Model and actor Samirah Raheem strives to interrogate society’s stale ideas about women’s bodies, sexuality, and agency. “We are all sluts,” she declared in a now-viral, now-remixed interview with conservative pundit Jesse Peterson at the LA Slutwalk in 2017. “I own my body. My body is not a political playground. It’s not a place for legislation. It’s mine, and it’s my future.”
Since that invigorating moment, Raheem has signed to modelling mega-agency IMG, featured in campaigns for inclusive lingerie brand Aerie and appeared on runways for labels including Gypsy Sport and Chromat. Raheem uses her platform to create space for political causes she cares about, from representation to rape culture and reproductive rights.
It’s all done with a fearless confidence that comes naturally. “Do one thing every day that scares you,” Samirah says boldly in her Dazed Texts video, reciting the eternally inspiring words of Mary Schmich’s 1997 essay “Wear Sunscreen”.
Though she’s keeping quiet on the exact details of this year’s forthcoming projects, Raheem asserts this: “I am working on being the best version of myself in the here and now. I challenge myself every day to become a better actress, better model, and continue to build my brand and elevate important messages. I am most excited for taking my work ethic up a few notches, and challenging myself as an artist.”