Jameela Jamil is about to be your new favourite badass.
Joining the ranks of empowering female celebrities like Serena Williams, Chrissy Teigen, and Lorde, Jamil is the unfiltered, unedited, and unapologetic media presence the world needs right now. She’s the rare celebrity who challenges social expectations for women in the public eye both in real life and online.
Not only does Jamil bless our screens as philanthropist and fashionista Tahani on NBC’s The Good Place, she’s also popular on Instagram for her #IWeigh campaign. The social media movement asks participants to share photos of themselves surrounded by a list of personal attributes they care about more than “the flesh on [their] bones.”
Instead of thinking of weight as a number on a scale, Jamil’s movement asks us to value the positive characteristics they hold, like strength, honesty, accomplishments, friendships, and self-love.
In an interview with Buzzfeed this past October, Jamil explained the #IWeigh campaign stemmed from her own struggles with body image and disordered eating. “[W]eighing is not an indication of health,” she said. “It shouldn’t be part of our narrative.”
Jamil also uses social media to address sponsored celebrity weight-loss products which influential women often peddle on their platforms, especially Instagram. Last November, Jamil made headlines after criticizing Cardi B for accepting a detox tea brand deal and endorsing the product in online videos.
The actor took to Twitter, telling her followers, “[Y]ou need fiber! Not something that honestly just makes you have diarrhea the day you take it.” In additional tweets, she called out female celebrities for having diet plans and personal trainers but attributing their weight loss to these sponsored tea products.
Jamil explained that she used controversial weight-loss products as a teen and suffered from the results. She tweeted, “I was the teenager who […] spent all her money on these miracle cures and laxatives and tips from celebrities […] I have had digestion and metabolism problems for life.”
I was the teenager who starved herself for years, who spent all her money on these miracle cures and laxatives and tips from celebrities on how to maintain a weight that was lower than what my body wanted it to be. I was sick, I have had digestion and metabolism problems for life
— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) November 26, 2018
The thing that makes Jamil all the more likeable is she stays true to the advice she shares. Her photos are unedited, her posts uplifting, and her platform is used to highlight lesser-known causes and activists.
Despite the actor’s authenticity, as a conventionally attractive woman herself, she’s been criticized for speaking out against body-shaming and societal beauty expectations. Critics seem to believe women at the forefront of the body positivity movement should better represent the disadvantaged community they defend.
On Twitter, Jamil responded to these criticisms by saying, “Fat phobia and ableism leads those with power to willfully ignore the voices of the most important activists. Because of my privilege, they are not currently ignoring me. I take it as my duty to use that privilege to push things forward.”
I in particular want to address this to plus size black women, who I continue to see are so left out of this conversation. It’s my bad for not having understood your plight and fought harder with you sooner. It was ignorance, not a lack of care. I stand with you now and forever. https://t.co/ZvXRubVtaS
— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) January 22, 2019
While Jamil’s explanation is valid, her actions shouldn’t have to be justified. It’s admirable that Jamil is using her privilege and fame to further the causes that benefit everyone.
That’s why #IWeigh is so important. The campaign’s Instagram account has over 300,000 followers, allowing the people who submit their photos to reach a much wider group than they would otherwise. Jamil rarely posts photos of herself there. Instead, people with unique sizes, shapes, and skin colours greet you when you click through the page.
It’s important for our generation to have fiercely outspoken female role models in Hollywood and over social media. Jamil’s refusal to back down when it comes to speaking about what she believes won’t only inspire others to reject gender expectations, but also has the capacity to affect change. She may only be one voice, but Jamil’s shown that when you use your privilege against the patriarchal system, people listen.
Jamil’s refusal to back down when it comes to speaking about what she believes won’t only inspire others to reject gender expectations, but also has the capacity to affect change
Recently, Jamil shared that she wore jeans under her dress at the 2019 Golden Globes. She paid for the dress—and, I’m guessing, the jeans—out of pocket, did her own makeup, and wore jeans because she knew it’d be cold.
If that isn’t the most relatable thing a celebrity’s ever done, I don’t know what is.
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Jameela and the rest of the cast of NBC’s The Good Place were on Conan last night. You can check out a playlist of clips from the show above. Enjoy!
Jameela Jamil has addressed criticisms that she has no right to speak out about body shaming because she is “slim”.
The Good Place actor posted a lengthy note on Twitter explaining that she is not trying to “be the face” of the body positivity movement, but that she wants to make the most of her platform by giving marginalised groups a voice.
“A note from me to anyone who feels uncomfortable that a slim woman is fighting body shaming as hard as I am,” the 32-year-old’s message begins.
“It’s not only because of my extensive experience with public fat shaming from the press, eating disorders and disability as a teen, but also because I want change for all.”
The London-born presenter runs an Instagram account called @I_weigh, which encourages women to find value in the things that they do and care about as opposed to the way they look.
A note from me to anyone who feels uncomfortable that a slim woman is fighting body shaming as hard as I am. It’s not only because of my extensive experience with public fat shaming from the press, eating disorders and disability as a teen, but also because I want change for all. pic.twitter.com/RoEVzgBEAe
— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) January 22, 2019
“I just want to make clear what we are doing at @I_weigh,” she continues, “we are building a platform we will use to lift up actual activists from different marginalized groups”.
Jamil acknowledged that she has been afforded privileges due to her high profile job and her looks “being deemed societally ‘acceptable’” but added that this should not detract from her intentions, which are to amplify the voices of important body positive activists.
“This is not me trying to steal your movement,” she added in reference to accusations that she has commandeered body positivity to boost her personal profile.
“It’s me trying to kick the gates open for it.”
She added that this message was particularly addressed to plus-size black women, who “are so left out of this conversation”.
“It’s my bad for not having understood your plight and fought harder with you sooner. It was ignorance, not a lack of care. I stand with you now and forever.”
So far, her message has been well received by fans, garnering more than 8,500 likes on Twitter and thousands of comments from people thanking Jamil for her candour.
“It’s not ever easy to admit when we’ve gone wrong and where we must do better. Love that you can own up to those moments and even more that you actually do the work to grow,” wrote one person. “Thank you for using your platform and privilege to create space for others.”
Another added: “As a ‘fat’ woman, I applaud your efforts and admire you for speaking out and holding various people, publications and organizations accountable. The world could use a lot more people like you.”
Jamil regularly makes headlines for her body positivity advocacy. Most recently, for example, she called for a ban on airbrushing and condemned cosmetics giants Avon for “shaming women” with its latest ad.
The Avon campaign, which the company has since apologised for, featured a smiling woman with the tagline: “Dimples are cute on your face (not on your thighs)”.
Jamil posted the ad on her Twitter page, explaining that dimples on thighs were “completely normal thing” for women and that implying otherwise “literally sets us up for failure”.
Source: The Independent
Jameela Jamil took Avon to town over a new marketing campaign promoted on their website.
“The Good Place” actress wondered how Avon’s new campaign could promote the idea that “every body is beautiful” in one sentence and help “soften stretch marks” in the next.
And yet EVERYONE has dimples on their thighs, I do, you do, and the CLOWNS at @Avon_UK certainly do. Stop shaming women about age, gravity and cellulite. They’re inevitable, completely normal things. To make us fear them and try to “fix”them, is to literally set us up for failure pic.twitter.com/78kqu3nHeE
— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) January 19, 2019
Jamil, 32, slammed Avon’s #NakedProof campaign. The promotional material suggested, “dimples are cute on your face (not on your thighs).”
“And yet EVERYONE has dimples on their thighs, I do, you do, and the CLOWNS at AVON certainly do,” Jamil argued. “Stop shaming women about age, gravity and cellulite. They’re inevitable, completely normal things. To make us fear them and try to ‘fix them’ is to literally set us up for failure.”
“Shame on Avon and any publication that allows this sort of abusive advertising,” Jamil continued. “My timeline is full of women saying adverts like these are why they are afraid to be naked in front of lovers or to wear a swimsuit. You are being robbed of your money and self-esteem.”
Avon responded to Jamil on Twitter. “Hi Jameela, Naked Proof is not an Avon UK Campaign and will not be featured in any of our materials,” they assured. “We are looking into this further.”
Every body is beautiful, unless they have any “flaws” I guess. What a gross abuse of the body positive movement. I want you all to look out for this constant manipulation. Once you see it, you can’t unsee it. It’s everywhere. You are constantly being manipulated to self hate. pic.twitter.com/cUnV8N3lD8
— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) January 19, 2019
That response did not satisfy Jamil and soon Avon apologized for the advertisement. “Hi Jameela, we intended this to be light-hearted and fun, but we realize we missed the mark,” the company confessed. “We’ve removed this messaging from all marketing materials. We support our community in loving their bodies and feeling confident in their own skin.”
Jamil is not shy of protesting marketing practices she believes promote unrealistic body standards. She has publicly denounced the likes of Kim Kardashian and Cardi B in the past.
Source: Entertainment Tonight Canada
Time’s Up CEO Lisa Borders, HuffPost editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen, ‘The Good Place’ actress Jameela Jamil and musician Ciara are also set to speak at the annual women’s summit.
The Makers Conference has unveiled another stacked lineup for its 2019 edition.
Feminist author and icon Gloria Steinem, actress and Red Table Talks host Jada Pinkett Smith, musician Ciara, activist Tarana Burke, Time’s Up CEO Lisa Borders and HuffPost editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen are set to headline this year’s annual women’s summit, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.
Other names on the 2019 roster for the event, which runs from Feb. 6-8 at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California, include McKinsey partner emeritus Joanna Barsh, author and Together Rising founder Glennon Doyle and Backstage Capital founder and CEO Arlan Hamilton.
In addition to its starrier guests, the three-day, conversation-focused conference will also feature what it is calling “hidden figures”: They include Barbara “Dusty” Roads, an activist who fought against gender discrimination at airlines in the 1950s and 1960s; Diana Trujillo, a Columbian aerospace engineer at NASA and the mission lead for the Mars Curiosity rover; and female firefighters from the Los Angeles Fire Department. Other speakers will be announced in the lead-up to the event.
“We could not be more thrilled to continue our Makers Conference tradition for the fifth year, opening more unique dialogues and driving game-changing action items with the world’s top female leaders across all sectors,” Dyllan McGee, founder and executive producer of the Makers Conference, said in a statement. “Makers believes in the power of all voices. Through our annual conference and growing Makers@ program, we continue to provide companies with the essential tools they need to foster and retain increased workplace diversity, helping to grow cultures of greater inclusivity.”
“A cornerstone of the women’s movement, The Makers Conference has become an annual gathering that drives the cultural conversation around equality, ” Lori Bongiorno, general manager of Makers, added. “The highly anticipated fifth conference will once again give our audiences unprecedented access to these thoughtfully curated discussions.”
At last year’s Makers Conference, which gathered Jane Fonda, Ava DuVernay, Natalie Portman, Lena Waithe, Sheryl Sandberg, Karlie Kloss, Uzo Aduba, Jessica Biel, Malcolm D. Lee and Lena Dunham, among others, Portman during a panel on Time’s Up described male-dominated film sets in which women were kept separated. “We all have stories to tell, and we need to stop being silent about injustice,” the actress said.
Those who can’t make it to Dana Point to see the conference can see it live-streamed at the Makers Conference website and on the Makers Conference Facebook page. Makers says that last year more than 6 million people worldwide watched its live stream.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Jameela Jamil’s lasting legacy may be her efforts to stop celebrities from selling weight loss laxatives, and that’s something she would be incredibly proud of.
The Good Place star, 32, famously called out several celebrities — including Kim Kardashian West and Cardi B — for promoting weight loss teas and appetite-suppressing lollipops to their millions of followers. And Jamil hopes it’s making a difference.
“I really think I am making it too embarrassing for other people to sell laxative teas, which truly may be my greatest achievement,” she told PEOPLE on the Critics’ Choice Awards red carpet on Sunday.
Jamil’s fight against weight loss products is just one of the ways she’s working to change the conversation around body image.
“I’m excited at the idea that I might have a positive impact on young women rather than a negative one, which is more often than not what you end up having on people if you allow the industry to airbrush you, to Photoshop you, let you lie about your aesthetic and you put negative rhetoric out into the world,” she says. “So I feel excited to be part of the change.”
Jamil says her aim is to “lift back the curtain on Hollywood.”
“It’s really important, and it will only help, it won’t hurt anyone.”
Jamil now specifically tells photographers not to airbrush out her stretch marks or any so-called “imperfections,” but she’s had some crazy experiences with photoshopping in the past.
“There was one time where I shot a campaign and I had gained some weight,” she recalls. “I wasn’t asked beforehand, but they put my head on someone else’s body. I mean that’s how far it goes. They took my head and put it someone else’s body. I got no neck, my face is a different color, and it looks I’m complicit in it. Whereas we never get asked, so that was one of the most ridiculous time.”
But Jamil says that she feels as though the industry has changed.
“I think that the moment of diversity is really here, and it’s really important that we’re recognizing the problem with erasure, with ethnic erasure. I was a victim of that when I was younger, and really need to see representatives with every skin color and their real ethnic noses. Their real cellulite and stretch marks all over the red carpet,” she says.
And while Jamil got into a mini-feud with Cardi B over the detox tea, she says her fight for body acceptance hasn’t ruffled too many feathers.
“I haven’t had many [people getting mad]. I’ve been fairly butthole free I would say,” she says. “Most people have been very supportive, and I think I’m talking about it in a very clear way that helps people understand my personal journey with this, and that I’m not doing this as performative activism. I genuinely suffered because of these things that I’m now trying to dismantle.”
Jameela Jamil has revealed she turned down the role of a deaf woman because she did not want to deprive a disabled actress of a job.
The Good Place star, who was born partially deaf, said it “wouldn’t be appropriate” for her to have taken the part because she can now hear.
Jamil said the job offer was recent and that it should instead be given to “a brilliant deaf woman”.
She told the Press Association: “I said it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to take that role and they should find a brilliant deaf woman to play that role. I think you have to make those choices and not be too greedy and make space rather than take space.”
Jamil added: “I don’t want to be part of erasure.” Her comments come amid the ongoing debate over roles for minority groups in Hollywood.
The film industry has been criticized for giving LGBT roles to straight actors while Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, who is able-bodied, this month faced criticism for playing a wheelchair-bound billionaire in his latest film The Upside.
Scarlett Johansson, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Jack Whitehall are among those censured for accepting certain roles.
However Cate Blanchett believes actors should be able to play any role, and said: “I will fight to the death for the right to suspend disbelief and play roles beyond my experience.”
Jamil said a “big change needs to happen” in the industry.
She said: “I think it’s a very tricky one. I can understand where people are coming from when it comes to suspending disbelief but I think the thing we should actually be fighting for is more roles for people with disabilities and more roles for LGBTQ so there aren’t just five a year and then those get taken by big names.
“I said it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to take that role and they should find a brilliant deaf woman to play that role.”
“That’s the thing all actors should be banding together in support of… is changing the situation where more scripts are being written where someone’s disability or someone’s sexuality is no longer the main theme of the film, it’s just part of their story but not the full story of the whole film.
“And that’s the big change that needs to happen. And then we won’t need to worry that we’re stealing the scarce amount of roles from other people.”
Jamil, 32, was born in London to an Indian father and Pakistani mother and moved to Los Angeles where she landed a role in hit US sitcom The Good Place, playing deceased philanthropist Tahani Al-Jamil.
The former Channel 4 and BBC presenter said it felt easier to make it in America, adding it was hard for women of colour to achieve a long-term career in the UK.
She said: “There is more diversity here for sure, and you don’t feel like you’re running out of time. You don’t feel like as you approach 30, you’re going to be sent off to a glue factory.
“While I love Britain and we have such great talent that emerges from there, it is so hard for a woman, and a woman of colour, to truly have a long-term career and that’s one thing that feels very different.
“It really is just opportunity. Other than that I think the output of Britain is brilliant and I love it.”
Jamil added: “But here it feels like it’s been an easier journey for me and that was unexpected because I was told I was too old, too fat and too ethnic to even try and come to Hollywood. But they’ve been very welcoming.”
The star of The Good Place took to Twitter to say she’s “sending love” to Kardashian.
Jameela Jamil has become just as well known for being outspoken about harmful, body-shaming marketing tactics as she has for her role as Tahani Al-Jamil on the otherworldly sitcom The Good Place. But it’s not just the marketing of weight-loss products she openly criticizes — she also speaks her mind about its well-paid messengers. That’s especially true of the Kardashians, about whom Jamil has shared her disappointment and outrage several times, even when they’re not necessarily peddling merch. The latest example: Jamil’s response to one of Khloé Kardashian’s Instagram Stories.
Earlier this week, Kardashian posted pink-and-white text that read, “2 things a girl wants: 1) Lose weight. 2) Eat.” Jamil took understandable exception to the generalization and the harmful message she felt it sends. The actor shared a screenshot of Kardashian’s post on Twitter and asked her followers to try to strive for greater things.
This makes me sad. I hope my daughter grows up wanting more than this. I want more than this. Sending love to this poor woman. This industry did this to her. The media did it to her. They fat shamed her into a prison of self critique. Dear girls, WANT MORE THAN THIS. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/RFkb0GzxZY
— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) January 10, 2019
This isn’t the first time Jamil has expressed pity toward Kardashian. In November 2018, she posted on Instagram about her objection to companies like Flat Tummy and the celebrities who push laxatives with “poisonous rhetoric.” In the screenshots of her Notes app, she says, “I don’t hate on Khloe because that poor woman has been conditioned/outright bullied by her own family and the press to believe being thin is the most important thing in the world.”
Fans of NBC’s The Good Place were sure to recognize Jameela Jamil as she walked the red carpet at the 2019 Golden Globes. But those not familiar with the actor — who plays the name-dropping socialite Tahani Al-Jamil on the hit comedy — might not have noticed an inside joke during E!’s coverage of the awards show, in which the network flubbed Jameela’s name in the best way possible.
As Jameela posed for the Golden Globes cameras, a lower third introducing the actor popped up on E!’s broadcast. But instead of having her name, Jameela Jamil, it read “Kamilah Al-Jamil.” Fans of The Good Place instantly recognized it as her character’s sister’s name. Some might have thought that it was a multi-level mistake (not only getting the actor’s name wrong but also her character’s), but it seems to have just been a reference to how much Jameela’s character Tahani detests her sibling on the series.
In fact, it’s Tahani’s constant competition and comparison to her sister Kamilah (played by Rebecca Hazlewood) that helps land her in the Bad Place. Hell, she even originally died at an event for Kamilah. Walking the red carpet at a glamorous event only to get called her sister’s name is something that would exactly happen to Tahani, so that’s why this moment with Jameela is so fitting.
The Good Place fans were quick to point out the inside joke on Twitter. As one person wrote on Twitter, “That’s her character’s sister’s name, which Tahani would HAAAAATE, and that could not be more perfect for an episode of The Good Place except that it was real life and you know someone at E was SCREEEEAMING.” Netflix also commented on the joke: “Give #TheGoodPlace fan who works at E! one billion dollars for this savage insult on a shot of Jameela Jamil that would ENRAGE Tahani.”
Even the official Twitter account for The Good Place chimed in, writing, “TAHANI FOUND DEAD.”
Later in the night, E! clarified that they did indeed know the actor’s name. The network tweeted, “Jameela, you know we know your name!” And Jameela ended up chiming in on the situation herself once she saw what happened. She tweeted, “E live red carpet. This is legit the funniest thing I have ever seen. What a joyous mistake. Tahani would DIE! LOO LOL LOL.” The Good Place actor followed up with another tweet, “Hands down the greatest of red carpet jokes from whoever did this. It’s made my night.”
It’s safe to say that whoever thought of this joke will likely end up in the Good Place for this hilarious deed.
Source: Teen Vogue
We’re LOLing forever.
Jameela arrived at the Beverly Hilton for the Golden Globe red carpet in a stunning (and very Tahani-esque) Monique Lhuillier pink gown. The actress paired her look with a matching lip and wore her long hair down. The Good Place is nominated for two Golden Globes tonight, including Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical.
In her Instagram Story prior to arriving at the ceremony, the British actress revealed she was wearing jeans under her dress to stay warm. So relatable.
E!’s hilarious troll did not go unnoticed by elated fans.
Shortly after the incident, E! tweeted the following:
Tune into the 2019 Golden Globes tonight on NBC at 5 p.m. PST.
Source: Hello Giggles