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So who is Kayleigh Daniels?
Kayleigh Daniels is an entirely fictional, 30-year-old woman of colour, who's desired by a whole host of different kinds of people. She has lots of great – and sometimes not so great – sexual experiences and her stories are published on web platform ‘Kayleigh Daniels Dated’.
We currently live in a world where comprehensive sex education is still a long way off in many regions. The stigmatisation of sex-related issues, poor body image and shaming sex-positive behaviour, is making things difficult for everyone.
But it doesn’t have to be like this. This new website centres experiences of people like Kayleigh, people whose journeys through sexuality aren't often acknowledged.
We want people to be able to have open and honest conversation about all this stuff without embarrassment, stigma or shame.
Kayleigh's stories are published each month for a year. A theme from each story is developed for its companion piece – written by doctors, therapists and facilitators from the fields of sexual health sex therapy and psychiatry – to demystify the taboos surrounding women's sexuality.
The responsive website features original illustrations and iconography along with carefully curated social media channels.
Kayleigh Daniels Dated in the press
“Web platform Kayleigh Daniels Dated is the new way to immerse yourself into refreshing, realistic and relatable stories on all things dating, sex and relationships.” Beth Fuller, Noa Vee, September 2018
“Women of colour-generated stories about the sex lives of women of colour are few and far between. Award-winning copywriter Almaz Ohene has decided to buck the trend with her daring sexual health platform”, Joy Francis, Words of Colour, October 2018
“It’s also an opportunity to break the stigma around black women who are dating. A somewhat over-told, perspective includes the sexualisation and fetishism of black women, with their partners perhaps fitting a certain stereotype. But all of Kayleigh’s pursuits are a variety of different physical and socio-economic types.” Rochelle Thomas, Reform The Funk, September 2018
“The erotic descriptions are elegant and hot, and the outlines of the sex are exquisite and delicate”, Abby, A Day Magazine, January 2019
“Writing erotic fiction helps poet Almaz Ohene feel more present in her own body”, Sirin Kale, Broadly, January 2019
What we have achieved so far
And we hosted an event with 40+ guests and 10 crew to showcase the work of other women of colour, who are also creating on their own terms.
So, what’s next?
Our vision is to educate everyone about their sexuality, bodies and desires. And to uplift the work of as many women of colour as possible, by commissioning lots of us to take on a range of roles within the project – from illustration to expert health consultation.
Momentum for Kayleigh Daniels Dated is growing.
To date, the project has been self-funded by Almaz Ohene, however, in order to deliver the next four months of content, we need the financial backing of individual supporters to complete this season’s full content cycle of 24 pieces.
We recently ran a campaign on the platform Crowdfunder. We're so thankful for the £2,000 in pledges we've received as it means we've been able to crack on with the production and publication of April's content (month eight).
The KDD team – Founder and Creative Director, Almaz Ohene, Illustrator Parys Gardener and Graphic Designer Nat Mortimer – have got everything mapped out for the remaining four months of the season – but can only work on producing it all with more financial backing.
A6 Kayleigh Daniels Dated notebook with cover designed by Nat Mortimer
£50, the above, plus:
A6 Kayleigh Daniels Dated notebook set with dates illustration covers by Parys Gardener
£100, the above, plus:
Tote bag set with dates illustrations by Parys Gardener
£250, the above, plus:
iPhone cover with dates illustrations by Parys Gardener
£500, the above, plus:
A downloadable audio recording of a dating story, read by Almaz Ohene
Exclusive original A2 wall art poster of dates illustration by Parys Gardener
£1,000, the above, plus:
A personal thank you credit on the home webpage, for example: ‘This month was made possible thanks to [xxx]/an anonymous donor’
£2,500, all of the above, plus:
Your own bespoke dating story, written by Almaz Ohene, and commissioned in consultation with you, so that you can have input into the plot
With your help, we’ll be able to complete Kayleigh Daniels Dated Season 1 (and start planning for Season 2!)
So please, please, pledge your support as it’s vital for us to continue reaching people like you and me, to educate everyone about their sexuality, desires and bodies.
For further information and to discuss your personal support of the project, please contact, Almaz Ohene, Creative Director, Kayleigh Daniels Dated.
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Almaz Ohene is an award-winning creative copywriter. Launched in Summer 2018, kayleighdanielsdated.com is her debut project, reflecting her belief that multi-disciplinary collaborations can bring about seismic changes in the ways in which sexual expression is viewed and accepted.