– Behavioural scientist Dr Pragya Agarwal has explained the real reason behind the black and white selfies in the hashtag #ChallengeAccepted
– The challenge is not just a “mindless challenge” for women to post beautiful selfies of themselves
– Dr Agarwal said the trend is a very serious gesture of defiance in support of Turkish women who have been victims of gender-based violence
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The hashtag #ChallengeAccepted has been trending on social media and many Mzansi peeps have been wondering what is the real reason behind it. This trend sees women post black and white photos of themselves to promote female empowerment and to celebrate each other.
Many women who have participated in the trend do not know where the challenge originated from. Anti-racist educator, author and behavioural scientist Dr Pragya Agarwal has taken to social media to explain to her followers how the challenge started.
She wrote on Instagram that the black and white selfies challenge is not just a game of hot or not “or an exercise in vanity”. Dr Agarwal emphasised that the trend is not just a mindless challenge that women are undertaking to post their “sexiest snaps”.
“It is a very serious gesture of defiance in support of the Turkish women (Turkey has one of the highest femicide rate), in support of Pinar Gultekin who was killed in the most violent manner, in support of every woman who has felt threatened and unsafe. This is show of solidarity to say that we stand together, we are unafraid, we are fed up of the lack of accountability for the perpetrators.”
The author went on to explain that the hashtag was started by Turkish women.
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In other news related to the challenge, Briefly.co.za reported that AKA took to social media to mock the challenge. The rapper used the campaign as an opportunity to joke around. He took to Instagram and posted a black and white picture of himself.
He captioned the post with a generic caption:
“#ChallengeAccepted … Dont let someone dim your light, simply because its shining in their eyes … @oprah Thanks for the nomination. I nominate @beyonce @savagexfenty @kyliejenner.”
He claimed Oprah challenged him and he nominated Beyonce, Rihanna and Kylie Jenner to post their photos. His fans were in stitches over his stunt. Other famous Mzansi faces who have participated in the challenge include Minnie Dlamini, Simphiwe Dana and Dineo Langa.
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