Combating the Gender Gap in the Film Industry
Despite movements like #MeToo, the gender gap in the film industry is still prevalent, as evidenced by the 2023 Oscars. Only 27% of nominations went to women, making it clear that promoting female talent in the film industry is still a priority. Recognitions like the Lights On Women Award, presented by L’Oréal Paris at the Cannes Film Festival, are essential in providing visibility to female short film directors and promoting new female talent.
The Role of Initiatives in Combatting Discrimination
Model and L’Oréal Paris ambassador Cindy Bruna recognizes the role that initiatives like the Lights On Women Award play in the fight for equality. Although some sectors like fashion have made strides in diversity and representation, discrimination and lack of representation persist. Cindy, who has Kenyan roots and traits, emphasizes the importance of empowering individuals to feel confident and beautiful in their own skin.
The Importance of Confidence
Cindy stresses that confidence is something that must be cultivated over time through self-care practices like training, meditation, and skincare routines. Taking care of oneself allows an individual to feel good and ultimately be more confident. Cindy relies on her stylist to find the perfect outfit for red carpets like Cannes, emphasizing the importance of a team effort in creating a cohesive look.
Beauty Must Come from Within
According to Cindy, feeling beautiful means having confidence in yourself and feeling safe. Beauty is a personal feeling that should not be limited by a universal definition. Cindy relies on L’Oréal Paris products like the Revitafilt Filler serum, Matte lipstick in nude pink, and Telescopic Lift mascara to help her feel confident and beautiful in her own skin.
The Way Forward
To combat discrimination and continue fighting for equality, initiatives that promote diversity and representation must remain a priority. By empowering individuals to feel confident and beautiful, we can work towards a future where everyone is seen and heard in the film and fashion industries.