One is an outspoken actress and activist previously featured on the cover of The Weekly‘s March 2020 issue. The other, a writer and therapist spreading positivity to her 796,000 followers on Instagram. Together, Jameela Jamil and Sara Kuburic have plenty of say on the topics of self-love and self-worth, and how to overcome bullying, toxicity and unrealistic expectations.
It’s not often you find a celebrity so willing to call out bullsh*t publicly on social media, but The Good Place actress is known for doing just that, especially when it comes to feminism, mental health and dangerous weight loss products and methods. As the founder of I Weigh, an inclusive movement and community that champions body positivity, Jamil is the perfect ambassador for The Body Shop’s ‘Rise Up With Self-Love’ campaign.
Joining her is Kuburic, known famously for her moniker @millennial.therapist on Instagram. From dishing out bite-sized practical info about mental health to daily reminders about self-love and acceptance, many have turned to her for advice, especially during difficult lockdowns across the world.
So why a ‘Rise Up With Self-Love’ campaign? The beauty brand recently released a study called the The Body Shop’s Global Self Love Index which unveiled startling facts. Did you know? One in two women feel more self-doubt than self-love. 60 per cent of women wish they had more respect for themselves. And interestingly, people with lower levels self-love said they felt more negatively about themselves after the start of the pandemic. The survey, done in 2020 and involving 22,000 people from 21 countries, shows us we have a serious problem when it comes to self-love.
Over a 30min Zoom call, we set down with Jamil and Kuburic to discuss this phenomenon, and well as ways to overcome self-doubt and defeat bullies (both on the inside, or in Jamil’s case, the paparazzi and naysayers on social media).