1. Michelle Yeoh spoke about the importance of self-confidence and not being afraid to stand up for oneself in Hollywood as a person of color.
2. Yeoh’s film “Everything Everywhere All at Once” had a triumphant night at the Oscars, winning multiple awards including best picture.
3. Yeoh also penned an op-ed in The New York Times about the importance of women’s leadership in global disaster recovery efforts, emphasizing the need to connect women and girls to technology, education, and leadership opportunities.
Michelle Yeoh Shares Wisdom on Self-Confidence and Diversity at the Oscars
In an unforgettable moment at the Oscars on March 12, Michelle Yeoh won the award for Best Actress for her performance in “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” Backstage after the show, Yeoh used her star power to impart some wisdom on the world, speaking about the importance of self-confidence and her faith in the inevitability of change.
Yeoh, a person of color who has spent 40 years in Hollywood, had some clear advice when asked about taking up space in the industry. “You should never be afraid,” she said. “If this is your passion, if this is your love, you have to stand up for yourself, and for what you believe, and for what you want to do. I’m still here today. Finally, after 40 years, I get this! It just goes to show we will win the battle. And that’s what we’re doing. So don’t give up.”
She also spoke on the representation “Everything Everywhere All at Once”‘s win has provided, noting that it was a historical moment. “We need this because there are so many who have felt unseen and unheard, not just in the Asian community — this is for the Asian community — but for anybody who’s identified as a minority. We deserve to be heard, we deserve to be seen, we deserve to have opportunities so we can have a seat at the table.”
Yeoh’s work in “Everything Everywhere All at Once” was not the only topic she spoke about during her time in the spotlight. An op-ed she penned about the importance of women’s leadership in global disaster recovery efforts was published in The New York Times the day after the Oscars. Titled “The Crisis That Changed My Life 8 Years Ago Keeps Happening,” the op-ed details Yeoh’s experience with disaster relief efforts after an earthquake in Nepal in 2015.
In the piece, Yeoh highlighted the risks women face in disasters and the lack of power and influence they too often have in recovery efforts. She emphasized the importance of connecting women and girls to technology, education, and leadership opportunities. “Those living in poverty, especially women and girls, bear the brunt,” she wrote. Yeoh ended the piece by reflecting on her win and focusing on the women who are making the biggest difference in disaster recovery efforts: “Let’s make sure they are not missing from the room when decisions are being made that affect them the most.”
Michelle Yeoh used her time in the spotlight at the Oscars to spread a message of self-confidence and diversity in Hollywood, as well as the importance of women’s leadership in global disaster recovery efforts. Her message is clear: stand up for yourself and your beliefs, and work to ensure that everyone is seen, heard, and given opportunities to succeed.