Jee OH (오지현) will be participating in a panel discussion on ‘THE BOTTOM LINE: BEAUTY, BODY IMAGE AND TEENAGE GIRLS’ organised by the Pan Asian Women’s Association.
- Date: Wednesday, 4 March 2015 at 6.30PM
- Venue: The Nehru Centre (TNC), 8 South Audley Street, London W1K 1HF
The Bottom Line: Beauty, Body Image and Teenage Girls
PAWA Panel in partnership with the Nehru Centre
Wednesday, 4 March
6.30pm Panel Discussion. 7.45pm Drinks Reception. 8.15pm End
The Nehru Centre | 8 South Audley St | London W1K 1HF
What is the definition of female beauty and who chooses what makes us “beautiful”? A globalised world and the internet age has led to a transformation of how we view female beauty which is having a profound impact on young girls everywhere. In the past, beauty was defined by individual culture — for good or ill. It was a concept born of local tradition, history and aesthetics. Yet in the social media age we have moved towards a standardised concept of beauty being imposed on young girls and women worldwide. From selfies to magazines to websites, we see the cult of size zero, overt sexualisation and a Westernised ideal being sold to girls everywhere.
The Pan Asian Women’s Association (PAWA) and Nehru Centre will host a panel discussion to explore who defines beauty in the internet age? How has the concept of beauty shifted from one rooted in culture towards a universal ideal? Thirdly, we will explore how this development is impacting on our girls’ lives — encouraging eating disorders, skin whitening treatments and increased use of plastic surgery. Our conversation will take us from Europe to China, Korea, India and beyond.
Beauty is a business all about the bottom line: profit. So, how can we as women change the business model by producing editorial content that refuses to conform to the stereotype and celebrates women of all shapes, colours and sizes?
CHAIR: Edna Fernandes
Edna Fernandes is author of Holy Warriors and The Last Jews of Kerala. She is former Special Correspondent for the Mail on Sunday, former Financial Times foreign correspondent and Reuters Westminster correspondent. Her books were finalists for the Index on Censorship prize, India’s Crossword literary prize and chosen as a Sunday Times Travel Book of the Year in 2009. Currently, she’s working on a new book.
SPEAKER 1: Yang-May Ooi
Yang-May Ooi is an acclaimed writer/ performer. Her solo show Bound Feet Blues – A Life Told in Shoes explores female desirability, identity and empowerment through the interwoven stories of foot-binding in China and Yang-May’s own search for her sexual identity. The sell-out show returns to London’s West End in Nov/ Dec 2015.
SPEAKER 2: Jee Oh
Jee OH is a designer and New Media artist. She is currently doing her doctoral research at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her principal research interests are in women’s experiences with network media of which she creates aesthetic representations in physical forms. Her artworks were exhibited at art venues in Austria, London, South Korea, Slovenia, USA and Singapore.
SPEAKER 3: Sally Gloyne
Sally Gloyne is an educator and publisher of T! magazine, aimed at teenage girls aged 14-18. T! breaks the mould of teen magazines– it’s a subscription and online lifestyle magazine written and produced by girls for girls. It takes a fresh look at beauty and style and encourages girls to make a difference to the world. As one reader puts it: “T! is different. It revolves around real people and focuses on what we really want to read.”
This is a free public event but please rsvp by 2nd March to
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Pan Asian Women’s Association | 620A Kings Road | London SW6 2DU
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PAWA is UK registered charity focused on a single purpose: to support teenage girls education in Asia. PAWA’s aim is to raise funds for selected grass root projects which directly benefit girls education in Asia. Evidence shows that educating girls is the most effective way to fight poverty. www.pawa-london.org
The Nehru Centre (TNC) acts as the cultural wing of The High Commission of India in UK. Established in 1992, it is regarded by The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) as its flagship cultural centre abroad, and has, over the years, emerged as a premier institution engaged in India’s cultural interface with UK. www.nehrucentre.org.uk