Shonda Rhimes has become one of the most famous names in television by putting the stories of powerful, realistic and flawed women on the small screen. Turning Thursday nights in Shondaland, Rhimes is the head writer and creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, as well as the Executive Producer of How To Get Away With Murder, three hugely popular shows starring women.
Known for featuring female-led diverse casts, including Kerry Washington and Golden Globe winner Viola Davis as two of the only black lead characters on broadcast TV, Rhimes has helped changed the face of television in front of and behind the camera.
In 2007, Rhimes was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 People Who Help Shape the World, a role that the multi-talented writer and producer has continued to hold thanks to her numerous TV series. Now Rhimes is again leading the charge to increase female presence in Hollywood and tell stories that offer a wider representation of women.
A recent study by Dove found that 69 per cent of women don’t see themselves represented in the media, including TV shows, movies and advertisements. The beauty brand has been working towards creating a more inclusive definition of beauty for years, including using women who aren’t professional models for their campaigns. Now Dove Real Beauty Productions is partnering with Rhimes to encourage people to share their stories on what beauty means to them.
Leading an all-female production crew, Rhimes will act as Creative Director for the project and help select a number of real beauty stories throughout the year to turn into films for Dove’s Real Beauty Productions.
Those interested in participating can begin sharing their story or the story of someone they know on Dove’s website, with the site encouraging people to “Share a story about you or someone you love that expands the definition of beauty. We want to hear from women everywhere, from every background. Throughout the year, Shonda and Dove will work with you to tell your stories and inspire us all to celebrate #RealBeauty.”