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How Jameela Jamil is my new role model.


Have you ever watched The Good Place on Netflix? I did, and I love it.
The Good Place is that lovely, fun, fresh tv show that cuddled me (and still does), when times get rough.
All the characters are fab, their parts are so well chosen and done, and the twists and turns of the show just make my heart sing. I am definitely a fan, but I have never really followed any of the actors on social media besides seeing them on the show, until when the other day, something happened.

I was on my way to the supermarket, and decided to try a new podcast. I opened the app on my iPhone, did a little search, and it recommended me CTRL ALT DELETE with Emma Gannon.
I clicked on the latest episode, just to see what it was about, and the guest was Jameela Jamil, or Tahani, from The Good Place.
Again, I never go search actor's real names online, so when Emma started to get her guest into context I went like 'Oh, that's nice, I love The Good Place! Let's see how this goes.' and went on my way.

Have you ever gotten frozen into a place?

It's what happened to me. In between the vegetable and frozen food isles, I stopped and listened to the hurricane that is Jameela Jamil while she spoke about her life, how she drastically changed it after an illness event, and how she is an advocate for women, launching a revolution against shame through her movement called 'I WEIGH'.
Listening to it, I was happy, and angry, and vulnerable, and sad, and above all, I felt EMPOWERED.
I don't want to spoil it, and do want you to hear with your own ears and feel what I felt on that day last week.
So before any further ado, please click here and enjoy!

I weight

  • I am honest, I have integrity and I am kind.
  • I am a daughter, a sister and a wife.
  • I am a really good and loyal friend.
  • I love animals.
  • I am vegan.
  • I help others and carry the weight of constantly over analysing and empathising, but I wouldn't have it any other way. 
  • I am a hard worker who doesn't say no to a challenge.
  • I am an immigrant.
  • I speak portuguese, english, spanish, italian and an ok level of french.
  • I am a constant fighter for my financial independence.
  • I fight through anxiety and depression by always staying positive, but embracing sadness if it hits me.
  • I am a speaker, a writer, a photographer, an artist, a communicator.
  • I see love in everything and in everyone.
  • I love light, books, cinema and music.
  • I am a feminist in progress.

All of this is not seen from the outside if you just look at my body or put me on a scale.
I have stretch marks on my hips, on my bum and knees.
My adult acne returned, and I am more and more wrinkly everyday.
My boobs are small, my feet are huge, my hips are wide. My periods hurt a lot, and I bleed for over a week.
And I AM NOT ASHAMED.

And before I end this blog post, here is a little bit more for you to fall in love with Jameela:
(She is definitely a Good Place for me.)

One of the things she said in this interview with Zainab Salbi stuck with me, and it went on something like this: 

'On your death bed, you wont remember your abs, but everything else that really matters.'
So true.

Have a wonderful day!
Love, Lu.

1 comment:

  1. I totally get you!
    Ando a segui-la há uns meses no instagram e também ando apaixonada. Aliás todo o body positive movement me tem tocado profundamente. Pesquisa também a "body positive panda", vais gostar. :)
    (vou ouvir esse episódio, estou mega curiosa!)
    Mil beijinhos

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