Due to the current covid-19 pandemic, most of us are stuck at home. Looking for ways to fill your days? Hoping to save some money? Here are some places you can find free movies online.
Social distancing and lockdown rules are popping up all over the world to prevent the spread of the covid-19 (coronavirus). Whether you’re working from home, studying, or anxiously waiting to go back to work, you most likely are looking for things to do and watch. Lucky for you, these uncertain times have brought companies to share their content for free or made free content easier to find online.
Streaming services such as Netflix are a big help these days, allowing you to watch a big catalogue of content without having to buy the physical copy. Video on Demand also allow you to rent or buy a specific TV show or movie. But if money’s tight, or if you want to save because you have no idea what the future holds, there are plenty of free movies to discover online. Granted, a lot of these are old movies, but that does not mean they are not worth your while.
Watch old classics on Open Culture
Open Culture has you covered. You can find here more than 1,150 links to free movies, whether you are looking for classics, documentaries or famous directors’ short films. You can look through categories but I’d recommend searching for a specific title if you have one in mind. It’s the perfect place to find those old movies at the top of your to-watch lists.
Find feature films on the Internet Archive
There are many feature films that have fallen into the public domain. This means that they can be accessed freely, and the best place to find these is the Internet Archive. Open Culture might send you directly to the website but you can look through the collection yourself. You can mostly find old movies and there are some gems such as Stanley Donen’s Charade (with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant). There are also books, newsreel, music and much more available.
Watch movies and TV shows on Plex
Now’s the perfect time to make use of the one-month free trial period of most streaming services. But there are other online movie services that offer free entertainment. Plex has a range of free movies (albeit with ads) to watch. There is no need to enter a credit card number, you can start streaming as soon as you create an account. You can watch movies such as Corbucci’s Django.
HBO is now free in the US
If you’re in the US, the HBO catalogue is free all through April. It’s the perfect time to rewatch Westworld, The Wire or Veep, and even movies such as Pokemon Detective Pikachu. To access it, you will just need to download the HBO Now or HBO Go apps, or go to the hbonow.com or hbogo.com websites. Also only available in the US, the former FreeDrive service has become IMDb TV. There, you can stream movies and TV series such as Friday Night Lights and Memento.
It’s critical for all of us locked up at home to focus on our mental health. We need to remain positive and hopeful with all the surrealness going on around us. It’s okay to not be okay! Focus on the good things coming out of this experience. It is uniting us our worldwide, healing the Earth, shining a light on selfishness, and giving you all the time to do things you don’t normally have time for. Keep yourself in a good mood and have fun being at home! Here’s some mood-boosting music to chill to at home.
Well, here we are, stuck at home to make sure that we keep ourselves and others safe. Whether you’re a homebody or not this is a lot more time at home than you’ve ever had before! It’s the perfect time to take the best care of yourself, reflect, heal and enjoy with this time. This is most certainly self-care & development month. Let’s take advantage of this corona time and make the best of it! Here are some ideas to keep you busy.
Right now, we are currently living in history. This is the first time ever to have this kind of pandemic on a global scale. It is all so surreal and we are all experiencing something extremely abnormal for us. Write about it! You could even record a video daily of what you’ve been up to and how you’re feeling day to day.
TRY SOMETHING NEW
You know that thing you’ve always wanted to do but never had enough time to do… well now’s the time, honey! You could bake bread for the first time or learn to sew, choreograph a dance, whatever it is that time has held you back.
ORGANIZE YOUR CLOSET
Pull some outfits together, get wild with it! Make up a small runway and walk it out with your quarantine pals. Or you could plan ahead and pick out some killer outfits to wear once this is all over and you make your first debut back out in the world. Plan some cute outfits out and take pictures to remember the idea for later! It’s the perfect time to make a mess of things and have some fun with it and pack away your winter clothes and bring out your spring/summer!
Read a book, listen to a podcast or take an e-course. There’s so much available to us online to gain more knowledge. You could come out of this quarantine as the next Isaac Newton!
It is so amazing to see how many gyms are offering free online classes to keep everyone active during this time of confinement. Pull up those Instagram workouts you’ve saved for later but never looked back it. Even though you’re all cooped up it’s the perfect time to focus on some of your fitness goals and crush them!
Make the most of your time as much as you can. These are uncertain and stressful times and it can even be a little scary. Try not to think about all the negatives of the situation and focus on the positives of it.
Hellooooooo March! The month of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. Now is the time to celebrate yourself and the incredible, strong and hard-working females around you. It is time to fully embrace and love yourself. Appreciate who you are and what makes you, you! When you love oneself you are able to love others more. The most freeing feeling is to accept and be confident in exactly who you are inside and out.
Let’s celebrate the love for yourself, every day can be a day to adore and appreciate you, by you! Go ahead and give yourself some compliments. Point out those favorite things about yourself and markdown your achievements and how far you have come. The days can be long and challenging but by the end of it, you can pat yourself on the back or give yourself a hug because you go, girl! You did it, you got through another day.
Now, on Paulette, we have special goodies just for you! For a daily digital reminder, you can download our self-love & empowering wallpapers to your phone or share it with a friend who might need a little pick me up.
Away from all the french controversies regarding modest swimwear and hijab, we flew to Dubai in order to discover Nike’s newest reveal: The Victory Swim Collection. Since its public launch on December 10th, the collection who is going up for sale in February 2020, has quite drawn attention towards the brand- whether it be positive or negative.
This collection pushes the boundaries and barriers of innovation and design for all women, offering them an empowering swimwear range that focuses on efficient performance. The collection is composed of the Victory Swim Full-Coverage Swimsuit, the Swim Hijab, the Tunic Top and the Swim Legging that either comes in large or tight. You will be able to either buy the pieces separately, creating the swim outfit yourself, or buy it how it comes. There are three colour options as of now: Blue, Black and deep Purple. The Swim Hijab has mesh pockets that keep hair in place, holding it firmly so that it won’t budge while swimming. Another important detail is the built-in sport bras in both the swimsuit and the tunic top which is a huge innovation for hijabis who previously had to wear a bikini underneath their modest swimwear to have coverage and support. Moreover, each piece has a UPF 40+ sun protection in order to protect the swimmers skin. The whole collection offers a head to toe drainage system with a gill-like built in vents with open-meshed articulations which creates breathable, light and free movements in the water.
Everything has been thought to provide a unique experience under water. Martha Moore, the Vice President creative director at Nike, has worked with a design team to come up with a collection that would ensure women to feel strong and confident without having any other distraction. Their main focus was to create products that function perfectly, that would feel lightweight and dry fast. For Moore, the collection had to be functional before making it aesthetic. Once they overcame the practical challenges, they added colour touches and mermaid holographic details. Which is honestly one of the best thing to look at. Thanks to the Victory Swim Collection, women can now move and practice their sport easily. The motto of this range according to Moore is « I look good I feel good, I feel good i play good ». It is all about feeling like you could win a gold medal, not actually winning it. Having noticed the issues women had with swimming, Moore and her team wanted to open possibility of the delight of sport so that everyone can enjoy it regardless of: culture, body type and body consciousness.
It is owing to the huge success of the Nike’s Pro Hijab that this collection saw the light of day. So many women and athletes felt confident and empowered by that first drop that Nike had to continue to provide such assistance. The brand always relies on their surroundings to solve in the most accurate way their requests. Listening to athletes such as Nouf, Saudi Arabia’s first woman scuba diver, the collection slowly started taking shape. During our interview, Nouf said she didn’t feel confident in a basic swimsuit because of how tight it was. She had to put clothes on top to make it look more modest, hence feeling too suffocating. It is when she founded her own scuba diving club for women called « Pink Bubbles Divers », that she started noticing that many women were too conscious of going under water or even above water because of the unfitting swimwear. Noting that, Nike made products that are body skimming and conscious of all the issues women had to deal with, meaning creating products that does no compress the body and is not skin showing. According to Nouf, this collection is going to be a game changer in all fields.
The Victory Swim Collection is aimed at any women wanting to enjoy water. However, it is undoubtedly a strong statement for Muslim women. Whether it was intended by Nike or not, that shouldn’t be the primary focus of the collection. The worldwide known brand proved over the decade that what really matters to them is the wellbeing of their athletes and making clothes that would allow them to focus on their practices. That was first proven in 1984, with Joan Benoit, and now in 2020 with this Victory Swim Collection. Not having to deal with the efficiency of one’s gear is a privilege that Nike is ready to offer to every single woman. Besides, women that are not only athletes should feel included in this Victory Swim Collection. You want to enjoy swimming without having to be conscious of your body? You will love this collection.
Article de Balkis Hmida.
As Christmas Day slowly approaches, the race to buy the most beautiful tree, glittery decorations and heart-warming gifts for family and friends is in full swing! Crafting the perfect Christmas dinner menu also proves a task of its own. However, planning a successful holiday feast doesn’t have to be a burden on the environment and the planet. What if we collectively had the Greenest and most eco-friendly Christmas ever? That’s a gift Mother Nature would truly appreciate.
2019 will go down as a year of global awakening and understanding of the challenges that humanity is facing in the age of climate change. Along with the massive shifts and radical changes that big companies and corporations have to make, individual attitudes towards consumerism, specifically around the holidays, will also have an impact in saving and preserving our planet’s natural resources. Here are simple ways you can plan a sustainable and eco-friendly Christmas celebration, without spoiling the fun for anybody, of course!
Rent a Live Christmas Tree
Fake Christmas trees might be reusable year after year, thus checking the sustainable box. However, study shows that you would have to use the same plastic tree for at least 20 years for it to be greener that a real tree. Once discarded, fake Christmas trees are hardly ever recycled, and end up in landfills. Why not choose to adopt your Christmas tree, instead? You can pick a live tree, decorate it, have it in your home for the holidays, and safely return it back to the tree farm you bought it from. They will put it back in soil, in the hope that it continues to grow. How lovely! Here are some options for an environmentally friendly Christmas tree.
Switch to LED Christmas Lighting
LED lighting is much more environmentally friendly than traditional twinkling incandescent Christmas lights, because it uses up to 80% less energy. Having solar-powered lights outdoors is also a great way to use less electricity. Putting both indoors and outdoors lights on a timer will not only be more sustainable, but your energy bill will be reduced as well. So, make the switch and look for LED lighting anywhere you can!
Buy Locally Made and Eco-friendly Gifts
Buying the perfect gift for a loved one is challenging enough. Making it green and sustainable may feel like the impossible task. Well, not if you think smart and local. Local craft fairs and artisan shops are a good source for gifts that come without the added costs of transportation (that contributes to greenhouse emissions and global warming). And gifts made locally often have a story which goes with the gift, since the artisan and the origin of the gift are known. Locally made, plastic-free, eco-certified, and thoughtfully shopped gifts are the way to go. Your family and friends, as well as your own conscience will thank you for it.
At Paulette, we looked for the best sustainable and environmentally conscious stores and brands in our own neighborhood to get our gift shopping on. Manifeste011 (for their vegan fashion), Hast (for their TIPA compostable pouch and packaging), Smallable(for their wide selection of eco-friendly kids’ toys), Whole (for their in-house hand-dyed fabrics and home goods), The Naked Shop (for their zero-waste beauty bar), and Toasties (for their colorful range of accessories made of recycled sheepskins) are great options to please everyone in your family on Christmas eve or Christmas day, depending on when you open the gifts. No early peeking allowed!
Use Environmentally Friendly Wrapping Paper and Christmas Decorations
As we all know, wrapping paper usually ends up in the garbage can faster than we can say “Merry Christmas!”. Added to their single use every year, non-recyclable elements like foil, glitter or plastic make traditional wrapping paper a less than desirable option for a Green Christmas. Recycled wrapping paper is a great alternative for big gifts. However, small gifts can easily be wrapped in a beautiful and colorful fabric square. In Japanese culture, this technique is known as Furoshiki – the art of wrapping clothes, gifts, or other goods in a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth. That’s basically receiving 2 gifts in 1. What more can you ask for? Sustainable Christmas tree decorations, perhaps? Well, most decorations are taken out and put up, year after year for the holidays, then safely put away for 11 months, becoming family heirlooms that last for generations. If you do wish to add to your collection however, look to companies such as Nkuku for designs made from brass, glass, and wood.
Shop smart and locally (with a grocery list) to avoid food waste
Christmas dinner is a touchy subject, I get it. Part of the fun is feeling utterly stuffed with roasted chicken or turkey, pecan or sweet potato pie, fresh oysters, tasty foie gras, you name it! However, opting for a Green Christmas dinner will reduce the carbon footprint of all the ingredients that will be used to prepare the much-anticipated mouthwatering dinner. Try and support local and ethical small-scale producers, buy seasonal fruits and vegetables, and avoid single use plastic to wrap up anything. If you’re feeling daring, cooking a completely vegan holiday dinner is actually not that hard and quite tasty, if you ask us. If you do end up with leftovers, despite the strict grocery list, and you’re in the seasonal giving spirit, you might want to wrap up some food, and bring joy and a little bit of comfort to people in need in your local shelter or Red Cross.
Reconnect with Nature on Christmas Day
Christmas is a time for giving and a time for family. What a great opportunity to start a family tradition of reconnecting with nature and instilling the values of sustainable living to your children, family and friends. Why not start an annual run, hike, or just a walk in a nearby forest or park. Earth-friendly activities such as bird counting, planting a small tree, or decorating a tree for the birds – with seeds for them to eat – will also be an opportunity to get you outdoors with family and friends for a few hours to build an appetite for the big dinner to come.
Above all else, spend quality time with the people you love, and enjoy yourself. The Paulette Team wishes each and everyone of you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Article by PK Douglas
For all your Green Christmas gift shopping in Paris, visit Manifeste011 (14, rue Jean-Macé 75011 Paris), Hast (87, rue d’Aboukir 75002 Paris / 7, rue des Batignolles 75017 Paris), The Naked Shop (75, rue Oberkampf 75011 Paris), Whole (86, rue Jean-Pierre Thimbaud), Smallable (82, rue du Cherche-Midi 75006 Paris), and Toasties (14, rue du Château d’Eau 75010 Paris).
Camden Town, the well-known and busy northern London district, now houses the Vagina Museum. It opened its doors on November 2019. Its goal is to fight taboos and debunk myths that surround the female genitalia.
If the Icelandic Phallological Museum exists since 1997, it was not until more than twenty years later that its female equivalent, the Vagina Museum, saw the light of day. Florence Schechter initiated the project by organizing several pop-up museums around the UK. Then, she decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign in March 2019 in order to create the first Vagina Museum in the world. Eventually, it was amidst Camden Market’s food and souvenir stalls that the sign ‘Vagina Museum’ was set up. A free, committed and educational museum was born.
As soon as you enter the museum, a poster lists the values attached to this space – Respect, Integrity, Empowerment, Inclusivity -, along with its missions. Among them are: the will to raise awareness of the gynaecological anatomy and health, erase the stigma around the body and gynaecological anatomy, and challenge heteronormative and cisnormative behaviour.
Through its first exhibition, the Vagina Museum wants to deconstruct about fifteen myths surrounding female sex. Even though half of the population has one, the vagina remains taboo and poorly known. After visitors get the opportunity to take a Q&A test, the exhibition begins by covering all the basic anatomical knowledge. As you continue your exploration into the museum, many common and preconceived ideas are pedagogically demystified such as “You can’t get pregnant if it is your first time having sexual intercourse or if your partner pulls out before he ejaculates” / “Having a vagina means that you are a woman.” / “Periods are dirty, and using a tampon means that you’re no longer a virgin.” The Vagina Museum explains why ALL OF THE STATEMENTS ABOVE ARE OBVIOUSLY FALSE.
The exhibition reminds visitors that having a poor understanding of their own anatomy can lead to direct negative impacts on health. The Vagina Museum leads with an approach that seeks to raise awareness on questions women have about their own genitalia. In a nutshell, love your vulva!
Nowadays, it is very common for universities to offer study abroad programs. Whether it be for a year or a semester, moving to another country is a nerve-wracking experience that can change you in unexpected ways. It is a rewarding personal challenge, that will stay with you. Here’s why everyone should study abroad at least once.
The most obvious element that makes us want a change of scenery is the possibility of discovering a new country. Depending on how far you go, you may encounter a new language, architecture, climate, or way of thinking that might radically change from what you are used to. This can be very stimulating and awaken your curiosity and eagerness to learn everything about your new environment. Moving somewhere unknown also makes you more versatile as you become familiar with your new home. When I studied abroad in Italy for instance, I had to get accustomed to the casual rhythm of life: students and teachers were allowed a 15 minute delay to class. Italian students would often lounge around in the sun sipping coffee. There was an overall idleness to things.
Ability to reinvent yourself
Studying abroad, and moving away by yourself specifically, is an opportunity to have a fresh new start. A blank page where you are free to be who you want to be. This doesn’t mean faking a whole new personality, but simply being able to be yourself, free from the baggage you may be carrying when living in one place for a long time. No one in this new environment knows anything about you, which can be extremely liberating.
See what you can accomplish
It is also the opportunity to test your limits and see all the things you can accomplish by yourself: from meeting new people and making friends, to the administrative stuff that a move to another country implies (getting a visa, renting an apartment, getting medical insurance…). Seeing what you are capable of doing on your own as an individual leads to a lot of personal growth.
Meeting new people and developing friendships are very rewarding. It’s always nice to see that no matter your age you can make friends, and as you grow older, they might even be more likely to appreciate the same things as you do. My semester abroad for my Master’s in Cultural Management allowed me to meet people who were just as excited as I was about reading, drawing, or going to museums, which made our bond that much stronger.
Taste of freedom
The taste of freedom you get from living alone in a new country feels like an unexpected high. It’s unlike any other feeling to be far from home, to reminisce about all your loved ones far away, and to feel proud of everything that you have managed to accomplish in a completely foreign land.
Living abroad is a unique personal experience. Chances are you’ll want to do it more than once.
Article by Inès Huet
Halloween is just around the corner. In honor of the season, we explore a figure that has been around for centuries: the witch. The witch has a complex past. In Europe, between the 16th and 17th century, between fifty and a hundred thousand people were executed under the motive of witchcraft, the vast majority being women. Today, this figure has known a resurgence in popular culture, and I largely considered as a symbol of feminism, revolt and creativity. The witch is an exceptional woman, who breaks the norms and is not afraid to position herself against the patriarchal society that oppresses her. What led the witch to this impressive evolution, from a menacing and cruel character to an icon of female empowerment?
A difficult start for the witch
For a long time, the witch was stuck in a binary structure: in fairy tales and legends, women were either “good” or “evil”. This reductive take on women is visible in many children’s works, like Disney films. Between Snow White and her evil stepmother, there is no doubt on which of the two is virtuous. Whether it be in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Sleeping Beauty, The Chronicles of Narnia or Hansel and Gretel the witch is vicious, if not murderous.
Nothing to do with our favorite characters from Harry Potter or Sabrina. Bad witches are not only bad morally, but also physically. They have a scary appearance, are old and repulsive: their physique mirrors their nature. On the other hand, the kind young women or fairies are beautiful and obedient, reflecting a masculine ideal of femininity. This is how the parameters of what is acceptable in terms of gender are established: a good woman is necessarily pretty, nice, and obliging, whereas a bad woman is ugly, selfish, and power hungry. Ursula in The Little Mermaid wants to reign over Atlantica in King Triton’s place, the Wicked Witch of the West resists the Wizard of Oz’s order and wants to avenge her sister’s death, for example. The woman who put into question the male authority in place, need to be eliminated, which is why the grand majority of these witch characters dies at the end of the story, making space for a happy ending.
Until she becomes a feminist icon
A tragic outcome for these feminine characters, whose main flaws are wanting to have their say in politics, and freedom. It comes as no surprise then, that the witch should evolve in keeping with women’s place in our modern society… She later becomes an independent, strong and nuanced heroine, who is met with huge success. This rewritten character inspired women: on Instagram, the hasghtag #witchesofinstagram has been used more than three million times to this day. Many women are interested in tarot, witchcraft classes, crystals and astrology. Spirituality and esotericism inspire curiosity and are a way to reconnect with the self and nature, a subject that is treated more in depth in Paulette’s Spiritualité magazine. If you want to learn more about witchcraft and magic, here are some modern-day witches you can follow on YouTube:
We must not forget that our perception of magic tends to be
white-washed: many forms of witchcraft exist outside of the West such as
voodoo, which tends to be viewed negatively – and wrongly so – compared to
wicca, for instance. These practices have also largely influenced some Western rituals:
in her music video “Brujas” (witch in Spanish), Princess Nokia sings ‘Tituba
! Voodoo slave girl who graced us // with her black magic // You made her a
slave (…) Everything you got, you got from us.’ Witch hunts also affected women
coming from minorities: just as feminism is intersectional, the political witch
Article by Inès Huet
On a beautiful day in early September, we had the pleasure of spending our morning with the beauty brand 27 Rosiers in our Paulette pop-up apartment in New York City. Before our planned Qong meditation session, the beauty brand introduced us to its 360° beauty concept by giving us the opportunity to test their innovative products. It was a much needed moment of relaxation for the mind, body, and soul before our busy upcoming week.
27 Rosiers’ whole purpose is to provide a moment of relaxation in the midst of our hectic lives. The brand came up with a very well thought out beauty routine that takes care of the body in its entirety. By supplying moisturizing creams, masks, but also food supplements, 27 Rosiers shows that beauty is nothing more than our body being and feeling well, inside and out.
Innovating in the beauty industry: the 360° approach
Launched in the US on June 4th, 2019, 27 Rosiers was actually birthed in Paris from the shared values and vision of Kevin Le Roux and Stephanie Meeus. These two friends wanted to create “clean beauty” products fit for their active lifestyles, perfectly safe for the environment and people’s health, and only using healthy ingredients.
At a time when consumers are more and more careful about what they put on (and inside) their body, some brands have specialized in selling food supplements for better skin, while others have developed innovative creams and potions made from natural ingredients. But why not combine both? 27 Rosiers is the result of a 360° approach on beauty that is intimately connected to well-being. The company’s goal? That consumers see the benefits that the products provide inside and out.
Products that respect the environment and our health
27 Rosiers products are made from vegan, cruelty-free and non-toxic ingredients – no parabens, phenoxyethanol, phthalates or sulphates whatsoever; additives and artificial fragrances are also completely banned.
27 Rosiers provides a whole range of products that are not limited to our external shell. Thus, different skin care products that address both visible skin problems – such as dehydration, redness, dryness, etc. – and internal turmoil that can affect our metabolism – such as lack of sleep, digestive imbalance, stress, etc. – and directly impact the health of our skin . The environment we live in may also harm our skin – pollution, anxiety, blue light exposure, temperature variation, etc.
A 360º beauty routine for your well-being
The first collection includes six products: four skin care products and two food supplements.
On the skin, apply:
Fight Grime ($ 39) is a detox and pollution cleansing gel. It contains moringa that protects your skin from air pollution.
Here We Glow Again ($ 65) is a serum that fortifies your skin’s natural defences and protects it from blue light exposure and pollution. It contains spinoza, which helps protect the skin.
Ready Selfie Go ($ 48) is a mask that helps brighten your complexion in 10 minutes. It contains spirulina, which is know for its powerful antioxidants.
Quench My Thirst ($ 52) is a moisturizing cream that softens the skin by restoring its natural shine, without making it look shiny. It contains orobanche rapum-genistae, a plant harvested in France that allows for a deeper hydration of the skin.
As for the health of your skin on the inside, you can take:
Gutta Move On ($ 49): a natural food supplement designed to purify the body of toxins and restore a damaged intestinal flora via a mixture of probiotics.
Glow For Good ($ 55): a natural food supplement designed to give the skin a youthful glow. It contains probiotics that are know for boosting the immune system and hyaluronic acid that are used to boost hydration.
With its innovative products made from carefully selected ingredients, 27 Rosiers supplies a skin care and beauty routine that rhymes with well-being and health.
27 Rosiers is available on their website and at Credo Beauty (online or in stores exclusively in the United States).
Article by Alexandra Hostier
Translated by PK Douglas
Tahani from The Good Place has quickly become a fan-favorite. She is portrayed by British actress Jameela Jamil, who uses her platform to celebrate body positivity and inclusivity.
Jameela Jamil is the actress behind Tahani in NBC’s The Good Place. While Kirsten Bell, Ted Danson and the whole cast are brilliant actors, Jameela Jamil won over people’s hearts through her portrayal of the very posh, name-dropping, British socialite. In real life, Jamil, 33, promotes self-love and inclusivity, mainly through social media and the I Weigh movement. She also fights against toxic representations of women in today ’s society.
Complicated teenage years
Jamil was born in the UK to an Indian father and a Pakistani mother. Born with hearing issues, she went through several operations and now hears only 50% in one ear and 70% in the other. Between the ages of 14 to 17, Jameela Jamil suffered from anorexia, something she believes is mainly due to the representation of women in the media. But a car accident at the age of 17 led to her being unable to walk for a while. She had to do physiotherapy and take steroids. This traumatic experience made her change her views on her body, accept it, and “literally knocked some sense into [her]”.
She went on to teach English while working as a model, journalist and photographer. She hosted the BBC Radio 1 show The Official Chart in 2012. Her life changed once more in 2016, when a breast cancer scare led her to pursue her dreams in Los Angeles. She had planned to a chance as a DJ and screenwriter, but randomly auditioned for The Good Place and got the part of Tahani, without any previous acting experience.
The I Weigh movement
Her newfound popularity allows her to speak out on issues she cares about and have a bigger reach. Jamil is very active on social media and very open about her struggles with her image and her weight. In 2018, she saw a picture that somebody had posted on Instagram of the Kardashian-Jenner girls with their respective weights plastered in the caption. Sick of seeing women being reduced to their weight, Jameela Jamil decided to answer with her own picture, including the sum of good things she “weighted” like “lovely relationship, great friends…”. The pouring support and amount of similar pictures she received from her followers led her to create the Instagram account @i_weigh, and the I Weigh movement.
But the Instagram account is not limited to weight. It became a place for inclusivity, celebrating differences and self-acceptance. Jameela Jamil also uses her fame to speak out on other issues, from LGBTQIA+ rights to abortion rights. Jamil also fights against the dangers of idealizing women on social media, when pictures are frequently completely airbrushed. The actress revealed she suffers from EDS 3, a genetic condition which affects her body and, for example, leaves scars after every little cut, as she explained in an Instagram post recently. The constant flow of flawless promotional pictures on social media can lead to body dysmorphia and eating disorder among young women. This is why Jamil only posts unretouched pictures of herself, pictures that show her stretch marks and imperfections. She also fights to banish heavily airbrushed promotional pictures of herself.
She has criticised “detox teas” that some celebrities love to promote because of the dangerous side effects. She often uses her own experience of following celebrity diets when she was a teenager, which caused lots of damage to her body, to make her point. She famously made Khloe Kardashian delete an Instagram post promoting a weight-loss product, by commenting that Khloe should warn her followers of the toxic side effects of the product and also admit that she has “a personal trainer, nutritionist, probable chef, and a surgeon to help her reach [her] perfect body goal”. She also created a petition to stop celebrity endorsement of diet products.
Article by Juliette Cardinale
A few weeks ago, Paulette opened a pop-up appartment in Manhattan to meet our New York readers. On Sunday, September 8th, we put together a collective photo shoot in lingerie to advocate for self-love.
Being self-confident in a society that promotes stick thin bodies through ad campaigns for dieting before Summer and cosmetic surgery is no small feat. During #PauletteAndTheCity, that run from September 6th to the 11th, Paulette invited girls and women to pose in their underwear as a means to take pride in their bodies, regardless of size and insecurities. The result was an inspiring collection of group and individual photographs, showcasing confident and magnificent women.
The evening carried on with a discussion on self-confidence, while all of us were still bathing in a bubble of acceptance and self-love, and wearing lingerie. The photoshoot and discussion were part of the @allwomxnproject movement founded by the entrepreneur and plus size model @bonjourclem.
Representing all women
Launched in 2016 by Clémentine Desseaux and Charli Howard, the All Women Project brought together 11 worldwide tops. Barbie Ferreira or Elliott Sailors showed themselves without any airbrushing in a video made by Olimpia Valli Fassi.
This movement is meant to show that all girls and all women are beautiful. Skin color, age, scars, love handles… everything should be accepted and loved. Women should not feel pressured to do more or be more; they are enough and great just as they are. The All Womxn Project invites every woman and girl to organize their own event, do a photoshoot and share their pictures on social media with the hashtag #iamallwomxn.
The pictures are not airbrushed so that women show their true selves and their natural beauty. Minority representation also matters since it allows all women to have a voice in the public sphere – or at least on Instagram. The All Womxn Project also creates a space in which women and girls feel safe.