Activists, empowering, powerful.
Many people would use those words to describe Rowan Blanchard, Yara Shahidi and Zendaya Coleman.
Rowan Blanchard, at just 15, has inspired so many young girls already. Rowan appeared in the December issue of Teen Vogue, with the cover line “Smart Girls Speak Up!” In the interview, she said a “11-year-old girl came up to [her] and said, “Thank you for speaking about feminism.” And she thought, “It’s so awesome hearing that word from someone that age. It wasn’t, like, a censored, hush-hush term.”
Her friend, Yara Shahidi, also at the young age of 16, has done lots. In the Teen Vogue interview, she said, “I met a girl who told me, ‘I took this extra science class because of you,’ and that was one of the best compliments I had ever gotten in my entire existence.” Currently, she’s on a TV show called Black-ish, and the name itself has a lot to say for itself. Yara says that being on the show, “race became an unavoidable conversation.” She says that it “gave [her] this platform to address these topics, and that opened the doors to develop my voice in an intentional way.”
Zendaya Coleman, on the other hand, just got her interview with Michelle Obama published in Teen Vogue. Let Girls Learn is a United States government initiative to ensure adolescent girls get the education they deserve. By spreading the word about the initiative, Zendaya is getting the information to young girls, who read Teen Vogue for example.
Now you might be thinking what this has to do with fashion. Well, not only do fashion readers read websites and magazines like Teen Vogue, but they also spread the news when they find relatable content. We see discrimination of girls and women in so many places, whether it’s in a certain outfit a guy doesn’t like or when they have a leading job in the fashion industry. It’s so important for every young girl to show that they can make a change in the world. Agreeing with what Teen Vogue said, smart girls, indeed should, speak up!
All photo credits, etc. go to Teen Vogue.