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Earlier this week, it was announced that Simone Ashley is starring in season 2 of the hit series Bridgerton, and fans are going crazy. Her leading role as Kate Sharma, Lord Anthony’s love interest, is seen as a huge win for South Asian representation. Fans are especially excited that dark-skinned girls will finally see themselves on the big screen since it is such a rarity in Hollywood. However, this isn’t the first time that the British-Tamil actress has been praised for breaking Indian stereotypes. Her portrayal of mean-girl Olivia Hanan in Netflix’s Sex Education was seen as a breath of fresh air for many South Asian teenagers who are used to seeing themselves as nerdy, undesirable academics. On the contrary, Olivia is the wildly popular “it-girl” who is confident in herself, and her sexuality – qualities rarely associated with brown girls. Simone Ashley is truly redefining the western perception of South Asian women, and we are ever so grateful. Over the last few days, fans have been flocking to the Internet to share what her latest leading role means to them. Here are some of our favorite reactions!
the fact that simone ashley is actually going to be “kate sharma” instead of “kate sheffield” in #Bridgerton 🤩 shondaland really said “you get representation!! you get representation!!! everybody gets representation!!!” pic.twitter.com/1zqEuuWx1a
I am SOOOOO happy to read this! As a brown woman w/ 2 teen girls it will be amazing to see someone who looks like us playing such a strong, beautiful character. Beauty is infinite diversity in infinite combination. Thank you for using your show to demonstrate this! #Bridgerton
Never, in a million years, would I have expected the TV adaptation of my favorite series to exceed all expectations, then take and cast a brown girl as the lead in MY STORY. Because I relate the most to Kate. Im actually in tears now. Glorious day. #bridgerton#bridgertonnetflixpic.twitter.com/VOATNhWhq9
Bridgerton casting Simone Ashley, an amazing brown woman, as the romantic lead on Season 2 of Bridgerton is kinda cute! I can finally be represented in a period piece without the character being a victim of colonization
I want to go back to 18-year old me dreaming of Anthony Bridgerton and tell her that in a decade favourite heroine Kate will be a brown girl and some dreams do get fulfilled, if figuratively. #Bridgertonhttps://t.co/p1qfeYNBNQ
As a brown girl, I am so happy to finally be seeing myself portrayed in a positive light. Thank you, Simone Ashley for pioneering a new image for South Asian women. We know she is going to kill it on Bridgerton!
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