Icelandic singer is a "Facebook Story"
Þórunn Antonía Magnúsdóttir is one of seven women featured by Facebook Stories on International Women's Day. Photo/Mihaela Noroc
Facebook Stories has selected Icelandic singer Þórunn Antonía Magnúsdóttir as one of seven women featured on International Women's Day today.
The aim of the project is to feature women using Facebook to make the world a better place for other women. Magnúsdóttir was selected because of a Facebook group she created called "Góða systir" (Good sister) in December. The group is intended as a positive support system for other women, where women help each other out rather than tearing each other down.
"I got a message from a lady who told me she was working for Facebook and really wanted to call me. I had no idea what about," Magnúsdóttir says to mbl.is. "And then she called and told me that I was one of the seven women featured by Facebook Stories on International Women's Day. I was really surprised."
Góða systir grew very rapidly as a Facebook group and today there are 50.249 female members. "It's an idea I had one night and couldn't sleep," says Magnúsdóttir. "I started thinking about all my wonderful girlfriends, my sister, my role models and how incredible women actually are. It's important to put our energies together instead of always being in some sort of competition. Society is telling women how they should behave and makes women compete with each other." She adds that after becomng a mother to a baby girl she started looking at the world differently and wanted it to be a better place.
The Facebook Stories project on the seven women is in conjunction with The Atlas of Beauty where photographer Mihaela Noroc travels around the world taking portraits of women. Noroc writes the following post about Magnúsdóttir: