From Ekta Kapoor to Sonam Kapoor: Why women are posting #ChallengeAccepted black and white pictures on Instagram
New Delhi : We've been noticing a new trend on Instagram, the #ChallengeAccepted trend. Women all over the world are posting black and white pictures of themselves and are nominating other women to follow the trend as well. Now, most women are taking up with a challenge in order to support other women and uplift each other. This trend is all about women empowerment.
Across the globe, over 4 million such photos have shown up under the #ChallengeAccepted trend but most of us are unaware of the origins of this trend. While the origins of this movement lack clarity, it is believed that it started off from Turkey. The Turkish women started this trend when we begin to feel sick, tired and frustrated after looking at black and white pictures of women who have been killed. This trend also gained more momentum after the US representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was called a "fucking bitch" by Ted Yoho and she refused to back down and slammed him with a powerful feminist response.
The #ChallengeAccepted trend has become very controversial as the origins of this trend are still unknown and more importantly, it has received a mixed response. While there are women taking this opportunity to show support to other women, there are also those who have criticized this trend for various reasons. Many believe that it would be more beneficial if this trend was used to promote women and their work or their businesses and help them grow instead of just posting a pretty picture in black and white. Many also believe that this trend lacks depth and requires a more positive and practical approach.
Irrespective, celebs from across the globe have come forward and shown support for this trend. This includes Ekta Kapoor, Dalljiet Kaur, Rashami Desai, Arti Singh, Hina Khan, Karishma Tanna, Shivangi Joshi, Sanaya Irani, Deepika Singh, Surbhi Jyoti, Surbhi Chandna and many more. Bollywood celebs like Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Bipasha Basu, Dia Mirza, Karisma Kapoor, Mira Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma and others have become a part of this movement.