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Deepika Padukone Voices Support For Women’s Rights In Director Homi Adajania’s Short Film ‘My Choice’ For #VogueEmpower

Posted by | Bollywood, Digital Media, Digital News, Empowerment, Fashion, Film, Women in Media

 

Moxie Media Deepika Padukone My Choice Vogue IndiaActor Deepika Padukone joins 98 women in director Homi Adajania’s two-minute-34-second short film titled My Choice. The black-and-white montage features women from varied walks of life, including Vogue India’s fashion director Anaita Shroff Adajania, director Zoya Akhtar, hairstylist Adhuna Bhabani-Akhtar, film critic Anupama Chopra and model Pallavi Das among others.

As the voice in the video clip, Padukone narrates a monologue penned by writer Kersi Khambatta where she asserts a woman’s right to choose how she lives her life in all aspects: “To wear the clothes I like… To marry, or not to marry… To love a man, or a woman, or both…”. Khambatta is the co-author of two of Adajania’s previous films, Being Cyrus and Finding Fanny.

“In my family, my father is the only male in the house, but all of us have a voice,” Padukone tells Vogue India. “I’ve always been allowed to be who I want to be. When you’re not caged, when you don’t succumb to expectation, that’s when you’re empowered.”

My Choice is the third short film in the #VogueEmpower campaign, a women’s empowerment initiative launched by Vogue India in October 2014. The previous two films starring Madhuri Dixit and Alia Bhatt address domestic violence and women’s safety.

With more than 1.9 million views and counting, the video has received much support on social media from the fashion and film fraternity.

 

READ MORE ABOUT THE VOGUE EMPOWER CAMPAIGN HERE AND WATCH ALIA BHATT IN THE SHORT FILM “GOING HOME’ HERE

The Clinton Foundation, The Salvation Army And Star Sports India Create Compelling Campaigns To Celebrate Women’s Day

Posted by | Advertising, Art, Beauty, Digital Media, Digital News, Empowerment, Fashion, Film, Social Initiative, Social Media, Uncategorized, Women in Business, Women in Media

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International Women’s Day 2015 saw high-profile brands create strong campaigns to address issues ranging from violence against women to gender equality.

Last week #TheDress went inexplicably viral but the South African branch of the Salvation Army gave the hashtag an intelligent and more meaningful spin for Women’s Day, using it to raise awareness about domestic violence.

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The Clinton Foundation made prominent American women, including TV show host Padma Lakshmi, actor Scarlett Johansson and cultural icon Rosie the Riveter, vanish from billboards, bus shelters and magazine covers on March 8. The Not There campaign, created in collaboration with advertising agency Droga5, was designed to draw attention to the Foundation’s No Ceiling’s initiative, using media platforms to present the idea that women are “not there” yet in terms of equality.

Star Sports India released a video ode to the country’s sportswomen with #CheckOutMyGame, which featured champions like boxer Mary Kom and badminton player Saina Nehwal. Opening with the question “You want to check out my game?”, a play on the line commonly used by men who objectify women, the video then makes the viewer shift focus to the sportswomen’s athletic prowess.

“Purpose-driven marketing campaigns have taken off in recent years, as companies look for new ways to connect with their consumers,” said Jim Stengel in New York Times, former CMO at Procter & Gamble. #futureisfemale is the trending topic that creates the strongest connect.

 

READ MORE ABOUT THE CLINTON FOUNDATION’S CAMPAIGN HERE AND PANTENE’S SORRY, WE’RE NOT SORRY ADVERTISEMENT HERE

Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Moxie Media’s Top Stories Of 2014

Posted by | Advertising, Art, Beauty, Bollywood, Client Diaries, Digital Media, Digital News, Empowerment, Fashion, Film, Fitness, Food, In the Press, Instadiaries, Interior Design, Marissa Bronfman, Moxie Mentorship, Moxie Secrets, Social Initiative, Social Media, The Huffington Post, Travel, Women in Business, Women in Media

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At Moxie we’re known for creating and popularizing two hashtags that describe our work and passion with precision: #futureisdigital and my personal favorite, #futureisfemale. Looking back on an incredible year and preparing for another with both gratitude and unbridled enthusiasm, we are so proud of the hard-earned milestones that have punctuated 2014, many of which were born from a very powerful [digital + women's empowerment] equation that continues to define who and what this agency is and does.

In January of this year, we featured inspiring stories about superhero(ine) women Sara BlakelyFatima Bhutto and Angela Ahrendts on our blog Moxie Insider and Brown Paper Bag launched their Photo Trail series with my Instagram images, which hold clues to the #futureisgreen food project we’re preparing to launch in 2015. Nokia empowered us to take our national Women in Media panel series and Moxie Mentorship program to Social Media Week Bangalore in February, during which time our panelists sparked an international furor amongst feminists on social media that resulted in articles in both Huffington Post and Firstpost.

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Going Home With Alia Bhatt And Vikas Bahl For Vogue India’s Vogue Empower Initiative

Posted by | Bollywood, Empowerment, Film, Moxie Mentorship, Social Initiative

Moxie Media Vogue India Vogue Empower Alia Bhatt and Vikas Bahl short film Going Home

In a new short film shot for Vogue’s India‘s Vogue Empower initiative, Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt and director Vikas Bahl ask, “can we give her the world she believes exists?” Recalling the famous scene in Highway where Alia Bhatt’s character is kidnapped on the road, Bahl’s Vogue Empower short Going Home has Bhatt’s car break down while she is driving home late at night all alone and a jeep full of tough-looking young men who stop for her.

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Instadiaries: Bollywood Stars And Fashion Designers Share A #PinkSelfie For Elle India’s Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

Posted by | Beauty, Bollywood, Fashion, Film, Instadiaries, Social Initiative, Social Media, Women in Business

Bollywood celebrities share a #pinkselfie in support of Elle India magazine's breast cancer awareness campaign.

Bollywood stars Nargis Fakhri and Aditi Rao Hydari, fashion designers Manish Malhotra and Nishka Lulla, Indian influencers Adhuna Akhtar and Sabine Heller have all come together to support Elle India‘s breast cancer awareness campaign by sharing a #pinkselfie on Instagram. Breast cancer affects both women and men, awareness and a cure requires the support of everyone.

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The Cleavage Of Consent: Bollywood Actress Deepika Padukone, The Times Of India And The Twittersphere

Posted by | Digital News, Film, Social Media, Women in Business

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This week the Indian Twittersphere was up in arms in defence of Deepika Padukone, who tweeted her outrage at a Times of India article about her cleavage and ultimately spurred a tidal wave of support and ignited a passionate discussion about the objectification of Indian women both online and off. In “The Cleavage of Consent Between Bollywood’s Leading Ladies and Their Voyeurs,” BuzzFeed India‘s Rega Jha argues that “objectifying Deepika Padukone without her consent… endangers every single Indian girl and woman,” a sentiment held by many but not all Indians. Journalist Pooja Bedi responded to critics in a Times of India piece that blamed the very Bollywood women who dance in item numbers for the attention they receive, aptly pointing out that the objectification of Bollywood’s male stars like Hrithik Roshan and Shah Rukh Khan is never criticized. The objectification of women is a global phenomenon that has particularly dangerous consequences in India, however it’s unclear which roles India’s national publications, Bollywood stars and Twitter users play in safeguarding the nation’s women.

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