Everyone around me has something they don’t like about themselves. From the thigh gap trend to the “my life would be better if I could change ______,” the way we see ourselves is becoming more and more distorted. As an older sister and an aunt to two teenagers, it’s even more difficult to hear the things they say about themselves at such a young age.
Recently, there’s been a growing spotlight on this subject sprouting new marketing campaigns, social media grassroots campaigns, and involvement from A-list celebrities. In addition, other celebrities are publicly proclaiming their stance against excessive use of Photoshop and retouching, which is just a small part of the source of distorted self-image issues we’re seeing in young girls today.
Real Beauty Video 2014
Recently, I stumbled upon the PACE Center for Girls’ Real Beauty video for 2014. In a creative approach to showing girls how they view themselves, PACE commissioned an artist to draw girls in the way they described themselves. The artist asks the girls what they think of specific features, they describe what they THINK they see, and the artist draws exactly that.
As you can see, the girls are shocked by the images shown to them in the reveal. Through this creative and thoughtful exercise, they’re shown that the way they see themselves is not realistic – nor does it give an accurate representation of who they are and what they’re capable of.
As an older sister and aunt, I am truly impressed with this video and the message the PACE Center sends to young girls. I plan to show it to my younger sister and niece in the hopes that they’ll gain the same understanding as the girls in the video. It’s important for young girls (and boys, too!) to realize that what they think they see in the mirror is nothing to be ashamed of and that their appearance does NOT dictate what they are or are not capable of accomplishing in life.
Support the Lee County PACE Center for Girls
We are so proud to be affiliated with the PACE Center for Girls and want to help spread the word about the positive changes they’re making in girls’ lives in our community. From donating items to volunteering, there are so many ways to help the Lee County PACE Center for Girls.
- Attend Love That Dress, an auction on donated dresses and accessories (all funds benefit the PACE Center for Girls).
- Donate items requested on the PACE Center for Girls Wish List.
- Volunteer with the PACE Center.
For more general information about the Lee County PACE Center for Girls, visit their website at www.pacecenter.org/centers/lee.