Jacqueline Leads Wannabe Revival

Bollywood actress stars in a tribute that raises awareness of female inequality

Posted: 08.07.16

What do you really really want? Today marks the 20th anniversary of the release of The Spice Girls’ song Wannabe, which left a legacy that revolutionised the idea of female empowerment. As a tribute to the band and the message they wanted to enforce, Project Everyone and Director MJ Delaney have crafted a remake of the Wannabe video in collaboration with the United Nations’ Global Goals movement. Featuring stars from all over the world including Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez, the short film #WhatIReallyReallyWant uses the premise of the original song as a catalyst in spreading the message to encourage girl power. 'We need to create a community where girls feel strong, safe and supported and have equal access to education, technology, health and sanitation,' said Jacqueline. She also tweeted that she was 'elated' to take part in the film.

The video factors in various problems that females face in the world today such as unequal pay, educational rights, and child marriage, among others. 'When we became adults and saw the huge inequalities that still exist across the world, I think that spirit and girl power is what has ignited a fire to change it', said MJ. The video opens with a fierce Jacqueline dancing through an impoverished street resembling that of a slum in India. Then we are transported to a classroom full of young girls in hijabs, representing the need for quality education for all.

The film depicts scenes from India, the Middle East, and parts of Africa, displaying areas where inequality is a big problem. The aggression displayed in the film is a reflection of the frustration felt around the world when it comes to gender inequality.

To strengthen the movement, females around the world are being encouraged to voice their opinions on what they want and how they want changes to be made, along with the hashtag, #WhatIReallyReallyWant.

The Spice Girls encouraged feminism with their music and their beliefs and this film is doing the same thing - but what do you really, really want? I want gender equality, just like the women in the film and I want feminism to be perceived as something positive, rather than a threat imposed on all males. The Spice Girls are a wonderful representation of female empowerment and #WhatIReallyReallyWant is a profound tribute to their legacy and what they are trying to voice to the world, which is that gender equality can be achieved if we work towards what we really, really want.  

Diya Navlakha

Take to social media this weekend and use this hashtag to get involved: #WhatIReallyReallyWant

Images: Veronique de Viguerie for Getty Images

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