JAMEELA JAMIL

 
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Jameela Jamil is a British actor, model, host and feminist activist. She began working as an english teacher before becoming a television and radio host, making history as the first solo female presenter of the BBC Radio 1 Chart show. 

As a teenager, Jamil suffered from anorexia saying “I was bombarded with a narrative that had no alternative. There were never any women who were celebrated for their intellect ... and all of my magazines were selling me weight loss products or telling me to be thin. Otherwise, I wasn't worth anything.” After surviving a car accident, Jamil was left with a spinal injury and multiple broken bones and was told she may never walk again. She cites her physical recovery from the accident as a catalyst for her recovery from her eating disorder. 


In 2015 she launched “Why Not People?” a company designed to host live events accessible to people with disabilities. 

Jamil worked as a writer, photographer, model, fashion scout before moving to Los Angeles in 2016. Jamil intended to pursue work as a radio host and screenwriter but found herself landing a series regular role as Tahani on the hit NBC comedy, The Good Place. In 2018 she joined the voice cast for the upcoming Indian-inspired Disney cartoon, Mira, Royal Detective.

After seeing an Instagram post of the Kardashian family with their weight written all over it - and seeing the reactions from millions of their followers - Jameela started the iWeigh campaign to battle the narrative that women are valued by how much they weigh. iWeigh celebrates what really defines us - our relationships, career accomplishments, our failures and success. She is currently an outspoken opponent of diet culture, refusing to allow publications to airbrush her photos and regularly taking other celebrities to task for endorsing harmful products like laxative teas. 

“It is not un-feminist to check a woman if she is doing something that hurts other women. When you stop selling young people laxatives. I will stop coming for you. Get on the right side. Look out for young people. It’s never too late to learn.”

“It is never too late to check yourself and right your wrongs. I used to be slut shamey, judgmental, and my feminism wasn’t intersectional enough. Nobody is born perfectly “woke”. Listen, read, learn, grow, change and make room for everyone. We aren’t free til ALL of us are free.”

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