‘Good Trouble’ Actress Zuri Adele Talks Inclusiveness in the Beauty and Wellness Space: ‘Representation is Crucial’
For good problem actress Zuri Adele, the last thing wellness should be is exclusive. And that goes for beauty too.
Accessing affordable options in the wellness space can often be challenging for historically marginalized communities. How much does this therapy session cost without insurance? Or that yoga class? These financial hurdles are something the 32-year-old wants to rethink.
“To create more accessibility to wellness for communities that have historically been marginalized and unsupported,” Adele told In The Know by Yahoo at MAKERS Conference in Dana Point, Calif., where she was a speaker, “we can lean into repairs, and we can start creating avenues of wellness that people who maybe can’t afford their wellness practices- be can always come [to] and practice.”
In addition to donation-based care, what this could look like, according to Adele, are scholarships or “energy exchanges”, where something other than money (teaching, for example) can be exchanged for wellness treatment.
The goal, she said, is to “create this access to wellness practices, wellness classes, teacher trainings, so that we can become those leaders and teachers in those spaces to that this practice may feel most accessible to communities”.
Some of this access, arguably a large part, also applies to the world of beauty – and this is representation.
After all, seeing yourself, or someone like you, providing much-needed care or showing another standard of beauty can help connection and self-esteem. Representation can also provide an element of safety for underrepresented communities.
“Representation is crucial in the wellness space because we create the atmosphere that makes us feel the safest,” Adele explained. “Whether we choose the music that uplifts us ancestrally, or we burn off certain elements, or even use references that won’t be culturally triggering, when we have frontline representation of the teaching staff of these wellness spaces. be. , we ensure that these wellness spaces are safe spaces for everyone.
For beauty, it’s about reframing the current Eurocentric beauty standard and embracing what makes us different.
“We can continue to affirm the beauty of each other, affirm our differences and simply dare to express ourselves in the way that gives us the most confidence in ourselves, whatever it is, without judgement”,
While the media has been slow to embrace different forms of beauty, Adele is optimistic.
“When I think of television and film, I see people working behind the scenes in media, these groups are increasingly including people of color,” she shared. “And so the more we do that, I think the more perspectives we get on what’s happening in our storytelling from really authentic and inclusive spaces.”
This can have a huge impact on viewers consuming this content, hopefully opening up opportunities for greater understanding and self-confidence.
“If we love our curls, we love our locs, we love our dark brown skin, whatever it is,” Adele said, “as long as we continue to lean into it without questioning it based on what society says or shows us, we will be on the right track.
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