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12 incredibly detailed works of nail art that send powerful messages.

Art, no matter how small, can send a powerful message.

12 incredibly detailed works of nail art that send powerful messages.

Instagram-famous and celebrity-favorite nail artist Ami Vega started painting her nails in middle school.

At first, she and a friend would experiment with different nail polish colors, but when she hit high school, she got daring with bold crackle nails, and people started to take notice of her talent. It was then that she realized that nail polish had power.

Montenegrin handball players painted their nails like the Olympic rings at Rio 2016. Photo by Franck Fife/Getty Images.


"Nail art allows you to express any emotion, situation, belief, or life event," Vega explained over email.

People get their nails painted for a number of occasions — a big game, a date, a Tuesday — but the reason why is universal: self-expression. Over the years, Vega has honed her talent for painting incredibly small pictures on nail canvases.

It's the subject matter she showcases, however, that makes her work so special. Whether it's a cultural homage, a social commentary, or a shoutout to feminism, Vega's art is as creative as it is impactful.

1. Like these tiny masterpieces that honor her friend's Dominican heritage (as well as her own).

2. And this design that captures the essence of one of Vega's favorite artists, Jean-Michel Basquiat, well-known for infusing his art with social and political commentary.

3. Black Lives Matter is a huge movement, and the message rings loud and clear in this nail design.

4. These gay pride nails shine with every color of the rainbow.

5. This design, featuring a comic by The Akward Yeti, is all about the importance of loving yourself.

6. And this design is perfect for anyone who cares about honeybee colony collapse — or who just loves bees.

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7. A common theme in Vega's designs is a celebration of female power and empowerment.

8. Like these nails, which celebrate an entire spectrum of feminist icons from Oprah to Frida Kahlo to Roxane Gay.

9. Culture and womanhood are some of our strongest roots, so Vega splashes them across these fingertips like badges of honor.

10. She doesn't shy away from things that are hard to talk about either. These nails are Vega's artistic plea to stop violence against women.

11. And there's something incredibly powerful about seeing this message, in honor of Suicide Prevention Week, every time you look at your hands.

12. Vega's nails are all about love — for yourself, for others, for animals, for the world around us — and these Keith Haring-inspired designs are exactly that: a celebration of the universal feeling of love.

While Vega's art canvas may be small, it speaks volumes and, like any great manicure, will get the attention it deserves.

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Over one million people in Tennessee are at risk of hunger every day. And since the outbreak of COVID-19, Second Harvest has seen a 50% increase in need for their services. That's why Amazon is Delivering Smiles and giving back this holiday season by fulfilling hundreds of AmazonSmile Charity Lists, donating essential pantry and food items to help organizations like Second Harvest to feed those hit the hardest this year.

Visit AmazonSmile Charity Lists to donate directly to a local food bank or charity in your community, or simply shop smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price of eligible products to your selected charity.

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For the majority of people, a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride or a 26.2 mile run would be difficult on its own. The Ironman competition requires participants to complete them all in one grueling race. In a statement, Special Olympics Florida President and CEO Sherry Wheelock called Chris "an inspiration to all of us." She continued, "We are incredibly proud of Chris and the work he has put in to achieve this monumental goal. He's become a hero to athletes, fans, and people across Florida and around the world."

Nikic's journey to become an Ironman started off as a challenge far less lofty. He and his father, Nik, created the "1 percent better challenge." The idea was to keep Chris motivated during the pandemic and beyond. According to The Washington Post, the idea was for Chris to improve his workouts by one percent each day because he "doesn't like pain" but loves "food, videos games and my couch." The plan was to keep building strength and stamina while keeping his eye on the grand prize of completing a triathlon. Nik told the Panama City News Herald, "I was concerned because after high school and after graduation a lot of kids with Down syndrome become isolated and just start living a life of isolation. I said, 'Look, let's go find him something to get him back into the world and get him involved,' so we started looking around and we were fortunate that at the same time Special Olympics Florida started this triathlon program, and I thought, 'What a great way to get him started, get him in shape and get him to make some friends.'"


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