interview @ ARTSCAPE DANIELS LAUNCHPAD / by Jackie Shawn

CREATIVITY MEETS ACTIVISM: FASHION AND FILM - August 6, 2019 Toronto

Live Interview - Last night I was inspired to hear the remarkable story of Sarah Jay and how she became a fashion & beauty activist. Host Donna Bishop, a pioneer of Green Beauty and CBC Radio Columnist, shared Sarah’s plethora of accomplishments whilst revealing her vulnerable and fierce timeline to get her there. Here’s a few highlights below.

Sarah Jay (Sustainability Activist), Jackie Shawn (founder WBLab), Donna Bishop (CBC Radio Columnist)

Sarah Jay (Sustainability Activist), Jackie Shawn (founder WBLab), Donna Bishop (CBC Radio Columnist)

. FASHION ACTIVISM - Sarah’s journey of being a fashion stylist made her question fashion's sustainability which led her to Bangladesh to film the aftermath of the Dhaka's garment factory collapse.

. BEAUTY ACTIVISM - It was a multiple chemical sensitively diagnosis due to being a young adult synchronized swimmer and taking acne meds that founded her beauty industry activism path.

. SUSTAINABILITY ACTIVISM - She continues the activism she started with the late Rob Stewart of Sharkwater - an initiative revealing the use of Squalene from sharks in cosmetics which is unsustainable. Find the Sharkwater documentary online to learn more.

. BEAUTY ACTIVISM - I encourage you to check out Sarah’s documentary "Toxic Beauty" which will be in theaters starting September 2019. This powerful film highlights the baby powder class action suit against Johnson & Johnson as well as what toxins are hidden in your makeup.

I met Sarah about 7 years ago on fashion shoot sets and our conversation about toxins in the beauty industry were always investigative and engaging. I am honored to acknowledge her and be part of her journey as friend and industry peer.