights people around the world who are sparking positive change. ✨

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instagram. Fourteen-year old Marley Dias is on a mission to share stories of dive

Fourteen-year old Marley Dias is on a mission to share stories of diversity and inclusion so that young people around the world can see themselves represented in the books they read. Learn more about @iammarleydias in this week’s #Advocates. 📖✨

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Sometimes all you need to go outside your comfort zone is a buddy by your side. Just ask Henry and Baloo (@henrythecoloradodog), a pair of outdoor enthusiasts from Denver, Colorado. 🐾⛰⁣ ⁣ “Baloo always checks with Henry to make sure it’s safe to explore, and Henry always checks on Baloo,” says their human Cynthia Bennett. “It’s almost like they take care of each other.”⁣ ⁣ Today on #YouGotThis, Henry and Baloo show us that if you want to go far, it’s best to go together. Check out their adventures, right now on our story.⁣ ⁣ Photo by @henrythecoloradodog

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instagram. DIY sustainability is key to Andrew Blanco’s (@c0rdurb0y) creations. T

DIY sustainability is key to Andrew Blanco’s (@c0rdurb0y) creations. The 21-year-old from Texas designs (and models) his creations, made from thrifted or upcycled fabric. “My method of showing off my work and the clothes I make emphasizes the minimalism I try to advocate,” he says.⁣ ⁣ Did we mention all of his equipment is powered by homespun solar energy? ☀️🙌⁣ ⁣ Photo by @c0rdurb0y

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instagram. Daisuke Richard’s (@daisukerichard) pastel illustrations represent the

Daisuke Richard’s (@daisukerichard) pastel illustrations represent the emotional uncertainties of teenage life. “The combination of a girl and a messy room is kind of like the gap between the outside appearance and the inside substance,” says the Japanese illustrator. ⁣ ⁣ Illustration by @daisukerichard

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“Dancing at home is my safe haven,” says 16-year-old Tre De Rego (@trederego), who was recently on tour with Jennifer Lopez. “I record myself dancing for at some points an hour straight and go back to watch to see areas I can grow but to also appreciate and recognize things I did well.”⁣ ⁣ Video by @trederego

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