Saturday, 28 May 2016

11 Amazing Millennials You NEED To Know

A note from Joelle... 

♫♪ 'FORMATION' - BEYONCE ♫♪

People who are around 30 to 14 years of age are classed as 'Millennials'. It's a word interchangeable that's with 'Generation Y' and is loved or loathed by the people within the label. 
Us Millennials grew up with the Internet, social media, information at the click of a finger or a mere swipe.
Being labelled a millennial comes with a lot of flack from the older generation:
our lives are easier
We are all selfie-obsessed sheep
We aren't inventing anything useful
We are lazy
We are too promiscuous and too fluid with our sexualities
We haven't had any real experiences to form a valid opinion on anything...

All of that is NONSENSE, of course, so I'd like to take this time to share my favourite Millennials who are absolutely killing it right now!

Rowan Blanchard, 14
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Rowan is an American actress currently starring in the lead role of Disney Channel's 'Girl Meets World' (she plays the fictional daughter of Topanga and Cory, if you remember the 'Boy Meets World series!). 
Rowan is an activist and mainly uses Twitter to share her social and political views. In person, she is a supporter of Emma Watson's #HeForShe campaign and has spoken at a UN Women conference.
Lots of people argue that she is "too young" to even be on social media, yet alone voicing her opinions *rolls eyes*, but they could not be more wrong. Yes, Rowan is young and has a young following, but she is opening up a discussion about feminism, sexuality, human rights and gun crime with a new generation that is quite hard to reach.

Amandla Stenberg, 17
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Amandla is an American actress who played Rue in the first Hunger Games film. Since then, she has been very virtually vocal about the issues that matter to her like cultural appropriation (yup, she called out Kylie Jenner in an incredibly classy way!), feminism and various charity campaigns.

She is not letting her young age stop her from voicing her opinions and as encouraged thousands of people around the world to question the injustices and 'norms' of today.
@AmandlaStenberg
Tavi Gevinson, 20
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Tavi is a fashion blogger (one of the first Mega Bloggers) who rose to fame aged 12 with her blog, Style Rookie. Her quirky outfits and excellent writing skills landed her in the front rows at shows during fashion week and a tonne of press. However, when Tavi became a teenager, she shifted her focus onto and created her own magazine, Rookie Mag for teenagers.
The move was risky, but she did it anyway and succeeded. She has guest writers on the magazine and the topics cover a wide range of things with a main focus on teenage girls.
Her ambition, tenacity, creativity and passion is inspiring to me.

Emily Ratajkowski, 24 
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"Why is she included in this list? Isn't she that naked girl from the 'Blurred Lines' video?"
Yes, that was her, but that's not all she is and that is the point she has been making since her rise to fame in 2013.
Emily is a model, actress and advocate of  for e.g safe sex, birth control rights, 
and opened up about finding herself typecast for roles due to her hotness.
She found that being tall and looking like an adult as a teenager made adult men and teenagers treat her differently that other children her age.
Emily is open and unapologetic about loving her body, nakedness and sexual expression and it has caused a huge debate in the feminist community. 
Why are people so quick to shame women who publically are ok with their bodies?
 Why does the female form have to be hidden away?
Can you be a feminist and be publically nude in the mainstream media?
It has stirred up a lot of opinions, but I believe that of course you can! The fundamentals on feminism boils down to women having a CHOICE. They are not controlled by men, rules, tradition etc. They have the choice to do whatever they want.
www.emrata.com
Emma Gannon, 20...something
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Emma is a British Journalist, blogger and author. She has written wonderful posts for established magazines, papers and journals, but it's her unique podcasts and hilarious tweets that set her apart from the rest.
Emma is a go-getter. Emma is clearly incredibly hardworking and most of all, she loves to share her journey, thoughts and life lessons with us all.
Her debut book about how she grew of with the Internet is out in July!

Madisen Kuhn, 20
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I received Madi's poetry book, "Eighteen Years" this year for my 22nd birthday and it was one of the best things I have ever read. You know when you get a fresh book and can't put it down no matter how much you try? Yep, that was what it was like reading her poetry.
From her unapologetic declaration of faith to her openness about heartbreak, friendship and mental health - Madisen's way with words is simply sublime.
www.madisenkuhn.info

Matt Mcgorry, 30
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Matt is an American actor (How to Get Away With Murder and Orange Is the New Black) and one of the very few high profile men (along with Douglas Booth and Canadian PM, Justin Trudeau) who is woke about female empowerment, gender equality and is an open Feminist. 
Matt uses his platforms like Twitter to share his views, not only on pop culture but more serious social issues and politics. He does this in a witty, entrancing way, which is rather refreshing!
He is a shining beacon, who is encouraging his peer group to get more clued up on social issues, before tweeting ill-informed views, especially about women's issues, which are often heavily trolled by men.
@MattMcGorry

Leomie Anderson, 23
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Leomie is a British model who is taking the industry by storm, not just through catwalks and editorial campaigns, but by her activeness on social media. She uses her twitter, blog and Youtube to share her honest experiences as a Black model as well as posting fashion and beauty article/videos.
Recently she discussed having to bring her own makeup to work or having to deal with makeup artists who are unconfident working on black hair/skin. It may not sound like a big deal, but it is and I am glad light if being shone on the issue.
On her blog, she also writes about modern social issues like consent, discrimination, confidence and exercise, most of which have gone viral.
They are no crazy gimmicks with Leomie - she is just herself and therefore really respected for that.

Oloni, 26
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Dami Olonisakin is a British sex and relationships blogger/guru and journalist. I have been OBSESSED with her sex and relationships blog for the past couple of years and she shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.
Her eBook '100 Questions', full of dilemmas and advice had us all hooked with and her recent twitter threads where she shares anon reader's relationship issues can have you glued to your screen for hours.
In person, she has been giving talks up and down the country and is gaining more and more popularity every day from her no-nonsense advice and unapologetic stance on female empowerment through sexuality.
People of African descent in general, do not talk openly about their feelings, let alone their sexuality, sex lives or relationships, so it's no wonder Oloni's refreshing blog has gone from strength to strength within the Black community and will continue to break down those walls and start more conversations.

Rupi Kaur, 23
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Rupi Kaur is a Canadian-Indian poet. Her collection, Milk and Honey is one of the most incredible books I have ever read and it inspired me to share some of my poetry on this blog and with others.

Kat Blaque, 25

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Kat is an American Youtuber, writer, illustrator and activist.
I discovered her facebook page earlier this year, where she and her fans share and discuss social issues in pop culture, politics and everyday life.
I found myself agreeing with lots of her views and then, in turn, discovered her vibrant Youtube channel, where she shares her opinion from things like trolling, to current trans, race and female issues.
I love how active she is and how apologetically open she is about sharing her views in a super-calm and rational way.
We really need more personalities like Kat's!
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