As an ardent advocate for women from a young age — and now a UN Women advocate — I’m using my platform as a teen celebrity journalist to promote women’s rights and empowerment around the world.
I spoke passionately about my work advocating for UN Women and encouraging girls and women in rural India and downtown Dallas to be empowered to use their voices and for people to listen.
My words on my fifteenth birthday:
“I found my tribe and sought to empower and uplift women and girls in media and everywhere. Through my work with UN Women and as a celebrity journalist advocating for representation, I stand shoulder to shoulder with all the women who speak for and stand for what’s right and my belief in the power we have is continually reaffirmed.
UNICEF estimates that an average of 353,000 babies are born each day around the world. And as I’ve championed through UN Women and GirlUp in passion and purpose-fueled speeches with nerves quelled by moments of unbridled fearlessness, equality and empowerment for women and girls is essential to uplifting communities globally. I hope that each child born that day as part of a new generation can grow up in a world where they feel seen, heard, and represented and that I can be a part of making that a reality through creating, celebrating, honoring, and championing stories of substance and value.
Immense progress has been made and as we look back and celebrate, we realize the power we have to continue driving change and breaking through. And the desire to make a meaningful impact and drive change is what will continue to motivate me, whether today or five years from now, as I share women’s voices and advocate for underrepresented minorities such as Asian-Americans and South and East Asian women and global empowerment and representation.
There is no better time to shine a light on women’s voices, visibility for all minorities, and to bring out the light within ourselves.”
Movements such as #MeToo and Time’s Up to support and empower the people affected by harrassment to share their stories have gained immense traction. The Time’s Up movement took to the red carpets during the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs (British Film and Television Awards) and #MeToo founder Tarana Burke opened the gates for survivors to come forward and illuminated the magnitude of an issue.
I stand by my words that “there is no better time to shine a light on empowerment and representation.”