This Instagram star is deleting thousands of photos to prove ‘nothing you see is real’

For anyone who ever peered at the sun-kissed photo of some Instagram “star” and thought, “This just can’t be real life,” this should be validating: Essena O’Neill, one of Instagram’s bright, beautiful stars, has decided to quit social media — and, in the process, expose how what we see isn’t always what it seems. O’Neill, 18, an…

Award-winning Afghan refugee whose tent school empowered a thousand girls

When Aqeela Asifi accepted the Nansen refugee award in Geneva this month, the 49-year-old Afghan teacher appeared with her husband, Sher Mohammed, and youngest daughter, Sawera, 11. It was a moment to celebrate Asifi’s “brave and tireless dedication to education for Afghan refugee girls” in Pakistan. But the fact that Asifi says she feels like…