(This is a sponsored post in partnership with The New York Times Get With The Times and Her Campus Media. All words and opinions are my own.)


Hello everyone.
This past Sunday, I watched The New York Times: Get With the Times Reshaping Beauty Standards featuring Ashley Graham. Get With The Times is The New York Time's live event series for college students, where they talk about issues that many students face today. For this episode, the had authored podcaster supermodel Ashley Graham came on to talk business, beauty standards, and so much more.

I was very interested in this live stream because it's for college students first, so I felt like it was made especially for me, my friends, and other fellow college students all over. Ashley Graham is such a huge inspiration makes her voice heard. 


Before I get into some of the live stream notes, I took from the live stream, thank you to The New York Times and Her Campus for gifting me this bag by The New York Times. The bag was huge, so I opted to carry it around instead of my bookbag and then had a photoshoot later on that day. I like the quality in these photos, and I felt like the bag just went perfectly with my outfit. 



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Photo from The New York Times: Get With The Times Live Series Event featuring Ashley Graham on YouTube.


Now onto the Live event, usually for Get With The Times, they live to stream it from a different college campus each stream, and for this stream, it was at The New School in NYC, which I thought was cool because I love that school. 
Anyways, the stream was divided into two parts; in the beginning, Joanna Nikas, The New York Times's Fashion & Style Editor, talked with Ashley a little bit so we can hear her story, her origins, and how she made it into the fashion, beauty and media industries. Just a little recap of her story she talked about how she moved to New York at 17 and only had one year to make it, or she had to go back home and go to college. She was able to get an agent and book jobs. Still, she talked about the struggles that came with being a bigger-sized girl in the modeling industry and how some people wanted her to lose weight. This particular problem has gone on in the modeling industry for a while now. Still, I think it is expanding and is showing people from all walks of life.

After Ashley talked about the beginnings of how she got into the modeling industry, she gave A LOT of advice about how we can do better, achieve the things we want to do in life, and be successful. She talked about her lingerie line and how she had to pitch the idea to companies and see if they wanted to embark on the project. The advice that I got from this was to go out and do what we want to accomplish and not wait for other people to tell us to do so. This inspired me heavily because I have many goals that I want to achieve, but if I want to achieve those goals, I have to go out there and try them and make some progress. Every plan/goal always starts with step one.  


I enjoyed the question portion of this live stream. For this part of the live stream, college students from the live audience and some who even sent in questions thought video could ask Ashley a question about her take on the different industries or questions about her life.


One particular question that I remembered was, "What are ways that we consumers can encourage body representation in the media?"


Ashley's response was along the lines of encouraging body representation in the comments on social media. Say what we like and dislike because brands do read our comments to get feedback.


There were other great questions as well, so I highly recommend that you give it a watch.

Here is the link to watch it through YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZudLf60_0s


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Well, that is all I have for today. I hope you enjoyed this post and lived stream if you watched it because I gather so much advice and inspiration to help me in the ongoing months.


Until Next Time,

Samara

















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