A new initiative from Instagram will highlight women who are using the platform to tell their inspiring stories -- and challenging gender roles along the way.
Instagram's #MyStory initiative will launch with a photo exhibit featuring 28 women shattering stereotypes and using their voices on the platform in a positive way. The women being highlighted include model Tess Holliday, who promotes body positivity on Instagram, female firefighter Alli Meade, and artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, the woman behind the anti-street harassment campaign Stop Telling Women To Smile. The exhibit, which was curated by journalist Jessica Bennett, will be presented in Los Angeles on Oct. 26 at an event hosted by actress Rowan Blanchard and Instagram COO Marne Levine.
Blanchard, who has used Instagram to encourage intersectionality in feminism and raise awareness about campus sexual assault, stressed the importance of women sharing their stories.
"My Instagram is my platform to share and spread creativity and individuality," she told The Huffington Post. "I use it to tell my story and also to be inspired by others. I am especially excited that Instagram is highlighting women's voices and letting people know they have stories that need to be heard."
No woman's story is the same, but they are all worth hearing. Below are the 28 game-changing women featured in the #MyStory exhibit:
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Get your #shine on. #happyplace #breathless #blue #wildocean by: clay wiseman
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Get out of your box and explore other surfaces! #areyouyou
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Flashback Friday... #smaw or #stickwelding was the first method I learned.
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feeling bold today. #bold #htmljokes #coderjokes
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Boi-Femme Swag. check out me and @mwendersinsuspenders latest post "It's a Man's World", an exploration of gender identity and clothing on noirlinians.com. Photography and creative direction by danielle c. miles as a part of her personal photo-doc series on Corner Stores and Black Congregational spaces in New Orleans. #Noirlinians #afrolinians #africanwomynswag #nola #followyournola
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Alright, Chicago. Check @stoptellingwomentosmile for info about helping to install the large scale mural that I'll be doing with Columbia College next weekend. Separately, I'm looking for a few folks to drive around the city with wheat pasting posters on the low. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pictured: currently drawing D'Zhari
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#breastcancerawarenessmonth #breastcancer #breastcancertattoo #breastcancerawareness .... This is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I wanted to repost this tattoo I did a year ago for an amazingly brave Cancer survivor. Definitely the most moving and deep experience I've had in my career. This amazing photo by @gigistoll_photography ...many thanks to @stephanietamez for hosting the first annual P.Ink Day at @saved_tattoo in Brooklyn 2013 #tattoosbyroxx #gigistollphotography #stephanietamez #savedtattoo #p.inkday
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"There are women who get acid thrown in their faces and preteen girls married to fully grown men who force them into sexual relationships. We would think feminists from first world countries would raise awareness and funds about these problems to help these girls at least a little, but no, instead we are more focused on words like bossy, and catcalling. While we think that both of the issues are pressing and should be addressed, we think our efforts would be better received if we tried to help those who truly had nothing. Feminism shouldn't only be about helping to solve issues that only affect us here in the US, it should be about empowering women from all corners of the globe. We think feminism should be about making sure that all women have the same chances to be successful, and equal."
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Happy International Women's Day. Treat yourself 💆💅💐🛀 #comics #drawing #feminism #women
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That's a wrap👏🏼 S/O to the 12 yr old kid who grew up wearing @jcpenney & never thought I would serve so much booty in their clothes for a shoot one day 🎂🍑#jcplookbook #tessholliday #milkcurve
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Oh? Happy #nationalspidermanday ☺️ Suit by @therpcstudio 📷: @nixja #spidergwen #spiderman
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#tb to the yard can't wait to go back! The new hoopla decks are sick you should go check them out😏 📷: | @mimiknoop |
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Another school. Seriously the community, the kids, and staff said their #1 need was a place to sit.
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Today I am feeling all the feels. Today my baby only nursed twice: once when he woke up and then again as we cuddled before bedtime. He fell off the couch today and I ran to him to offer comfort. He wanted nothing to do with my breasts as he usually would. When he was clearly thirsty, he wanted a sippy cup instead of mama's milk. He tottered around the house perfectly content and happy. He's learning to climb, to talk, to run. And I find myself overcome with joy and longing at the same time. What is the name for this time in a mother's life? When day by day she watches her last baby grow and leave the safety of her bosom? This letting go and pulling back... And yet there is no pulling back, there is only surrender and acceptance. So why does my heart feel so raw and tender? These hot tears burn my eyes and my breath catches in my throat. How can we be here already, so fast? This next phase, whatever it has in store. I feel like I gave birth just yesterday. And now I'm clinging to every moment as if it were our last. And that's just it; I don't know how long these sweet spirits will be here with me in this earthly realm. So if there's any solace for my mama heart, it's to love more, breathe more, cherish more. That's all I can do. 💙 #empoweredbirthproject
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40th between 7th & 8th, @peachesubc
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After being recognized by @time as one of 50 Instagram accounts to follow in the US, I remember posting my reflections on dealing with success vs. failure. Seems to me I said that failure was easier to handle than success. This morning I would have to modify that statement. After looking at images posted by the curators of the magnificent @instagram exhibit at Photoville NYC, I am feeling a mix of awe and disappointment. Awe at the creative excellence of their exhibit, and disappointment that the images they had requested from me did not make the final cut. Trust me, success is lots more fun than failure!
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#mom #youhavenothingtoworryabout #moving #nesting #home #family #mentalhealth #mentalillness #shhh
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