Munroe Bergdorf on activism, L'Oreal, and her role in the Huffington Post's New Activists series

Munroe Bergdorf on activism, L'Oreal, and her role in the Huffington Post's New Activists series

The transgender activist spoke candidly in an interview on the Badass Women's Hour

Monday, October 30, 2017

Munroe Bergdorf came by the talkRADIO studios for a chat on the Badass Women's Hour. 

The model made history as the first transgender individual to model for L'Oreal, but was fired after the Daily Mail published reports of Facebook posts made on the subject of the Charlottesville incident.

She told our hosts her side of the story: "They hired me for a diversity campaign, but that kind of all went down the pan when they found I was doing what they employed me to do, being the voice of activism to say why we needed diversity in the first place.

"It's probably for the best, because I don't want to be involved with brands that don't support the people they employ or support people's voice.

"They knew who I was when they signed me."

She told our hosts how she deals with online abuse and channels it into her activism.

She said: "I don't take it personally that often, it's not about me. 

"Racism doesn't just affect people of colour, it affects white people in a multicultural society. 

"It's shutting them off, making them feel disenfranchised, that people of colour are trying to take over, making them angry. 

"That's no way to live, so if we can talk about racism in an open and honest manner and talk about eliminating it is good for all of us. 

"It's complete motivation, and if anything, it's confirmation for why I'm doing what I'm doing, because I don't want this to happen."

Bergdorf is also taking part in a new documentary by The Huffington Post called New Activists, which follows the lives of prominent activists in their work to raise awareness of important issues. 

She told our hosts about the experience of it: "It's out every single weekday on the Huffington Post, they're five minute episodes.

"There's four of us, we all have our own dedicated little episode. 

"It's been running for the last three weeks in various scenarios."

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