Let’s talk about White Washing in Hollywood

White Washing refers to a casting practice, primarily that used in the United States in which white actors are cast in historically non-white character roles. The industry is notorious for having a diversity issue, one that predates its creation. Hollywood was built on white privilege and discrimination and not much has changed since then.

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The producers are white. The directors are white. The actors are white. Even when characters are of ethnic origin, casting directors tend to fill the roles with white actors.

However, Hollywood doesn’t see whitewashing as a problem, instead they believe it is a necessity. A financial necessity. For example, in 2014 director Ridley Scott told Variety. “I can’t mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such after receiving criticism for his lack of middle eastern actor’s in his film Exodus Gods and Kings.

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His argument is shocking but not surprising. It is common knowledge that successful filmmakers in Hollywood are more willing to turn a blind eye and adopt complacency to discrimination than take a stand and provide a solution for it. They seem to believe that it is okay to take the cultures of other societies, the history, the stories and even the skin colour all the while shunning the people from those countries who would be better skilled to tell the stories… Their stories.

It would be wise to say that at some point the industry decided that white people are more marketable than POC. If we were to look back at the history of film, white actors have always come out on top. In the early 20th century, the practice of Yellowface and Blackface was prominent, instead of the erasure of minority actors we see today white actors wore yellow or black makeup to respectively play a Black or Asian character. In 1915, Birth of a Nation saw white men put on blackface to promote the white supremacist agenda and incite further violence towards black Americans. Then in 1961, Mickey Rooney notoriously donned yellow face to portray a Japanese American in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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During this time, minority actors were side-lined. If they were luckily enough to be given roles, it was either as a supporting lead or in a stereotypical role. For example, Anna May Wong, a Chinese American actress from the early twentieth century who is considered as the first Asian-American star left Hollywood for Europe in the late 1920s after becoming fed up with the endless amount of stereotypical roles she was being given.

On the other hand, we have Bruce Lee, a household name who became an international superstar within a year of leaving Hollywood for Hong Kong in the 1970’s.

Some would argue that Hollywood is a trap, actors are made to feel that in order for them to be household names and truly successful they need to break America. Sadly for minority actors this often means that they need to settle for roles lesser than what they deserve, whether that be as a supporting actor or in roles that stereotype their culture. Some are even forced to give up their cultural identity completely, especially if they are white passing POC. For example, Agents of Shields star Chloe Bennet or Chloe Wang recently spoke out about her decision to change her last name so that she would get offered jobs in ‘racist’ Hollywood.gettyimages-497619992

“Hollywood is racist and wouldn’t cast me with a last name that made them uncomfortable,” Bennet announced on Instagram. “Changing my last name doesn’t change the fact that my BLOOD is half-Chinese,” she wrote. “It means I had to pay my rent.

Bennet isn’t the first star to change their last name to get jobs and I doubt she will be the last. Except the fact that this was even an option for them is a testament to how archaic the entertainment industry is.

2017 has had its fair share of Whitewashing controversies from Aladdin to Ghost in the Shell to Death Note and Hellboy, yet at the same time with some of the controversies have come a suggestion that better times may lay ahead.

Most recently, actor Ed Skrein left Hellboy just a week after joining the cast where he was set to play Major Ben Daimio, a half-Japanese character in the comics. He made the decision to step away after seeing the waves of online protest and realising how his casting would take away the opportunity from an Asian actor.

Update: Hawaii Five 0 alum and Korean native Daniel Dae Kim is now being considered for the role.

The decision caught Hollywood by surprise with many praising the actor for being the first actor to step away from a role after realising the cultural implications of their casting. However, surely this responsibility should not have to fall on the shoulders of those given the roles but the ones making the casting decisions.

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Furthermore, the extent of Hollywood’s casting problem goes further than overlooking minority actors for roles but ethnic minorities are still experiencing a large gap, in comparison to their white colleagues. It was only a few months ago that Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim, both of whom are main cast members of the hit CBS show Hawaii Five 0 quit the show after a pay dispute. The two had been trying to secure an equal salary alike to that of their white co-stars but had failed. Together, they made a decision to leave.

It was a decision that shocked me because I am a massive fan of the series and one thing I always loved about the show is that they had two Asian characters, playing lead roles who were central members of the Five 0 task force. This was refreshing, particularly as we live in a climate where Asian characters remain underrepresented in the entertainment industry.

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Sadly, by refusing to even consider their demands the network made it seem that their characters and themselves are disposable in a time where choosing to listen would have made them seem like allies rather than neutral bystanders. Particularly when the cries of white actors, and white women for better pay have been heard loud and clear and met without complaint in the past.

Whitewashing is something that we must not be silent about because this isn’t just a black and white issue. It’s everybody.

 

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Gina Rodriguez has opened up about her battle with anxiety

Gina Rodriguez opened up on Instagram about her experience with anxiety and how it has impacted her, in a make up free shoot with her friend.

The video shows a bare-faced Rodriguez, wearing a Yankees hat, smiling for the camera.

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“My beautiful friend @antonsoggiu came to visit from Norway and he included me in his magical art. TEN SECOND PORTRAITS. It’s always great to be in front of his lens but this time it was just me. Bare and exposed in the streets of la. No makeup. No styling. Just me,” she began her Instagram caption, accompanying the clip she shared on Friday.

The hit actress and activist, 32, admitted that she suffers from anxiety, and encouraged acceptance.

“I suffer from anxiety. And watching this clip I could see how anxious I was but I empathize with myself. I wanted to protect her and tell her it’s ok to be anxious, there is nothing different or strange about having anxiety and I will prevail. I like watching this video. It makes me uncomfortable but there is a freedom I feel maybe even an acceptance. This is me. Puro Gina.”

Rodriguez stars alongside fellow stars Jamie Cahill, Brett Dier, Yael Groblgas and Justin Baldoni in hit CW show Jane the Virgin. The third season of the show recently wrapped-whilst the show has also been renewed for a fourth season.

Are you a fan of Gina, suffer from anxiety or just want to talk… drop me a comment! x

December Playlist

This December playlist is designed to get you through these winter nights on the run up to everyone’s favourite holiday- CHRISTMAS!!! So sit back, have a break, have a kit-kat *see what I did there haha* and enjoy the music.

Until next time,

Savannah

 

Mind Over Matter

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So lately I have found it hard to post on my blog and it hasn’t been because I didn’t want to or anything like that. Weirdly, I have felt a disconnect with my writing and couldn’t bring myself to start putting pen to paper and hand to keyboard; often writers will describe what is commonly known as ‘writers block’ as a hindrance to their creativity but a necessary evil- I completely disagree. I hate this feeling, I hate that I am in a place where I don’t believe in my writing because I have come so far. I hate that whenever I type something, my first reaction is to delete everything because I don’t like the way it sounds. I hate that I don’t think my writing is personal enough and shows who I am because it does, at least thats what I used to think.

Part of me feels like the time I have had away was beneficial and allowed me to get my head straight, whilst the other half feels as though I am inadequate. You see, no one ever tells you how crazy of a journey creativity can be and that your best isn’t always good enough. They don’t tell you that good mental health and the ability to create is very much interlinked because these last few weeks I have felt distanced from my normal state of being… I have had this dreaded feeling that something was off and when I think about all the stuff thats happened to me in the time that I have been away, it feels so wrong to say that because in retrospect these last couple have been some of the best I have ever had so why do I feel like everything is wrong.

In the time that I have been away I have been offered the biggest opportunity of my life *more on that soon*, attempted to start a vegetarian diet, gone to a really shoddy 90’s party and turned 19. In other news there is now only 49 days until christmas which means a new Micheal Buble album is out and supermarkets are already stripping down halloween decorations in favour for stuffed santas and mistletoe, oh yeah and the clocks went back meaning it might be time to dust off those puffer jackets.

Maybe I am just suffering from the winter blues, it wouldn’t be the first time that the cold, dark winter nights made me feel anxious and quite frankly probably won’t be the last but I also know that I need to begin getting my mind aligned with my body because right now the two are playing a game of tug of war with my emotions. I also don’t think it helps that I suffer from PCOS and with my hormones so out of control, I often suffer from horrible mood swings. But one thing is for sure I need to fix my self because this blog is far too important for me to fall off, I promise that I will overcome this and get back to blogging because I love all of you doves.

Until next time,

Savannah x

 

 

15 things I’ve learnt at 18

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So, I turn 19 next month which is just really depressing because I am finally starting to get old. One minute you’re 10 and desperately want to turn eighteen and then it comes and all you realise is that everything after that point requires actual adulting which as I said before is just depressing. The good thing about growing up though is the life lessons you acquire along the way and believe me when I say I have learnt a lot, so I decided to share some with you today.

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#Life Lesson One: Friends can be family too 

One thing that I have come to realise is that the lines between family and friends can often become blurred and that’s okay. There really is nothing wrong with having close friends that you consider family, especially if they are at times more there for you than those that are meant to be your blood. I come from an extremely small family and more times often than not, my close friends have been my support system and cared about me way more than any member of my extended family and it is something I will always be grateful. My girl gang aren’t just my best friends, they are my sisters and my future bridesmaids *haha*. But most importantly, they are my family ❤

#Life Lesson Two: You have to love yourself first

One thing that no one ever tells you is that as much as we all desire to have that disney fairytale ending in terms of finding love, that is merely just an afterthought if we are not in love with ourselves. To love someone other than yourself requires a lot of time and energy and if we are not happy within ourselves, it is likely that you will settle for less simply because it is what you think you deserve. Over time I have come to realise that there is nothing wrong with learning who you are and overcoming insecurities before committing yourself to a relationship; if anything it just makes you strong. 

#Life Lesson Three: The minute someone shows you their true colours, drop them

There was a time when I was very naive and believed in giving people that I thought were my friends multiple chances, even they had already hurt me a lot of times already. I believed that I could change them but one thing you will come to realise as you get older is that no one can be changed or helped, if it isn’t something they want for themselves. 

#Life Lesson Four: Girl Crushes are normal 

Believe me when I say that identifying as a straight girl doesn’t mean that you can’t appreciate other girls more than guys or have a girl crush, mine is Selena Gomez and everyone knows she is the only girl I would ever consider kissing but it doesn’t define my sexuality or who I am. Anyone that tells you different is a dumb-ass. 

#Life Lesson Five: Fangirling obsessively is not something to be ashamed of

I am a massive fangirl and  not ashamed to say so, I fangirl over everything from celebrities to reality tv. I am a shameless fangirl even though I am approaching the adult life, I know that meeting Selena Gomez in ten years time will still have me crying hysterically. 

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#Life Lesson Six: People hate the word ‘equality’ 

I consider myself an activist for both the LGBT community and Black community, as well as an identifying intersectional feminist. However, one thing that I have noticed during my many online debates is that people are genuinely scared of the word equality, particularly when are in a group that does not experience marginalisation or exploitation. I often feel that they fear having equality for all will hinder their sad, pathetic existence in the world. 

#Life Lesson Seven: It’s okay not to be okay

There are going to be times that you break down in front of those girls you don’t like or cry yourself to sleep because everyone has experienced the ‘night-time blues’ where it seems like all your problems come rushing to the surface at once. Accepting that you are in a bad place is the first step you can take in order to heal, even if it feels like no one will understand please tell someone because the longer you leave things to fester is the worse you will. 

#Life Lesson Eight: I will likely never be religious

Religion has never been my thing and likely never will. I can not bring myself to read religious texts or attend a place of worship when there are a lot of ideas within religions that I disagree with and conflict with my personal views. E.g religion is often used as a driving force to normalise homophobia and regard same sex relationships as immoral which is something I will never accept or be okay with. Personally, I identify as a spiritual person and am currently transitioning to Buddhism so I can work on becoming more in tune with my mind. 

#Life Lesson Nine: You cant take it with when you go

In this materialistic world we live in where everyone seems to be obsessed with consumer goods and the notion of being rich, it seems as though we have lost sight of what actually matters. Money is a luxury not a necessity and it is not as if we can take it with us when we die so why not just enjoy and appreciate this life we have been given. 

#Life Lesson Ten: Nothing can compare to eighties films

Eighties cinema was and continues to be the greatest era in cinema, it remains the most daring as it never shyed away from talking about topics such as abortion, feminism, sexuality etc. The eighties also gave us John Hughes- the man who pretty much invented the coming of age genre with films such as the breakfast club, pretty in pink and sixteen candles under his belt. I could go on and on about how great of a time it was but I shall save that for another post. 

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#Life Lesson Eleven: Adventure is key

Life is full of adventure so make sure to chase it. Go and find the pot at the end of the rainbow. 

#Life Lesson Twelve: You will never truly find yourself

You will spend your whole life searching for yourself but you will never truly get there. The reason for this is that we are constantly soul searching and changing, the person you were yesterday probably isn’t the same person you are today. Thus, learning who you really are will probably prove to be a difficult task. 

#Life Lesson Thirteen: Hard work pays off

Hard work is a necessity. Those who dream prosper only when they take their goals and do something with it, never settle for less than you know you can achieve. 

#Life Lesson Fourteen: Lemon is the key

Drinking hot lemon tea is often the best detox you could ever wish for after too much drinks on a night out. Not only does it seriously debloat your stomach, it also provides much health benefits such as preventing cancer and diabetes. 

#Life Lesson Fifteen: Birthdays just get lame once you hit eighteen 

I love birthdays but as I get older they are just seemingly becoming more and more monotonous; a day that I once counted down the days to is now just a reminder that I am getting old.  

 

Until next time,

Savannah 

xox

 

Why I no longer let my insecurities define me!

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When I was thirteen, a teacher asked my friends and I to complete a class exercise to dig deeper into ourselves and question “who we really are.” At first, I was thrown; this was the first time anyone had ever asked me such a question and the first time I ever really asked myself. I had no idea and realised that, besides the basic facts I knew about myself, I was speechless. It was then I realised that I was consumed by something bigger than me… a darkness that defined me, but not in a good way.

During my early adolescence, I hated myself and could look in the mirror and pick out endless flaws simply because that was all I saw. I was fat. I was ugly. I was the girl whose best friend turned on her and made me feel worthless. But, I guess that’s the thing about mirrors– they can make you or break you, be your best friend or your worst enemy. There was a time when I didn’t just hate myself but I would do just about anything to change my appearance so that I looked more like everyone else. Around six years ago, I nearly died of organ failure; most of it is a blur but the one thing I remember is the thoughts going through my head whilst being rushed to hospital. Am I going to die? But most of all I just felt empty, my condition was a result of me foolishly deciding to stop taking my epileptic medication because of the weight it made me put on. At the time, I was young, naïve and very insecure so I didn’t care about the potential risks because what was the point if I was still unhappy with myself.

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When I look back to that time in my life, I feel so ashamed that I allowed myself to fall victim to a ‘disease’ that troubles so many young women all around the world. A ‘disease’ that we are exposed to from the minute we are born. A ‘disease’ that has killed more souls than anything else and one that is continually thrust upon us by society. 

Growing up as a girl in the twenty-first century is difficult; with apps like Instagram and Tinder being a female in our current status quo means that you not only have to face critique from yourself but also from online trolls who can only speak when they have the comfortability of a keyboard beside them. It feels like we are in constant battle not only with ourselves but society also. We now live in a world men possess the ability to swipe left if they feel we aren’t good enough for their superficial desires, and as much as that worries me, it really is up to you how you let it define you.

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It wasn’t until a few months ago that I made a conscious decision to no longer let my insecurities define me, there comes a time when you just have to accept that individuality is more important than succumbing to what everyone else wants you to be. I had to learn that the hard way and I wish that there was some way, I could tell all you young girls out there that it gets better. There really is light at the end of the tunnel, you just have to find the strength within you to follow it. Individuality refers to an individual, you, not your friends or your parents, it’s you. You are the only one strong enough to see the beauty of your reflection, at which point I can guarantee others will see it too. However, getting over your insecurities is easier said than done, for me it is a continuing journey whereby I am now starting to take better care of myself so that I can feel beautiful inside and out. I would still say that I have more bad days than good, and maybe that is something I will never get over, but for now I am learning to love myself and have a mutual understanding with my mind that although we may be different to what society considers beautiful; we are perfectly imperfect in our own way.

The importance of Black Girl Magic

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Cast your mind back to last month where across the world was a state of euphoria and national pride as the Rio Olympics took place, rival countries rallied together to show unity and future mini olympians found themselves engrossed in the TV, inspired by everything that was taking place. Now, I want you to remind yourself of something very specific and that is the United States Gymnastics team; a team so diverse and special that they became the main focus of the Olympics. The U.S Gymnastics team consists of girls such as Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez and Aly Raisman. These girls are not just exceptionally talented at their sport but they also paved the way for ethnic minorities, in particular females at the games. I usually aim to catch some of the olympics every year but this was the first time that I actually felt connected to the athletes, and was also the first time that i saw girls on tv that I could relate to; who looked like me.

It is suffice to say that the Olympics were the epitome of black girl magic.  

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Biles has been heavily commended for her role in the Olympics with some even going as far to call her the Micheal Jordan of Gymnastics. That is a very well deserved title as she left the games heavily decorated with medals after winning gold in the Women’s vault, Women’s floor and the Women’s team all around; maybe that is even an understatement of just how much she has achieved. Let us just take a moment to see that the greatest female gymnast in the world is an African-American which isn’t something we see often. The presence of black athletes at the Olympics was so empowering that black parents all around the world began to showcase just how much it had impacted their children. From young girls claiming they wanted to be gymnasts to athletes, it was actually quite beautiful to watch it all blossom and see all these little faces light up because they finally had someone to look up to. 

“It is very interesting to see black women going into areas where you really don’t see black women competing, with all different body shapes, complexions and hairstyles being represented,” said Kaye Wise Whitehead, a professor at Loyola University who studies race and gender. “Black women see and feel that there is no door closed to us … and that we’re not just walking through those doors, but we’re dominating.

For centuries, the black woman has found herself at the centre of discrimination and persecution. Often pushed to the back burner, whilst their caucasian peers get all the accreditation and for a long time this was the reality in sport. Thus, it is quite a big deal to have ethnic minorities taking such charge as they have this year. It wasn’t just Gymnastics that saw ethnic minorities dominating as Michelle Carter became the first American female to win the shot put and was the first woman to win the sport since 1960. 

For those who do not understand the importance of Black Girl Magic need to know that there was a time when Black people were banned from sport and if given the opportunity to play in the Olympics, they were often secluded from their other teammates. After doing some more research, I found that in the 1932 Olympics black athletes Tidye Pickett- a hurdler and Louise Stokes- a sprinter were often forced to stay in an attic apartment away from their teammates. On the other hand, eighteen black athletes in the 1936 Olympics were denied recognition when they returned home to America. 

That was then and this is now, times are changing and black girl magic is now a prevalent part of sport, as well as everyday life and will likely continue to be. 

Celebrities are human too!!!

Hi lovelies,

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 This post is inspired by recent events that some of you may have seen played out in the media surrounding singer/actress Selena Gomez, A.K.A my idol and queen. Selena suffers from an auto-immune condition commonly known as Lupus and as a result of her symptoms has been forced to cancel the remainder of her World tour; a tour that I was luckily enough to get tickets too, but unfortunately will no longer be able to attend. It has been reported by several media publications that she has been struggling with anxiety and depression which was later confirmed in the official statement as seen below.

“As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways,” the singer told People in an official statement. “I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges. I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off.”

“Thank you to all my fans for your support,” she continued. “You know how special you are to me, but I need to face this head on to ensure I am doing everything possible to be my best. I know I am not alone by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues.”

When the news of Selena’s current condition and cancellation broke, I could almost hear the sounds of selenators around the worlds heart breaking because they realised that they would no longer be able to see their idol live. I felt for them, but mostly I was just concerned for Selena and was proud of her for calling off the tour as I would much rather her be in a good health state than putting herself in a very dangerous situation by continuing on with a very mentally demanding tour. However, one thing that shocked me was the amount of abuse I saw being sent her way as scorned fans scolded her for disappointing them and “wasting money”. There was a very strong lack of compassion and it was if people saw her as a robot rather than a human being that posesses human feelings. Often, celebrities are subject to extensive trolling and online abuse whether it be racism or body shaming and it sickens me to think that people actually believe having money heals all wounds and demons a person may be dealing with at the time. However, the fact of the matter is that money is a temporary fixture in life just as our whole existence is temporary. When we die none of our material goods will leave with us, we came in alone and we leave on our own, there is no amount of money in the world that could change that. However, it is quite clear that these online trolls have a strong sense of resentment that celebrities are pretty much living the dream during the time that they are here. The funny thing is that if they spent half the time they do trolling and actually invested it into making their lives better, they just might be able to get a taste of that life.

 *let’s not even waste any more precious time talking about those losers*

 I first heard about Selena’s Lupus diagnosis last year but up until that moment, I didn’t really know much about the condition after than the fact that it affects your bones. Since researching it, I have come to realise just how hard the condition is to live with- Lupus is an autoimmune disease that leads your immune system to attack healthy cells. It is thought to affect around 1.5 million people in the US, and 15,000 in England and Wales. Thus, I commend Selena for even deciding to go through with the tour in the first place as that could not have been an easy decision, considering the state of her health and the fact she had just finished doing a bout of chemo. Not only that but she has been through so much these last few years from her mother’s miscarriage, a very public breakup and the brutal murder of Christina Grimmie.

 She made a decision because she knew it would benefit the fans, but I don’t think she even took the time to think about how it would affect her because she always puts the fans first. Selena has yet to say how long her break will be or whether the tour will resume next year, honestly I hope she takes a few months off and goes back home to Texas so she can get better around family. I pray she is selfless during this time and just takes all the time she needs to get back to her old self because she is HUMAN and suffers just as much as us ordinary folk.

 Until next time,

Savannah

Music 101- Top 5 Sad Country Songs

*This post was originally published on my previous Wix Blog on the 31st August*

It’s that time again for a new post in my series Music 101 and this week I am bringing you a mini-playlist of my top 5 country sad songs. Country music is a genre of music that speaks to me in a way that no other genre can offer. It is sad, real and powerful, a true testament to what music should offer its audience. Fans of country music will know that there are way more sad songs than there is happy songs and I am about to introduce you to some of them.

 

 1. Brad Paisley ft Alison Krauss- Whiskey Lullaby

2. Rascal Flatts- What hurts the most

 3. Brad Paisley ft Alison Krauss- New Again

4. Love and Theft- Whiskey on my breath

5. Carrie Underwood- Just a dream

Music 101: Top ten favourite songs

 *This post was originally posted on my previous Wix blog on the 15th August 2016*

Anyone that knows me will know how much music means to me, it is more than a random song on your Ipod that you have no idea got there or a hobby. Music is literally my life, you know how people ask what three things would you bring to a desert island. I would be the person that brought their Ipod, speaker and charger *in my ideal desert island, there would be power sockets*. Music is the best form of therapy, well for me anyway; I could be having the crappiest day but would find solace in listening to one of my favourite songs. Lately, I have been thinking of different projects that I could do on my blog and I came up with an idea that will allow me to incorporate my love for music by having a weekly series where I create playlists e.g this week will focus on my top ten favourite songs of all time and next week might focus solely on country music.

I hope that through this new series you guys will discover a newfound passion for music and the power of song lyrics, and if you already are a massive music fan, no worries! Allow me to hopefully introduce you to new songs or reacquaint you with some old ones 🙂

The theme for this week’s playlist is favourite songs of all time, as such I will be giving you an insight into the songs that have made me and broke me *Note: I am internally forever sad so most of my playlists reflect that lol.* But seriously what would life be without sad songs, pretty bloody dire in my opinion.

 Now on to the playlist, which btw is in no particular order:

1. Lady Antebellum- Need you now ❤

 This song will forever hold a special place in my heart, it is the song that got me into country music and for that I will always be grateful to Lady A. I remember the first time I watched this on youtube and instantly started searching for similar artists/songs, by the evening of that same day, I had become accustomed to some of the greatest country artists, a genre that has really helped shape who I am as a person and continues to be my all time favourite. #CountryGirlForLife

2. Selena Gomez- Who Says

 “You made me insecure, told me I wasn’t good enough. But who are you to judge, when you’re a diamond in the rough.” This song got me through so much during my early adolescent years and is one of the biggest reasons why Selena will always be my queen, idol and inspiration. A power anthem for all young women that teaches the importance of self worth and what it means to love yourself.

3. Crowded House- Don’t dream it’s over

This song has been one of my favourites for what feels like forever now. It motivates to keep on dreaming and never lose sight of what I want out of life. A power anthem for those who feel at a wit’s end and want desperately to give up.

 4. Brad Paisley ft Alison Krauss- Whiskey Lullaby

 Another country jam that pulls at all the wrong heartstrings; in the sense that if you are looking for a song and accompanying video to make you sob your eyes out. You need not to look any further than this song all about heartbreak, loss and grief. I have nothing else to say apart from the fact that this song is my all time favourite.

 5. The Smiths- Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now

This song speaks for itself to be honest written by the great lyricist that is Morrisey. I love anything by The Smiths but this one happens to be my all time fave.

 6. John Mayer- Slow Dancing in a Burning Room

 Guitar Riffs, heartbreak and powerful lyrics… you name it, this song literally has it all. Slow Dancing in a Burning Room is a song all about a relationship that is long time broken but rather than break up, they merely put off the inevitable. A beautiful song about the reality of broken relationships.

 7. Hayley Kiyoko- Girls like Girls

This song didn’t come out that long ago and was written by Actress/Singer Hayley Kiyoko who some may know from the Disney film Lemonade Mouth. It is a song all about coming to terms with one’s sexuality and loving someone regardless of gender. Girls like Girls is a powerful anthem for the LGBT community and a song that I think everyone should listen to.

8. One Direction- What makes you beautiful

 The song that started it all allowing me to become part of a family of dedicated directioners who have changed my life for the better. Listening to this song brings me back to a time when we only had to worry about the next colour of braces the boys would wear and Mr X not breaks, departures and feuds.

9. The 1975- If I believe you

 This song resonates with me because I can relate to it so much. If I believe you is a song about being a non-believer and trying to understand religion as well as the instinct to looki to higher powers in tough times. If you do anything today it should be listening to this song, beautifully written and flows more like poetry than anything else.

 10. Daughter-Love

 Love is a beautiful song all about loving someone that doesn’t feel the same way. I love anything by Daughter but this one is my favourite for many reasons.

 I hope you guys enjoy my very emotionally driven playlist and fall in love with some of the songs just as much as I do.

 Until next time,

Savannah x