I (Thandie) was touched that Zawadi, my relative from Harare, took a day off work to come and help on our TK shoot. Little did she know that she’d be modelling! I have known Zawadi’s family since before I was born. She is grand daughter of the great Herbert Chitepo, and her Mum, Zine, was my absolute beauty idol as a child. Zine would come to visit us in Cornwall – with her super short natural and filterless cigarettes – she was the epitome of sophistication.
Celebrated since early 1900s, #InternationalWomensDay marks the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – as well as providing a call to action for greater equality.
The roots of IWD were born from women campaigning for a better life. Just after the turn of the century, in 1908, 15,000 women marched through the streets of NewYork to demand shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. The first IWD was observed in the US on 28 February 1909. Then a party representative in Germany proposed it becomes a globally recognised day. In 1913 IWD officially moved to 8th March.
In those early years over a million women across Europe attended IWD marches to campaign for their right to work, vote, be trained, hold public office and ultimately to end discrimination. They marched in solidarity against World War I too.
While we may have seemingly won the fight for some of these fundamental issues, the fight for parity does not end there. Countless industries, not just the film industry, are guilty of unjustified pay inequality. Which is why it’s appropriate that this year’s theme is #PledgeforParity which calls for men as well as women to help push forward gender equality.
Actress Emma Watson launched her own campaign few years ago to rally the boys too. It turns out that over 100,000 men had signed up to her HeForShe campaign within the first few days, proving the fight for women’s rights is EVERYONE’s business.
And ladies, please don’t let anyone try to make you think that female solidarity or feminism means ‘man hating’ – it simply means the belief that women and men should have equal rights and opportunities. Simple. And what’s not to like or support about that?
International Women’s Day – which, by the way, should be EVERY day – is about caring for ALL women, not just those close to us and who look like us. Now, as the world is more connected than ever, it’s time to open up our hearts and minds and look up from the centre of our own lives and universe and start looking out for others – locally and globally.
With a little care from everyone, the future could be brighter, safer and more fulfilling for girls and women everywhere.
“I honestly never understood why violence against women became a woman’s issue. 95% of the violence men are doing to women.We have not yet made violence against women abnormal, extraordinary, unacceptable. We have not yet come to see it as a pathological issue.”
On earning considerably less than her male co-stars in American Hustle, “When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony, I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need. If I’m honest with myself, I would be lying if I didn’t say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight,” she writes. “I didn’t want to seem ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled.”
“And what my mother meant when she said you can’t eat beauty was that you can’t rely on how you look to sustain you. What does sustain us… what is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul.”
“I hope that my presence on your screens and in the magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside. There is no shade in that beauty.”
“I want to be representative of my race – the human race. I have a chance to show how kind we can be, how intelligent and generous we can be…”
Eyeliner is one of the most iconic, powerful and enduring make-up looks of all time. I gave Zawadi a little ‘left bank of Paris’ charm to match her sweater using L’Oreal’s Super Liner Superstar. KayX
Thandie and I have both been friends of designer Bella Freud’s (and fans of her Pure Merino Wool jumpers-sweaters U.S. readers!) for many years, so we were excited that she turned her talents to fragrance and scented candles.
Je t’aime Jane contains Jasmine Night Flower absolute, Queen of the Night Flower, Ylang Ylang and Orange Blossom and described as a ‘romantic and seductive base accord of Black Oud, Sandalwood with a hint of Powder-Musk’.
Ginsberg is God is for both men and women and is enriched with Black Pepper and Elemi, infused with sacred Woods and Resins that ‘act as the scents for temples and gods. Leaving the inner sense of serenity, made up of Wormwood, Moss and leather’.
1970 is ‘an alchemy of rich and tenacious accords celebrate the essence of cultural style and freedom. Elegant Rose de Mai and Saffron lift the heart and spirit of this composition with a base accord that simmers with ingredients of Frankincense, Myrrh and Benzoin with hints of blonde woods that are cool and clear’.
‘Wood Scent. Smoked Incense from Morocco with Cedar wood and rich resins of Amber and Myrrh have been warmed for Bella’s signature scent. Hand poured natural wax’.