the Bare Truth

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Have you ever had the feeling of “not being good enough”? From the moment we wake up we are literarily bombarded with ads in magazines, commercials on TV, in the media and in music that tells us what we should eat, how we should act and how we should look. Biologically we are wired to believe what we see is real but how does that work in a world of photoshop and digital body manipulation?

You might think that you aren’t effected by advertising but the truth is that we are on average exposed to 3000 ads a day. Yes, 3000 ads A DAY! They are impossible to ignore and the only way to get a way form the feeling of “I’m not skinny enough” and “I’m not pretty enough” is to have a healthy understanding of reality and how to relate to what are unreal measurements. Advertising is ALWAYS about money and/or control.

In todays society 98% of girls feel there is an immense pressure from external sources to look a certain way. Those numbers show that there is an outcry for help and education in this matter. The way we perceive our appearance and relate to our bodies can impact everything from our self-esteem to our relationships to the way we live and lead.

I photographed 10 lovely young women (see images below) from the incredible organization Heart of Leadership in San Diego earlier this year. The purpose was to show the girls how incredibly beautiful each and everyone of them are just the way they are. Without photoshopping. The images came out fantastic and will be displayed along with an essay from each girl on the topic of Body Image at the Heart of Leadership Speaker Series Event.

What: Interactive panel discussions addressing real teen-relevant body image topics for middle and high school women and the adults who support them.

When: Wednesday May 28th 6pm-8.30pm

Where:  the Great Hall, UC San Diego

Cost: $15 advanced purchase, $20 at the door For more info and registration please visit: http://www.heartofleadership.org/events/body-image-2014/

I invite you to join us in supporting wholehearted lives for  young women, where they can grow and thrive- Just the way they are.

In Grace & Gratitude

~Micaela~

PS, I highly recommend Jean Kilbourne’s DVD “Killing us softly” and Jackson Katz’s DVD “Tough Guise; Violence, Media and the Crisis in Masculinity” on the topic of the impacts of today’s media and the fabulous book “The gifts of imperfection” by Brené Brown.HOL_portraits_

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