Jameela Jamil

Nobody has ever benefited from being shamed. Shame has never helped anyone, it only holds you back.
— Jameela Jamil
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Jameela Jamil is an actress, an activist and founder of the body positivity Instagram movement @i_weigh. She challenges the toxic trend of pop-culture media judging women by their size, and focuses on measuring women by the weight that really matters— that of their accomplishments. See her profile and video on Makers Women.

Jameela presented children’s program T4 and was the first female presenter of The Official Chart Show on BBC Radio 1. After moving to Los Angeles, she was cast in the critically acclaimed series The Good Place, in which she plays Tahani Al-Jamil.

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Blog – Diary of a Goon | Twitter – @jameelajamil | Instagram – @jameelajamilofficial

jameela and project twist-it

I’m interested in shame around poverty, because I think shame is used as a tool against people who grow up with no money. It puts the blame on them for their circumstance. And while everyone has probably got some accountability for some of their decisions in life, the system is set up against poor people just to keep them down and keep stepping over them.
— Jameela Jamil

Jameela speaks powerfully to Project Twist-It about growing up in poverty and the ways that politicians and the media stoke negative attitudes to people on benefits.