Dope Queen: Sue Omar
London based beauty journalist and weight loss YouTuber Sue Omar, 26, tells us who inspires her and why she’s starting her own work out event.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am a freelance journalist who contributes beauty, style and health articles to stylist.co.uk, stylenest.co.uk, Pride Magazine and melanmag.com. I am also the founder of the fitness events company, Women Who Workout, which will be launching on April 3rd. Women Who Workout is all about empowering women of all sizes, all ages and all backgrounds to become the healthiest versions of themselves, through inspirational fitness events.
Who is the woman that most inspires you?
Oprah, because she uses her platform in the media to make a difference and serve others. I try and make sure that the work that I do empowers women to celebrate who they are and constantly strive towards becoming the best they can be, regardless of the adversity that they may face. My YouTube channel has a health focus, however I try to create videos that challenge the way women around the world view themselves. I empower women to love themselves from the inside-out and fight for the life that they deserve to live, whether that be through losing weight or chasing other dreams. With over half a million views from women across the world, I know that my voice can have a positive impact, and that’s always been the goal.
What does feminism mean to you?
Feminism is all about fighting for freedom and the right to be viewed as an equal, regardless of sex. I consider myself a feminist as I have experienced sexism before and I believe that men shouldn’t be intimidated by a woman’s intelligence or strength, but rather use it to his advantage to reach a common goal. When a man is successful he lets it be known, but when a woman is more successful than him, he puts all of his efforts into silencing her. And that’s not cool, bro.
Do you think there’s equality between men and women in your industry?
In the media it’s not so much inequality against men that we face, but I believe that as a black women working in the media, we face a hard time. Sometimes, our qualifications, experience and skill just isn’t enough to open mainstream doors in the media, because the limelight is not often given to black women. Things are starting to change now, but I feel like being a black woman means you have to work harder than everyone else to get noticed. It’s not at all fair, but sadly this is how it can be at times. But what I do know is that as black women, we are determined, talented and hungry for success, so with consistency and hard work we will hopefully start to see more black women in the mainstream UK media.
The theme of this years IWD is #BeBodforChange. So, if you could change one thing about the world what would it be and why?
I would make every human being selfless. The more we give, the more we receive for the world. Nobody ever became poor from giving so we should be programmed to give, without reason or ego.
Nobody ever became poor from giving so we should be programmed to give
What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
My father always taught me to ‘never let them read your book until it’s published’. The idea of this saying is to always be humble and work hard in silence, so that when your work is ready, it can speak for itself. This keeps me focused with my writing to this day. I keep projects I’m working on to myself until they are ready to be shared with the world.
What’s the best thing about being a woman in 2017?
We are allowed to be ourselves more than ever before.
What advice would you give the next generation of talent who would love to be in your position?I would tell the next generation to learn to focus from a young age. Education is so incredibly important, so focus on getting the best grades, getting into the most elite universities and master your craft. Narrow down the industry you’d like to go into and get an internship at a publication that fits the bill. Have a ‘can-do’ attitude and never underestimate how far working for free as an intern can get you. We’ve all been there!
Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @sue_omar and on YouTue at sueomar. Website: www.sueomar.com