A typical day for me starts between 5am and 6am when I usually wake up. The first thing I do is exercise. Afterwards, I go through my personal and work emails and WhatsApp messages.
Then I read the English, French and Spanish newspapers online to assess the most pressing issues of the day and listen to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
The majority of my day consists of working on various campaigns at the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation (BJHRF), writing research papers, opinion pieces, correspondence with government officials and human rights or environmental organisations.
Before the pandemic I used to go to art exhibitions, music concerts, plays or movie screenings in the evening but now I have become very careful. I always wear a mask if I go out.
I am very disciplined about the food I eat. I have to be because I have several allergies. I’m a pescatarian – I gave up eating meat over 50 years ago.
Hat, £395, Maison Michel, michel-paris.com. Vintage Roberto Cavalli earrings (worn throughout), Bianca’s own. Make-up: Dior Forever Velvet Veil, Foundation 1.5N and Skin Correct 1N; Rouge Blush Rose Delights 634; Diorshow On Set Brow 001, Khol Pencil 099 and Iconic Overcurl Mascara 090; Rouge Dior in Rouge Zinnia 743
After an earthquake in Nicaragua, I couldn’t find my parents for three days. It was 1972, Christmas Eve, and we were having dinner in our house in London when I heard the news on the TV. When I tried to contact my parents, I couldn’t reach them. All flights were suspended, so my ex-husband and I decided to fly to Jamaica and from there we took a shipment of medicine in a small charter plane into [Nicaraguan capital] Managua. I was so anxious to find my parents. Fortunately, we came across a British journalist who helped us go through the city. There were fires still burning; both of my parents’ homes were burned down; I still remember the stench of burnt flesh. I made an announcement on the radio and three days later, I found my parents unharmed in the city of León. [Read Bianca’s full account at mailplus.co.uk]
We were shot at by snipers from the Ortega-Murillo regime. This was on my last visit to Nicaragua in 2018. I participated in the Mother’s Day march in support of the mothers of the young people who had been murdered in the month of April. It was the largest march in Nicaragua’s history. The regime’s snipers suddenly opened fire on us. Their attack wasn’t just to scare us into dispersing; it was a deliberate act of murder – in keeping with [Nicaraguan dictator] Ortega’s shoot-to-kill policy. The very policy that I was there, with Amnesty International, to denounce. I have been under crossfire many times, but the panic that swept this peaceful crowd was horrific. That day, 19 people were killed and at least 185 wounded.
Jacket, £3,300, waistcoat, £2,500, blouse, £1,700, and trousers, £1,700, dior.com. Gloves, £77, paularowan. com. Glasses, Bianca’s own
Jacket, £4,300, skirt, £6,200, belt, £2,350, and boots (worn throughout), £1,690, dior.com
We need a revolution. There is still misogyny everywhere: in the justice system, the workforce, the healthcare system, the education system, the media, the home. Some claim that we have achieved gender equality and I wish that were true, but unfortunately, it’s not. I believe that we should be thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions marching to demand gender equality and equal pay. No more sexual assault; no more rape; no more discrimination; no more violence against women and girls. The time has come to end the silence. For the sake of our daughters, granddaughters and great-granddaughters we cannot sit back and do nothing.
The regime’s snipers opened fire on us. It was a deliberate act of murder
My mother was my role model. She opposed the Somoza dictatorship in Nicaragua and at the beginning she supported the Sandinista revolution. But in the early 80s she became disillusioned and decided to leave Nicaragua and obtain asylum in the US, bringing the entire family with her. She moved to Los Angeles, where she remained until the end of her life. She had to learn a new language, but she never gave up. She worked and went back to study English with the energy of a young person. I remember how proud she was of that. I would like to celebrate her life and legacy – her strength of spirit and the nobility of her character in overcoming the numerous challenges she faced.
Dress, £17,500, and coat, price on request, dior.com
My mother was a pioneer. She believed education was the best gift a parent could give a child, and during those difficult years she showed great courage. I admired her independence and determination. She had a zest for life, and even when she was paralysed by motor neurone disease in the last six years of her life, she would find reasons to laugh through the most trying situations.
Of course, I want my daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to be happy. But I also hope that Jade, my grandchildren Assisi, Amba and Ray and great-grandchildren Ezra, Romy and River will become champions of human rights and women’s rights. I would also like them to be champions of the environment, custodians of our ecosystem and be conscious of the threat of climate change.
Do my grandchildren wear my clothes? Well, Assisi, my eldest granddaughter, is smaller and thinner than me, but she can fit into my shoes. Amba is taller than me. My daughter Jade, who is a well-known jewellery designer, has her own individual style. Plus, she outgrew my shoe size in her early teens.
My eldest granddaughter is smaller than me, but can fit into my shoes
My favourite outfit is a blush pink suit that Maria Grazia Chiuri [creative director of Dior] designed for me. I met her at her first Dior fashion show in 2016 where she sent models down the runway wearing T-shirts with the message ‘We Should All Be Feminists’, inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s essay of the same name. The T-shirt has gone on to become a museum piece. I admire Maria Grazia; she is a courageous woman who is willing to take risks. She doesn’t just talk about being a feminist, she uses her position to empower women. She succeeded in making feminism mainstream in the fashion industry, which was not an easy task. She is a champion of women’s rights.
Follow Bianca @BiancaJagger and the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation @bjhrf. For more information on Bianca’s work visit biancajagger.org