@facebook please can you clarify which words exactly in this post are classed as hate speech and punishable by handing me a 7 day ban? I posted a link to a respectable imams face book page (who’s post is still on his page and has NOT been removed) as a comment on an msm news post that was reporting on tommy Robinson’s release from jail! I have read through your community guidelines and I am struggling to see what I have written that could possibly be construed as being hate speech, racist, discriminatory, bullying, violent, harassment, sexual or offensive? I use my facebook business page for my work and I am now unable to contact my clients, which will have an adverse effect on my business and finances! I have appealed your decision and awaiting a reply but I think that the action taken by your moderators for this post is completely over the top and totally unjustified in fact I feel your actions discriminating against me! Please can you contact me to sort this issue out ASAP #facebook#facebookban#freespeech#freespeechisdead#biasedcontent#discrimination#imamofpeace#teamtommy#tommyrobinson#facebookextremists#facistbook#imamtawhidi
I once worked for a cuck, who allowed the most inappropriate behavior by 2 members of his “management” staff.... leaving clients dead pets in my office over a whole weekend, bc I didn’t kiss ass(imagine the smell and decay), leaving them in the work vehicle I drove daily(even more disgusting bc it was in the summer heat), racist comments, harassed others to the point of them leaving due to the stress, etc..... once it was brought to his attention, instead of addressing the 2 people, he closed down the company I was managing.... while I was on vacation helping my father who was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. It was definitely bittersweet to leave that hell hole.
Ooooh I can’t wait to tell my story about the shit that goes down behind the scenes. It’s pretty fucked up.
Más de una vez me siento expulsado y con ganas de volver al exilio que me expulsa y entonces me parece que ya no pertenezco a ningún sitio, a nadie. ¿Será un indicio de que ya no podré ser un exiliado? ¿Qué aquí o allá o en cualquier parte siempre habrá alguien que vigile y piense, y éste a qué viene? Y vengo sin embargo a compartir cansancio y vértigo desamparo y querencia también a recibir mi cuota de rencores mi reflexiva comisiónales amor en verdad a qué vengo no lo sé con certeza pero vengo. MB #museo#migracion#migrantes#sermigrante#exiliado#refugiado#quote#xenophobia#discrimination
It’s official! Hockey season has started and I’m a @calgarypioneers ! Having played hockey since I was a kid, I’ve always loved getting back on the ice. The team is an inclusive group where #youcanplay without judgment. Often people hide away from sports as kids because they’re scared, whether it’s sexual orientation, anxiety, cultural background or whatever. Our goal is to empower people to feel supported on a team that does not discriminate. I look forward to future sponsorship with this team and @calgaryvillagers ! ———————————————————-
Thanks to all the guys (and girl) for such an great game of hockey and community. Was able to meet and network at a bbq before and after the game.
AFRICA: WHERE I WANT TO LIVE, WHERE I WANT TO RAISE MY CHILDREN
Europe often appears as a goal in our minds, a place where we should go, study, live, stay... This is coming from a perception we have of Europe that was created by and from the colonial period, leading us to consciously or unconsciously idealize it.
Yet, Europe is also far from our culture, from some of our values... And if many try to follow a path that will lead them there, others just want to come back and end up in Africa.
Our continent might have is defaults, issues, stakes we need to solve. Yet, the education we received is a product of our culture and society and makes us realise the chance some people have, the issues other face, and give us a completely other vision of life.
That's something the place you live contributes to create. That's why many of us seek to come back to raise their children, for matter of culture, society, values, and so much more.
She’s a former Miss Oklahoma beauty pageant winner whose religious views opposing homosexuality held sway in the US for a period of time in the late 1970s. Her anti-gay rights activism galvanized intense opposition by the gay community and its allies, the first time such widespread resistance had been organized..
In 1977, Dade County, Florida became one of the first large municipalities to pass an ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. In response, Bryant formed a coalition called Save Our Children and led a highly publicized campaign to repeal the ordinance..
She and her allies regarded homosexuality as biblically sinful and threatening to children who would be vulnerable to recruitment or molestation by the gay community. She even referred to gay people as “human garbage”. Her efforts marked the beginning of organized opposition to gay rights that spread across the nation.
Her campaign inspired the gay community across the country to raise funds and counter her biased arguments. Unfortunately, it led to the repeal later that same year of the anti-discrimination ordinance by a margin of 69 percent to 31 percent. It would be 21 more years before another anti-discrimination ordinance would be re-authorized in Dade County in 1998, repudiating her earlier successful campaign. A ballot initiative to repeal that new protection was rejected by 56 per cent of the voters in 2002..
While Anita’s efforts were damaging, the tide began to turn in favor of gay rights when the Briggs Initiative, a bill she had supported in California in 1979, which would have made pro-gay statements by any public school official cause for dismissal, was defeated..
And a hugely visible and effective boycott of Florida orange juice, for which Anita had served as a commercial spokesperson for years, contributed to the decline of her career prospects and eventual bankruptcy..
Anita’s misguided efforts were what ignited my first efforts at gay activism & donations to nonprofits which supported my views..
Today’s photos are covers from Newsweek & NY Magazine in 1977 about Anita and early gay efforts to defeat her campaign
Just in case you didn’t watch the dvd she gave you ☺️
I don’t wanna here the locals say that the hive is just being dramatic because this isn’t even just about Beyoncé anymore. It makes us question the process of choosing the winners of the @televisionacad and how unfair everything turned out. I have no hate against carpool karaoke but seriously?? Cameras mounted to the car, and a few camera men following James’ car around over Homecoming??? This meticulously worked masterpiece??? The documentary doesn’t cover up half of the hard work and sacrifices that have been put into it. And yes, there are a lot of projects that have been worked hard on but is still not good enough but we’re talking about homecoming here people! Technical direction, camerawork, and video control alone, even if @beyonce didn’t put homecoming out, everyone (except the people who chose the winners) can see the difference between the two. Now tell us, are we still being dramatic???
2 747 hours ago
This year on my birthday, I wish the world is getting really better. Especially the discrimination issue is getting less and less, hopefully there is no discrimination at all in this world in the end. These years, this country has been changed A LOT in bad way. It may because I got more knowledge, however I saw/got/felt discrimination almost once a week. This is huge number. As human being, everyone wants to be a better person than anothers, look better than others. I think Discrimination problem always come from there. When you compare with the person you feel he/she is lower than you, you want to discriminate them and look down to them. It’s totally wrong!! All races are beautiful, all the people are beautiful.There is a lots of colors on the palette when you paint the picture. Its the same thing. Its totally wrong because of I’m Asian so I need to give out my spot to you, it’s totally wrong because of I’m Asian other races could look down to me, discrimination is the worst thing to do. #discrimination#allraces#allracesarebeautiful#nodiscrimination#hatediscrimination
0 47 hours ago
Brown skin girl
Your skin just like pearls
The best thing in the world
Who does she look like?
The quintessential shade-carding question every brown Indian girl gets asked by well meaning tootsie roll aunties at social gatherings, if she is two shades darker than the “perceived” normal.
With Modi-fied/ WhatsApp addicted/ moonshooting modern India, you would think the focus shifted, but found out that the tradition is alive and well when my preteen fell victim to a very discriminatory behavior where she was compared and contrasted with her own sister on the basis of skin color. I was angry, upset, frustrated, humiliated and sad - and most of all heartbroken.
It’s easy to say it doesn’t bother me, I am bigger than this, but it does bother. It bothers a lot to be asked who does your child look like because she is dark, it bothers to see another child be accepted as family because she is lighter. It bothers to be silent, and not say “your opinion is neither required, nor welcome”
Listening to @beyonce#brownskingirl brought all that back, it’s been eight months to the incident but I still replay it and wonder what could I have done as a mother to stop it from happening. Twelve years of academic/ music/ chess/ martial arts accomplishments invalidated in a single “who does she look like” *
Gente!!!! Hoy estamos de ANIVERSARIO #4 !!!!!🎉🎉🎉 Vivo eternamente agradecida de todo el apoyo que hemos recibido de ustedes en este tiempo y de los logros que hemos obtenido. Que tal si me ayudan a llegar a 2k seguidores aqui???? Es fácil! Taggea a tus amigos, no tienen que tener tatuajes pues #miestilonomedefine es mas que eso. Es todo lo que sea “diferente” ante los ojos de la sociedad pero que no definen quien TU eres. Me ayudan???? #miestilonomedefine#tatuajes#tattoo#discrimination#igualdad#inclusion
Self Love September
Template by @culturecurves 🧡
Day 15 "What are you afraid to ask for? What do you need to speak up about?"
I am afraid to ask for basically everything. I'm not making a joke or unsure how to answer. I suffer from a life long personality disorder called Dependent Personality Disorder. This affects my life daily. It makes living life hard. Having to rely on my hubby for everything in my life. I do try and be independent. I've added a few slides that go into further detail. It's not something I can completely talk about openly.
I need to speak out about this damn world we live in! I hate how people are excluded, misunderstood, put in to boxes and norms based on gender, sexuality, race, disability and the shape of their body etc. People being discriminated against. People being marginalized. People being treated unfairly. I just don't understand that hate, judgemental and discrimination this world gives out. We all equal and should be valued equally.
Sorry for the long post.
🧡 #selflove#selfloveseptember#dpd#dependentpersonalitydisorder#mentalhealth#inequality#discrimination#marginalized#bodypositivity#loveislove#societynorms#rant#love#lgbt#lgbtq 🌈
5 178 hours ago
Consensually non-monogamous relationships are no different in terms of love commitment.
We are a new website sharing information about open relationships in order decrease the stigma.
#Repost@balleralert with @get_repost
4-Year-Old #Texas Boy Told To Cut His #Hair Or Wear A Dress- blogged by @peachkyss (🎥: KETK)
A grandmother from East Texas is #outraged after being told that her grandson must cut his hair. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Last month, Randi Woodley took her grandson to meet his teacher and was told that she needed to see the #principal of Tatum Primary School.
The principal of the school told Woodley that her grandson, Michael “Tink” Trimble’s hair was too long and that she has two options: braid her grandson's hair and pin it up in a bun, or cut it off.
To make matters worse, the superintendent of Tatum Independent School District added a third option that made the grandmother even more outraged, according to CNN. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“He told me that I could either cut it, braid it and pin it up, or put my grandson in a dress and send him to school, and when prompted, my grandson must say he's a girl," Woodley explained.
Woodley and other parents are challenging the school district’s dress code policy that they feel are discriminating against African Americans. The dress code states that the hair of male #students cannot extend below the top of a t-shirt collar and prohibit boys from wearing " #ponytails , #ducktails , rat-tails, male bun or #puffballs .” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Tatum Primary School and the office of the #superintendent for the Tatum Independent #School District have declined to comment.
Hallo möchtegern überkorrektes @instagram es ist unfassbar was ihr für eine Doppelmoral habt u auch die Leute hinter diesen Posts (ihr zieht ne Grimasse u schreibt deshalb spasti???u weil es ein paar Rapper/innen legitimiert haben indem sie es trotz ihrer angeblich wortgewandten Ausdrucksweise in jeden zweiten Satz einbauen)🤢 wenn ich sagen würde was bist du fürn Homo o Jude dann gehts ab u alle kommen aus ihren „ääääh das ist voll diskriminierend“-Ecken raus🤮🤮aber Menschen mit einer Beeinträchtigung als Bezeichnung für etwas negatives o „voll witziges“ zu nutzen ist ok🤓Was sind das auch bei #behindert für ähnliche ## ...sorry aber wer sitzt denn da bei euch😶 inklusion ahoi sag ich da nur👏👏👏 #inklusion#discrimination#politischkorrekt#diskriminierung#instagram#menschenmitbeeinträchtigung#doppelmoral#politicallycorrect
0 110 hours ago
84 years ago, the Nazi government passed the Nuremberg Laws.
On 15th September 1935, the Nazi Party convention approved two race-based measures designed depriving Jews of their citizenship rights and banning marriages and intimate relationships between Aryans and Jews. The laws also restricted the lives of people of mixed heritage.
Students often ask how the Nazis knew who was Jewish? From 1933 onwards, ancestry was a hot topic, and government propaganda promoted this widely, e.g. by circulating leaflets such as one with the astonishing title 'Ten Commandments for Choice of Spouse' which advised women 'in choosing a spouse, ask about his ancestors'. Denunciations and smear campaigns against neighbours and business rivals often led to official investigations into people's ancestry. I found numerous letters addressed to my great-grandparents in which the local Nazi leadership asked them to prove their Aryan ancestry. Their responses became more and more defensive.
Children were asked to complete family trees in Hitler Youth meetings and at school. It appears my great-grandfather advised family members to leave gaps where 'Jewish' would have been the answer. My grandmother thus left the spaces for her maternal grandparents and great-grandparents empty, even though she knew the answers full well.
Images: (1) My grandmother's family tree, (2) Lead Article about the Nuremberg Laws in The Times, London (September 1935).
5 2110 hours ago
Sous certains cieux, tu deviens « périmée dés 35 ans » expression entendue pour de vrai... 🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️ #Repost@wondher
“A 50 ans, on n’est plus dans le coup”, “C’est un senior, tu penses qu’il sait se servir des réseaux sociaux ?”, “Elle n’a plus 20 ans, elle n’est pas de première fraîcheur.” Voici quelques exemples de remarques méprisantes qui illustrent bien ce qu’est l’âgisme : un amas de préjugés qui vise surtout les 50 ans et plus.
On en parle peu, pourtant les discriminations liées à l’âge sévissent dans notre société sous plusieurs formes. Que ce soit au travail, dans les relations sociales ou dans le rapport au corps, ces allusions nous portent à croire qu’il y a une date de péremption pour être actif, compétent et désirable.
Et lorsqu’on est une femme et qu’on appartient à une minorité ethnique, c’est bien souvent la double voire la triple peine…
Dans le milieu du cinéma par exemple, les actrices à la fleur de l’âge sont plus souvent mises à l’écart que leurs congénères masculins. Les studios de cinéma semblent avoir un problème avec l’image de la femme cinquantenaire. Trop vieille pour interpréter un sex-symbol à l’écran, trop jeune pour jouer les mamies gâteaux…
Mais a-t-on on a déjà dit à Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman et George Clooney que leur âge était un frein à leur carrière ? Rien de moins sûr…
Selon une étude de 2016 menée par l’AAFA, une association qui soutient les comédiennes et les comédiens, les femmes de 50 ans et plus sont 4 fois moins présentes au cinéma qu’elles ne le sont dans la population française.
Difficile donc pour ces femmes, déjà mises de côté, de s’identifier à un personnage de fiction qui leur ressemble…
Dans l’Union Européenne, aux Etats-Unis et au Canada, les discriminations liées à l’âge sont punies par la loi. Mais il y a encore du boulot pour que celles-ci disparaissent complètement… Et pour ça, on a besoin que tous les hommes et femmes de 7 à 77 ans se remontent les manches !
Brothers we received a call from a father who reported that his partner and mother of his children was threatening to stab herself in the throat, had damaged their furniture in their home and was threatening to leave and never let him see his children again.
He called Queensland Police Service for help but they had not attended after a number of hours and this was when he called us. After speaking to him we called police on his behalf and outlined what his concerns were and that he was unsure of what to do particularly as he had young children who he didn't want exposed to violence.
When police arrived some hours later they decided that it was just an argument, took no action and left. What's the bet that the job code was changed because it was a female perpetrator?
1er épisode du podcast Empathe : lien en bio.
Disponible sur Soundcloud, Deezer, Spotify, YouTube, InstaTV. 🖤 Privilèges et neutralité
Pour ce premier épisode, j'ai évoqué le traitement des discriminations dans notre société. 📎Pourquoi parle t-on de privilèges ? (Et qu'est ce que c'est ?) .
📎Pourquoi n'est-on pas neutre même si on ne fait pas partie ni des agresseurs ni des victimes ?
📎Comment être un bon allié ?
📎Comment savoir reconnaître les discriminations ? Qu'est ce qu'une discrimination systémique ?
📎Pourquoi le racisme anti-blanc n'existe pas ?
📎Pourquoi les blagues sur les discriminations sont-elles malvenues ? .
📎Pourquoi y a t'il autant d'inégalités alors que la majorité des gens ne se considèrent pas comme étant des bourreaux ?
📎Pourquoi certaines personnes comprennent la notion de privilège relative à une discrimination, mais ne l'assimilent sur les autres discriminations ? .
📎En quoi les dissonances cognitives biaisent notre jugement ? .
🖤 Pour suivre mes prochains épisodes de podcast (et mon actualité), like ma page facebook Pauline Liberté 👍🙏🙏 .
Merci pour votre écoute 🙏🙏
Prenez soin de vous ❤
“I’m from a middle class family & grew up believing that I’d to study hard, get a job — and be independent. After my graduation, I got a job at a multinational bank — & I was so proud.
I was quickly scaling up —everything was as I’d imagined it to be. But it felt like something was amiss. I didn’t have time for anything else — & I didn’t feel like I could give this stability up.
After a few years, I got married. I was happy professionally & personally —but my inner voice was telling me that I was made for more.
Time had flown by & I wasn’t a fresh-out-of-college & out-to-conquer-the-world, girl anymore. And when I realised that, 14 years had gone by. It hit me hard & one day, I decided to overcome my inner voice & quit.
I’d always been passionate about travelling, but I’d never gotten to travel solo. I’d only read about the destinations. So I opened an organisation that curated solo trips for women. I wanted women to get inspired to live more.
But I was new & didn’t have basic skills like social media marketing. I remember, once I’d planned a trip to Goa, but no one came. It was upsetting, but I kept going.
I faltered even during the second trip, but I knew that I couldn’t give up, not after coming this far. So, I learnt from my mistakes & after working day & night, I got my first customer, & we had a successful trip! After that, it was just one adventure after another.
Once when we were stuck in Ladakh, there was a huge line of vehicles & we were freezing in the snow —but the driver risked his life to help us out of there! Even when we were going to Amritsar & Dharamshala, last minute because of the Indo-Pak crisis we had to change our destination—but everyone got together & we smoothly went to Sikkim instead!
Today it’s been a few years & I’ve been on so many trips—l’ll remember, there was a young woman who, after a trip, held my hand & said ‘Zinal, this is the first time I’ve expressed myself without the fear of getting judged’. Experiences like these keep me going & have made me believe, that all you gotta do is take that one step. And trust yourself first, before you let anything bog you down, or tell you, that you can’t do it.” #SeeWhatHappens
185 24,87011 September, 2019
“My dad was a rich businessman- we had a huge house, many cars and lived in luxury. But when my dad’s brother passed away, he had to adopt my cousins. He had to work double the hours to provide for all of us, but he pulled through. He treated all of us like we were his own.
When we all grew up, and I was in the 11th grade, my dad suddenly passed away because of a heart attack. Overnight everything changed -- my cousin’s were afraid that they wouldn’t get a share in his properties, so they used all kinds of ways.
It was only my mom, little brother and me- they forced us out of our house, and transferred it to their name. We moved to a much smaller house and were living off of my father’s leftovers, but they wanted that too.
I even suspect that they poisoned my mom, and she passed away. Then once, in the middle of the night, they barged in and sexually abused me.
I went to the cops and lawyers, but when they realised just how messed up my family was, they’d back out. I managed to keep the one of many houses that my dad had left me, but every now and then they’d try to get it.
When I was younger, my dad used to always tell me, not to rely on anybody else but myself to fight the battles of life. So, I decided to take matters into my own hands.
Using my dad’s savings, after my 12th I started studying law. For 5 years, I’d wake up and go to work at a Lawyers office for a minimum stipend, study in the night and take care of my brother.
The day I finally became a lawyer, I wanted nothing but my parents to be there next to me. They weren’t, but their vigour was. I filed a case and started fighting against my cousins -- it’s been over 30 years now, and the case is still going on. I’m not only fighting myself, but I even help other women who come here in search of justice. Life is tough, but you’ve got to be able to stand on your own feet.
The legal system failed me, and didn’t bring justice to my case, so I decided to be a part of it and fight for it myself! Because unless you don’t make yourself heard, no one’s going to listen to you. I’m going to keep fighting...and I’m hoping that one day, I will win.”
445 41,89514 September, 2019
This experience is not new. Glad this was captured on video. Mocking the deaf community clearly gets you nowhere. Swipe to see the second video.
How many of you have faced this type of discrimination? #whyisign#askmewhyisign#discrimination#deaf#jackinthebox
Posted @withrepost • @nowthisnews ReVae Arnaud-Jensen, who has been deaf since birth, was mocked and denied service while trying to place her order at the drive-thru of a Jack in The Box.
184 1,89612 September, 2019
“My mom always wanted me to become an airhostess and explore the world. She wanted me to fly every day of my life and make the most of opportunities. Not many people believe me when I say this, but the only reason I became an airhostess is because of her. In fact, my first ever flight was on her birthday! So I went, conquered the clouds, flew back down and celebrated with my mom. I have never once regretted choosing this profession. You do meet chauvinists all the time, and there are passengers who treat you like shit. But there are also moments when a humble soul holds your hand and says, ‘Tell your mother, she’s raised a wonderful kid’. That just makes it all worth it in the end. My mom dreamed a simple dream for me, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
177 40,20612 September, 2019
I think we have all faced discrimination in some way or another. Based on gender, age, sexual orientation, skin colour ... the list goes on. The worst part is that this discrimination is based on factors that are not in our control. We judge people based on parameters that we set with no reasoning..... just prejudice that is cultivated and perpetrated through generations. I was very moved by the lyrics of this song.... written by Mary Lambert and Macklemore....and have danced a short bit.... Will probably make a full version soon.... Thank you for the beautiful song @marylambertsing@macklemore
I listened to the song repeatedly one day.... and I just decided to dance to it yesterday when I was dressed for something else..... I hope everyone begins to have kindness and love for everyone, it is alright to disagree... but empathy is necessary for us to be better humans.
Thank you to @vivianambrose for taking this video when we were working on something else :-) ... and to @ramyakadambi for being the best programmer ever and helping with everything.... and waiting while I indulged in some artistic madness .... #rights#gender#discrimination#colour#skincolour#gay#lesbian#lgbt#lgbtq#love#empathy#kindness#indiandancer#indianclassical#bharatnatyam#bharatanatyam#bharatanatyamdancer#saree
325 25,26112 September, 2019
“When I was 6, my dad passed away due to a heart attack. He was only 33 & my mom was a housewife. We had no savings so we borrowed from relatives to sustain. After his death, my mom became a recluse. She wouldn’t eat, or talk to anyone. I had two brothers- one was 4 & the other was 9 months old. So our grandmom took care of us.
Within 6 months, my mom became very weak. Once while having a bath, she collapsed & passed away.
Our grandmom had limited means—so I’d to quit school & start selling fish & my brother worked as a cleaner for Rs.100 a day. No relatives helped us. But once a relative came to convince my grandmom to sell me to a brothel. She sent him away & told me to never let him in again.
But after a year, my grandmom passed away too. One of my uncles came & took my brothers away, to put them to work — & left me alone.
But the next morning both my brothers came back. Then a neighbour, told an NGO about how we were all alone. Soon, a lady came & took us to an orphanage.
There we were taken care of & even went back to school. For the first time after my parents passed, I felt like I could trust somebody. The head of the NGO would keep encouraging us & telling us to aim for the stars.
After my 12th grade, I decided to study nursing. I couldn’t be there for my parents but I wanted to help others. I worked hard & cleared the entrance exam! I’d to leave my brothers & go to a nursing school, far from the city. But I’d meet them whenever I had a holiday.
After my course, I came back & rigorously looked for a job. I wanted to get me & my brothers out of the orphanage & into a house of our own. I finally got a job & saved every penny I could. Within a year, we managed to get a one room kitchen on rent!
It’s been a few years now, one of my brothers is a hotel manager & one is aspiring to go to Dubai to study.
Life hasn’t been easy, we’ve been by ourselves for as long as I can remember. Without parents, family or any support. But somehow, we’ve managed to reach this far. I’ve realised that in some situations, it may seem like the end, but if you persist hard enough, it’ll always get better—there will always be a silver lining, there will always be a new chapter.”
487 39,7773 September, 2019
“I think we only dare to dream when we can afford to -- unfortunately for me, ‘dreaming’ was also a luxury. My parents couldn’t afford to send me to college so I finished my 10th standard and began my journey as an office boy at an ad agency. I would make coffee, run around and do odd jobs like going to the printers and getting creatives printed. I was fascinated with these designs-- even the discussions at the office made me think. There were so many ideas in my head but I knew I could never put them forth because who’s listening to an office boy? I had a job and i knew I had to do exactly that- nothing more, nothing less.
But as time passed, the ideas kept flowing and for the first time, I let myself dream. I also knew that ‘dreaming’ wasn’t enough - so I made a decision to go back to college and finish my education. I started saving every last penny until I could afford the fees for college and finally I was able to enrol into a 3 year applied art course!
I would go to college in the morning, straight head off to work and after that go to night class. I barely slept, but I felt alive because finally I was one step closer to my dream. I even gave my intermediate drawing exam all whilst juggling work and the house expenses.
Through the course, I made a lot of friends in advertising and finally, after everything I got offered a job in a small ad agency -- it was the best feeling, my dream was finally a reality! After that I worked at other small agencies. Then one day, I received the call that changed my life -- I was offered a full time position as an art director! I couldn’t believe it!
Today, I’ve been promoted to an associate creative director, and sometimes I can’t believe that I started of as just serving coffee! I’m married to the love of my life and even bought myself a bike, and my wife and I travel to places I’d never imagined I would. So, that’s my story and the only thing you need to remember from it is that there’s absolutely no situation you can’t turn around, and there’s no dream that’s too big… you just have to wake up, believe in yourself and chase it until it’s yours!”
434 37,47927 August, 2019
“When I was in college, I was interning at a fashion brand & had to research about ‘bloggers’. I’d no idea what it meant, so I Googled it & found photos of women posting about their fashion quirks–I was enamoured. I knew I’d found my calling.
That night, I made my own blog! I put together ‘looks’ with a camera my granddad gifted me. I posted everyday & the response was amazing! But I knew I was onto something when a stranger said ‘your outfits inspire me’. I got my first collaboration when I was 18 & within a year, I was financially independent.
As time passed & ‘Miss Style Fiesta’ grew, I launched an e-commerce label, because I thought ‘I love blogging, it’s too good to be true–how long will it last?’ Eventually I moved out of it, because my calling was to blog full time.
Within a few years, I got married & virtually invited my audience to be a part of it–that was my turning point; I got over 5 million impressions! Vogue US even did an exclusive feature! But when I posted about it, I got a lot of hate & learned that you can’t please everyone.
After my wedding, I moved to Europe. But I was nervous; I didn’t know what’d become of everything I’d done here for 8 years–not many knew me globally. But my biggest opportunity came from my fears. I realised I wanted to represent India globally & worked with brands like Louis Vuitton & Dior.
Just then, a blog called me out for promoting a copycat brand. It was an oversight on my end, but the hate shook me. For days, I was scared to post. But soon, I posted about the cyberbullying & decided to move on.
But after one of the biggest setbacks, came the BIGGEST comeback–I was one of the few Indian Bloggers to walk at Cannes Film Festival!
When I walked that red carpet, nothing else mattered–I was there for my readers, for myself.
Through it all, I’ve realised that there’s always going to be something pulling you down. There's going to be at least one person who has something bad to say, but I’d rather focus on those who are supportive! At the end of the day, I’m just a girl chasing her dreams & I’ll take the good, bad & ugly to fulfill them! And today, if I inspire even one woman to do the same, I consider my job done.”
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“My parents came from a village to Mumbai for a better life. My dad was a driver & mom stayed at home to take care of me & my brother. We rented a 10x10 house in the slum, but couldn’t afford clean water or electricity. Every night we had to light candles.
My mom took loans to keep my brother & me in school & we’d study under streetlights.
To pay the loans back, we’d have to skip meals. Sometimes mom would add water to the dal, so that we had enough.
When I was in 9th grade, my brother had started playing Hockey in school. I’d no idea about the sport, but once, when I watched him play so well -- it excited me!
So I decided to step onto the field too. I practised everyday & while playing, I wasn’t worried about where I came from & my conditions -- I was doing what I wanted to & nothing was stopping me from being good at it.
Soon I even got selected for the under 18 national team! I represented India for the Asian cup in Burma -- I remember standing in the stadium, with the Indian flag -- it was exhilarating.
I started playing for clubs to sustain financially & even played at the national level. My matches would come on on TV, but my parents had to go to a neighbours house or a local shop to watch. So I’d decided that if I play for the Olympics, I’d get my parents an electricity connection & a huge TV — so that they can watch their son play, proudly.
When the 2016 Rio Olympics were announced, even though I had a shoulder injury -- I was hell bent on making the team. I went for the tryouts, & soon got a call from the coach who said that I’d been selected & was going to Rio!
I used my savings & bought my parents a T.V! When I reached Rio, every hardship & struggle seemed worth it. We played with all our vigour & even though we didn’t win -- being there, representing my country, was a win in itself.
Today I’m playing for a European club & aspire to win the next olympics! My brother & I even bought a bigger house for my parents! I’ve lived through some of the terrible low’s, but that’s the only reason why I’m here today. This little boy from the slums has finally made it to the big leagues -- but I still have a long way to go & I’m not stopping anytime soon.”
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