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Yasmin Benoit is a British model, award-winning asexual activist, writer, speaker and project consultant. At 18, she began modelling to diversify the fashion industry and became one of the UK's most prominent Black alternative models. In late 2017, she publicly came out as aromantic-asexual and quickly became an unlikely face and voice for those communities. Her goal is to empower the aromantic and asexual community, bring those identities into the mainstream, fight for their social and legal inclusion, and dispel misconceptions about them in an intersectional, cross-sectional way.
About Yasmin Benoit
Yasmin created the popular #ThisIsWhatAsexualLooksLike movement to show that there is no asexual way to look or dress, which has been embraced by asexual people worldwide. In 2019, she became a board member of the Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) and in 2021, she co-founded International Asexuality Day (April 6).
Her unconventional approach to activism has attracted the attention of international press, including Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Glamour Magazine, British GQ, Buzzfeed, and Sky News. She became the first asexual person to appear on the cover of Attitude Magazine, to present for BBC3, open the world’s first asexual pop-up bar and to be grand marshal at NYC Pride.
In June 2021, Yasmin won an Attitude Pride Award for her activism, making her the first openly aromantic-asexual activist to win an LGBTQ+ award. She was also featured on the Attitude101 Influential Figures List as a “trailblazer” in “The Future: Under 25” category and made the Visible100 List as a Community Campaigner.
In 2022, Yasmin launched the UK’s first asexual rights initiative – the Stonewall x Yasmin Benoit Ace Project – in partnership with Stonewall. Soon after, she won ‘Campaigner/Influencer of the Year’ at the Rainbow Honours. That same year, she became a celebrity ambassador for The Prince’s Trust. This year, she released the UK’s first report into asexual discrimination with Stonewall.
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- Asexuality: A Deep Introduction
- An Introduction to Aromanticism and Amatonormativity
- Fireside Chat with Yasmin Benoit – Asexuality, Race and Activism
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