Year-long documentary captures 12 girls’ views on beauty


A groundbreaking documentary titled Unapologetic Beauty provides an honest, emotional, and inspiring message as 12 girls from diverse backgrounds and abilities share their deepest thoughts on what it means to be beautiful in a society overwhelmed by mass media.

The documentary, a project of Ottawa’s Dandelion Dance™ Company and sponsored by Telus, premieres Oct. 24 at the Ottawa Public Library with two screenings at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., followed by a Q&A with the young women featured in the film. The event is free to the public.

The film and accompanying workshop curriculum is the culmination of a project titled Unapologetic Beauty, which followed the 12 girls through a year of examining the topic of beauty through dance, creativity, expression and deeply honest sharing. First conceived as a dance performance art project by Kaitlyn Hemstreet, overwhelming reaction to the dance blossomed into a full-fledged awareness campaign followed by the production of the documentary and development of supporting school curriculum. On October 25, the entire educational support kit, including downloadable workshop guides, will be made available at

“Unapologetic Beauty grew from one girl’s desire to express her feelings about body image and the shame and negativity she has experienced. The girls really bared their souls in this documentary and ultimately decided to share their innermost feelings publicly in the hopes other girls will benefit from a transparent dialogue,” says Hannah Beach, founder and director of Dandelion. “Realizing many of the girls don’t feel beautiful is a painful realization. We decided to work together toward changing our negative relationships with our bodies because we could see the beauty in each other and we believe that girls have the right to feel good about their looks and shape.”

Dandelion’s mission is to use dance to create a more connected, inclusive and empathic world. The company offers life-changing programs that bring girls of all backgrounds and abilities together to use their “lived” experience in the collective creation of dance works. Creating together allows the girls to have a voice, develop empathy, break stereotypes, and practice leadership. Dandelion, which has performed at Parliament Hill and dozens of events such as National Child Day, extends its reach into the community by creating and distributing dance resources that focus on community building. Dandelion offer workshops for social workers and educators so that they may develop the skills they need to build more empathic communities through dance.

Event details:
Unapologetic Beauty documentary premiere
October 24, 2016
Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch; in the Auditorium
120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2

Two Screenings: 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. / Free admission

Interview contact:
* Girls who appeared in the film are available for interviews upon request.

Kelsey Walsh:

Hannah Beach:

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