What’s the very first thing you do when your alarm annoyingly goes off in the morning? I wish I could answer “meditate”; but not quite. I’m working on it though. For now, I go ahead and grab my phone in a half-sleep half-programmed robot state to scroll down my Instagram feed, until my brain slowly switches on. Not the healthiest morning habit, sure, but it has become way healthier since I’ve carefully curated the accounts I choose to follow.

Like any app out there, Instagram has a good side and a bad side. One of the most interesting use of the popular image app is allowing a wide range of artists to showcase their work to a large audience and connect with a community of #artlovers. Here is a short selection of talented French artists whose illustrations and drawings are a much-needed ode to tolerance, diversity, and sorority. A morning shot of art and empowerment that awakens the mind and warms the heart. Simply scroll away, and feel uplifted throughout the day, with abandon.

1/ @clémence_gouy

Clémence Gouy is a French illustrator and graphic designer based in Amsterdam. Inclusivity is paramount in her work

2/ @eugeniedbart

Eugénie Debesse is a 20-year-old freelance illustrator living in Reims. She draws modern feminist women who say plenty with just a look.

3/ @celestewallaert

Céleste Wallaert is an illustrator, graphic designer, and textile designer based in Paris. She champions diversity, emotions and human relationships through her art.

4/ @stickycookiie

Stickycookiie draws minimalist and colorful designs with a specific goal in mind: normalizing the female body in all shapes and sizes. She is a freelance illustrator, living between Paris and Montreal.

5/ @lesfoliespassageres

Les folies passageres is a French-Canadian independent, feminist, queer, and inclusive publishing house created by Maud Bergeron and Bonnie Braun.

Article by Alexandra Hostier

English translation by PK Douglas

Tahani from The Good Place has quickly become a fan-favorite. She is portrayed by British actress Jameela Jamil, who uses her platform to celebrate body positivity and inclusivity. 

Jameela Jamil is the actress behind Tahani in NBC’s The Good Place. While Kirsten Bell, Ted Danson and the whole cast are brilliant actors, Jameela Jamil won over people’s hearts through her portrayal of the very posh, name-dropping, British socialite. In real life, Jamil, 33, promotes self-love and inclusivity, mainly through social media and the I Weigh movement. She also fights against toxic representations of women in today ’s society.


Complicated teenage years

Jamil was born in the UK to an Indian father and a Pakistani mother. Born with hearing issues, she went through several operations and now hears only 50% in one ear and 70% in the other. Between the ages of 14 to 17, Jameela Jamil suffered from anorexia, something she believes is mainly due to the representation of women in the media. But a car accident at the age of 17 led to her being unable to walk for a while. She had to do physiotherapy and take steroids. This traumatic experience made her change her views on her body, accept it, and “literally knocked some sense into [her]”.

She went on to teach English while working as a model, journalist and photographer. She hosted  the BBC Radio 1 show The Official Chart in 2012. Her life changed once more in 2016, when a breast cancer scare led her to pursue her dreams in Los Angeles. She had planned to a chance as a DJ and screenwriter, but randomly auditioned for The Good Place and got the part of Tahani, without any previous acting experience.


The I Weigh movement

Her newfound popularity allows her to speak out on issues she cares about and have a bigger reach. Jamil is very active on social media and very open about her struggles with her image and her weight. In 2018, she saw a picture that somebody had posted on Instagram of the Kardashian-Jenner girls with their respective weights plastered in the caption. Sick of seeing women being reduced to their weight, Jameela Jamil decided to answer with her own picture, including the sum of good things she “weighted” like “lovely relationship, great friends…”. The pouring support and amount of similar pictures she received from her followers led her to create the Instagram account @i_weigh, and the I Weigh movement.

But the Instagram account is not limited to weight. It became a place for inclusivity, celebrating differences and self-acceptance. Jameela Jamil also uses her fame to speak out on other issues, from LGBTQIA+ rights to abortion rights. Jamil also fights against the dangers of idealizing women on social media, when pictures are frequently completely airbrushed. The actress revealed she suffers from EDS 3, a genetic condition which affects her body and, for example, leaves scars after every little cut, as she explained in an Instagram post recently. The constant flow of flawless promotional pictures on social media can lead to body dysmorphia and eating disorder among young women. This is why Jamil only posts unretouched pictures of herself, pictures that show her stretch marks and imperfections. She also fights to banish heavily airbrushed promotional pictures of herself.


She has criticised “detox teas” that some celebrities love to promote because of the dangerous side effects. She often uses her own experience of following celebrity diets when she was a teenager, which caused lots of damage to her body, to make her point. She famously made Khloe Kardashian delete an Instagram post promoting a weight-loss product, by commenting that Khloe should warn her followers of the toxic side effects of the product and also admit that she has “a personal trainer, nutritionist, probable chef, and a surgeon to help her reach [her] perfect body goal”. She also created a petition to stop celebrity endorsement of diet products.

Article by Juliette Cardinale

In our Instagram-fascinated era, exhibitions and events are often curated to be aesthetically pleasing on social media. That’s how pop-up museums are thought of with the visual aspect very much in mind (and sometimes the sole reason of their creation). While they are moving around, and most are gathered in the US, this list focuses on the current pop-ups to check out in New York City.

Instagram has become the go-to place for selfies or beautiful pictures and while sometimes the quest for the perfect background leads to death, some are much easier to find. Colorful or breathtaking experiences are especially created to look good on picture and on social media. The dream machine @inthedreammachine with its rainbow wall might be the best known of such places, together with the @museumoficecream with its enormous ice cream statues and ball pits.

Get a drink at the Rosé Mansion


Rosé has become the staple drink of summer and the Rosé Wine Mansion is taking advantage of the trend. After a very successful run last year, the Mansion is back in the city for the summer with many pink backgrounds and rosé cocktails to try while learning a little more about the wine.

Choose your color at the Color Factory


Created in San Francisco, this interactive art space can now be found in Soho (NYC). There, 16 rooms in color are waiting to be the perfect background to your new favorite Instagram picture. From the balloons with students’ wishes to the blue ball pit, there is something for everyone. There is also a location in Houston, Texas.

Menesunda Reloaded, the updated exhibition


Marta Minujin is one of the most prominent Argentinian artists, and her famous 1965 exhibit La Menesunda (meaning “a confusing situation”) is making a come back. Then, it made the visitor think about the consumer culture and urban life. Now, updated to respond to today’s world, Marta Minujin: Menesunda Reloaded confronts the viewers about social media and celebrity culture. It is on view at the New Museum until Septembre 29.

Winky Lux


The Winky Lux Experience Store is in Soho. The beauty brand has created a beautiful space in 8 rooms and an immersive brand experience. You can play with the products or showcase your love for your bed with the mural “namastay in bed”. A $10 ticket is necessary but the money is credited towards in-store purchase.

Explore the deep seas at Ocean Cube


The Ocean-Cube exhibit is an immersive deep-sea experience perfect to feel like the Little Mermaid. Whether you enjoy the coral tunnel, the jellyfish station or the bubble mall, you will get amazing pictures for your feed. The exhibit runs until Octobre 23.

Feel like Alice at Wonderworld


Entering WonderWorld Space is entering a world of magic and fantastic. First opened in 2018 at Andy Warhol’s Studio, WonderWorld is back in New York City until October. Eight NY-based artists have created the eleven spaces that feel like walking inside a dream.

Many more immersive experiences are popping up all over New York City, San Francisco, or Los Angeles, especially in the summer. Please note that the TV show Friends is celebrating its 25th birthday next month and that Central Perk pop-ups are incoming in NYC and LA.

Article by Juliette Cardinale

It’s already mi-August, which means summer’s almost over. To go back to work in an inspired mindset, check out these activists’ Instagram accounts. 

Francesca Willow (@ethicalunicorn)


From sustainability to social justice, Francesca Willow’s Instagram account is aesthetically pleasing and keeps you questioning your life. For example, she gives tips on how to recognize which brands are actually sustainable and which are just pretending to.

Gurls Talk @gurlstalk


Model Adwoa Aboa created this platform so that girls and women would have a safe space to talk to each other. The account promisses no judgement or stigma, and features strong women and inspiring quotes.

Nyle DiMarco @nyledimarco


Nyle DiMarco is an American model and actor who won both America’s Next Top Model and Dancing With the Stars. But he is also deaf and an activist for his community. Through his Instagram account, he makes the public aware of the difficulties deaf people face everyday.

Emma Watson @emmawatson


Everyone’s favorite Hermione is a feminist activist, a UN Women Goodwill ambassador, who uses her platform to speak out about women’s rights. After launching the HeforShe campaign in 2014, she started the feminist book club Our Shared Shelf in 2016, starting with Gloria Steinem’s My Life on the Road. She shares her thoughts on current affairs and feminist issues partly through her Instagram.

Lizzie Carr @lizzie_outside


Lizzie Carr is always outside, as her Instagram account shows. She is a sustainability activist and fights for cleaning the oceans. She founded @plastic_patrol, a crowd-sourced movement to clean the planet. She also shares her struggle while fighting cancer.

Rachel Cargle @rachel.cargle


Author and lecturer, Rachel Cargle is an inspiring academic. Her account is the go-to for conversations on the intersection of race and women issues. She gathers a big community and encourages critical thinking from her followers.

Hannah Witton @hannahwitton


Hannah Witton is a London-based YouTuber & author who talks freely about sex and relationships. Breaking taboos one by one, she gives sexual health tips curated for young women. She also shares her life living ulcerative colitis, a chronic illness.

Article by Juliette Cardinale