21 year old Simran Randhawa is one new cohort of intersectional feminists and activists using social media for the greater good in a relatable and powerful way. Simran is energetically and humorously harnessing Instagram to break down the patriarchy with pride and we’re one of her avid 65,000 followers (@simisear_) subscribing to her every thought. Despite having modelled for H&M and alongside Skepta, Simran’s priorities are evident from her feed. Proving that the URL universe can be used for more than pretty photographs, Simran underscores her beauty with a political voice to match. Models are becoming increasingly engaged in shaping the society around them, and Simran is leading the movement of the socially conscious fashion industry. Simran is even the assistant political editor at gal-dem, one of the most influential, socio-political platforms coming out of London now.
We love Simran for her fearless embrace of the feminine to combat marginalisation. Simran recently published an article in Vogue, detailing the healing power of her beauty regime. She also wrote a piece about reclaiming the bindi- On Vogue- we bow! By championing her heritage, and continuing to openly discuss her battles with mental health, she’s demonstrating how much you can achieve while also coming to terms with depression- in short, she’s a light in what can sometimes feel like a dark tunnel of fake news and gormless selfies. Only last week, Simran finished her Sociology degree at Bristol university and obtained a first class honours in her dissertation. When announcing her results, Simran made reference to the many challenges she has faced throughout her university career. It is this kind of transparency and honesty which reverses the polished illusionary sphere of our social media profiles and it’s why love her. Simran is not ashamed to admit her setbacks, and in her ability to overcome them she gives the rest of us hope that we might do the same.
Proudly declaring her Malaysian-Indian heritage, and Punjabi family, Simran is a promoter of 'decolinsing' your wardrobe. Her unique style sees her combine the influence of her London upbringing with traditional Indian dress (think a red silk sari over baggy jeans and Air Force). Her unashamed fight for more representation for “brown girls” in the diaspora is making a very real impact. Simran demonstrates to young women of colour that it is possible to be a Londoner while simultaneously celebrating and championing your roots. Refusing to simply assimilate in a way that society demands, Simran’s voice, style and writing are a two-fingers up to the status quo that we need right now. One flick through the comments on Simran’s outfit posts and lines like this: “You inspired me to wear my bindi to school today!” will fend off any naysayers who discredit Instagram as a politically potent space. Sometimes it's easy to feel safe in our London bubble where liberal ideas of what it is to be an English person and a woman are commonly held, but events like Brexit have been sharp wake up calls. Now, more than ever, we need online icons like Simran for the next generation of girls to look to.