Girl Boss Emma Watson Will Make You Think Differently About Fashion
As people who grew up wishing Hermione Granger was our BFF we’re pretty proud of our extensive Emma Watson coverage here at Brit + Co. You can come to us if you want to steal her red carpet style, get inspired by her cool graduation story and (even though a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle) play matchmaker for her.
This week in E Watts news, our girl is over at British Vogue dropping truth bombs about the fashion industry. In addition to looking so posh and elegant that we want to nominate her for prime minister immediately (do prime ministers wear tiaras? Home girl could rock a tiara!) she interviews several big designers to get their views on gender equality in their line of work.
Designer Jonathan Saunders, who describes himself as “100% feminist” says that one of the major problems with fashion is the kind of images it perpetuates of women. “We need to be really careful with the images we produce and support,” he says adding that the industry needs to promote “something that empowers women instead of making them look weaker.”
Stella McCartney also weighs in, saying the fashion industry, “has a huge voice and the voice can be adapted. We need to give a better message to women of all ages, all sizes and all nationalities.” She goes on to say: “we need to allow women to feel comfortable in who they are.”
Emma concludes the interview by throwing some shade at the industry as it is now saying “I think there’s a lot of racism, I think there’s a lot of sexism.” This sounds really similar to Kanye West’s remarks last year when he said the fashion industry didn’t take him or other black designers seriously. “I’d really really love to see a more diverse representation of women and men in any way that makes them feel empowered,” Emma says and we couldn’t agree more!
So what can we do about it? If you consume media that you feel shows models of only one race or body type, write and share that you want to see more diverse representation. Support clothing lines trying to branch out, whether with a range of body types or testing gender norms and remember to slay it today/every day, Queens!
(h/t British Vogue, photos courtesy of Alfie Goodrich, Chris Jackson and Dave J. Hogman/Getty)
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!