Mithila Palkar sports a blood-red stain as she joins hands with Carmesi in the fight against period shaming.
Mumbai, 7th March, 2022: Carmesi, India’s prominent feminine hygiene and women’s wellness brand, announces actress Mithila Palkar as the brand ambassador for its Period Care and Hair Removal categories.
The brand is known for its bold persona that challenges stereotypes of the feminine hygiene industry by constantly innovating and vocalizing women’s issues.
For International Women’s Day this year, Carmesi and Mithila join hands for a bold and powerful campaign that celebrates periods in all its messy glory and encourages menstruators to accept and embrace their powerful bodies.
The campaign kick-started with Mithila posting a striking picture of herself with a glaring red stain on her shorts, and an open letter citing the need to change how we perceive menstruation, on her social channels.
Furthermore, the brand launched a compelling digital film to raise awareness on the topic. The digital film showcases a bold visual of Mithila Palkar walking away from the camera holding an open Carmesi Sensitive Pad, with a red stain on her shorts.
The film focuses on the tagline- ‘For Humans Who Period’. The strong visuals behind the frame convey a powerful message that a period stain is just a stain.
Periods don’t make a menstruator ‘dirty’ or ‘impure’, and people with periods need to embrace their powerful period bodies rather than being ashamed of them.
Speaking on the campaign, Mithila Palkar said, “A large part of our community still cringes at the mere mention of the word – PERIOD. So, when Carmesi asked me to represent them, I saw in them a brand that genuinely cares for women and is constantly working towards period positivity.
In working with them, I saw an opportunity to stand up for a cause that shouldn’t be a cause in the first place. If #OwnYourRedSpot can make even one menstruator feel confident and comfortable about their period, I’ll sleep with a smile.”
Link to film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOLyFsrSTko
Link to Mithila’s post: https://www.instagram.com/p/CatiV9aLCRg/?utm_medium=copy_link
Speaking on Mithila joining the Carmesi family, Tanvi Johri, co-founder – Carmesi, said, “Mithila is a lot like the Carmesi woman. She is hardworking, self-made, incredibly talented, and yet extremely grounded. Qualities we feel that she shares with the women who use and love Carmesi.
We are delighted to have her onboard and are certain that this association will help us reach and influence people across the country to embrace their powerful menstruating bodies and own their red spot with dignity and confidence.”
Open letter content:
DEAR HUMANS WHO PERIOD,
I know it can’t be easy to be on your period and take care of your body, while bearing in mind the
“rules” of society. I know it hurts to be called “impure”, to be told “don’t touch, sleep on the floor”, while your body aches in vain, and your heart says, ‘no more’.
We’re done with the shame. It’s just blood. Just a period. We’ll not be disgraced by just a bloody sight. So, remember if you’re caught in public with a stain – it’s just a stain. It’ll wash off. It’s alright. A period is just a period.
Carmesi was founded in 2017, with a mission to make periods safer for women. The brand has grown to become one of the most prominent startups in the feminine care industry in India.
Carmesi has challenged many stereotypes of the feminine hygiene industry by constantly innovating and vocalizing women’s issues.
The brand has a huge array of natural period products – right from sanitary pads to menstrual cups, tampons, panty liners, etc, all of which have been designed using the safest natural ingredients.
The brand is also the first one in India to get its pads certified 100% rash-free by a gynecologist, period rashes being a monthly problem faced by about 90% of women in India.
Apart from its website, Carmesi is readily available across many online channels, comprising Amazon, Flipkart, Nykaa, Purplle, Big Basket, Zivame, Netmeds, Pharmeasy, etc.
Carmesi has very strong advocacy amongst its users, and the brand’s Instagram handle is strong proof of the brand’s efforts towards empowering women by bringing periods to the forefront of women’s issues.
Mithila’s IG caption: I got my first period while writing my board exam. There I was, soaking through my clothes while my pen raced against time to finish the paper.
Thankfully, my uniform was a dark colour and the stain didn’t show but had I been in a white skirt, I’m sure I would have got some dreadful stares.
I have been lucky. I have friends and family who know that a period is just a period. But a large part of our community still cringes at the mere mention of the word. So, when @mycarmesi asked me to represent them,
I saw in them a brand that genuinely cares for women and is constantly working towards period positivity. In working with them, I saw an opportunity to stand up for a cause that shouldn’t be a cause in the first place.
With this campaign, we might not be able to end period shaming altogether, but if it can inspire even one menstruator to feel comfortable in their powerful menstruating body, if even one person resolves to be more vigilant of how they make a menstruator feel, I’ll sleep with a smile.
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