Just here to remind everyone that Rowan Blanchard is 14-years-old, and at 14-years-old was chosen by Instagram as one of the 28 women to follow for their #MyStory initiative.
The movement features 28 women shattering stereotypes and using their voices on the platform in a positive way.
Rowan, who hosted the photo exhibit with Instagram COO Marne Levine, spoke with Huffington Post about feminism, beauty and more, and is the role model we’ve all been waiting for. Check it:
On the most problematic misconceptions the movement faces: “To treat it all the same or say all women are treated equally is not fair. The way that I experience sexist comments is different than the way a black woman experiences sexist comments. Race is such a difficult conversation to have in America because everybody is so afraid of talking about it. We don’t have to say we are colorblind. People have different experiences. To say you don’t see color erases the experiences of so many.”
On beauty standards: “I think society has taught us that our beauty is the only thing that is valued. That’s how we are measured. Women tend to gravitate towards questions of ‘Am I beautiful?’ and ‘Am I enough?’ because that is what we have been taught — to evaluate our own beauty. I think it needs to be changed, absolutely. I don’t think it’s fair that you have to base your self-worth on whether or not the cute guy likes you back.”
On the future of feminism: “I think it all comes down to recognizing your privilege and recognizing how to help others. So obviously a white man is more privileged than I am, but I am still more privileged than somebody else.”
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