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This week’s most inspiring, comical, beautiful, strange, culturally relevant, or totally irrelevant highlights our editors found on Instagram this week:

For the girls who like boys, or at least the clothes they wear. I once dated a man six months longer than I wanted to date the man itself, simply because I wanted to continue dating the man’s closet. – Janna Shaw, Editor

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Not only does Dönerteller Versace have the greatest Insta handle in existence, but she also has one of the greatest curated feeds. Not sure how to describe this, but you can expect barbed wire braces, grossly glossy lips, and the Berlin soft-tough aesthetic we have all come to love. – Janna Shaw, Editor

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inspo from yesterday’s trip

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A quick reminder that nature is always there to inspire you and catches you softly from the circus of life. Just appreciate the beauty of it. – Maia Cavic, Editorial Intern

Watching cat videos lowers stress and makes you happy, study suggests. The Internet loves cat content – so do I! Just take a moment, lay back and enjoy cute kitty content. – Olivier Mohrińge, Fashion Intern

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“Against this backdrop of black death, is it even possible to tell a story about identity through photographic self-portraits?” Those are the words of Deborah Willis in an essay that accompanies the self-portraits of 27 black photographers reflecting on America. Willis, professor of photography and chair of New York University’s Department of Photography and Imaging, says history is changing because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Tony McDade, which gained nationwide attention at a time when images serve as evidence. She writes, "As I look at these images, I can envision how the photographers shifted their focus to construct new works or culled their own archives to revisit ideas — seeking answers to their own questions about one’s sense of self and responsibility during this unspeakable time." The following are comments from three of the photographers about their self-portraits. Kennedi Carter, pictured in the 1st photo: “I’ve been trying to be more gentle with myself, emotionally as well as in my portraits. My favorite image is one of my father cutting my hair. It’s something we’ve been doing throughout the quarantine, since barber shops are closed. As a photographer, I become so focused on searching for beauty in other people, I forget to find it in myself.” @internetbby Andre D. Wagner, pictured in the 4th photo: “My camera fits squarely into the palm of my hands and is black in color. I'm sure my black skin also had something to do with why a police officer thought I was carrying a gun a few weeks ago while walking down a Brooklyn street.” @photodre Michelle V. Agins, pictured in the 6th photo: “In my photo world, it seems it has been my karma to revisit the pain of racism’s effect on black women — especially when I have to push the button and see me. In the words of the late civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, ‘I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.’ It’s not over, ’cause baby, I still got a few more pictures left in me.” @michelleagins Photos by @erik_carter @danascruggs @bxpnyc @gioncarlovalentine @rahimfortune

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Amidst these troubling times Deborah Willis, professor of photography, enriches the BLM-movement with a very personal approach. In the New York Times, she published a collection of self-portraits by 27 black photographers reflecting on America together with a powerful essay of her own. “These self-portraits fuse together uncertainty, loneliness, dislocation, joy, and discovery, and the results make for deeply insightful storytelling”, the artist says about the collection. – Ann-Kathrin Lietz, Editorial Team

In collaboration with Paper Magazine, Lady Gaga hosted a fundraiser auction to gain donations for the Marsha P. Johnson Institute. Gaga appeared in the Zoom conference in multiple costumes and dance acts. – Fabio Pace, Junior Fashion Editor

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To all my people who want to eat fresh greens and fruits and buy directly from a farmer please make the extra effort to support Mrs. Brenda Dushane at one of her five Brownsville community gardens. You will be blown away by what she is producing. She has cherries, kale, spinach, lemon balm, carrots, plums, mint, basil, chamomile, chickens, eggs and sooooo much more for your pleasure. I could not be more proud to have worked on this story for the @bk_reader Zawadi Morris’s and with writer @Ann abradleysmith Please support this black woman who has been serving the Brownsville community for ten years with no publicity!!!! She needs our financial support in a big way. Please share this with anyone who has a restaurant, people who want to get fresh produce, vegans, vegetarians, grandmas and grandpas. Let's get healthy and support each other at the same time.As one ✊🏾✊🏾 Russ #food #farmersmarket #farmer #community #support #healthylifestyle #healthyfood #health #nutrition #vegetables #produce #greens #fruit #selfemployed #blacklivesmatter #brooklyn #brownsville #vegan #caribbean #service

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Individuals like her change the world and make it a better place. Photographer Russell Frederick captured farmer Mrs. Brenda Dushane at one of her five Brownsville community gardens, serving the Brownsville community for ten years with no publicity. – Sina Braetz, Fashion Director

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