In a movement to uplift women and promote female empowerment, the latest Instagram challenge has celebrities posting black and white selfies as part of the "Challenge Accepted" trend. Kerry Washington, Ciara, and Vanessa Bryant are among the many female stars who have shared photos of themselves "accepting the challenge" and nominating their friends to participate, often paired with the hashtag, #womensupportingwomen. "I am awed by the power of women loving each other and lifting each other up!," Kerry captioned a black-and-white photo of herself.
While it's unclear who kicked off the challenge, photos for the challenge started surfacing over the weekend. Public relations and influencer marketing manager Cristine Abram told the New York Times that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's speech regarding Representative Ted Yoho's abrupt comments led to a "spike in social media posts about feminism and female empowerment," and might have triggered the challenge. Though some have criticized the trend for lacking actionable steps and a clear message, there are currently over three million posts under the hashtag #ChallengeAccepted on Instagram. Ahead, see how celebrities have accepted the challenge in support of women.