TikTok rose to fame in 2019. It is an outlet for countless information. Best of all, it’s not only for entertainment purposes but also for awareness.
But that’s just part of the story…
People from different walks of life use TikTok to share various information and valuable tips. Doctors, dermatologists, lawyers, flight attendants, chefs, and many more flock TikTok to give free information and sometimes even free consultations.
Brand owners from big and small companies use TikTok to build their online presence. Check out Sisterhood Agenda on TikTok @sisterhoodagenda.com.
Here’s something interesting: during National Women’s History Month in March 2020 TikTok celebrated women around the world where they featured a hashtag #SheCanDoIt. The campaign included in-app stickers and powerful videos shared by women on TikTok.
If you want to explore TikTok, or you’re already a hit with millions or thousands of followers, here are some women empowerment trends you should check out:
1.) Using your ex’s voicemail and showing him he no longer has power over you
Bella Dorlando username: @trapmoneybella used the sound of her ex’s voicemail asking to take him back after he confessed to cheating. She casually danced to the voice clip looking serene and unbothered with a peaceful look on her face.
Without saying a word, she expressed her reaction through a slow dance. She’s putting out a powerful message that her ex’s charms no longer work on her, that he can no longer manipulate her. That she DGAF.
This empowered a lot of women to stand in their power and refuse to be manipulated. As a result, her video went viral and countless women made duets using their ex’s voicemail.
2.) Be A Lady They Said
“Be a lady they said” is a poem recited by Cynthia Nixon and written by 22-year-old Camille Rainville.
It was released by the magazine Girls Girls Girls after Harvey Weinstein got convicted of sexual assault, one of the biggest controversies in Hollywood.
I first saw this on Instagram shared by Cara Delevigne and it really moved me; it resonated with me down to my very core.
The truth is, as women, we are expected to comply with society’s standards. Rape victims get blamed and attractive women are made accountable because of their looks.
This powerful poem taps into the conflicting messages women are given about how they should look, dress, eat, and behave.
And that’s not all, the poem also highlights other pressing issues related to feminism such as sexual harassment, and victim-blaming.
Women on TikTok are using the audio clip to inspire other women to be themselves.
Here are some parts of the poem:
“’Be a lady’ they said. Your skirt is too short. Your shirt is too low. Your pants are too tight. Don’t show so much skin. Don’t show your thighs. Don’t show your breasts.”
“Don’t show your midriff. Don’t show your cleavage. Don’t show your underwear. Don’t show your shoulders. Cover up. Leave something to the imagination. Dress modestly. Don’t be a temptress. Men can’t control themselves. Men have needs. You look frumpy. Loosen up. Show some skin. Look sexy. Look hot. Don’t be so provocative. You’re asking for it. Wear black. Wear heels. You’re too dressed up. You’re too dressed down. Don’t wear those sweatpants; you look like you’ve let yourself go.“
“Just ‘be a lady’ they said.”
Over 368.4 million people have watched videos with the hashtag #womenempowerment on TikTok.
It consists of videos of women inspiring other women, giving life advice, sharing their struggles of abuse, and how they survived it.
Other girls from different countries share how they broke traditions and stereotypes and pushed themselves further to succeed.
Issues range from body positivity to anti-bullying and what girls should not say to other girls.
You can really see how women unite despite being from different parts of the world, having different religions and ethnicities.
When it comes to empowering each other, we are all queens, we are all sisters, no matter where we are.
If you’re feeling down and at your lowest point right now, go ahead and check out #womenempowerment on TikTok.
It’ll definitely turn your frown upside down and bring out the positive vibes in you!
4. Curly Girl Challenge
I’ve always mentioned The Curly Girl Method (CGM) on my past articles, I even wrote about it here .
Being a curly girl myself, I am so thrilled that this is a viral challenge on TikTok!
It’s all about embracing your curls, and not giving into society’s standards that your hair has to look sleek and straight. This challenge positively empowers women to feel confident with their true selves.
When you’re born with curly hair and everyone else has straight hair, you’d straighten your hair or have it rebounded because you want to fit in (that’s what I did).
What this challenge does is encourage you. You don’t need to fit it when you can stand out! It’s okay to be different. Your natural beauty is something that no one can take away from you.
Now, a lot of curly-haired girls are taking to TikTok showing off their gorgeous locks with power and confidence. Together, let’s fight the stigma against our curly hair!
Please remember this point, you don’t need to change anything about yourself.
But I get it, I really do. Sometimes, curly hairs could be tough to manage due to frizz and tangles.
However, with the Curly Girl Method, you can have curly hair without the frizz, dry ends, or tangles.
Embrace your curly hair. It has huge potential. You’ll see how beautiful they could be.
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