My name is Vivian Moyo the founder of the You Are Beautiful Project. The aim of the project is to change the perception of beauty in the media. We want to teach young girls that looks are not everything but it’s on the inside that counts the most.
The You are Beautiful Project believes that young girls are under increasing pressure from the media to look a certain way. Eating disorders, self-harming and a lack of confidence in young women indicates an unhealthy lifestyle underpinned by the glorification of stereotypes in the media. The worst cases result to bullying and suicide.
Our Approach: You are Beautiful Project
We take the message right where our girls are - This means we engage them in schools. On social media and through our magazine.
There are currently 32,113 schools in the UK. Of these, 20,925 are primary schools and 4,168 are secondary schools. There are 2,381 independent schools, 1,256 special schools and 351 pupil referral units. Most of the UK's schools are in England.
We have reached over 765 young girls so far and we aim to reach over 2,000 young girls before the end of this year.
We regularly hold seminars and talks at various schools throughout the London area and beyond
We make extensive use of our social media presence. We provide information on beauty that would help shape perceptions of beauty
Please watch our 5minutes documentary that encourages young girls that looks are not everything but it’s on the inside that counts the most. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aO5uK409r_A
1.6 million People in the UK are estimated to be affected by eating disorders, according to the Joint Commission Panel for Mental Health. www.jcpmh.info/wp-content/uploads/10keymsgs-eatingdisorders.pdf
Around 8% of women have bulimia at some point in their lives. Every year, 2% of all women will experience anorexia, with the condition lasting for an average of around 6 years. www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Anorexia-nervosa/Pages/Introduction.aspx
For more information regarding the project, please visit our website