February 25, 2015: Pink Shirt Day is all about NO bullying.
Are you wearing pink today? February 25 is Pink Shirt Day, an initiative happening Canadian wide that is getting a lot of support. And so it should. It is an anti-bullying campaign.
Goal of Pink Shirt Day
The campaign goal is to educate people of all ages about bullying, which includes its harmful effects. It raises awareness about why people bully and effective ways to stop it. Bullying happens to men and women in schools, the workplace, and online.
Pink Shirt Day began when two students in Nova Scotia started the campaign to stand up against the bullying they saw happening in school. The two boys spread the message that they would not put up with bullying when they protested the harassment happening to a new Grade 9 student by giving pink t-shirts to all boys at the school.
Reese Witherspoon Steps Up for #AskHerMore
Reese Witherspoon took to the red carpet of the 2015 Oscars to support a social media campaign called #AskHerMore. The feminist campaign, created by the Representation Project, made an impact on the red carpet and beyond, as illustrated below.
What is #AskHerMore?
The campaign #AskHerMore from The Representation Project began last year but got more attention than ever before at the Oscars. After all millions of people are watching the event and famous actress Reese Witherspoon got behind it.
At the Oscars, the campaign took the form of encouraging journalists to ask actresses questions relating to their films and the amount of work they put into their projects. Reese Witherspoon lent her voice to this campaign. Historically women being interviewed at the big event have been asked by journalists primarily about their outfits and skin care routines. So, this campaign was meant to dive into more about the women’s careers and personalities.
Are you an optimist? I enjoyed this post from Jasmine at the blog flux + flow. Reblog time!
Time to celebrate for Chinese New Year. But what are the pressures on Chinese women to get married? Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
Yes, Chinese New Year is a reason to celebrate. Let’s enjoy the national holiday that spans one week. But, what of the Chinese women who are single? They feel the pressure to get married as they return to their parents’ homes.
As Chinese New Year is like Christmastime, it is primarily a family celebration. One option for single women is to spend it answering the questions of their parents about why they are not married yet.
Another option for single young women is to rent a boyfriend. Yes, this service is available online in a Craigslist sort of platform. In a recent SBS post, one man named Zhi Hao describes how he earns extra money during the Chines New Year by advertising himself as a boyfriend for rent:
“On New Year’s Eve I will prepare some gifts to bring her family and go have a few drinks with them. I think it’s great. I help solve people’s problems, and I earn money.”
But, is it as “great” as he says for the Chinese women who are not married? In China, if you are not married by the time you’ve reached 30 that is considered, well, unsuitable. Unmarried Continue reading
Iman inspires in beauty, business, and charity work. Photo via Twitter
Iman is a woman known primarily for being a fashion model but really she is so much more. There is, after all, more to you than solely your career or by your looks, isn’t there? The same holds true of this woman. Iman helps woman in Somalia.
Background of Iman
While Iman is publicly known just by her first name, her full name is Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid. She is Somalian; her name in Somali is Imaan Maxamed Cabdimajiid. She is Muslim and speaks five languages fluently, which are Somali, English, Arabic, French, and Italian. She grew up in Mogadishu, which is the biggest city in Somalia and later graduated from the University of Nairobi in Nairobi, Kenya, with a degree in Political Science.
It was while Iman was in university that she was discovered by fashion photographer Peter Beard, who encouraged her to pursue a modeling career. With modeling in mind, 19-year-old Iman moved to the United States. Just one year later she was modeling for Vogue; the year was 1976. Since then, she has modeled for leading designers that include Donna Karan, Issey Miyake, and Calvin Klein.
It was with tears that I read Iman’s short but loving note on Twitter today, her first message on social media since the passing of her husband, David Bowie. The widow’s words “Love & Gratitude” washed over my heart. I knew I was meant to publish this post today about Iman that has been sitting in my drafts folder for so long.
May Iman have support and affection around her for all her days to come. I wish each of you readers the very same.
Here is how Iman has positively impacted the fashion world, particularly in the area of ethnic cosmetics.
Iman launched Iman Cosmetics in 2004. Photo via ImanCosmetics.com
Why Iman Created a Cosmetics Line
It was about 20 years after the Vogue photo shoot that launched Iman’s supermodel career that she became the head of a cosmetics firm dedicated to cosmetics for ethnic women. Iman had found it difficult to find suitable shades that looked natural on her skin tone and would routinely mix different foundations to find herself the right shade.
This issue prompted her to search for a solution. It was the start of Iman Cosmetics, the only cosmetics brand devoted to women of all ethnicities and a range of skin tones.
The Growth of Iman Cosmetics
Today, the cosmetics line is going strong, and Iman Cosmetics website offers makeup Continue reading