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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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Macy's and Girls Inc. believe that all girls deserve to be safe, supported, and valued. However, racial disparities continue to exist for young people when it comes to education levels, employment, and opportunities for growth. Add to that the gender divide, and it's clear to see why it's important for girls of color to have access to mentors who can equip them with the tools needed to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers.

Anissa Rivera is one of those mentors. Rivera is a recent Program Manager at the Long Island affiliate of Girls Inc., a nonprofit focusing on the holistic development of girls ages 5-18. The goal of the organization is to provide a safe space for girls to develop long-lasting mentoring relationships and build the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to thrive now and as adults.

Rivera spent years of her career working within the themes of self and community empowerment with young people — encouraging them to tap into their full potential. Her passion for youth development and female empowerment eventually led her to Girls Inc., where she served as an agent of positive change helping to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

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Inspiring young women from all backgrounds is why Macy's has continued to partner with Girls Inc. for the second year in a row. The partnership will support mentoring programming that offers girls career readiness, college preparation, financial literacy, and more. Last year, Macy's raised over $1.3M for Girls Inc. in support of this program along with their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programming for more than 26,000 girls. Studies show that girls who participated are more likely than their peers to enjoy math and science, score higher on standardized math tests, and be more equipped for college and campus life.

Thanks to mentors like Rivera, girls across the country have the tools they need to excel in school and the confidence to change the world. With your help, we can give even more girls the opportunity to rise up. Throughout September 2021, customers can round up their in-store purchases or donate online to support Girls Inc. at Macys.com/MacysGives.

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Over the past six years, it feels like race relations have been on the decline in the U.S. We've lived through Donald Trump's appeals to America's racist underbelly. The nation has endured countless murders of unarmed Black people by police. We've also been bombarded with viral videos of people calling the police on people of color for simply going about their daily lives.

Earlier this year there was a series of incidents in which Asian-Americans were the targets of racist attacks inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given all that we've seen in the past half-decade, it makes sense for many to believe that race relations in the U.S. are on the decline.

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Did you know that girls who are encouraged to discover and develop their strengths tend to be more likely to achieve their goals? It's true. The question, however, is how to encourage girls to develop self-confidence and grow up healthy, educated, and independent.

The answer lies in Girls Inc., a national nonprofit serving girls ages 5-18 in more than 350 cities across North America. Since first forming in 1864 to serve girls and young women who were experiencing upheaval in the aftermath of the Civil War, they've been on a mission to inspire girls to kick butt and step into leadership roles — today and in the future.

This is why Macy's has committed to partnering with Girls Inc. and making it easy to support their mission. In a national campaign running throughout September 2021, customers can round up their in-store purchases to the nearest dollar or donate online to support Girls Inc. and empower girls throughout the country.


Kaylin St. Victor, a senior at Brentwood High School in New York, is one of those girls. She became involved in the Long Island affiliate of Girls Inc. when she was in 9th grade, quickly becoming a role model for her peers.

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Within her first year in the organization, she bravely took on speaking opportunities and participated in several summer programs focused on advocacy, leadership, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). "The women that I met each have a story that inspires me to become a better person than I was yesterday," said St. Victor. She credits her time at Girls Inc. with making her stronger and more comfortable in her own skin — confidence that directly translates to high achievement in education and the workforce.

In 2020, Macy's helped raise $1.3 million in support of their STEM and college and career readiness programming for more than 26,000 girls. In fact, according to a recent study, Girls Inc. girls are significantly more likely than their peers to enjoy math and science, to be interested in STEM careers, and to perform better on standardized math tests.

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