Where You From?

Shannon Singh: “Don’t tell me that I’m not good enough to have Singh in my name.”

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Episode notes

Imagine receiving messages from people you’ve never met before - telling you that you’re not good enough for your surname. That you don’t deserve it. Some of the things that Shannon Singh shares with me in this chat are pretty mind-blowing. And yet she is absolutely brilliant while talking with me in the studio. Shannon is super honest and candid to me about the highs and lows of her life before and after Love Island. She tells me about how people respond to her accent, to the colour of her skin and to her name - and how critiqued all parts of her life, down to her teeth, are in the modelling industry. We talk fetishisation and the commercial interest in people’s ethnicities. And Shannon is super real with me throughout, I’m so looking forward to you hearing this chat. We also talk exploitation in the industry – honestly, all these strands are so important that it has been close to impossible to cut or edit this. So you get the real deal instead! Finally, my gosh - can we all take a moment please? Shannon’s answer to how she feels about the question, “Where you from?” Wow. That answer makes me urge you from the bottom of my heart to listen to this chat through to the end; I promise you, it’s worth it. Let us know what you think of #whereyoufrompod! I’m @lilliealmond on Twitter and @almondsweetness on Insta. And I will be thrilled if you leave us a review - thanks for listening x