Actress Jameela Jamil has been on my radar for quite some time now, not only for her hilarious portrayal of Tahani Al-Jamil on NBC’s ‘The Good Place’, but as an outspoken activist for body positivity, women’s rights, and feminist empowerment, not to mention having a style that I will be envious of until the end of time.
If you aren’t familiar with Jameela Jamil, take some time to found out why she is my new celebrity crush and should be yours too.
Body Positivity Maven
Jameela has always been a voice for body positivity and inclusivity. From struggling with body dysmorphia at just 14 years old to being ridiculed by the press for gaining weight early in her career, Jameela has decided to be aggressive about the conversation of body image and loving yourself despite the number on the scale, the cellulite on your thighs, or stretch marks. “It’s a nightmare. It’s such a ridiculous thing to feel bullied over,” she added. “It’s just flesh. It’s flesh on bones.”
Founder of “I Weigh”
She is not just all talk, she takes action. Jameela has used her platform and her passion for body positivity to spread the message and the love via “I Weigh”, which started as an Instagram account for women to share what makes them themselves, without using a number or a beauty standard, and has grown into an IGTV/YouTube series in which Jameela discusses body issues in candid interviews with the likes of Sam Smith and Lizzo.
Jameela is a self-proclaimed “feminist in training” because she admits that she herself is still learning, but that doesn’t stop her from having frank discussions of important issues regarding women’s rights today. Via Twitter, Jameela says, “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.” Jameela is not just all tweets and honest Instagram posts, she makes it a priority to publicly speak about and take action about women’s rights.
Bold, Honest & Brazen
Jameela is not afraid to call out influencers who spread harmful messages to millions of young girls and impressionable women via public platforms. She frequently comments on and brings to light the truth behind the many influencers shilling diet teas, shakes, and gummies on Instagram, even shaming the Kardashian’s for their harmful and inaccurate messages. Read more about the effect of Jameela speaking out and exposing these lies here.
No Photoshop Policy
Jameela Jamil has instituted a no Photoshop policy on herself for all publications. Jameela commented via Twitter: “I haven’t banned all photoshop of myself because I’m being some sort of martyr for women, I’m doing it for MY mental health, so I don’t set myself up for a fall when I look in the mirror, after seeing a digitally enhanced “flawless” avatar. I don’t want the pressure or scrutiny.” Speaking to the BBC about the basis of Photoshop: “It is anti-feminist. It is ageist. It is fat-phobic. It looks weird. It looks wrong. It’s robbing you of your time, money, comfort, integrity and self-worth.”
Down to Earth Relatability
While she takes all her activism and social and moral responsibilities seriously, Jameela is down to earth and frequently shows her goofy side, and I am always grateful when a celebrity is unafraid to be their true selves and shares unfiltered and raw moments.