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Our Founder Alexis Kashar chats with Lauren Ridloff on IG LIVE.
Lauren Ridloff began her career as an actor just three years ago. In 2016, she was hired to tutor director Kenny Leon in American Sign Language as he prepared to mount a revival of the classic Broadway play, Children of A Lesser God. After months of working together, it became clear to Kenny and the play’s producers that Lauren was the perfect choice for the lead. She pulled it off with resounding success, including two rave reviews from the New York Times and a Tony nomination.
Her first onscreen role was in Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck, playing a hearing woman in a silent film. She went on to become a series regular on the hugely popular AMC series, The Walking Dead. In 2021, Lauren will become Marvel’s first-ever Deaf superhero opposite Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjani and Selma Hayek in Eternals. Lauren recently received a 2020 BAFTA Breakthrough award, recognizing the most promising stars of film, games and television in the US and UK.
One Sign, Three Words.
How Aneta uses the ILY sign in her life.
CHRISTINE SUN KIM
1. September is Deaf Awareness Month; what does this mean to you and what types of conversations do you hope/encourage people to have during this month?
It basically means that it's a good time for people to notice all of the Deaf people out there kicking ass. I hope to see people becoming a bit more aware of where we come from. Our deafness and Deaf history are often overshadowed by a toxic history of well-intended but harmful things non-deaf people try to 'innovate' in terms of medicine, education, and technology.
2. Can you tell us about your latest project? What is your source of inspiration at the moment?
Two of my projects are currently on view: My Deaf Rage drawings at the Whitney Museum in New York until September 22 and two mural drawings at PS120 in Berlin until October 26. Both projects are based on the concept of utilizing symbols that can be used to communicate Deaf issues to a non-deaf audience. Deaf rage is expressed in different degrees of mathematical angles, and the murals show alternative uses for musical notations. I want to push the idea that non-sound materials can be expressed as conceptual sounds.
3. How did you meet Alexis? Furthermore, what is your relationship with Alexis and what do you enjoy about it?
Our mutual friend introduced us when she visited Berlin and our friendship has been growing ever since. There's nothing better than being around strong deaf girlfriends, and she's one of them!
4. Do you feel a connection to the mission of RoseBYANDER? Tell us about why you feel connected to the Love Sign Pendant and RoseBYANDER brand.
The ILY(I Love You) sign is often used and monetized by people who are not Deaf, and the accessibility of the economy is often very limited for the Deaf community. So it's important for me to see and support Deaf ownership of our own language.
5. RoseBYANDER spotlights people we love on our social media who are artists, activists, and those who inspire the brand's mission. Could you share some of the people you love and inspire you?
Lauren Ridloff, Nyle DiMarco, and Chella Man. They're all doing big things right now and utilizing their platforms for the Deaf community, which I admire.
6. What does the love sign mean to you? What is your favorite piece from the RoseBYANDER collection and why?
Knowing sign language gives you full access to information and that leads to better communication between people. That means love to me. My favorite is the rose gold pendant with the diamond bail because adding a bit of sparkle never hurts!
ABOUT ANETA: Aneta is a licensed Integrative Nutrition Health Coach (INHC) and actress living in New York City with her husband Chris and cockapoo Lola. Born in Russia and raised in Israel, she came to the U.S. with her family as a child and attended the Lexington School for the Deaf in New York. She cites her mother and her nutritionist Alina for starting her journey to create a healthier relationship with food and why she fell in love with cooking, herbalism and holistic wellness.
Aneta sat down with us to share her powerful story of self-love and courage, and it only reinforced why she is one of the #WomenWeLove. Check out our social media feed to see all four videos.
Aneta wears our #LoveSignPendant in White Gold. #RoseBYANDER
MARY EUGENIA HARMAN
ABOUT MARY: Mary identifies herself as a Deaf woman with Mexican and Danish heritage. Mary has a keen interest in policy advocacy and is a world traveler and has spent many months trekking around the world exploring different Communities. She currently resides in Hawaii where she works for the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission.
In her work as an advocate for the Deaf and hard of hearing community, Mary has worked on several major policy initiatives that have advanced the needs of the Deaf and hard of hearing and the Limited English Proficiency communities. She was instrumental in the passage of Hawaii's open captioning law for all movie theaters, signed into law on June 26, 2019.
Follow Mary’s journey at @maryharman on Instagram and Twitter.
Marlee Matlin is a #WomenWeLove who embodies what RoseBYANDER is all about — spreading love, inspiring others, and pioneering movements for social change. She is an Academy Award-winning actress who is the youngest ever to win an Oscar in 1987 for her role in Children of a Lesser God. She has spearheaded projects that have advanced the rights of Deaf and hard of hearing communities around the world.