Almost 10,000ft above sea level in the eastern cordillera oriental region of the andes mountains sits the lagoon of guatavita, the most famous of the sacred lagoons of this pre-columbian culture. many hoped of finding el dorado aka “the golden one”, & it was once believed to be this small, circular lake about 35 miles northeast of bogotá, which served as the sacred lake and ritual center of the muisca people. it was here that the muisca's cacique (indigenous tribal head) would offer the gods elaborate gold pendants, figurines, etc which were sunk in a ritual believed to fuel his godlike power. for this reason the lagoon has been the subject of numerous immersions in different historical eras, all in order to rescue the supposed treasures that hide under its greenish blue waters. the northern gap seen on the left side here shows the crater that corresponds precisely to one of many attempts to drain it. stories tell of $300-$500 million dollars of gold still down there somewhere, but who really knows? pretty rad sight to behold with my own two eyes after hearing all of the mythical stories of el dorado as a kid...
We’re getting carnival-ready with singer preta gil (@pretagil ) in rio de janeiro. ⭐
preta is hosting her annual bloco — or street party — for carnival, and chose to wear a colorful crochet dress that paid homage to her ancestors and her grandmothers.
watch our story to see her get ready for her bloco performance. 💃💓
photo of @pretagil by @euthiagobruno
At one point belgian singer-songwriter angèle (@angele_vl ) hated the sound of her own voice, and now she’s a number one artist in both france and belgium. 🎤🌟
after posting videos that received an outpouring of praise from strangers, she now performs for sold-out crowds around the world. angèle’s songs speak to important issues — like women’s rights and climate change — empowering people to speak up and speak out. ✊❤️️✨
learn more about the rising star on our latest episode of #threeminuteautobiography. check it out right now on our igtv.
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While preparing for her tour, we caught up with singer-songwriter angèle (@angele_vl ) to hear her life story in just three minutes.
see what life is like from rehearsals to performance in our latest episode of #threeminuteautobiography.
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For professional scooter rider vincent kudrna (@vincentkudrna ), scootering is liberating. “i don’t have any coaches telling me what to do or where i need to be. what i do on a scooter is truly all up to me,” says the san diego native. “i really connected with scootering because it combines all the best aspects of other action sports. you can grind like a skateboarder with the deck, do tail whips and bar spins like a bmx biker, and you can spin and move quickly like a rollerblader,” he says. #thisweekoninstagram
video by @vincentkudrna
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Meet 21-year-old photographer and director myles loftin (@mylesloftin ), an advocate for sharing stories of underrepresented communities and stories. “probably more often than not i would say that i felt like an outsider in spaces. and i guess maybe that’s why i’m so passionate about making sure that people feel seen, because i know what it feels like to not be seen and to not feel comfortable in a space,” says the parsons school of design student.
“i #shareblackstories through my photography, making sure to highlight the black community as much as i can,” says myles. “also just through me existing. i am a black story walking.”
this black history month, we’ve partnered with @bet to #shareblackstories and support #advocates doing amazing work on instagram and beyond. new episodes drop every tuesday in february. 🖤
photo by @mylesloftin
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“i feel like being a black man in america, there are a lot of expectations that are put on you. expectations about the way you should act in public, the way you should express your sexuality, the way you should dress — and it can often be a lot of pressure,” says 21-year-old photographer, director and student myles loftin.
“but i also think that being a black man in america means that there’s a lot of possibility. at least right now i’m seeing a lot of possibility for myself and for the members of my community to exist freely. and i feel like we’re really taking advantage of that right now in a really positive way.”
this black history month we’ve partnered with @bet to #shareblackstories and support #advocates doing amazing work on instagram and beyond. to learn more about myles, watch our latest episode.
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As a young motocross racer, adam jones (@adamjones760 ) practiced for his professional freestyle career long before he knew it would be his path.
“my favorite part of racing used to be doing the biggest jumps i could on all the tracks,” says the eight-time x games medalist, who is known for his signature backflip combinations. “i’ve always loved being in the air.” #thisweekoninstagram
photo of @adamjones760 by @justin_brunnerphotography
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Ricky glaser (@rickyglaser ) regularly skates the many (skate) parks of his native melbourne, but he loves to skate out in the streets, too. “finding obstacles not designed for skating on can be a fun challenge and spark new creative ideas,” says the 28-year-old professional skateboarder, who has been skating since the age of 8. “when you’ve skated for as long as i have and have done so many different tricks, it can be fun to completely change your approach with an external prop like a skipping rope,” he says. 🛹#thisweekoninstagram
The ⭐️s are aligned in chicago, as the windy city hosts the 2020 @nba all-star weekend. this year, we’re on the ground with @trailblazers point guard @damianlillard. while a recent injury is preventing the five-time all-star from participating in the 3-point contest and the all-star game, dame took center stage on saturday night, rocking the mic under his hip-hop persona dame d.o.l.l.a. 🎤.
check out today’s story to experience all-star weekend. 🏀