This 2015 American Express credit card company advertisement tells the story of “unlikely leading lady” Mindy Kaling. In the video, the successful Indian American actress, comedian, and writer talks about growing up discovering that she liked and had a talent for acting and comedy, and also how she carved a path forward even though she did not see anyone who looked like her in TV and film. She also talks about the stereotypical roles she was limited to play in the past, and how significant and important it is to her now to be the visibility and representativeness on screen and in the entertainment industry that was missing when she was growing up. Throughout the video, Kaling is shown being interviewed between clips of her getting ready for her day, including exercising, eating, showering and choosing clothes, driving to work, and ultimately walking onto a set to discuss how a show is being filmed. The video ends with the American Express logo and campaign tagline: the journey never stops.
This video is a compilation of clips from the ABC TV sitcom Modern Family, which has aired since 2009. Each clip features Colombian actress Sofia Vergara as her character Gloria (Delgado) Pritchett. Gloria speaks with a very thick accent and mispronounces a number of English words. This way of speaking is one of Gloria’s signature traits on the show.
In 2011, Oprah interviewed Brazilian model Lea T, who Oprah described as the world's first transgender supermodel. In the interview, they discuss Lea's journey from being born "in the wrong body" as a male, while she felt from her earliest memories that she was actually a woman. Lea discusses the complex challenges faced in her efforts to navigate social, career and family dynamics in her transition into life as a woman and a female model.
“Pretty. Strong.” is a reality television show that premiered in 2015 on Oxygen network, which follows the lives of six women who play for the Chicago Bliss football team. The team is part of the Legends Football League, which was formerly called the Lingerie Football League. The show aims to explore how the women balance professional, social, and family life with the demands of playing football in a competitive league. In the television show’s trailer linked above, the players are shown playing full contact football in uniforms that consist of bras and underwear under shoulder pads, and helmets with clear plastic guards that displays their full faces.
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy was a popular television show that premiered on Bravo in 2003. It starred five gay men who conduct a “make-over” of another person, usually a straight man at the request of his wife or girlfriend. This opening sequence introduces the "Fab Five", outlining each of their "specialties" on "Gay Street": Kyan Douglas (Grooming), Ted Allen (Food & Wine), Jai Rodriguez (Culture), Tom Filicia (Interior Design), and Carson Kressley (Fashion). The five men arm themselves with their tool of choice, in line with their specialty, then put on their sunglasses before we see the camera turn the corner of "Gay Street" to enter "Straight St." The opening sequence closes as the Fab Five “power walk” straight toward the camera.