Monday, February 10, 2020 - 18:00 Speaker Beauty in an Instagram world
Beauty in an Instagram world
Monday, February 10, 2020 - 18:00Speaker
Is Instagram a space for liberating self-expression, or a toxically competitive and comparative environment? What impacts are the beauty industry and surrounding social media platforms having on our mental health? How do we create role models and promote body positivity in these spaces? Come along to hear women in the industry talk about their experiences in and opinions on modelling, cosmetics, and body positivity in the world of Instagram
Sonny pioneers the #BeautyBeyondSize and has worked on huge campaigns with the likes of Primark, ASOS, and Figleaves. Last year, she teamed up with Chamrot, the New York based clothes line which challenges the sizing assumptions and impositions of designers, for New York fashion week. She is not afraid to speak out about the problems in the industry but also emphasises the positive value of social media when it champions real women’s bodies.
Jada has a Masters in Child Psychotherapy but during her studies noticed the powerful affect the media has on young people’s development and its devastating results from lack of representation. She begun campaigning on Instagram and grew a following instantaneously. Her uplifting message and unique images went viral and she became one of UK’s first plus-size models championing self esteem, body confidence and mental wellness.
Simone Charles is a social media influencer and model who is an advocate for body confidence and body positivity. She has been in the industry for eight years and uses her Instagram and blog, thecurveboard.com, to share her message with her thousands of followers which is "live your truth, regardless of size, weight or colour". She also holds a BSc Psychology and MSc Consumer Behaviour, has co-authored a research paper assessing the role of media in shaping societal norms and recently spoke on BBC Radio London to talk about her work in the field.
Simran is a writer, model, and digital influencer, and was formerly assistant politics editor at gal-dem. Her current work focuses on the intersection between her Indian heritage and Western upbringing, and she pushes to #decoloniseyourwardrobe. With an Instagram following 114k strong, she has worked with Vogue, Estee Lauder, and Nike and her work has been featured in publications such as Dazed and Nylon.