Actress Jameela Jamil joins body positivity campaign

The actress has spoken out against unattainable beauty standards in the media industry. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 02 February 2019
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Actress Jameela Jamil joins body positivity campaign

DUBAI: British actress Jameela Jamil has just been announced as one of the newest members of a body positivity campaign by American Eagle Outfitters’ sub-brand, Aerie.
“The Good Place” star, who was born to a Pakistani mother and an Indian father in London, has long taken a very outspoken stance against photoshopping and airbrushing in the fashion and entertainment industries and was just picked up by Aerie to star in their Spring 2019 campaign, dubbed the #AerieREAL movement.

The campaign, which was launched in 2014 when model Iskra Lawrence was named as face of the brand, unveiled a new clutch of “#AerieREAL Role Models” late last
week.
Actresses Busy Philipps, Jamil and Samira Wiley, as well as gold medal Paralympian snowboarder Brenna Huckaby and YouTube star Molly Burke, have joined the campaign.
“So excited to announce that I am an #aerierolemodel and got to stand next to so many women I love and admire at our completely un-retouched shoot!” Jamil posted on Instagram regarding the announcement. “@Aerie is the first company I have seen dedicate so much energy to inclusion and representation on their website and in their stores and that is something I myself am constantly fighting for,” she added.
Jamil is no stranger to promoting body positivity in the harsh world of Hollywood and founded the “I Weigh” movement in 2018 by launching an Instagram account where she shares inspiring images sent in by followers detailing their accomplishments and positive characteristics, rather than what they weigh.
“@i_weigh is a LIFE positive movement and this campaign reflects exactly that. People of different shapes and sizes coming together as we are to celebrate each other,” Jamil said in relation to the Aerie campaign.
She also released a statement on the brand’s website, saying she has learned to value herself based on her characteristics, rather than her physical attributes — a major step for the star who suffered an eating disorder in her teenage years.
“It’s not that I’m starting to love everything about myself. I’m starting to not care about the things that don’t matter and I do care about the things that do matter, like what kind of a friend I am, what kind of a colleague I am, what I am contributing to the world and society and how I make other people around me feel,” Jamil said in the released statement.


Where We Are Going Today: JD Lounge

Updated 15 February 2019
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Where We Are Going Today: JD Lounge

  • t is highly recommended for anyone who is in Jeddah, especially if they feel like a fancy dinner

JD Lounge is a relaxing restaurant and cafe that offers a distinctive, sophisticated ambiance. What first drew me to it, however, is its fun reading corner, as I often struggle to find spots where I can read in peace without the distracting hum of other people’s conversations.
The venue is simple but elegant, with a French-style interior that is both modern and classy, with obvious attention to detail and a lovely music selection. It is highly recommended for anyone who is in Jeddah, especially if they feel like a fancy dinner that will delight the palate and leave you feeling fully satisfied, as it serves generous portions of delicious food.
I was particularly delighted to discover JD Lounge serves rose lattes as I have been wanting to try one for a long time. It was worth the wait. The beautifully arranged pink concoction was served topped with edible rose petals and rose powder. The aesthetic of the drink and the rich, mixed aroma of coffee and rose took my breath away before I had tasted a drop — and then when I had my first sip, it was better than I had dreamed, with the rose flavor sweet but not overwhelming.
JD Lounge can be found in northern Obhur, across from King Abdullah Medical City.