Funmi Fetto (opinion)

Funmi Fetto is a columnist for The Observer, Vogue and Glamour Magazine. Born in London to Nigerian parents, she lives in the UK and writes about fashion, beauty products and popular culture. Here are several opinion columns that she has written. The activities on this page encourage you to find more of her columns and explore her ideas on race and the beauty industry further. You can use this collection of columns as a non-literary Body of Work for your individual oral. 

Funmi Fetto (opinion columns)
  1. Get into groups. Assign each group a different opinion column by Funmi Fetto from the slideshow above. In your group, make a 'connect, extend, challenge' chart, like the one you see below. Report back to the class, summarise your article for your classmates and share your answers from the 'connect, extend, challenge' chart. As a class discuss each column from everyone's chart. 

  2. Connect Extend Challenge
    How did the ideas from your opinion column connect to what you already knew about the beauty industry, self-esteem and related topics? What new ideas did you get from your column that extended or pushed your thinking in new directions? What is still challenging or confusing about Funmi Fetto's articles? What questions, wonderings or puzzles do you have?

  3. As each group presents their article, make a list of global issues that Funmi Fetto addresses in her writing. See the page on global issues for guidance on how to articulate a global issue. Be sure to combine both abstract concepts (such as identity) with concrete, real-world problems (such as Eurocentric depictions of beauty).

  4. In groups, do an online search for another opinion column by Funmi Fetto that explores one of the global issues from your class' list of issues. As a group, share your article with your classmates in a short presentation. In your presentation address the following points:

    • What kinds of stylistic and structural features do you see in this article and other articles you have read by her?
    • In what ways are her ideas relevant to one or more global issues that you are exploring as a class?

  5. Can you connect Funmi Fetto's writings to a literary work that you are reading? Try to find a passage from a novel or a poem or song lyrics that address a common global issue. Create an outline for an individual oral based on an extract from one of Funmi Fetto's articles and a literary work that you are reading in class.  


This body of work may be useful for an individual oral. You may also want to practice writing a Paper-1 response to an extract from one of her articles.  

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