Le Cirque de Vie
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker
Modern day life is akin to a circus wherein media dumbfound and daze us with dizzying ideals of what women should or shouldn’t be at an ever-increasing rate. We recognize it’s not right and that something has to change, but where do we start? Through our Le Cirque de Vie collection, Hillberg & Berk is proud to support MissRepresentation.org and feature its founder, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, as the face of our collection. We are so honoured to contribute to the amazing work that she and her team are accomplishing. We believe this initiative will better our world and invite you to take part.
H&B is donating $15,000 to Miss Representation and is launching a Le Cirque Scholarship.
THE FACE OF LE CIRQUE DE VIE -
JENNIFER SIEBEL NEWSOM:
Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a filmmaker, speaker, former actress, and advocate for women, girls, and their families. Newsom wrote, directed, and produced the 2011 Sundance documentary Miss Representation, which explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence. Newsom also launched MissRepresentation.org, a call-to-action campaign that gives women and girls the tools to realize their full potential. As an actress, Newsom appeared in films and television shows including In the Valley of Elah, Something’s Gotta Give, NBC’s Life, and Mad Men. WATCH THE BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO.
Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. The film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence. In addition, the film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions. In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity to lead. Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective. MissRepresentation.org