'So many women are afraid to even step into the spotlight': Women on the impact of their public image

In honour of International Women’s Day, we asked eight women to share the impact public image and perception has had on them.

Tessa Virtue

The women featured in the video include:

Tessa Virtue
A five-time Olympic medalist and world ice dancing champion, Virtue is a mentor for FitSpirit, a non-profit organization that promotes the benefits of sport to young girls.

Greta Hodgkinson
An American-born ballerina and principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada. In 2017, Hodgkinson was appointed to the Order of Ontario for her achievements in dance. 

Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs
 A Canadian Screen Awards nominated television and film actress and Indigenous Rights Activist.

Jenny and Taylor Frankel 
A mother and daughter team and the co-founders of Nudestix, an internationally sold cosmetics brand that celebrates natural beauty.

Kae Tran 
An artist and digital creator living with muscular dystrophy, working to advocate and raise awareness for diversity and inclusion for disabled persons.

Lisa Campbell 
The CEO of Lifford Cannabis Solutions, a Canadian company that works to help emerging cannabis brands succeed in a newly legalized market.

Najwa Zebian
A Lebanese-Canadian author, speaker, poet and educator celebrating the release of her third book, “Sparks of Phoenix.”

Samra Zafar 
An award-winning international speaker, Zafar has shared her story of surviving domestic abuse and escaping a forced marriage in her book, “A Good Wife.”

Produced by
Hilary Hagerman, Farah Syed, Elisabetta Bianchini and Elizabeth Di Filippo

Shot and edited by
Rosa Park and Kyle Crockard

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