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Selena Gomez Just Broke An Instagram Record With One Photo

This image of Selena Gomez is now the most liked photograph on Instagram.

when your lyrics are on the bottle ?

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The lyrics on the bottle are from the Share a Coke and a Song campaign Coca-Cola had with Gomez, who, with over 89.6 million followers, is also the most popular person on Instagram. The photo features all the hallmarks of a classic pin up style photo, amazing hair, vibrant colors… and a soda.

So what makes that photo so special compared to, say, this one:

s'mores

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Maybe I’m biased because I love s’mores, but this photo is seriously underrated. I mean, it’s no slouch in the likes department, but it’s no where near four million and counting likes. C’mon people, s’mores! And Gomez. But S’MORES!

And then there’s this one, featuring more food!

restock the bus -grocery shopping in Saskatoon

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In case you’re wondering, Gomez insists she did not rent out a grocery store just to get this shot.

When looking for the next photo, Gomez says, “I try to find a good balance of just being 100 percent myself and knowing when to post a really good selfie with good lighting.”

Dated nearly three years ago, this is one of the earliest selfies posted to Gomez’s Instagram account. Back then, she averaged around 500-thousand likes per photo.

The previous most liked photograph on Instagram came from Justin Bieber’s account, featuring, you guessed it, Selena Gomez.

Feels

A photo posted by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on

With over 3.7 millions likes, even a blurry photo of Selena Gomez gets amazing love from fans.

Here is an Instagram account dedicated to recreating Selena Gomez’s photos using children:

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! XO #shareacoke #selenagomez #miniselena #selenator

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And this one:

Turns out I’m not the only person who likes s’mores.

In case you were wondering, this is the most popular Tarsier on Instagram.

@FransLanting Tarsiers have been called dawn monkeys. They are believed to be living links to a branch of early primates who evolved in the rainforests of Southeast Asia some 50 million years ago. Tarsiers use their huge eyes to hunt for insects in the dark understory of the Borneo night. Like all primates, they do not possess reflective structures in the backs of their eyes, which boost night vision for other nocturnal creatures such as cats. To make up for this deficiency, tarsiers evolved the largest eyes of any living primate. The size of a tarsier’s eyeball equals the size of its brain. Tarsiers are small enough to fit in a human hand, and with their giant ears and eyes, they seem to live in a constant state of sensory overkill, wearing expressions that seem to vacillate between outrage and surprise. I photographed this tiny primate on assignment for @natgeo. To see who else lives in the amazing forests of Borneo, #Followme @FransLanting. @natgeo @thephotosociety @natgeocreative @natgeotravel #Borneo #Primate #Rainforest #Tarsier

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The tarsier is not friends with Gomez, though we assume they’d get along famously if they were ever to meet.

Aside from pics, Selena Gomez is known to post the occasional video, like this one:

hostess vibes. Happy 4th everyone!

A video posted by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on

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From the photos and videos she posts, Gomez’s appreciation Instagram is obvious, saying, “It’s my favorite social platform.”

At the moment, the top followed celebs on Instagram are Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, and Ariana Grande.

Read: Just When You Thought Selena Gomez Couldn’t Get Any Hotter

You Can Help Save Indigenous Languages From Extinction By Downloading One Of These 5 Apps

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You Can Help Save Indigenous Languages From Extinction By Downloading One Of These 5 Apps

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For many of us, our ability to speak Spanish or Portuguese is a huge part of our Latinidad. But with millions of people speaking Indigenous languages in Latin America, we know this is far from the truth. Spanish is, of course, one thing that unites most of Latin America together, but it’s a language that was imposed on us. It’s one reason some Mexican writers have rejected Spanish to write in Indigenous languages. For those of us who are interested in learning Indigenous languages, technology has become a serious lifeline.

We already use apps for dating and social media to checking the weather or shopping, so why not use it to help us get in touch with our deeper identity?

Several apps have sprung over the last few years to help us learn the Indigenous languages of Latin America. If you’re looking to take on a new language, here are a few apps you should check out:

Náhuatl

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With an estimated 1.5 million speakers, Náhuatl is the most commonly spoken Indigenous language in Mexico. Yet despite its prevalence in rural Mexico, there are still few courses or resources available for learning it.

The digital app “Vamos a Aprender Náhuatl” (Let’s Learn Náhuatl) offers learners the chance to approach the language as spoken in the town of Acatlán, in the southern state of Guerrero. In a self-taught manner, you can learn the numbers, greetings, animals, body parts, fruits, plants, and some verbs. The app – which is in Spanish and Náhuatl – also features quizzes to help users retain their lessons.

Mixtec

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Kernaia has also developed an app for learning Mixtec, a branch of Indigenous languages spoken by more than half a million people. The app allows learners to navigate through 20 language lessons which teach greetings, numbers, and colors. The lessons are all set in the Santa Inés de Zaragoza community in the southern state of Oaxaca, and the app teaches people about the culture and traditions of the community.

Purépecha

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The Kernaia project says that its mission is to create “an ecosystem of digital content for Indigenous languages.” To move toward this goal, the organization has created a similar app for Purépecha, a language spoken by nearly 200,000 people in the western state of Michoacán.

After the passing of Mexico’s Indigenous language law in 2000, languages including Purépecha were given official status equal with Spanish in the areas where it is spoken. Digital learning aids such as those offered by Kernaia are vital to heightening awareness of both the Purépecha language and the culture of the Purépecha people, who often experience poverty and marginalization.

As well as teaching words related to daily activities, Kernaia’s website says that the app offers a journey into “the space where they take place: the family, the community, the kitchen, the field, the celebrations, and other elements that represent the town’s identity and enrich our cultural diversity.”

Habla Quechua

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Quechua’s one of the most widely spoken indigenous language in the Americas. PromPerú developed the Habla Quechua app “with the aim of inspiring Peruvian citizens and foreigners to use and take an interest in the Quechua language.” The app – which is available to English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish speakers – features quizzes and a live translator feature.

Duolingo

DuoLingo offers courses in more than 20 languages, including the Jopará dialect of Guaraní, which is spoken in Paraguay. There is also a course for Navajo that is currently in Beta. The app offers quizzes and immediate grading.

So what do you think? Are there any Indigenous languages you’d like to learn that don’t have an app yet?

Keds Latest Designs Proves That Avoiding Cultural Appropriation In Fashion Is Totally Possible

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Keds Latest Designs Proves That Avoiding Cultural Appropriation In Fashion Is Totally Possible

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It’s always really cool to see a big name brand embrace the art of our Latinidad. It’s like a nod to all of the great Latinx artisans who add beauty and color to our culture. In fact, seeing consumers enthusiastically welcome these goods feels like further validation. With this in mind, it makes this new collaboration all the sweeter for us art and fashion lovers.

Keds is collaborating with designers Thelma Dávila and Lolita Mia on a line inspired by the Latina-created brands.

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In what the shoe company is calling a “collaboration fiesta,” Keds released three fun and vibrant new designs.

Some of the shoes borrow inspiration from Thelma Dávila’s colorful Guatemalan textiles. Alternatively, other pairs utilize Lolita Mia’s festive fringe as embellishments. These touches combine with Keds’ original platform shoes to make a unique product.

Of the partnership with these new brands, Keds’ website says:

“It’s so rewarding to be able to be a part of the professional and personal growth of women who decided to follow their dreams. Entrepreneurs (especially female ones) are always brave, they’re risk-takers that believe strongly in themselves. And we believe in them too. We’re so excited to introduce you to our latest for-women-by-women collaborations.”

The Thelma Dávila brand is named after its Guatemalan founder.

Keds

The company specializes in designing and crafting unique pieces by hand. Furthermore, their products utilize Guatemalan textiles, leathers and non-leather materials. Obviously, this collaboration is built on a solid relationship between the two brands. Since last year, Keds retail locations have carried Thelma Dávila bags and products in stores.

On their website, Keds said the design collaborations were intent on “taking geometric design and color cues from [Dávila’s] native culture, our classic Triple Kick gets transformed into a fiesta-ready standout.”

Founded by jewelry artisan and entrepreneur, Elena Gil, Lolita Mia is a Costa Rican accessory brand.

Keds

While studying abroad in Italy, Gil made a significant personal discovery. She realized that ethnic crafts and traditions were very alike across regions. Specifically, they were similar in cultural importance. In light of this, she decided to start her own brand. Lolita Mia’s handmade products embrace what Gil has coined a “Universal Ethnic Luxury.”

Of the collaboration with Lolita Mia, Keds’ website reads:

“[The] aesthetic shines through in these playful renditions of our platforms in the form of fun, festive fringe and punchy tropical shades.”

The Ked × Lolita Mia collaboration has two designs while the Ked x Thelma Dávila collab is made up of one.

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“Triple Tassel” is a multicolored platform with purple, pink, orange and white tassels attached to the laces. “Triple Decker Fringe” is an off-white platform slip-on with multi-colored fringe and golden embellishments on top. The “Triple Kick” features a neutral platform with Guatemalan textile accents around the bottom.

Each design is priced at $70 a pair. Moreover, they are available exclusively on Keds’ website. Be sure to order yours today and add a little extra Latinx flare to your summer looks.

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