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The Life of Jameela Jamil

She started in radio, but many probably know her as Tahani Al-Jamil on “The Good Place.” Lately, she’s gaining attention for speaking out against body-shaming. This is the life of Jameela Jamil.

British radio presenter and activist

She’s a body-positive activist and a budding actress. This is Jameela Jamil. She was born in 1986 in London, to an Indian father and a Pakistani mother. She was born partially deaf and underwent several surgeries during her childhood. As a teenager, she had anorexia for several years. At 17, she was hit by a car. Her spinal column was injured, requiring her to spend a year in the hospital. She cites the car accident as what pushed her towards recovery, stating that "it changed my relationship with my body" and "figuratively knocked some sense into me"

For several years, she taught English to international students. At 22, she became a host on Britain’s Channel 4. 5 years later, she won the Glamour Award for Radio Personality of the Year. At 27, she attempted suicide — but did not reveal this until 2019. In 2014, the British tabloids attacked her for her appearance because she had gained weight due to the steroid treatment, she was required to take to treat her asthma. In 2016, at the age of 29 and following a breast cancer scare, Jamil left London and moved to Los Angeles, with no plans of acting, instead intending to DJ and work presenting radio shows.

Though she considered becoming a screenwriter, she was also cast to play Tahani Al-Jamil on “The Good Place.” The success of show quickly made her a star. At 32, she launched the “I Weigh” movement on Instagram to encourage women to define themselves by something other than their weight. In August 2018, she spoke out against magazines that airbrushed her skin to make it a lighter color. At 33, she launched a petition to ban ads for weight-loss products on Instagram. A few months later, Jamil won her fight. The social media announced that this type of ad would no longer be visible to underage users.

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11/08/2019 11:19 AM
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322 comments

  • Francisco A.
    a day

    When they say “the patriarchy “ I just start laughing... holy ignorance! Damn you post-modernists... you have ruined the show again.

  • Aamna S.
    5 days

    Love her 😍

  • Aamna S.
    5 days

    Love her 😍

  • Anuja S.
    05/21/2020 17:22

    Well done

  • Assma B.
    05/20/2020 19:17

    She’s beautiful

  • Elaine S.
    05/20/2020 07:14

    Pretty girl

  • Tony P.
    05/19/2020 17:59

    No one cares

  • Beryl B.
    05/19/2020 01:31

    If she had everything in the world why the hell she attempted suicide. That's not inspiration at all. I love how so many people face heavy storm and come out like shining stars. Nope no inspiration here.

  • Carole S.
    05/17/2020 22:11

    Who is she?

  • Ashley W.
    05/17/2020 07:43

    I love this lady x

  • Rashad K.
    05/16/2020 16:13

    Feminist pawn nothing else sounds abit of a brat really she's got it all and crys for the less privileged please 😝

  • Tracy P.
    05/16/2020 10:45

    I love her!

  • Kadima B.
    05/15/2020 12:40

    Why do activists always go to the least oppressive countries😂😂

  • Raja R.
    05/15/2020 07:20

    She is great dn't be scared abt anybody and not to care abt wat ppl say stay away frnegative ppl dear i luv the confidence in

  • Daniel M.
    05/14/2020 19:46

    Fuck off man leftie racist cunt

  • Andrew M.
    05/14/2020 17:39

    A truly positive person who wants to share that positivity a beautiful and mentally head strong lady it's a shame that snakes and bitches and negative cunts will slag her off because of their own short comings. Scum, yes you you nasty little creatures!

  • Analeise W.
    05/14/2020 13:06

    💪🏼💖

  • Paige A.
    05/14/2020 12:42

    an inspiration

  • Richard P.
    05/14/2020 12:07

    Ffs give yourself a shake

  • Rushikesh K.
    05/14/2020 10:57

    she's cool