Be A Lady They Said

 “Be a lady they said. Don’t be too fat. Don’t be too thin. Don’t be too large. Don’t be too small.”

Be A Lady They Said

‘Be a Lady They Said’ surged in internet popularity following Cynthia Nixon’s spoken word rendition for Girls Girls Girls Magazine. This video brings to life the powerful words from the poem written by 22-year-old Camille Rainville. ‘Be a Lady They Said’ challenges societal expectations of women, and is not an attack on any gender but rather a collection of things many women are told their entire lives.

What do you think? How many of these things have you heard?

Camille Rainville’s full poem was first published on her personal blog here.

Header Image Credit: Ava So


Elle Farrell-Kingsley

Elle Farrell-Kingsley Kickstart Team

Elle is Voice’s Media Sub-Editor and podcast host, coming from a diverse range of creative pursuits — including curating, music production, and performing arts. She’s a Liberal Arts graduate and a Y7 ambassador, with a keen interest in cultural diplomacy and the digital & tech sector. Elle is always on the lookout to make interesting voices heard on the Voice Podcast. When she’s not behind a computer screen, she can be found training MMA.

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