Luis Calvo
Online Artist at Wunderman Thompson
Singapore, Singapore
TitleBorn this Way
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Campaign Born this Way
Advertiser Unilever
Brand Lux
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Business Sector Soaps
Philosophy Unilever beauty brand, LUX, today voiced its support for renowned South African Olympic gold medalist, Caster Semenya. This comes off the back of her fight against the World Athletics board to be allowed to compete in the 800m race in the upcoming 2021 Olympics. Semenya has a genetic condition known as hyperandrogenism which means she produces a higher-than-normal level of testosterone. Even though she was born this way, new legislation by World Athletics in 2018 has led to her being disallowed from defending her gold medal at this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games. The new LUX campaign titled “Born This Way” and created by WPP’s Wunderman Thompson, is part of a broader global initiative in which the brand has pledged to inspire 50 million women by 2025 using content, partnerships and activations to help them rise above everyday sexist judgements and express their beauty and femininity unapologetically. An emotive video, featuring an animated Semenya, is being widely shared on social media, with a message from LUX on how it believes no woman should be ‘judged for how they look’, ending with the words, ‘LUX stands for Caster. LUX stands for all women.” On 9 March 2021, Unilever launched a new Positive Beauty vision and strategy globally which aims to champion a new era of beauty which is equitable and inclusive. This mission echoes LUX’s support for Semenya who was “born this way” and has always had to face scrutiny and discrimination for traits she cannot change about her genetic makeup. LUX seeks to inspire women to confidently embrace their beauty and appearance as their own, as opposed to it being dependent on the opinion of others thus making their interpretation of their beauty their strength. It was with this in mind that LUX decided to donate its brand voice through paid advertising on social channels and other media in support of Caster. Alongside that, the South African Parliament has joined the African Human Rights Commission and other institutions to help Semenya in her fight for justice and equality. The South Africa Parliament passed a Motion Without Notice, condemning the actions of World Athletics against Ms. Semenya as an “injustice and violation of human rights”. Parliament also resolved to do “everything in its power” to assist Ms Semenya in her fight. Supporters of Caster’s plight are being invited to join the conversation and share their message online using the hashtag #IStandWithCaster and to sign Lux’s petition to overturn the World Athletics ruling at https://secure.avaaz.org/community_petitions/en/world_athletics_istandwithcaster/
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