Women Who Broke The Internet
Women Who Broke The Internet
With this International Womens Days theme being ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality’, let us celebrate the women who broke the internet in the past year. These women are no celebrities, just ordinary individuals with extraordinary minds!
Indian-American by origin, Tanya Rawal is a professor at the University of California at Riverside. Rawal sent the social media abuzz with her #SareeNotSorry campaign, which initially began as a teaching experiment in September 2015, but got blown into a full-fledged movement that aimed to dispel negativity towards people of Indian heritage by drawing focus on the cultural pride and importance of Saree.
The campaign saw Rawal instagramming pictures of herself wearing the six-yard-long fabric in unique styles, and following her, women across the world started posting pictures of themselves in saree using the same hashtag #SareeNotSorry.
Rawal chose the Saree as her tool to fight discrimination particularly because she feels that it carries years of Indian cultural heritage and history, and also because people in the US associate it with Indians.
Most people praise the beauty of the saree. So it is a great position for me. I can tell they feel uncomfortable with me, but the beauty of the saree makes them react kindly. I feel like it is the equivalent of killing your enemy with kindness I am killing hatred with the beauty of the saree, said Rawal. Haneefah Adam The 24-year-old Haneefah Adam became an instant hit on the social media, when she introduced the Barbie world to its newest member, Hijarbie. Dressed in high-end Muslim attire, complete with Hijabs and abayas, the stunning Barbie has already become the most trending doll on instagram, with her account attracting as many as 50.3k followers. Courtesy: http://styletitude.com/ Adam came up with this unique idea after she got a closer look at the much popular Barbie Style instagram account, which made her want to see the doll dress-up the way she did — all covered up.
Heading to an award show somewhere ???#hijarbiestyle A photo posted by Mini Hijab Fashion! (@hijarbie) on
The outfits are inspired by the normal everyday look of a hijabi girl. I want Hijarbie to inspire all Muslim girls. Its about having a doll that looks like her, that represents her own cultural and religious background. At the end of the day, it will create a sense of value and will be inspiring them to be more confident, more driven, to believe more in themselves which leads to an appreciation of herself and her modest lifestyle and upbringing, explains Adam.
Kiran Gandhi, the 26-year-old got famous overnight when she chose to run the London Marathon without a tampon. Though the act shocked many, it didnt sway Gandhis confidence one bit, who not only ran while bleeding freely, but also posed proudly for pictures in her stained pants.
Gandhi explained her decision by saying that she wanted to run in a way that was most comfortable and she felt it was absurd and oppressive that she should compromise on her comfort just so that others dont feel grossed out.
The reactions she received were mixed, with some being extremely supportive while others called it disgusting and unhygienic. Gandhi, however, defended her action by saying that through this move she also meant to support those who do not have the money to buy tampons or any other sort of protection and have to as a result hide their period and feel embarrassed about it each time. Lizzie Velasquez She is a motivational speaker, author and has received several names and labels, many of which arent pleasant at all. Born 4 weeks premature, 26-year-old Lizzie Velasquezs life has been far from normal. She was diagnosed with a rare congenital disease at birth, and doctors warned that she would never walk, talk, think, eat or do anything like normal human beings. Yet the immense love she received from her parents made Lizzie who she is today — a confident young woman who aims to inspire many others like her to come out of their shell. Courtesy: http://latino.foxnews.com/ However, she has gone through many horrors in her life to get where she is today. Lizzie was just 17 when she came across a video, titled The worlds ugliest woman. Even though she was used to being bullied all the time because of the way she looked, that video changed her life.
We get so worried about being “pretty.” Let’s BE pretty KIND, pretty FUNNY, pretty SMART, and pretty STRONG! #kissandmakeup ?@tartecosmetics A photo posted by Lizzie Velasquez (@littlelizziev) on
After that, she not only published her autobiography called Lizzie Beautiful: The Lizzie Velásquez Story, but she also wrote two books targeting teenagers called Be Beautiful, Be You (2012) and Choosing Happiness (2014), which share personal stories from her life and offer advice. Lizzie also has a documentary made on her called A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story, which premiered at SXSW last year.
Eva Chen, the former lucky editor is very different from the women mentioned above. Chen, with her sizeable social media following (392,000 Instagram followers and 125,000 Twitter followers) is already a known face and seemed perfectly fit for the role when she was called in to be the Global Head of Fashion Partnerships at Instagram.
Staying true to her reputation of being a regular on social media, Chen announced her hiring on her Instagram account itself along with a photo of her in Instagrams New York headquarters. The photo went absolutely viral on the platform and her followers list grew even further.