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Press: Jameela Set to Speak at the 2019 Makers Conference

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

Press: Jameela Jamil Hopes She’s ‘Making It Too Embarrassing’ For Celebs to Sell Laxative Teas

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.”

Source: People

Press: Jameela Jamil reveals why she turned down role of deaf woman

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.”

Source: Independent.ie

Press: Jameela Jamil Calls Out Khloé Kardashian’s “Sad” Weight-Loss Post

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 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.”

Source: Allure

Press: Jameela Jamil Says E! Messing Up Her Name Made Her Night at the Golden Globes 2019

Press: Jameela Jamil Says E! Messing Up Her Name Made Her Night at the Golden Globes 2019

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

Press: E! hilariously trolled The Good Place star Jameela Jamil on the 2019 Golden Globes red carpet

Press: E! hilariously trolled The Good Place star Jameela Jamil on the 2019 Golden Globes red carpet

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

Press: Actress Wants Fat-Shaming To Be Considered Hate Speech

“Body positivity” has been a rallying cry for many celebrities and women’s organizations that claim being overweight is not unhealthy. Now one celebrity in particular wants to make “fat-shaming” — remarks intended to make someone feel bad over their weight — to be considered “hate speech.”

Actress Jameela Jamil from “The Good Place” announced last week that she would start a company based on her Instagram account, “I Weigh,” which focuses on body positivity. She announced her new company in a tweet last Wednesday and said one of the company’s “main goals is to work towards a policy change that means this way of talking about people’s bodies is considered hate speech.”

“Fat-phobia is real, it is pervasive and prevalent and is damaging the mental health of millions,” she added.

The tweet was a response to one from another Twitter user who posted photos from a tabloid depicting two female celebrities in bathing suits with captions. In one photo, Rebel Wilson wears a one-piece bathing suit with the caption: “The stand-up comedian, 29, made a big splash in Pitch Perfect, and does the same when she hits the surf!”

One might not necessarily see this as cruel, but the comment is made among other photos mocking celebrities for their looks, including Tara Reid’s “botched surgery.”

Another photo posted by the account shows “Glee” actress Lea Michele in a bikini bending over with the caption: “The 28-year-old singer’s most famous role was on Glee, but her biggest rolls are…” the photo cuts off. The image includes a circle around her torso and the words “roll player.”

In another tweet, Jamil denounced a different tabloid image calling Queen Latifah a “beached whale,” according to the Huffington Post.

“She’s a self made multimillionaire. A success in music, hosting and acting. A business woman. An icon who came up in a time when black women were so entirely unwelcome in media. Especially one with curves,” Jamil tweeted. “This is 100 percent hate speech.”

“Hate speech” may be a bit extreme and not something that could be dealt with legally, but Jamil’s campaign and new company is coming from her own experiences in the industry. In follow-up tweets, she pointed out that she spent years overweight due to steroids she took for her asthma and lost the weight naturally over five or six years. During that time she dealt with attacks on her weight and the eating disorders she has suffered as a result. Even before that, she tweeted, she had been airbrushed by magazines to make her appear less ethnic (Jamil’s father is Indian and her mother is Pakistani).

Jamil also noted that her Instagram account and her new company are not about “making women feel more better” but about “encouraging people to see beyond their exterior and celebrate attributes that aren’t about their aesthetics.”

Source: The Daily Wire

Press: Jameela Jamil shares the “horror story” behind why she hates fad diet products so much

Jameela Jamil has gained a reputation as the unhelpful-bullsh*t police, ready to call out dangerous diet fads like slimming shakes and appetite suppressants.

And now The Good Place actress has revealed the reason she has waged war on these insidious weight-loss products: it’s personal.

The 32-year-old shared in a tweet that she had a “horror” experience with weight-loss products that can be bought over the internet as a teen.

“I used them as a teen and my digestive system, metabolism, thyroid and kidneys were damaged for over a decade,” she wrote.

“My mental health didn’t fare well either.”

Jameela shared her experience hoping to start a thread of “horror stories” about fad weight-loss products, which are often marketed to young women via Instagram.

Followers obliged, sharing awful run-ins with questionable products.

One woman described using appetite suppressants and something called “slimming mixture” that made her vomit.

She said, as a result, her weight is never stable and her metabolism and attitude towards her appearance are “f****d”.

Another shared her story of addiction to laxatives, which she still sees a therapist over.

Jameela has previously called out celebrities, like the Kardashians and Cardi B, who promote “detox teas” that merely act as laxatives.

“I hope all these celebrities all shit their pants in public, the way the poor women who buy this nonsense upon their recommendation do,” she wrote in a tweet.

She also lost it when Kim Kardashian shared an Instagram post promoting weight suppressant lollypops, describing her as a “terrible and toxic influence on young girls”.

But her targets are not limited celebrities – also calling out the publications that use photoshop to airbrush older women’s wrinkles out of existence, while keeping men’s intact.

Source: MamaMia

Press: Jameela Jamil Is in a Much Better Place Now

Press: Jameela Jamil Is in a Much Better Place Now

Here’s a partial list of the items I consumed while on a picnic with Jameela Jamil: egg salad, chicken salad, French bread, bacon, fruit salad, frittata, baked apples, and rice pudding with mango puree. The picnic was her suggestion, and she’d planned to do all the shopping, until it occurred to her that choosing someone else’s food might be “a dick move.” (I was excited about the prospect, personally.) We had arranged to meet outside Los Angeles’s Erewhon Market, but when I arrive, clutching a couple of furry pillows and a blanket, she texts me to come find her inside— she’ll be the one in the cheeseburger sweater.

Obviously, even if she weren’t wearing a garment featuring a flap of felt cheese under a bun, Jamil, 32, would be hard to miss. For one thing, she’s 5’10” in flats—and approximately seven feet tall in black platform booties and cut-offs. For another, she stars as philanthropist-socialite Tahani Al-Jamil on the hit NBC series The Good Place, Michael Schur’s hilarious existential comedy about the afterlife, a kind of sitcom spin on Sartre’s No Exit. She claims—in her self-deprecating English way—to be “an uncouth, disgusting, and disappointing person” in real life, but the distance between this statement and reality produces some cognitive dissonance. In person she is, in fact, disconcertingly lovely. She’s also an outspoken advocate for dismantling impossible beauty standards, so I feel bad mentioning it, but her beauty does kind of jump out at you. I mean, people stare.


As it turns out, it’s not the easiest thing in the world to have a picnic in the middle of L.A. on a Saturday morning, but the effort (long hike, wrong shoes) proves worth it when we reach Pan Pacific Park, with its dogs and kids and groups doing Zumba. Jamil loves it here. She appreciates how unselfconscious everybody is (except for the dude blasting music from his bike—he could stand to be a little more self-conscious). Here’s what she doesn’t love: bugs. Jamil recoils from anything that flies and was even hit by a car while trying to escape bees. Twice. Her proneness to accidents is epic, and her costar Ted Danson confirms this: “You don’t want to stand too close to her, because she’ll throw you under a bus to get away from a bee.”

The first time Jamil was hit by a car, she was 17. The accident damaged her spine, and she wasn’t sure if she’d walk again. She ended up spending a lot of time watching sitcoms in bed (Danson’s Cheers was a favorite). Upon recovering, she met a man at a pub who suggested she audition for a TV-hosting gig. She went expecting nothing but wound up being offered a role on a show called Music Zone. She held on to her day job teaching English to foreign students until her growing fame became a distraction. “It was a very weird time for everyone involved,” she says.

Years later, while Jamil was working as a DJ for BBC Radio 1, her asthma got so bad that she was prescribed steroids. “Steroids make you eat trees and planes and cars,” she says. “Anything you can find—you’re never not hungry, and I was on them for months and months and months.” She gained 75 pounds and “got roasted by the media, absolutely roasted,” she says. “There were paparazzi outside my house. Bear in mind, I’m a radio DJ.” Some suggested she sign a deal with a weight-loss company. Instead, she went to the House of Commons. “I spoke about the wording and the messaging in our tabloids, the way we treat women, and what that did to me as a child,” she says. Her activism led to a collaboration with the clothing brand Simply Be on a “burger-friendly” namesake collection. Then, after seeing an image of the Kardashians and Jenners that included each woman’s weight, Jamil started a movement on social media called “I Weigh.” “This is how women are taught to value themselves. In Kg. Grim,” she wrote in her Instagram Stories. She posted a selfie and listed what she gives weight to, things like “great friends” and “loving my job,” adding, “I like myself in spite of EVERYTHING I’ve been taught by the media to hate myself about.”

For the most part, Jamil grew up in London, with shorter stints in Pakistan and Spain. Her Indian father and Pakistani mother had “a very sad marriage,” Jamil says. “I had quite a lonesome childhood, and it’s taken me a long time to learn how to be around other people.” She attended a private girls’ school on scholarship and didn’t have a good time there, either. “I was a weird kid, to be fair,” she says. “I was deaf for a large portion of my childhood, so I used to have to stare at people to lip-read, and even when I got my hearing back [via surgery], I would still stare naturally. I was stare-y. And I am overly honest, always have been.”

From age 14 to 17, Jamil had an eating disorder. “I didn’t eat a meal for three years, and my period stopped,” she says. “Where did my teens go? Who took that from me? It was a lack of good messaging from women,” she says. “You had Kate Moss saying, ‘Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.’ Or a woman would gain weight for a movie and then lose it for the Oscars, and everyone would be like, ‘Oh, thank God Renée [Zellweger] is back from her disgusting size eight in Bridget Jones’s Diary.’ Clap, clap, clap. ‘Congratulations, Renée!’ And because no one was ever criticizing or questioning it, I was like, ‘Oh, that’s the right way to think.’ Those were my role models.”


Jamil is on a mission to change this outdated mind-set, and one way she’s doing so is by refusing to be airbrushed. “I’m just trying to be okay with myself,” she says. “I think it’s insane if you’re okay with being airbrushed. We’ve been conned into thinking it’s a good thing to be made to look better than we actually do. It’s a direct insult: ‘You don’t look good enough as you are, so we’re gonna fix you.’ ”

She also takes issue with the expectation that women fit a homogeneous mold of perfection. “The patriarchy profits from conditioning women to only think about our exterior, to spend all our money and time obsessing over our aesthetic rather than building what’s inside,” Jamil says. “We allow ourselves to be abused by family, friends, strangers online, ourselves.” Society finds a wide variety of men attractive, “from Mark Ruffalo with his dad bod, to Adrien Brody to Leonardo DiCaprio to James Franco,” Jamil says. But then, with women, “it’s like we all have to look like this sex-doll, teenage version of Angelina Jolie, and everyone’s getting the same shit done to their face to look like that, and wearing enough makeup to look like a member of the Addams family. It looks great on a filtered picture on Instagram, but it looks insane in real life.” I nod and chew as she picks up steam, culminating in an assessment of the Kardashians as “unwitting double agents for the patriarchy.”

Jamil was famous—hounded-by-tabloids famous— in England for several years. She couldn’t travel and felt stunted. So when she had a breast cancer scare a few years ago, it prompted her to make some changes. She quit her BBC radio job, dumped her boyfriend, and moved to Los Angeles. People told her she was too old, too fat, and too ethnic to make it in Hollywood, but she knew it was time to move on. Besides, she was still a few years shy of 30.

She wanted to be a writer but had no contacts. She stayed at a terrible hotel and spent her days at a nearby restaurant. At one point, she met a Serbian lingerie model in need of a roommate. The woman helped her get her bearings and open a bank account. Her new flame, English singer-songwriter James Blake, whom she’d only known for four weeks at the time, flew out to visit and never left. Eventually, she found herself in a conference room with Hollywood power brokers insisting that she try out for The Good Place. The show was basically a state secret, and all Jamil knew ahead of the audition was that Schur wanted someone of her ethnicity but also English and irritating. “I believe I definitely check all three of those boxes,” she says with a laugh. Even so, she had low expectations, assuming he would find her to be “a shit actress,” but possibly likable enough to hire as a writer. When Schur met Jamil, he couldn’t believe she wasn’t already a star. “Her presence was undeniable, and her audition was sort of stunning,” he says. “The character was described as having a British accent, and she asked me before she read which specific accent I’d prefer—Oxford, royal family, East London, West London, and so on—and demonstrated each of them with flawless precision. The idea that she had never acted before seemed impossible.”


At this point, Jamil has undoubtedly hit her stride. The third season of The Good Place, she assures me, is the funniest ever. She also recently completed The New Age of Consent, a two-part documentary for the BBC, and she has a few more big- and small-screen surprise up her sleeve. But the first season of The Good Place, she admits, was hard for her to fully enjoy. “It was a very fun, very tense experience, but I was so scared,” she says. “We shot the finale last, so you literally walked away with a feeling of ending. I’d been quite numb throughout filming, so at the end, I thanked everyone and was just very cool and collected about everything that had happened for the last five months—bizarrely so, considering I was on the Universal film set, where they filmed Spartacus and Jurassic Park. And then, as I started walking off the set, I began sobbing uncontrollably, all the way to the gate, and it’s, like, a 20-minute journey in a golf cart.” Then she connects all the dots. “When I was 17, I had that car accident that hurt my back. Kids my age were at university, and my father had just left. I didn’t really have anyone to talk to, and literally every minute that I was awake, I was watching American sitcoms. And to know that that kid—who thought that she would never walk again, who felt so despondent—was now in an actual, real-life American sitcom, with Ted Danson, whom I used to bloody watch on Cheers, it just hit me like a ton of bricks.”

Jamil reaches for a container of rice pudding and digs in. We’ve returned to the subject of body positivity, which she says has been co-opted by corporations and is now being used as an excuse for women to continue to talk obsessively about their bodies. “It’s not that there’s anything wrong with it,” she says. “I just want more of a narrative that has nothing to do with our bodies.” Thus the impetus behind “I Weigh.” “It’s not a body-positive movement,” she says. “It’s a life-positive movement.”


Some progress has been made, Jamil acknowledges, “but there are still attempts to drag us back down. Being okay with yourself is the most amazing middle finger to everyone.” She’s quick to clarify, though, that caring about your looks is okay, too. “I wear a bit of makeup and short shorts and high platform boots sometimes,” she says. “But it’s an eighth of who I am. I’m not sitting here as an actress who sometimes endorses clothing lines being like, ‘Don’t care at all about the way you look.’ Just don’t make it everything. It’s a piece of the pie—not the whole fucking pie. Men are told to become so successful and smart that they get to date a Victoria’s Secret model. We’re told to become smart and successful and look like a Victoria’s Secret model. What is this bullshit extra homework?”

The older she gets, the more aware Jamil becomes of the way shaming works to keep women from stepping into their power. “I’ve realized that of all the things I wanted, most of them were available to me all along. I was just made to believe they weren’t.” Her book project, currently untitled, is a compendium of everything she wasn’t told. “I was not given the information that I needed as a young person to survive this tumultuous life, and all I want is to be the voice that I didn’t have, in the hopes that I might reach some people and remind them that we are exceptional, rounded creatures,” she says. The Time’s Up movement showed her how women working together “can get shit done,” and fast. “We just need to keep fighting,” she says. “More of us need to say, ‘You know what? I’m gonna love myself.’ We need to put scientists on the covers of more magazines—more variety, like there is for men. There needs to be less breaking women and selling to women, and more nourishing them. And then we’ll be great. We’ll be equal.”

This article originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of ELLE.

Source: Elle

Press/Video: Jameela Jamil on banning airbrushing, the Kardashians and her traumatic teens

Jameela Jamil does not want to be known as a ‘double agent of the patriarchy’. Star of Netflix’ The Good Place and former Radio 1 DJ, she is rallying against a culture of airbrushing, weight-loss and vanity. She chats to Krishnan about her latest ‘I Weigh’ campaign, being in Hollywood during the Me Too movement and why she thinks the Kardashians are a toxic influence on young girls.