What Is #FirstTimeISawMe And Why Is It So Important?
How is diversity portrayed in today's media?
Hollywood stars have always been predominantly white. From Marylin Monroe to Blake Lively, the bombshell image has mostly drawn the adoration of those who can relate physically. As time has gone on, there has been more of a demand for people of color in the media. In 2009, Disney released their first movie with a black princess and movies starring non-white leads have been spread out along the way.
The trending hashtag #TheFirstTimeISawMe compiles the way women of color, and really anyone who is considered "different" at least by media standards, felt when they first saw someone who looked like them in the media. Here are some striking examples:
Punky Brewster 1984
The Spice Girls' Mel B 1990s
Power Rangers 1993
The Birdcage 1996
Bend It Like Beckham 2002
Ugly Betty 2006
Jane The Virgin 2014
67% of American women are size 14 or over, and only 2% of media features plus-sized women
Progress has been made...
but we still have a ways to go
As long as Hollywood uses non-disabled actors in disabled roles & whitewash POC characters, it'll be a while b4 I can say #FirstTimeISawMe— alice wong (@SFdirewolf) August 1, 2017