Lindsey Wheeler On International Women's Day 2020
For International Women’s Day 2020, who better to ask for the future of what it means to be female than our three current Digital Creator Winners of Elite Model Look. These young women are breaking boundaries, starting by becoming the very first influencers to capture the judges imagination and to win top prize at the EML World Final 2019.
Lindsey Wheeler was Digital Creator Runner-Up at the EML World Final. She is a digital creator leading the way on the new social media sensation TikTok. As one of the women leading the way in this new media format, she is claiming space for herself and other young women. She is an advocate for anti-bullying and gender equality online.
Read on to learn why she will be celebrating International Women's Day on 8th March - and how being a woman in 2020 is whatever you want it to be.
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
International Women’s Day is so important because not only does it honour the women who came before us that paved the way for womanhood celebration and equal rights but it also shows gratitude for the contributions that women have had culturally, socially, economically and politically, and how we will further shape our future.
What does it mean to you to be a woman in 2020?
The great thing about 2020 is that being a woman can be whatever you want it to be. At a certain point in time, there was only one definition of what a correct woman is, but now there’s women that are running for office, there are women who are CEOs of companies, and there’s women who have the option to not do those things and stay at home and be a stay at home mother. Do whatever you want to do, you don’t have to be constricted to confines of being feminine or being masculine or having a certain amount of traits. You can be whatever you want to be, and that is what your womanhood is.
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
The advice I would give myself 10 years ago would probably be to be kinder to myself, to let myself know that everything is going to be fine. You’re fine, just be gentle to yourself and be more gentle to the other girls around you because being a teenage girl is hard, being a pre-teen girl is hard. I would say, you’re not going to have acne forever and your parents love you and want the best for you.
Who is your heroine?
If I were to pick a heroine, it would definitely be my mom, she is one of the most loving and selfless people I know, she has always taught me to be strong in my faith and to love others, and put other people’s needs first, and she just… I love her so much, and I have always looked up to her.
Which issue facing women and girls is most important in 2020?
Although there has already been a ton of change leading up to 2020 in this department, I would love to see more girls supporting girls, not only in real life but online. I think that a lot of times I see a lot of girl-oppressive, woman-oppressive rhetoric happening from women themselves, and I think that that is something that we need to continue to evolve with because we need to allow women and young girls to be able to change, evolve and grow without having a microscope on their entire lives and them feeling like they can’t mess up or change.