What Is #FirstTimeISawMe And Why Is It So Important?

Disney, princesses, diversity, color
the odyssey

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.

So what is #FirstTimeISawMe?

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

Aladdin 1992

Power Rangers 1993

The Birdcage 1996

Bend It Like Beckham 2002

Ugly Betty 2006

Jane The Virgin 2014

Moana 2016

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