For this International Women’s Day (IWD), Bumble – the app that has based itself on women making the first move in business, dating and networking – has launched their inaugural Making Moves Report, doing a deep dive into what really matters to young Australian women in 2020. Teaming up with Robyn Lawley, a longstanding body activist and former marie claire Australia cover star, Bumble is reigniting the conversation.
The report, which was conducted online by YouGov with a national sample of 1,018 Australian women aged between 18-45, found that the big issue for young Australian women includes body image, and saw a strong correlation between low self-esteem and a young woman’s perception of her appearance. Perhaps most staggering, Bumble’s Making Moves survey revealed that 95 per cent of women said their self-esteem was directly affected by the way they look, with a further 2 in 3 admitting to having felt shamed or been verbally shamed for their appearance. 4 out of 5 Australian women also said they are not happy with the way they look, with 9 out of 10 saying they want to change their appearance.
Ahead of IWD on March 8, marie claire spoke to Lawley on how society needs to shift their obsession with a woman’s appearance and focus the energy on improving the world around us, loving ourselves and making a change.
“With my career, I’ve seen a shift happen, because 10 years ago or 15 years ago, you tell me any of the stuff that’s happened I wouldn’t have believed you,” Lawley tells marie claire. “It just did not happen, so time has changed everything and we see more of that and we feel empowered by that – it helps us accept our bodies more. There’s finally diversity on catwalks: we’re seeing more curved models, different ethnicities and trans models on the runway. It’s so important to see people you can relate to. Read more