My name is Sarah
Updated: Feb 15
Face of Dove, 2006
Documentary style online advert filmed in my then home in Leeds when I was starting out. Fun and also surreal sharing my bedroom and bathroom with a film crew. (Although never credited for my work, I assisted with the direction and writing).
The advert won a 2007 Silver Award in the British Television Advertising Awards for Toiletries. (Personally, I think it must have been my Leeds ‘do I look fit’ (that means hot to the rest of the world) line that did it. I was really disappointed that I wasn’t even named for my work, simply labelled ‘blind girl.’ I do have a question: what would the world think if this was labelled ‘black girl?’
I don’t say this lightly, just an example that objectifying labels slapped onto people by others without considering the repercussions and the destruction they can cause. My best friend growing up was mixed race, as is one of my closest friends now. Friends through my life are of every shape, size, background, colour, sexuality, as well as my dates and relationships. I used to be in a relationship many years ago with an English born and bred half Bangladeshi, Cambridge educated Atts Reporter (the first ever ‘brown’ as he used to say to obtain this position on his newspaper), presenter of his own radio show, playwright and screenwriter who has experienced extreme racism within his own country despite his hard work and contribution. It has unfortunately come to light over the years that people with ’diffrabilities’ or whom are ‘differentlyable’ (which is how I identify myself) go through similar challenging experiences.
My name is actually 'Sarah'.
Link to Dove advert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWoTdT7K__k
(Bat audio: In this post, there are a few pictures. The feature image right at the top of the blog is of Sarah with brown shoulder lengthened hair with her head turned to the right and a lovely smile on her face. You can just see the top of her outfit showing a black sequined loose choker style top. The title for the advert is underneath the image typed in black font is labelled ‘Dove Blind Girl.’
The next section of images are found in a grid format at the bottom of the blog with 3 small images on the top section and a larger image at the bottom.
The first image in the gallery section is a cover picture typed in white font Sarah's Chronicles (this sits on top of a greyed out background image which is the same image at the top of the post) and at the bottom of the picture also in white font is Face of Dove with 3 play buttons to the right of the text.
The second image in the gallery shows Sarah wearing a black suit jacket, a pair of sexy black hot pants with fishnet tights and black heeled boots and is wearing a stylish black hat. She also has on a red heart shaped eye patch on her right eye. She is posing with her left hand on her left hip and her right hand is holding a multi-coloured cane pointing straight up into the air, kind of looking like she’s pulled a sword from its sheath and is ready for action.
The third image is a photograph of a diary with lined paper with the work 'Human' written on it in pen. There are lots of fairy lights surrounding the top of the book.
The fourth and final image is a bigger image and shows Sarah wearing a sexy black, sleeveless sequined dress with the choker style neckline we saw in the first top image of the blog and she's putting on some red hot lipstick ready for her night out.)
7th February 2021