Yasmin Benoit is a leading model, award-winning asexual activist and equality campaigner. Through her work, she aims to diversify the fashion industry and raise awareness for those who identify as aromantic and asexual. As a speaker, Yasmin discusses Asexuality, Aromanticism, intersectionality, Black British experiences in education and the fashion industry.
She became a model at the age of 18 and has quickly become one of Britain’s most prominent Black models and has constantly demonstrated her passion for diversifying the modelling industry. In 2017 she publicly came out as aromantic-asexual and ever since has been a voice for those who identify in that way, bringing their experiences into the public eye. Working to tackle misconceptions and fight for social change, she launched the popular #ThisIsWhatAsexualLooksLike. This movement has been embraced by asexual people worldwide and looks to demonstrate that asexual people can dress and look any way they want.
She has continued her advocacy throughout her career and in 2019 she was named as a board member of the Asexual Visibility and Education Network. She also became an asexualities researcher at California State University. Her unique approach to activism has seen her feature in global publications, including Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Glamour Magazine, British GQ, and Sky News. Her work has seen her claim several awards including being named in the Visible100 List as a Community Campaigner. She also made history as the first openly aromantic-asexual activist to win an LGBTQ+ award. Her presenting debut came with BBC Sounds, as she hosted her own series ‘Me and My Asexuality’ and in 2021 she co-founded International Asexuality Day.
As a speaker Yasmin has a vast amount of experience, having worked with companies such as the LGBT Stem Conference, the University of Cambridge, King Ltd, Kings College London, Twitter HQ. Booking Yasmin will provide you with an engaging and informed talk on topics including Asexuality, Aromanticism, Intersectionality.
“Yasmin, thank you so much for joining us today! We truly appreciate your time and the opportunity to hear from you. I heard from multiple attendees that they really enjoyed your talk and found it helpful and insightful. We’re excited to share it with more employees via the recording and keep the conversation going here at Uber. On behalf of the Pride at Uber resource group, happy Pride Month, and also thank you for the important work you do and the changes you’ve made and advocated for the LGBTQIA+ community. It was such an honour to get to hear from you today”
“Yasmin’s presentation on asexuality at the Sexual Health Alliance’s Queer and Trans Sexualties conference was truly standard-setting: crystal-clear, impressively thorough, theoretically sound, and personally moving. Yasmin’s work in education and advocacy is importantly relevant to anyone working in any field connected to the broad topics of sexuality and identity.”
“I’ve had the privilege of being on panels with Laila and Yasmin, so when the LGBTQ+ and POEMs (People of Ethnic Majority) group at the Royal Academy of Engineering wanted to do a joint event, I knew that Yasmin and Laila would be great speakers for our panel event. Both Yasmin and Laila were engaging, informative, supportive, and cultivated a critical space for staff to look beyond the labels and terms we use and think more intersectionally. Yasmin brings a novel kind of activism that has emboldened staff to better understand and support the ACEs community who are often overlooked, and Laila brings a suite of tools that ensured that all of us embrace accountability to be more inclusive. It was a fantastic session and I’d highly recommend these two speakers for future events”
“Yasmin joined us today at one of our ABC of LGBTQ+ sessions we have at the NSPCC. These sessions are set up by our LGBTQ+ staff lived experience group PINCC, and it was such an honour and a joy to have Yasmin speak with us today. The session was so well received by those who attended, and I think we all learnt something from the session. More work needs to be done to support and be allies for our Ace community and I’m so grateful for Yasmin’s time today to educate us all. PINCC also run Ally training at the NSPCC for staff, and having Yasmin speak with us today has given me the confidence to speak more about the ACE community and how we can all do better at being an ally. Thank you so much Yasmin- you are a true inspiration!”