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My January Spotlight

My January Spotlight

“Spotlights” are where I’ll be sharing incredible, interesting, or intriguing things that I’ve seen over the past month. From articles to ads, events to illustrations, it’s about work that I think deserves recognition and to be talked about. 

This is my January Spotlight (I realise that we are in fact reaching the end of February…) but the things that I found are too important not to share! Without really intending to do it, the 4 things that I’ve selected seem to have a similar theme of tackling gender and/or racial prejudice running through them. They are truly inspiring and most definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already…

  1. Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness “How Do You Ignore Haters & Learn to Love Yourself? with Jameela Jamil

After only very recently getting into podcasts, Getting Curious… was one of the first that I listened to. It’s hosted by Jonathan Van Ness of Queer Eye so as you can imagine there’s already a heavy dose of amazingness and amusement in the show, which was only heightened in this episode by the appearance of Jameela Jamil, an actress and activist and absolute idol of mine! She’s on a mission to get rid of influencers and celebrities who are endorsing eating disorder culture, and she also speaks out about gender equality and what it’s like to be a South Asian actress in the industry today. It is hilarious and heart-warming all at the same time.

2. “The Alex Iwobi ‘gorilla’ insult shines a light on south Asian anti-black racism” article by Sharan Dhaliwal

This is a really powerful piece that unpicks the ongoing caste and colourism issue in Indian culture, how it contributes to racism towards black people and our attitude towards darker skin tones in the community. Sharan Dhaliwal, editor-in-chief of Burnt Roti magazine, encourages us to unlearn and speak out against these ideologies that have been influenced by generational attitudes. This topic will be a focal point in the next print-issue of Burnt Roti magazine, a publication that aims to promote South Asian talent as well as give those from South Asian heritage a voice.

3. Gillette’s “We Believe: The Best Men Can Be” ad

Whether you liked it or not, this is definitely something that needs to be talked about. Gillette’s latest ad builds on the #MeToo movement by playing on its famous 30-year tagline (the best a man can get) and asking “Is this the best a man can get?”. The spot addresses serious issues like toxic masculinity, sexual harassment, violence and #metoo, encouraging men to take more action every day to set the best example for the next generation. Personally I think this is a step in the right direction for the brand in light of what it means to be a modern man today, and I applaud Gillette for attaching their tagline to something that’s meaningful and important. This is a conversation that needs to happen!

4. Badass Gal by the Young Creative Council

As I’ve mentioned before, I was approached to be featured in Badass Gal, a project that started last International Women’s Day to celebrate a year of young females in the industry who are already going above and beyond. The project is run by the Young Creative Council, a collective of creatives who aim to bridge the gap between education and industry for aspiring young students. They want to make our industry a more inclusive place ensuring that incredible talent is recognised, whoever it’s coming from. Badass Gal is one way they’re doing that. It’s drawing the industry’s attention towards the talent that’s already out there, as well as inspiring a new generation with literally hundreds of strong female role models. Be sure to check out their special exhibition #BadassBecause that’s launching the day before International Women’s Day.

And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed and were inspired by my very first “Spotlight” post. Since we’re so close to the end of February (like seriously, why is 2019 in such a rush??), there will be a new one coming your way very soon. 

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