Here's The Deal With All Those Black-And-White Selfies On Instagram

Challenge accepted.

Whether it’s speedy hand gestures, 10-year throwback pics, ridiculous fashion statements or quarantine bingo – Instagram has become a hotbed for trending ‘challenges’ in the last few years. Over the past week, however, a new one has popped up – but instead of using it to rack up followers, female Instagram users are posting black-and-white selfies to empower other women.

It’s all part of the the ‘Challenge Accepted’ Instagram movement that’s encouraging women to post confident black-and-white selfies under the hashtag #womenempoweringwomen and nominate others to share their own.

The hashtag, which is now housing over 7.7M posts, has gained support from the likes of Gabrielle Union, Kristen Bell, Jennifer Lopez, Amy Adams, Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore, Khloe Kardashian, Naomi Watts and more – each with their own spin on the caption.

Actor Taraji P. Henson shared her selfie, captioning it, “it is a NOT a challenge to love my sisters but a gift and a bond that we have and we should cherish as long as we walk this earth.”

Despite the empowering undertone of the Instagram ‘challenge’, it has also attracted criticism from social media users who view it as an ‘empty gesture’ amidst the global pandemic and protests against racism. Hear about how you can help Black Lives Matter protests below:

According to The New York Times, #womeempoweringwomen may have originated from the video of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaking out against Ted Yoho’s sexist remarks about her.

However, other reports suggest the hashtag originated from a campaign in Turkey inspired by violence against women and the shocking murder of a 27-year-old student named Pinar Gültekin.

Some high profile Instagram users have used their nominations to push for racial justice, including Padma Lakshmi, who – along with her own black-and-white selfie – shared images of four Black women killed in acts of police brutality.

If anything, the power of these hashtags – whether they encourage true advocacy and change or not – should empower everyone to use their social media platforms for good, but to also keep driving attention to the issues that matter the most.

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This TikTok Comparing Gen Z And Millennial Dances Will Make You Feel Seen

Alexa, play 'Nutbush City Limits'.

There are only a few years separating Millennials and Generation Z, but the divide between these two age groups has never been so clear. If you ever need reminding of that, look no further than TikTok.

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TikTok user Angie Cocuzza AKA @acooz31 recently took to the video sharing platform to compare the way 13-year-olds dance in 2020 compared to how millennials danced when they were 13, and word of warning, you’re about to feel seen. 

Posing as a Gen Z teen, Cocuzza wears shorts and crop top and quite literally throws it back to Megan Thee Stallion’s iconic TikTok-famous track ‘Savage’. Check out her hilarious TikTok video HERE.

When Cocuzza impersonates Millennials dancing at 13, she changes into a hot pink polo shirt, singlet top, thick-rimmed reading glasses and low-slung trousers. 

It’s not just her outfit that has TikTok-lurking Millennials feeling targeted. Cocuzza dances to ‘Cotton Eyed Joe’ amongst other cheesy early ‘00s clap-along tracks we were all forced to learn at school.

Cocuzza even added a school gymnasium green screen for full impact. After watching this, I’m suddenly transported back to Year 7 – crammed in a stuffy school gym, breaking a sweat to ‘Nutbush City Limits’.

This is by no means the first time Generation Z has taken a cheeky jab at Millennials on social media. There are countless tweets pointing out Millennials’ love of “deserving a little treat”, consuming too much wine, reading Harry Potter or saying “so I did a thing.”

Just last month, Twitter user @local__celeb went viral after posting, “I’m awake at 3am and I just want everyone to know what Gen Z says about millennials on TikTok…” with a screenshot of comments. 

The insults range from millennials saying “doggo” and “adulting” to using Buzzfeed quizzes to find out their favourite wine. One user wrote, “millennials will attack you if you disrespect their Harry Potter house,” while another mocked millennials for saying “give me a slice of pizza and wine.” 

“Sis Rebecca, you are 32 and an alcoholic please sit down,” they added.

These insults are savage but honestly speaking, they’re so accurate.

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Prince Harry Was DM Sliding Under A Secret IG Handle This Whole Time

SpikeyMau5 wants to follow you.

Prince Harry might be a respectable, upstanding member of the royal family, but behind the scenes, he’s also a house music-loving, DM sliding Instagram user. 

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According to Finding Freedom, a new biography written by Harper’s Bazaar Royal Editor at Large Omid Scobie, Harry had a secret Instagram account he once used to follow now wife Meghan Markle.

“Although she shared much of her London visit on social media, Meghan knew she had to keep her dates a secret,” Scobie writes in Finding Freedom. “But the clues were there. Around the time of their first encounter, she began to follow a mysterious-looking Instagram account by the name of @SpikeyMau5.”

“With no face visible in the profile photo, just a mouse-shaped helmet, it would have meant nothing to most people. But it was in fact Harry’s private account,” he added.

Apparently, Harry’s hidden Instagram handle is an homage to his love of house music. “He crafted the pseudonym by using part of the name of one of his favourite DJs, DeadMau5,” Scobie explains.

“Spikey came from a Facebook alias that Harry used for an account he had under the name of Spike Wells. ‘Spike’ was a nickname sometimes used for the prince, particularly by Scotland Yard officers,” he wrote.

According to the Royal Editor, Harry kept his Instagram presence quiet, but Meghan was “much bolder” about their new romance. 

“Much bolder was Meghan’s public Instagram post the same night of their first solo date: a photo of a Love Hearts candy with the inscription ‘Kiss Me’ and the caption ‘Lovehearts in #London.’ Whether it had meaning to anyone else, Harry got the message.”

If we weren’t talking about the Royals here, I’d assume this was a deleted scene from The Kissing Booth

Who would’ve thought that Prince Harry was a secret house music fan who was probably raving to DeadMau5 back in his day?

If anything, it’s just further proof that we really don’t know the Royal family – and behind closed doors, they’re just like us.

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