“My body is not beautiful”
Unapologetic Beauty Documentary
This short film documents the experiences, opinions, fears, and growth of a group of teenaged girls tackling body image issues. Witness:
When we perform, it’s more a “sharing” than a performance because of the way we connect with each other and our audiences. We are about human connection — the feeling you get from actually relating to another person in an intimate space.
One of our former Performance Company members, 16-year-old Kaitlyn, created this dance piece about her experience in learning to love her body with the help of the performance company. It is a powerful testament to the pressures young women feel to conform and the strength it takes to refuse to let media and consumer culture make us feel bad about how we look.
The Unapologetic Beauty Toolkit
With this toolkit, we hope to inspire young women. Whether you are an Educator or a Teen – the documentary, dance and workshops are conceived to facilitate the journey towards SELF LOVE.
Designing this process has helped us recognize the impossibility of perfection and the impact that media, social media, and marketing have on is journey has also fueled the fire inside each of us to be free! We want control over our own bodies and how we feel about them.
This toolkit is a FREE resource made by young women for young women and we hope it gets lots of use! To make sure girls have access to the best confidence-building materials possible, we would love your feedback! We want to know who is using the toolkit, how effective it is and how our resources can become more accessible and useful.
Workshop Contents of the Kit
Affirmation and Pass-it-on Cards
Be your own cheerleader or help support a friend by making hand-made cards with inspiring quotes or phrases that counter negative self-talk.
Our Beautiful World – A Landscape
Grab some friends and any number of art supplies and ask yourselves, what does beauty really look like? What things do you find beautiful?
Best Part of Me
Inspired by Wendy Ewald’s book, “The Best Part of Me,” take pictures of the body part you each like best and create a group vernissage!
With or without dance experience, these workshops are easy to follow and encourage you to be more curious and comfortable with the body you have.
Choose several myths that you believe are NOT TRUE! Take a turn sharing and demonstrating how these statements are false.
Dig deep into why it’s so hard to love our bodies with these discussion questions. The questions include sensitive material and are intended for groups with strong emotional safety.
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